CFCB/CKCD April 1922

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CFCB/CKCD April 1922

Postby cart_machine » Sat Mar 19, 2022 9:33 pm

The Daily Province, for reasons that are unclear to me, used "Radio FE" as their first call-letters. I suppose it's better than "The <insert animal name here>" or "Tony." I don't think amateur licenses consisted of only two letters.

Here are stories for the first half of April 1922 about what eventually became CKCD; the station signed on the previous month. The paper didn't have articles about the station in every edition and did not publish on Sundays.

John Tripp was a music teacher, Gavert C. Bottger is listed in the 1922 City Directory as a logger, and Bruce McKelvie had been the campaign manager for the BC Products Bureau. though he was likely reporting for the Province by this time.

Music ran from classical to "The World is Waiting For the Sunrise," which was revived at various times over the decades, especially by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

You'll note the paper continues to refer to someone's radio as a "station" or "apparatus." I suppose in some cases, it did resemble a ham station.

The Vancouver Gyro club is still in operation.

It's a shame the picture isn't clearer.

Again, excuse the uncorrected OCR errors.

Tuesday, April 4, 1922
J. D. A. Tripp Played Pianoforte Numbers for Province Wireless.
Famous Cherniavsky Trio Will Send Music Into Ether This Evening.

Listeners in on The Province radiaphone [sic] broadcast on Monday night were given a rare treat when Mr. J. D. A. Tripp, well-known Vancouver pianist, gave a twenty-minute recital. Numerous telephone messages were received after Mr. Tripp's concert, stating how well the music was received and how greatly it had been enjoyed.
The first number at 8:40 was Liszt's Liebestraum No. 3. This was followed by the Paganini-Schumann Caprice in E. Chopin's Black Key Study and two preludes were then played. At 9 o'clock Mr. Tripp played the Paganini-Liszt La Campanella and closed his programme with Rubenstein's Barcarolle in F minor.
This was the first occasion upon which an artist had played into The Province radiophone set. Results were all that could be desired. The music was recorded in a huge wooden horn attached to the microphonic speaking mouthpiece of the set.
Another musical treat is in store for radio enthusiasts all over British Columbia. The famous Cherniavsky Trio will broadcast a concert commencing at 8:45 tonight. The three brothers, Leo, Jan and Mischel, are master-artists on the piano, violin and 'cello, respectively. It is expected that every amateur in possession or a receiving apparatus will be at his station to listen in on this concert.
In addition to Mr. Tripp's recital on Monday night, the regular news bulletin service and a gramaphone [sic] concert of dance music was sent out into the air by The Province set.
Passengers on the Canadian Pacific transpacific Empress liners will shortly be able to hear the latest news, the most up-to-date gramaphone records and the best of local musical talent as they speed on their way to and from the Orient. It is announced that the Empress of Asia and Empress of Russia will be equipped at once with radiophone receiving sets equipped with amplifiers. The Province nightly broadcast will thus be made available to the voyagers. With the overland records which have been achieved by the high power set installed by this paper, it is confidently expected that the Empresses will be in touch with The Province set during the whole of the voyage to Japan and China.

Wednesday, April 5, 1922
Cherniavsky Brothers Score Success in Concert Over Radiophone.
Gyros Will Send Out Syncopation on Friday Evening
Those radiophone enthusiasts who tuned in to 2000 metres wave length on Tuesday night to catch The Province broadcast were well repaid. The famous Cherniavsky trio, consisting of piano, violin and ‘cello, placed by Leo, Jan and Mischel, gave a four-number recital into the sending apparatus.
An interesting programme for about twenty minutes was given by these talented musicians. Their first number was the Serenade Wigor. This was followed by Grieg's Antra dance. “By the Waters of Minnetonka" (Lieurance) and the Hungarian Dance of Brahms.
Without the use of an aerial W. G. Walker, who lives at Forty-ninth and Angus avenue, Shaughnessy Heights, was able to clearly hear and enjoy the Cherniavsky trio playing into The Province set on Tuesday night. By linking up his apparatus to the radiator coil in his bedroom Mr. Walker caught every note of the music as it sped through the air. Mr. Walker uses a one-valve set to listen-in on The Province broadcast each night.
From many other sources messages have come in complimenting The Province on having secured three such talented artists for the broadcast. Out in Kerrisdale, Mr. F. Kelly, who lives on McDonald street, was able to hear clearly. The set of J. H. Hamilton on Beach avenue reproduced the music just as if it were in the same room, according to his report.
On the roof of a Hastings street store Cyril Hellinger has a home-made receiving apparatus. Without leaving his room he has been able to hear the latest news and the most catchy music each night from The Province high-power station. The concert on Tuesday night was splendid. Mr. Bellinger reports.
Mr. H. Murray-Hunter of Kerrisdale also called tip to say how clearly the music came in. Many other people in all parts of the city also picked up the Tuesday night concert. It was excellent, according to their unanimous verdict.
Now that The Province set is equipped with proper facilities with which to broadcast musicians of high calibre it is hoped to be able to give a number of recitals by well-known players for the benefit of listeners ail over British Columbia.
The usual news bulletin service was broadcasted before and after the Cherniavsky trio's recital. The evening broadcast ended with a gramophone concert. Included in the concert numbers were Dame Clara Butt, who sang "The Fairy Pipers" and Theo Karle, who sang “Until.” In the dance music section of the concert records played by Ted Lewis, the Knickerbocker Orchestra and the Black and White Melody Boys were given. These Columbia and Brunswick records included each well-known fox trots as "Cutie," "After the Rain," "A Broken Toy" and "Marie."
For Friday night The Province has secured the services of the famous Gyro syncopated orchestra of fifteen pieces. It will broadcast a fifteen or twenty-minute concert of popular music. This orchestra will be the principal feature on the bill of the midnight frolic, which the Vancouver Gyro Club is staging in the Capitol Theatre on Monday, April 10, in aid of the Kitsilano beach children's playground project of that organization.
The Gyro band follows closely the Paul Whiteman method of playing dance music. Instead of relying upon bizarre effects to get the dance numbers across, the Gyro band brings harmony to jazz, producing a mixture which defies any feet to keep still.


Friday, April 7, 1922
Amateur Jazz Experts to Give Concert for Province Radio Fans.
Come lasses and lads. Out with the patent leather dancing pumps, roll back the carpets, polish up the floor, for tonight Gave Bottger and his Gyro Club band of fifteen pieces will send out a programme of popular dance music over The Province radiophone which is likely to prove irresistible to all those not confined to their beds.
Sweet moaning saxophones, tinkling banjoes, deep-throated cornets, soothing violins will provide the toe-tickling melodies. The Gyro band is a collection of young men who get pleasure of their work of giving pleasure to others. There is nothing mechanical about the way in which they create the music that simply will not allow you to sit still.
How small sums spent regularly by each resident can soon create a tide of prosperity was explained to residents all over the province on Thursday night by Bruce McKelvie, who spoke in connection with "Made-in-B. C. Day."
Every night interested amateurs visit the Province sending set. Most of them are accustomed to home-made sets and are astounded at the intricate and delicate mechanism which has enabled The Province broadcast to be heard far away on the Atlantic coast. The set is a mechanical marvel with its valves, tuning apparatus and other gadgets.

Saturday, April 8, 1922
Steamer Wairuna Heard The Province Broadcast Nightly.
Madame Lever Hawes to Give Recital on Monday Evening.

While the Australian freighter Wairuna has been loading paper at Powell River her officers have been listening in The Province broadcast each night. They have also invited a number of people from the town to hear the latest news bulletins and the best available music. In a communication sent to The Province the operator of the Wairuna says; "I have been in nearly every port in the world where it is possible to hear radiophone broadcasts. The Province broadcast is the best I have ever heard anywhere.''
As she plows her steady way across the Pacific back to the Commonwealth this ship is going to keep in touch with The Province each night.
Music lovers all over British Columbia who own radiophone receiving sets can prepare for a special treat on Monday. Madame Edith Lever Hawes will give a twenty-minute concert over The Province broadcasting set on that night commencing at 8:40 o'clock.
To Vancouver audiences the ability of Madame Hawes is well known. Those out of the city who have not had the pleasure of listening to her fine soprano voice have something to look forward to. The appearance of this well-known singer is in line with The Province policy of securing the best musical talent for the radiophone from time to time. Other artists of merit will broadcast over The Province set in the near future. The dates of these recitals will be announced in these columns later.
The large dance loving public who listened in on The Province broadcast on Friday night were entertained by the Gyro Club syncopated orchestra. Under the leadership of Gave Bottger this high-class aggregation of fifteen pieces made a distinct hit. Broadway’s latest dance rages ware sent out. The musicians played with a foot-tickling abandon.
At the Midnight Frolic of the Gyro Club to be held in the Allan Theatre commencing at 11:15 on Monday night, Gave Bottger's orchestra will be one of the principal features. The frolic is being staged on behalf of the Gyro Club children's playground, which is being created at Kitsilano Beach. With the orchestra and other fine numbers the show promises to be a great success.

Monday, April 10, 1922
Noted Artist to Give Four Numbers Over The Province Radiophone.
The programme of four songs which Madam Edythe Lever Hawes will sing over The Province radiophone at 8:40 o'clock tonight caters to all musical tastes.
For her first number Madam Hawes has selected "Robin, Robin, Sing Me a Song" bv Spross. This will be followed by "One Fine Day" from Puccini's well-known opera “Madam Butterfly.” For the third number she will give "Angus Macdonald." by Roeckel and will finish her recital with Elgar's inspiring "Land of Hope and Glory." Miss Doris Chadney will play the piano accompaniments.
Trail and McBride are two more towns which are likely to be enjoying The Province nightly broadcast In a very short time. Frank A. Sindel of Trail has written in to say that he contemplates constructing an apparatus to listen in on The Province programme. At McBride George Poulln also wants to be able to take in "the good things which The Province sends every evening."
Those enthusiasts who have not been turning in on the 2000-metre wave length of The Province set each night are missing many of the good things of life. In addition to the most up-to-the-minute dance music available, plenty of classical music goes into the air each night. Songs by world famous singers, violin solos by such renowned artists as Max Rosen and Huberman, Leopold Godowsky on the piano, all these are available each night between 8:30 and 9:30 o'clock by turning in to station FE. In addition the latest news is sent out.

Tuesday, April 11, 1922
Recital By Edythe Lever Hawes Much Appreciated Last Night.
Kathleen Macdonald Artiste For 2000-metre Wave Set Wednesday Evening.

Glorious song, borne on the magic wings of electric current, sped into the night air on Monday from The Province radiophone broadcasting station when Madame Edythe Lever Hawes, noted Vancouver soprano, gave a recital of four numbers.
Madame Hawes ranged from grave to gay. Opening her programme with "Robin, Robin, Sing Me a Song," a light and whimsical number, she sang "One Fine Day" from "Madame Butterfly." "Angus Macdonald," a sentiment-stirring Scotch ballad, and ended with Elgar's "Land of Hope and Glory," which must always appeal to the imagination of a people who possess the traditions or empire.
Watted by the powerful waves generated by The Province set, these songs drifted out into the ether to be picked up in far-away parts of the province, on the prairies and mayhap in more distant sections of the Dominion. With such overland distance records as those already established by the 2000-metre wave length set of this paper there Is no telling at what distance from Vancouver Madame Hawes was heard.
From close-in numerous reports as to the excellent of her singing were received. Down on Beach avenue the amateur receiving set of J. H. Hamilton heard the singing "just as if it were in the same room," according to his report. "It was wonderful," said Fred Parkes of 1138 Seaton street over the telephone at the end of the recital.
Another musical treat has been arranged for Wednesday night for those enthusiasts who tune in to The Province broadcast. Miss Kathleen Macdonald, a local contralto with a voice of more than usual excellence, will be the soloist upon that occasion. She will give a 20-minute song recital.
The world and his wife were invited to British Columbia over The Province set on Monday night by Mr. J. N. Harvey, chairman of B. C. Invitation week. Mr. Harvey gave an account of the attractions which British Columbia has to offer to the tourist, sportsman and those engaged in commerce. The whole province stands ready to welcome visitors with open arms, he said.

Wednesday, April 12, 1922
Province Radio to Function on Holiday—Miss Macdonald Sings Tonight.
For her twenty-minute gong recital tonight over The Province radiophone Miss Kathleen Macdonald, well known local contralto, has chosen the following programme: "Love Send a Little Gift of Roses," "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise,” "Mifanwy" and “Curly-headed Baby." Accompanying Miss Macdonald on the piano will be her sister, Miss Marie Macdonald.
Summary of the programme of the Genoa economic conference the very latest news about Ireland, and a digest of the days happenings in Parliament at Ottawa were broadcasted In The Province news bulletin service on Tuesday night. Sports, finances and other happenings of public interest were covered.
The musical programme on Tuesday night was of more than usual excellence. Among the more serious numbers on the programme were Beethoven's Sonata, Opus 31 No. 3, Minuet, played by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra; Stradella Overture, played by Walter B. Rogers and his famous band, the second movement of Haydn's Surprise Symphony, Andante, by the Philharmonic Orchestra of New York, under the leadership of Josef Stransky.
On the popular side were numbers from Friml's famous musical comedy, "The Blue Kitten," a hit of the present Broadway season, and "Shuttle Along," the negro revue which has drawn packed houses in New York all winter. The dance music included "Angel Child," one of the latest Columbia releases; "Cutie," Gypsy Blues" and "Carolina Blues," played by such renowned dance orchestras as the Happy Six, the Columbians, Eddle Elkins and Benny Kreuger.
The Province broadcast will be sent out on Friday evening as usual in spite of the fact that this is a public holiday. It is felt that people deprived of their usual evening newspaper will be more anxious than ever to hear the news bulletins broadcasted by The Province. For Friday night a special musical programme has been arranged, details of which will be announced in these columns tomorrow.

Thursday, April 13, 1922
Lodge Orchestra to Play for Province Broadcast on Friday.
Liner Ixion to Tune Up to 2000 Metres on Next Voyage.

If you do not like dance music keep well away from your radiophone receiving apparatus between 8:30 and 8:50 on Friday night. Francesco Maracci and his talented orchestra which plays at the Lodge Cafe will give a programme of Broadway's latest dance hits at that interval over The Province radiophone sat.
As soon as a new number is given a tryout in the dancing places or gay Gotham, Maracci and his music-makers get hold of it for the benefit of Vancouver dancers. It is said that only by reading The Outline of History and thinking hard about your income tax return can you resist the melodious strains of the Maracci orchestra.
Following the Maracci concert there will be twenty-five minutes of news bulletins and a varied gramophone musical programme. At 9:15 a four-number concert featuring special Easter music will be played. The Columbia records chosen for this Easter concert are "Master Chimes," played by Prince's orchestra; Stabet Mater ("To Thy Holy Care") by the Columbia Oratorio chorus; "Gloria” (in Italian) by Henri Scotti, famous tenor, and "The Holy City" by a boy soprano.
As an added attraction Miss Kathleen Macdonald, well-known Vancouver contralto, gave a four-number concept over The Province radiophone on Wednesday night. This was in addition to the usual broadcast of popular numbers and classical music. Miss Macdonald was in excellent voice and numerous telephone messages stated that her songs were received as clearly as a bell. Accompanying Miss Macdonald on the piano was her sister, Miss Marie Macdonald.
Each day more and more ships listen in to the 2000-metre wave length, 500 watt set, of The Province. Many ships' operators have been ignorant of the fact that such a high-power radiophone sending station exists here. As they come into port and learn of The Province service they tune up to 2000 metres so that the nightly programmes may be heard while they voyage to the far corners of the earth. The Blue Funnel liner lxion will hear the latent news and the best of music from The Province set in the future. Her operators visited the sending station on Wednesday night and expressed admiration at the wonderful equipment which this paper possesses.
In Alberni on the western shores of Vancouver Island, P. A. Haslam plans to erect a receiving station so that the good things sent out nightly by The Province set may be heard. He has written in asking as to apparatus and how to erect it.

Saturday, April 15, 1922
Easter Music and Dance Numbers Featured Friday Night Programme.
The big double bill broadcasted by The Province radiophone on Friday night marked a forward step in radio telephony in British Columbia. Francesco Maracci's Bluebird dance orchestra lived up to its reputation and played delightfully. The special Easter programme of gramophone music was excellent according to reports received.
Maracci led off with four dance numbers. These were "Venetian Love Boat," "Wabash Blues," "On the Alamo," and "I've Got My Habits On." These are four of the dance hits which are now being played nightly in New York. For the Easter concert "Palm Branches," "Festival Te Deum," and Stabat Mater (To Thy Holy Care) were sung. These three songs were fully in accord with the spirit of the great church festival which marks the end of Lent.
Between the two concerts the latest news available and a varied assortment of gramophone records were given. As usual The Province 2000-metre set was working perfectly. Tired holiday-makers all over British Columbia were able to sit comfortably at home and still keep in touch with the latest happenings of the wide world and to listen to the best music procurable.
On Monday night The Province hopes to broadcast a song recital by a well-known Vancouver artist. An announcement as to this will be made in the Monday issue of this paper.
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