75 years ago, a jazz-loving football presenter created CBC’s longest-running show

CBC’s longest-running broadcast first aired on Friday, May 23, 1947.

Hot air is a weekly exploration of jazz music from all eras. When it started, it was hosted by Bob Smitha cigar-biting football announcer with one of the largest private record collections in Canada.

He hosted the show from Vancouver for 30 years, bringing encyclopedic knowledge of music and celebrity guests to his many listeners.

Among those who participated in the program during Smith’s tenure were such luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Tony Bennett and Herbie Hancock. It even had its own entrance theme composed by trombonist Jack Fulton.

When Smith left listeners, the show did not, with Harvey Dawes, Bruno Cimolai, Gordon Hunt and Paul Grant all hosting it before Margaret Gallagher took the reins 12 years ago.

Alex Cuba, a Latin jazz musician based in Smithers, British Columbia, joins “Hot Air” host Margaret Gallagher on the show. (Radio Canada)

“It’s a really amazing feeling,” Gallagher said of her attendance for the milestone anniversary. “This show has such a history dating back to 1947…and it’s just wonderful to be part of this ever-growing and supportive jazz community.”

To celebrate the occasion, Gallagher and CBC music producer Michael Juk explored the show’s history with “The Decades,” a series that examines the evolution of jazz from the 1940s to today. .

Gallagher said he highlighted why jazz is such an enduring art form.

“Jazz is a very big tent,” she said. “It’s a global art form. There’s jazz in every part of the world. … It’s been at the forefront of a lot of social change and it’s also been the origin of the hip hop, and it’s very current today. So if you think you don’t like jazz, you probably do.”

Learn more about the history of Hot air in the interview below, and find Hot airof the 75th anniversary series, “The Decades” on CBC Listen.

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CBC’s Margaret Gallagher tells the story behind ‘Hot air’ which turns 75 on Monday – making it CBC’s longest-running show.

Hot air54:00Hot Air The 1940s with Alan Matheson

Respected musician and educator Alan Matheson joins Margaret for a look at what made 1940s jazz unique.

Hot air54:00Hot Air The 1950s Decades

Music from one of the most successful periods of jazz, the 1950s.

Hot air54:00Hot Air The 1960s

It was a time of rapid change that expanded the jazz vernacular to include pop, Latin and more.

Hot air54:00Hot Air The 1970s Decades with Alan Matheson

Alan Matheson is back to guide us through 1970s music by the likes of Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Pacific Salt, Chick Corea and Joni Mitchell.

Hot air54:00Hot air the decades of the 1980s

The 1980s was a time when jazz could be sour, fusion, smooth or direct. The 1980s also marked the rise of the compact disc and the beginning of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. You’ll hear from Oscar Peterson, June Katz and Skywalk from Vancouver. And you’ll know when trumpet titans and rival Miles Davis met Wynton Marsalis “horns locked” at Expo86.

Hot air54:00Decades of hot air

A look at jazz in the 1990s with music from Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Phil Dwyer, Diana Krall, Renee Rosnes, Roy Hargrove, Metalwood, The Hard Rubber Orchestra and more.

Hot air54:00Hot Air The Decades 2000

The dawn of the new millennium brings music from artists such as Ian McDougall, PJ Perry, Oliver Jones, Diana Krall, Kate Hammett Vaughn, Joani Taylor, Ross Taggart, Herbie Hancock and Sting!

Hot air54:00Hot air the decades of the 2010s

Today we came to the 2010s. It also happens to be Juno weekends, so we’re playing jazz Juno nominees and “Tweensies” winners. You’ll hear Bria Skonberg, the Dan Brubeck Quartet, Phil Dwyer, Metalwood… and more.