Note: The CRBC, the predecessor of today's CBC, was
named the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission,
(not "Broadcast Company" as stated on the interpretative panel).
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) was incorporated,
to replace the CRBC, on 2 November 1936, just six months after
the Moose River Gold Mine collapse and subsequent rescue.
Links to Relevant Websites
J. Frank Willis made famous by the 1936 Moose River mine disaster...
A live five-minute broadcast every half-hour for 69 hours...
The wide attention these frequent updates receive makes citizens realize
the power of radio, and jump-starts the Canadian radio industry...
Ten Days in Hell: The 1936 Moose River Mine Disaster by Shirley Collingridge
Frank Willis' hourly updates jump started the Canadian radio industry.
And his reporting style turned the Moose River disaster into the
biggest radio story of the first half of the twentieth century...
Canada's Moose River Mine Disaster (1936): Radio-Newspaper Competition...
by Jeff Webb. In 1936 the attempt to rescue three men than had become trapped
in an abandoned mine shaft in Nova Scotia was broadcast live across North America.
This was the world's first live-unscripted news broadcast. The broadcaster on the
scene had no previous journalistic training...
People in Holes NPR (U.S. National Public Radio) 25 July 2003
History tells us that the public will always respond
to stories about people trapped in holes...
J. FRANK WILLIS: It is a frozen country down here – drab and desolate; a country
of scrub and second growth; of rock – rock – relentless, hard, cruel-hard.
It is against rock of this sort that miners for the past week have fought and fought,
grim-lipped, determined. And they're winning their fight – inch by inch the rock
MIKE PESCA: One man died; two survived. The Moose River Cave In was one of the
first times that radio displayed its power to connect with listeners on a real life event
occurring in real time...
Moose River Mine Disaster CBC Archives
The Birth and Death of The Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission (1932-1936)
The most memorable CRBC program achievement was the coverage of the Moose River
Mine Disaster in April 1936 in Nova Scotia ... The CRBC made Frank Willis's reports
available to all Canadian radio stations and over 650 stations in the U. S. as well
as the BBC in Britain...
Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission
Pre CBC: 1900-1936
Canadian Broadcast Timeline by Colin Miller
Books on the History of Radio and Television Broadcasting in Canada
by Harold Sellers
Brief History of the CBC ...in 1936 a marathon actuality broadcast from the
scene of the Moose River mine cave-in, in Nova Scotia. For three days and nights,
with improvised equipment, a borrowed car as a studio, and the same small team
on the job the whole time, bulletins were (broadcast live)...
Radio: The People's Medium Athabaska University
Objective 2: Explain the role played by the Aird Commission (1928),
the Moose River Mine Disaster (1936), and the Royal Tour (1939) in
the history of Canadian radio...
Collapse of the Moose River Gold Mine, April 1936
Archived: 2004 March 08