So apparently, the CBC may be ditching the Hockey Night in Canada theme song. It’s pretty famous for any Canadian, and some Americans, who grew up watching hockey. The theme song has been around since 1968, when it was written by Dolores Claman, so many people know it by heart.
Will there be a big kerfuffle? Probably. I can see people complaining about the end of an icon, an institution, our heritage and anything else they think might get a reaction.
But in reality, it’s just a theme song. Times change. Hockey will still be popular. People will still watch their shows.
I can’t even tell you the last time I heard the song, to be honest. Because most playoff games started around 8:15, I didn’t even flip on the CBC until then. On Saturday nights, I remember hearing the Nickelback song Saturday Night more than the CBC theme song.
I notice a lot of people have been bringing up the cost associated with keeping the theme song. They keep saying it’s about $500 each time they used it, but that was in the past. No word on how much it would cost the CBC for the next few years.
Unless the public can save it, I think it will be a dead issue by September. In three years time, most people will know the new theme by heart, and forget there was an old one.
But for those who want to hear it one last time, just click on the video below.