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CKUA Radio Foundation

Music has incredible power.
It moves us. It connects us. It enriches us.
Hearing diverse music and voices helps us appreciate our similarities and differences and promotes tolerance and inclusivity.
You can help unleash the connecting power of music to Alberta and the world.

Our Story

Why We Exist

CKUA is a community-based broadcasting presence and cultural voice, connecting people to each other and to a wider cultural community. Our radio coverage extends throughout the province, and online listeners can access CKUA through live streaming—from anywhere in the world. After 92 years, CKUA continues to bring enjoyment and enlightenment to Albertans, Canadians, and music lovers around the globe.

Through a diverse cultural broadcast, live events and partnerships, people in our community find connections. It’s not just about listening to good musical programming; it’s about what happens to our community when we tune into something together. Please join CKUA Radio Foundation in our mission to share stories and music and to build a stronger, more connected community.


Our Impact

What We Do

As Canada’s oldest public broadcaster, CKUA Radio Foundation has played an important role in our local arts and cultural scene. We have a strong community presence through our broadcasts, and also through digital media and in person at cultural events. CKUA introduces audiences to a variety of voices and musical experiences. CKUA’s events calendar is updated daily and lets people all around the province know about cultural events taking place in their local communities: concerts, festivals, literary and theatre events, opera and dance seasons all see their promotional efforts magnified when announced on CKUA’s events calendar. Emerging and local artists in particular see their work reach new and larger audiences through CKUA.

Through our Calgary Foundation CKUA Studio, more than 100 musical artists were featured in live interviews and performances last year. Community partners like the Calgary Folk Fest and the Alberta Ballet notice an increase in their ticket sales following an on-air promotion or interview on CKUA.



Our Programs

How We Do It

Through our public broadcast, we provide more than thirty different programs spanning several genres: classical, world, indie-rock, blues, country, folk, roots, jazz and spoken word. We promote local, emerging, and non-mainstream artists in a public broadcasting format. This diversity of music and voices is a reflection of the diversity in our communities. We expand Albertans’ understanding and appreciation of music and culture. CKUA is for everyone. If you enjoy diverse and interesting music and storytelling, curated by thoughtful hosts with great taste, you are likely to enjoy CKUA. And we reach everyone, regardless of their age, background, geographical location or ability to support us with a donation.

Each week, more than 250,000 listeners tune into CKUA through our online stream or the 16 FM transmitters around Alberta. We connect energy workers in northern Alberta with ranchers in southern Alberta; or corporate urbanites to expats living abroad. We reach people who grew up listening to CKUA and we reach people who are newcomers to Canada. Alberta’s donor-powered broadcast reaches people in their homes, cars, work and schools.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

CKUA is powered by people. We rely on the community to fund our daily broadcasts as well as invest in special projects. Two-thirds of our operations are funded by community donations. We are grateful for gifts of any amount to support our core mission, ongoing programs and broadcast. Since our founding in 1927, CKUA has fostered an eco-system for music, arts and culture with an Alberta frame of reference. The projects below will contribute to our continuing success.


CKUA is launching a fundraising campaign to support our two studio locations: the Alberta Hotel in Edmonton, and the Calgary Foundation CKUA Studio at the National Music Centre in Calgary. Donations received will modernize our broadcasting capabilities and studios, create a vibrant and welcoming permanent space for our library and archives, and expand our capacity to tell our province’s story through words and music.

STORY: $2.5M

To develop CKUA’s next generation of on-air and in-house musical and cultural experts, we require funding to invest in mentorship and professional development initiatives. CKUA wants to provide meaningful opportunities for our experienced hosts to share knowledge and support with young people who aspire to be CKUA’s new curators and storytellers.


CKUA is at a crossroads. In order to serve the cultural community well in the future, we must upgrade our technology, our digital offering and our public spaces to continue serving Albertans in a changing modern media context. For CKUA to honour its long-standing donors and listeners, this means maintaining a robust, trouble-free FM transmission system. At the same time, to maintain our growing non-radio listening audience, CKUA must enhance our existing digital technologies and channels to outfit a Digital Programming Department. Investments in CKUA’s technical infrastructure will ensure that our listening community will continue to have access to music, arts and cultural programming with an Alberta owned, operated and run organization.

Thank you for enriching and connecting our community through the power of music, arts and culture.