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The History of Radio in Nelson exhibit at Touchstones Nelson

By Contributor
February 10th, 2012

Can you imagine gathering around the radio in the evening for your favourite program instead of a television?

A new exhibit at Touchstones Nelson, The History of Radio in Nelson, remembers that time, when radio was the center of news and entertainment in most of our homes.

Often called the “golden age” of radio, this period lasted from about the 1920’s to the mid 1950’s.

From national programs like “the Happy Gang” to breaking news such as the tragic Hindenburg disaster in 1937, radio brought the world to its listeners in a way that no medium had done before, in many ways marking the beginning of mass communication as we know it today.

Here in Nelson, CKLN served as a venue for local talent for many years, featuring the likes of “the Fairview Wranglers” and the radio plays of David Scott, as well as a host of others.

Visitors will not only be able to see vintage radios, amateur radio gear and other related items (both on loan and from the Touchstones Nelson permanent collection), but also hear a sampling of “old time” radio shows being played in the gallery.

The exhibit will run from February 4 to April 8, with an opening reception
scheduled for Friday from 7-9 p.m.

Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History is located at 502 Vernon Street. For information call 352-9813.

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