Morningside (radio program)

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Morningside was a nationally broadcast Canadian radio program, which aired on CBC Radio from September 20, 1976 to May 30, 1997. It was broadcast from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday. The series replaced a series of short-lived morning radio programs that aired in this slot after This Country in the Morning ended in 1974.

The show was created by Krista Mäeots who served as its executive producer until her death in 1978. She had formerly been a producer with This Country in the Morning.[1] The show debuted with Harry Brown and Maxine Crook as co-hosts. In September 1977, Don Harron became host of the show. But the program was most associated with legendary Canadian broadcaster Peter Gzowski, who assumed the host's chair in 1982. The program was a mixture of news and human interest interviews. Shelagh Rogers and Stuart McLean were frequent guests/hosts in later years.

Morningside has proven to be one of the most successful radio programs in CBC history.

When Gzowski retired, Morningside and the network's Sunday public affairs show Sunday Morning were replaced by This Morning, which was hosted in its first year by Michael Enright and Avril Benoit.

Gzowski hosted the last episode of Morningside from the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort in Moose Jaw. The resort named its café the Morningside Café in honour of the last broadcast.[2]

Theme Music[edit]

During Harron's tenure the opening theme was "Jogging Along" by John Arpin.[3] "Blue Skies" composed by Irving Berlin was used as the closing theme. The theme for Gzowski's tenure was "Morningside theme" composed by David W. Thompson.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Executive's death puts CBC show off air for a day". Globe and Mail. October 6, 1978. 
  2. ^ Calgary Herald Soak up Canadian history in Saskatchewan
  3. ^ Popple, Robert (2009). John Arpin: Keyboard Virtuoso. Dundurn Press. p. 322. ISBN 978-1-55002-866-9. 

External links[edit]

  • CBC Morningside Documents Collection at Concordia Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism Studies - CCBS