Sunday Morning (radio program)

Sunday Morning was a Canadian radio news and information program, which aired on CBC Radio One from 1976 to 1997.[1]

Sunday Morning
Country of originCanada
Home stationCBC Radio
Hosted byBronwyn Drainie (1976-81)
Bruce Rogers (1976-77)
Warner Troyer (1977-79)
Patrick Martin (1979-81)
Russ Patrick (1981-83)
Barbara Smith (1981-86)
Linden MacIntyre (1986-88)
Mary Lou Finlay (1988-94)
Ian Brown (1994-97)
Created byMark Starowicz
Recording studioToronto, Ontario
Original releaseNovember 7, 1976 (1976-11-07) –
June 15, 1997 (1997-06-15)

Created by producer Mark Starowicz as a "Sunday New York Times of the air",[2] the magazine style program was one of the highest-budget and highest-rated shows on CBC Radio during its run.[1] Although the program's centrepiece was radio documentaries,[3] the show also featured interviews, round table discussions, book reviews, arts reports, puzzles and various features designed to resemble an audio version of a high-end newspaper.[1]



The program was launched in 1976 with Bronwyn Drainie and Bruce Rogers as hosts.[2] Rogers was replaced after several months by Warner Troyer.[4]

In 1979, Troyer reduced his workload, continuing as a literary critic for the program but retiring as cohost;[5] he was succeeded by Patrick Martin.[6]

Stuart McLean was associated with the show in its early years as a documentary reporter and producer.[7] He won an ACTRA Award in 1979 for "Operation White Knight", his Sunday Morning documentary about the Jonestown Massacre.[8]

For much of its run, comedian Nancy White contributed a weekly satirical song to the program.[9]

In 1981, the program won two ACTRA Awards, for Best Radio Program and Best Host or Interviewer in a Radio Program (Martin and Drainie).[10] That fall, Martin and Drainie were replaced by Russ Patrick and Barbara Smith, and the program was revamped so that it shared the same production staff as the weekday news program As It Happens.[11] McLean became the show's executive producer.[11] Patrick left the show in 1983 to join the staff of The Journal,[12] and Smith continued to host with a rotating stable of cohosts that included Eric Malling, Michael Enright, Christopher Thomas, Peter Benesh and Dale Goldhawk.[1]

Linden MacIntyre became sole host of the program in 1986.[13] He was succeeded by Mary Lou Finlay in 1988.[14] She left the series in 1994,[15] and was succeeded by Ian Brown, the show's final host.[1]

The series ended in 1997 after twenty years when CBC Radio merged Sunday Morning with Morningside to create the new morning series This Morning.[1] In 2000, the programming schedule was altered again and the Sunday morning block was made a separate program again as The Sunday Edition.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Going gently into that good night". The Globe and Mail, June 14, 1997.
  2. ^ a b "CBC radio launches blockbuster with Mackenzie King talking to ghosts". The Globe and Mail, November 6, 1976.
  3. ^ "Back to three hours on Sunday Morning". The Globe and Mail, September 8, 1990.
  4. ^ "McLean, Solway shows get the axe". The Globe and Mail, April 14, 1977.
  5. ^ "Show airs Russian jazz (Russian jazz?!)" The Globe and Mail, May 26, 1979.
  6. ^ "When does Sunday Morning start Tuesday". The Globe and Mail, July 14, 1979.
  7. ^ "Stuart McLean, longtime host of CBC Radio’s ‘Vinyl Cafe,’ has died". Toronto Star, February 15, 2017.
  8. ^ "CBC scores landslide in ACTRA awards" The Globe and Mail, April 5, 1979.
  9. ^ "Opera surprise winner". The Globe and Mail, March 23, 1978.
  10. ^ "Waxman, Establishment take Actras". The Globe and Mail, April 4, 1981.
  11. ^ a b "CBC marriage works, as it happens". The Globe and Mail, November 28, 1981.
  12. ^ "Patrick leaving The Journal". The Globe and Mail, April 11, 1985.
  13. ^ "CBC's Sunday Morning gets new host Aug. 24". Montreal Gazette, June 10, 1986.
  14. ^ "Finlay leaves Journal for radio". The Globe and Mail, September 23, 1988.
  15. ^ "CBC Radio to revamp Sunday Morning". The Globe and Mail, March 12, 1994.