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Ethno - Cultural Programs

During the '50s, hosts from 12 different countries provided music and information about their homelands in their native tongue on a rotating basis on Fridays and Sundays. Represented among them were Denmark, Scotland, England, Ireland, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Ukraine, Germany, Poland and Wales.

Nor would the First Nations people of Northern Alberta be ignored: on Sundays, broadcast in Cree, programming for Cree and Métis listeners was heard.

Gaby Haas and the Barndance GangBut perhaps no show had the fame - or certainly longevity - of Continental Musicale, hosted by Edmonton polka king Gaby Haas, who over his career recorded more than 50 albums. The accordionist had emigrated from Czechoslovakia in 1939, and later that year began his radio career on CKUA performing with a small band.

For 21 years, he hosted the German program each Sunday, and performed live on another show called The Sourdoughs. In 1946, Continental Musicale hit the airwaves, with a musical selection from Haas' own 50,000-plus record collection, spanning the realm of classical, pop and folk music from Europe.

By 1986, the show could not only spin records, but also make records. On Sept. 21, Haas, who also maintained a recording, television and club performance career, had been the host of the longest-running radio program with the same host and producer in the world. Its unbroken run of 2,081 shows at that point had moved it ahead of a Wellington, New Zealand program.

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