Broadcasting in Canada got off to an early start in 1919 as broadcasts from Marconi station XWA in Montreal were a regular occurrence. On November 4th, 1920 XWA became CFCF broadcasting at 600 kHz in the AM band.

Visit this link for a listing of important milestones in Canadian Broadcasting.

The Hammond Museum of Radio has gathered a number of photos that are on display at the Museum and is pleased to present them along with some brief history.

David Sarnoff, early President of RCA, made the following quote in 1964. Read carefully and note how close his prediction of over 30 years ago is to today.

"The computer will become the hub of a vast network of remote data stations and information banks feeding into the machine at a transmission rate of a billion or more bits of information a second. Laser channels will vastly increase both data capacity and the speeds with which it will be transmitted. Eventually, a global communications network handling voice, data and facsimile will instantly link man to machine--or machine to machine--by land, air, underwater, and space circuits. [The computer] will affect man's ways of thinking, his means of education, his relationship to his physical and social environment, and it will alter his ways of living... [Before the end of the century, these forces] will coalesce into what unquestionably will become the greatest adventure of the human mind."

--from David Sarnoff, by Eugene Lyons, 1966.

For details on the first licences issued in Canada click here and read a reprint from the Canadian Radio Data Book from October 1941. 

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