Radio FE, May 1922

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Radio FE, May 1922

Postby cart_machine » Wed May 11, 2022 4:34 am

The Daily Province, in May 1922, had started pulling back on plugging its radio station in its pages. Each edition contained the notice:

The Province radiophone broadcasts news bulletins and music every night except Sunday between 8:30 and 9:30 o’clock. Station call, FE. Wave-length 2000 metres. Station telephone Seymour 2424.

But there were fewer and fewer stories about broadcasts, though the paper still ran its Radio Ralf comic strip and had a column about building radio equipment.

Here's what I could find for "radions" in the month's editions.

The station dealt with technical problems one evening.

Monday, May 1, 1922
Fine Demonstration By the Province Radio in Carleton Hall, Collingwood.
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United States Plans to Control Broadcasting by New Bill.

Working in a district liberally interlaced with high tension, street railway and other power wires, The Province portable power amplifier receiving set gave a successful and interesting concert for the benefit of a social held in the Carleton Hall, Collingwood East, on Saturday night.
While a large number of people indulged in a progressive whist drive, a concert of dance music, songs and classical music was played. In spite of some interference from the power lines, the results were excellent. This is the first large radiophone demonstration which has been staged in Vancouver.
A single wire aerial seventy-five feet long was set up for the concert. A three-step amplifier was used at first, but this brought the music in too loud, and later the set worked on two valves with good results.
For Tuesday night The Province has secured the services of Miss Helen Badgley, a well-known Vancouver entertainer, as an added attraction. Miss Badgley will give several recitations and sketches in which her powers of mimicry will have full scope.
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Friday, May 5, 1922
Numerous Phone Calls Received When Province Is Late in Starting
A striking demonstration of the hold which radio-telephony has upon Vancouver was given on Thursday night. Owing to the blowing of a fuse The Province broadcast was nearly half an hour late in starting. Between the regular starting time of 8:30 and when the apparatus was finally brought into operation a steady stream of telephone calls was received at the broadcasting station. These expressed the hope that The Province broadcast would be given, however late it was in starting.
Electrical dealers report that the demand for equipment is taxing their resources to the utmost. One of the largest dealers states that during the past two wee, no less than 60 per cent of his sales have been radiophone equipment. Generally speaking parts for home-made apparatus are more plentiful now than they were. Ear telephones and valves are still the hardest articles to procure.
Our-of-town points are still evincing the keenest into in The Province broadcast. Every mail brings enquiries from different parts of British Columbia asking what equipment is required to listen in, and where it may be purchased. In this morning’s letter bag were letters of enquiry from Qualicum Beach and Grand Forks.

Thursday, May 11, 1922
Province Portable Receiving Set to Be Taken to the Delta.
For the benefit of residents of the Ladner district The Province will give a free demonstration of radio telephony at Ladner on Monday night.
The demonstration will be held in Warden's Hall and will commence at 8 o'clock. It is expected that the capacity of the hall will be taxed.
A splendidly varied programme is being prepared for the occasion, the chief attraction of which will be Miss Kathleen MacDonald, a Vancouver contralto who has already charmed radions with her singing over The Province broadcasting set. She will give four or five songs during the evening. The remainder of the programme will consist of dance numbers and other music from the Columbia and Brunswick laboratories. The dance music will be played by the Happy Six, Isham Jones and his orchestra, The Columbians, The Knickerbocker Orchestra, Eddie Elkin's orchestra, Ray Miller and his Black and White Melody Boys, Bennie Kreuger, Paul Biese and others equally well koown [sic]. The other gramaphone [sic] music will be in the hands of Creatore's band, the symphony orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, under the leadership of Arthur Bodanzsky, Vesela’s Italian band and other world-famous organizations.
To receive the music in Ladner the three-stage amplifier of The Province will be used. Attached to this apparatus is a magnifying horn which makes the music audible over a large room.
With this set The Province has clearly picked up broadcsts [sic] sent out as far south as Los Altos, California, some miles south of San Francisco.

Friday, May 12, 1922
Province Radio at Ladner on Tuesday
The Province demonstration of radio telephony which was to have been held in Ladner on Monday night has been postponed until the following evening. The demonstration will now take place in Warden’s Hall, Ladner, on Tuesday night at 8 o’clock. Special musical numbers are being arranged for this demonstration, which will last until 9:30 p.m.

Monday, May 15, 1922
Shipping Men Will Hear Radiophone This Evening
When the annual banquet of the Vancouver Merchants' Exchange is held in the Hotel Vancouver tonight the 200 members and their guests will be entertained by The Province radiophone broadcast.
The Province portable power amplifier with a loud-speaking horn, will be set up in the banquet hall. Special musical numbers will be broadcasted, including four songs by Miss Kathleen Macdonald, well-known Vancouver contralto. The broadcast will start at 8 o'clock.
For the demonstration which will be held in Ladner on Tuesday night at 8 o'clock a special programme will be sent out from station E [sic]. This will consist largely of orchestral numbers and band records.

Wednesday, May 17, 1922
The Province Portable Set Demonstrated New Marvel at Delta Town.
A crowd which packed Warden's Hall, Ladner, was entertained on Tuesday night by the portable power amplifier radiophone receiving set of The Province. The entertainment was not billed to start until 8 o'clock, but at 7:30 the hall was nearly filled. At 8 it was packed.
Broadcasts were picked up from the Vancouver station and from Seattle. San Francisco and Catalina Island in California were both faintly heard over the delicate receiving instruments. Due to the closeness of 2300-volt high-tension wires and to atmospheric conditions, interference was inclined to be very bad. In spite of this the music from Vancouver and Seattle was exceptionally clear and greatly enjoyed.
In addition to a more than usually excellent programme of gramophone music, Miss Kathleen MacDonald, Vancouver contralto, again delighted with singing. She gave the following vocal numbers: “Love Sends a Little Gift of Roses,” "N****r Lullaby," "Somewhere a Voice Is Calling" and “The World Is waiting for the Sunrise.” Numerous telephone calls were received to the effect that her singing was very beautiful as it sped through the night air on the carrier waves from The Province 500-watt set.
An interesting little publication dealing with radio telephony has just been issued by the students of the Vancouver Technical School. It is entitled "Radio" and will be issued "every once-in-a-while," according to an announcement of its publishers. The book gives a description of what radio waves actually are and then goes on to describe certain types of equipment used in transmitting and receiving.
Some of the abbreviations most commonly used in radio communication are given and the Morse International code is reproduced in full. Another interesting feature is a partial list of the licensed amateur receiving stations in Vancouver.
The booklet is excellently printed on a very good quality of paper. The printing and binding were both done on the presses of the technical school.

Tuesday, May 23, 1922
Province Radiophone Will Send Out Fine Broadcast on Empire Day.
There will be a special holiday programme over The Province radiophone on May 24, commencing at 8:30 p.m. Miss Brownie Peebles of New Westminster, vocalist of great promise, will be the feature attraction. Accompanied on the Piano by Mrs. Walter Coulthard, she will sing four songs during the evening.
For her recital Miss Peebles has chosen the following: "J'ai Pleure eu Reve" (George Hue); "A Spirit Flower" (Campbell-Tipton); "The Blind Ploughman" (Conningsby Clarke) and "The Year's at the Spring" (Mrs. H. A. Beach).
In addition to this recital there will be an attractive programme of dance music. The latest releases from the June listings of the Columbia and Brunswick laboratories will be played. These included such up-to-the-minute dance hits as "Lovey Dove," "Sing Song Man" and numbers from the "Blushing Bride," “The Rose of Stamboul” and other present-day Broadway successes.
Any news of special interest received during the day will be sent out over the radiophone.

Thursday, May 25, 1922
Province Broadcast Had Many Fine Features—Mabel Kay to Sing.
It would be hard to imagine a more attractive programme than that given by The Province radiophone between 8:30 and 9:30 Empire Day. Miss Brownie Peebles, accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Walter Coulthard, sang four songs charmingly. Her numbers ranged from a sentimental French chanson, “I Wept Beloved as I Dreamed.” to the stirring "Night Wind." Next Monday night in St. Andrew's Church, New Westminister, Miss Peebles is giving a song recital.
In addition to the singing of Miss Peebles the broadcast contained all the June releases of the Columbia and Brunswick recording laboratories. Selections from "The Mikado" and “Pinafore,” baritone solos and the finest of dance music were all rendered.
Those radions who tune up to The Province wave length tonight are assured of another musical treat. Miss Mabel Kay, a Vancouver soprano, will give a recital of four numbers. She will be accompanied on the piano by Miss Eva Kay. In addition to Miss Kay's singing there will be a varied programme of gramophone music.

Monday, May 29, 1922
Many Entertainments Planned for the V. O. N. Open-air Fete
Everyone Is working hard to make the two-day open-air fete to be held by the Victorian Order of Nurses a success. The fete will be opened at 3 o'clock Friday at Stanley Park by Mayor Tisdall, following which there will be a band concert by the police band and a special radiophone concert which will last from 4 to 5 o'clock.
At 4 o'clock an airplane will drop packets of candy and this will be repeated on Saturday afternoon at the same hour. Children will also be given special tickets on entering the ground, which will entitle them to ice cream cones free of charge. Some splendid sports have been arranged for Saturday afternoon, when prizes will be given to the winners of the various events.
Each evening Mlle. Barbes will stage a special variety entertainment which will include a wonderfully picturesque Chinese dance and a novelty balloon dance. Radiophone concerts and band concerts will also be held each evening and the programme on both days will close with dancing in the open. Some attractive side shows will provide additional entertainments. These will include a fish pond for the children, fortune-telling gypsies and various games of skill. The bill is a highly attractive one and a large crowd is expected.
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