What You Can Do
CKUA Radio is donor-powered.
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.
Calgary Foundation CKUA Studio Upgrades and Equipment: Estimated budget $25,000
In 2016, CKUA, in partnership with The National Music Centre, opened a studio in downtown Calgary. After 2 years, we have expanded our programming and presence in Calgary – there is now over 30 hours of programming each week from the Calgary studio. Our Calgary hosts are quickly becoming known and loved in the Alberta music community. The Calgary Studio is in need of sound dampening, light filtering, studio lighting, furniture and dedicated equipment for visiting musicians. The equipment improvements will allow us to record live interviews and performances from the studio to be shared with our on-line audiences, therefore fulfilling our vision to be the hub for music, arts and culture in Alberta.
Live Broadcast Kit: Estimated Budget $15,000
Our mission is to inspire and connect people through the power of music, arts and culture. To do this CKUA is increasingly attending community events to broadcast live on location. CKUA facilitated a number of live interviews and performances throughout 2018 such as the Lethbridge Jazz Festival and the Canmore Folk Festival. We also partnered with the Government of Alberta to organize and produce an outdoor, summer lunchtime concert series at Calgary’s McDougall Centre. We have hosted more than 100 live musical performances throughout southern Alberta since 2016. Currently, we rent or borrow additional technical equipment, or incur mileage/delivery costs to bring Edmonton equipment to the Calgary studio. Having a complete broadcast kit (speakers, mics, stands, mixer, etc.) available locally will save money and allow us to meet the growing demand for on-location broadcasts with community partners.
Transmitter and Digital Upgrades: Estimated budget $700,000.
As Alberta’s only province-wide broadcaster, CKUA has worked tirelessly since 1927 to showcase our province’s music, arts and culture with programming 24 hours each day. We are also proud of the way that CKUA literally covers the province: CKUA’s FM transmitter network serves 250,000 households weekly, through 16 transmitter sites and over 350 communities throughout Alberta. This enables CKUA radio network to make the music, arts and culture connection available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay or to travel.
Today we are at a crossroads. 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.