Here are the memories of an avid listener, Robert
"In 1946, there were two singers, a man and a woman (their names escape me now). They were based in Halifax, and did a 15-minute program they called "Harmony Harbour". They left Halifax, and Frank W. Doyle, the managing editor of the Halifax "Chronicle Herald" and "Mail Star," approached Syd Kennedy, who was, at that time, a staff announcer at CBH. He wanted to have a program of seafaring lore, with songs to back up his narrative. The Acadian Male Quartet, a foursome of local businessmen, got the call to sing the shanties, while Mr. Doyle wrote the script for each broadcast. Syd Kennedy was the original narrator, and the "Harmony Harbour" we came to know and love went on the air on November 23, 1947. The lovely verse used to open each program was written by Eileen Cameron, and went like this:
We give you ships and tides and men,
Anchors aweigh and wind-filled sail.
We give you back the sea again
In sailors' song and rousing tale.
And inland, where the dark hills rise
Between you and the salt-thick foam,
You hear the surf; the seagull's cries;
And, eastward, turn your hearts toward home.
"The waves heard on each broadcast were actually recorded on the shore at Cow Bay on the eastern shore. You would also hear the three bells on the ship, and the plaintive call of the gulls.
"You may have read or heard of Max Ferguson's book "And Now... Here's Max", for which Allen McPhee wrote the foreword. He tells a story of when he started working at CBH in Halifax. "Harmony Harbour" was broadcast from a concert studio at the Nova Scotian Hotel near the harbour. Just for a prank, while the quartet sang, Max would come in with the waves, and try to drown them out. The Acadian Male Quartet consisted of Marcus Eichel, the lead; Austin Gough, tenor; Raymond Simpson, bass-baritone; and Carl Ritcie, bass. Austin Gough, after the show left the air, became the owner of a fur store in downtown Halifax, and Raymond Simpson served a number of years as chair of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, through which many artists made names for themselves."