Kate Aitken started a series of homemaking programs on the CBC
in 1948. The Kate Aitken show, sponsored by Ogilvie Flour Mills,
was broadcast across Canada Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at
10:30 a.m. (EDT). The program's mandate was to report on women's
fashions, stretching household dollars, current events, and the
arts. One edition of the program featured "Mrs. A's"
cure for the common cold, a discussion on a Toronto couple
running a day care, a Canadian meal sent to a British women's
group, and Aitken's trip to Berlin. In a show a month later,
Aitken gave tips on crossing the border, selling candy, whether
cheques signed in pencil are valid, and what size of eggs are the
best buy. The program was broadcast from Montreal, where Aitken
also worked as the women's editor for the Montreal Standard. The
CBC Radio guide referred to Aitken as "a Canadian housewife
who isn't average." Besides maintaining a household and her
newspaper and radio jobs, Aitken was also a food consultant, a
lecturer, and women's director of the Canadian National
Exhibition. At the request of the British Food Ministry, Aitken
travelled to England in 1945 to work on a survey about food
conditions after the Second World War. In 1949, while commenting
on her many duties, Aitken said: "The fuller my life is, the
happier; and the more I do, the more I am able to do." That
year, she also took an around-the-world trip to report on the
status of women and children abroad.
Before her radio career, Aitken explained that looking after a house and two kids didn't keep her busy enough. So she bought a farm, planted an orchard, and started a poultry and canning business, employing 13 women.
Aitken retired in 1959. Two years later she was appointed to the CBC's board of directors. She died on Dec. 11, 1971 in a Mississauga, Ontario hospital, where she was recovering from a broken hip suffered a year earlier.