The year 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of radio broadcasting in Canada. To celebrate this historic event, the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner and the Société Québécoise des Collectionneurs de Radios Anciens (SQCRA) joined forces and co-organized the Centennial of Broadcasting in Canada.The Centennial took place over a whole year. Between November 2019 and December 2020, we presented exhibits, conferences, radio programs and web content on the history of Canadian broadcasting through the commitment and financial support of many generous partners. The MOEB quickly adapted to the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic by re-scheduling and transforming its activities for a web based experience. Due to its innovation and the collaborative and educational aspects of these activities, the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner was a recipient of the 2020 Governor General’s History Awards.
We hope you find this site useful as an exploration tool to browse through the history of radio. Stay tuned for events coming up in 2021!
Open to the public since 1996, the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner is dedicated to the role of Montreal in the history of the creation, capture, and diffusion of sound waves. The MOEB is the only Canadian institution dedicated to the preservation of sound technology heritage. With its collection, the museum showcases the rich industrial heritage of Saint-Henri, and the impact of Canadian innovations in global media and telecommunication development.
The Société québécoise des collectionneurs de radios anciens (SQCRA) was founded in 1995 with the mission to preserve the history of radio, supported by manufacturing processes as well as the preservation of radio devices. The SQCRA is a non profit organization run by volunteers who put together the publication Radiophilie, organize workshops and update the content of the association’s website and Facebook page. The organization favors mutual help in restoring radios from member collections.