THE CBC’S RADIO & TELEVISION MUSEUM HAS CLOSED FOREVER – BUT ALL IS NOT LOST

CBC Radio’s drama studio shut down 5 years ago. And now the Radio and Television Museum & Graham Spry Theatre are going – to make way for a new children’s television studio.

The museum opened in 1994 and items on display date way back. Some will be transferred to Ingenium, an OTTAWA umbrella group that oversees three museums. Over the next year the collection will be assigned to one of them – possibly the Canada Science & Technology Museum, which already houses some 600 other CBC objects.  <some radio sound effects items below>

<An early Laugh Track Machine.  Each drawer holds 6 unique laugh track recordings.  When all 3 drawers were in use, up to 18 different laugh tracks could be mixed together to create any unique sound required.>

<The Cocktail Bar played vinyl records only, either one at a time or simultaneously.>

<No, you’re not seeing things.  ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighbourhood’ got its start on CBC television, and then went on to PBS.  The trolley car from the famous series was bequeathed to the Museum.>

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