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History of the NWT in 20 Objects – starts Friday, 12:15

History of the NWT Episode 1: Bush Radio
Pi Kennedy, left, at his home in Fort Smith; Pi's bush radio; and Cabin Radio's Ollie Williams.

The History of the NWT in 20 Objects – a new, flagship podcast series from Ollie Williams and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre – launches this Friday at 12:15pm on Cabin Radio.

Immerse yourself in the history of the Northwest Territories and join Ollie as he tells the stories of unique items held in the museum’s collections, with help from museum staff, world-renowned experts, and the voices of people whose lives are intimately connected to objects that shaped the NWT.

Episode one explores the world of bush radio through the eyes and ears of a man who spent his life on the land – Fort Smith trapper and baseball fanatic Pi Kennedy.

Ollie travels to Pi’s home in Fort Smith to find out more about the bulky, orange boxes that powered bush radio, connecting Pi to other voices throughout the NWT, North America, and the world.



We find out how radio shaped Pi’s love of baseball, and even how it saved his life.

Listen live: The show launches right here at 12:15pm, Friday, November 9

Get the app: Listen on Android or iPhone with our app

Get the podcast: Watch out for the link here after the show airs



One of Pi’s bush radios is now a part of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre’s collection.

As the series progresses, we’ll discover dinosaurs, unearth sealskin boots thousands of years old, experience the birth of northern flight, explore the oral history of what we call the places where we live, and much more.

“A podcast is a really neat idea. There are a lot of interesting stories about NWT objects we have that people don’t know,” said Dr Sarah Carr-Locke, director of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.

New episodes will be broadcast on Cabin Radio every two months, and will be available for download as podcasts afterwards – so you can take them on road trips, flights, or anywhere you go, and explore the NWT’s history one object at a time.

The opening episode is broadcast at 12:15pm on Friday, November 9, with a repeat at 8:30am on Sunday, November 11. Get the podcast on this page and the Cabin Radio website from Friday evening, or via iTunes or Google Podcasts.