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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

Have you ever been stopped in your tracks by a piece of music? Did that song make you feel something – delight, sorrow, joy, wonder?

Music is an important part of human expression and communication. It gives voice to the many stages and transitions in our lives. It jogs our memories and moves our feet.

Through music and culture, we find connection: to ourselves and to others in our community.

For 90 years, CKUA Radio Foundation has been discovering and sharing music (and the stories behind the music) with Albertans and a global audience. Through a diverse cultural broadcast, live events and partnerships, people in our community find connection – to artists and to other people who share in musical discovery and enjoyment.

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.

With a focus on local arts and artists, CKUA introduces audiences to a variety of voices and musical experiences.

Local charities and organizations receive valuable promotion for their events and work. We broadcast their good work to wide audiences here in Alberta, across Canada and around the world.

Through our Calgary Foundation CKUA Studio, over 100 musical artists were featured in live interviews and performances in 2017 alone. Community partners, like the Calgary Folk Fest, notice a marked uptick in their ticket sales following a feature on CKUA.



Our Programs

How We Do It

Through our public broadcast, we provide 31 different programs spanning several genres: classical, world, indie-rock, blues, jazz and spoken word. We promote 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.

Each week, 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.

Alberta’s donor-powered broadcast reaches people in their homes, cars, work and schools.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

CKUA Radio is donor-powered.

We rely on the community to fund the regular day-to-day broadcast as well as invest in special projects. Two-thirds of our operations is funded by community donations. We are grateful for gifts of any amount to support our core mission, ongoing programs and broadcast.

We are also seeking support for some key projects.

2018/19 Priorities:

Live Broadcast Kit: CKUA is increasingly attending community events to broadcast live on location. We hosted 100+ live musical performances in our first year in the Calgary studio. Currently, we rent or borrow extra gear or incur mileage/delivery costs to bring Edmonton gear to Calgary. Having a complete broadcast kit (speakers, mics, stands, mixer, etc) available to our Calgary studio will save money and allow us to meet the growing demand for on-location broadcast partnerships with community organizations. Estimated Budget: $14,000

Calgary Transmitter Upgrades: Shaw Satellite Services (our FM signal distribution system) is upgrading equipment, forcing all customers into a mandatory equipment upgrade by the end of April 2019. For most stations, this would impact a single transmitter in a single market. We must simultaneously upgrade 16 transmitters plus secure backups in case of equipment failure. Without this upgrade, we may be unable to reach our community.
Calgary Cost: $4600. Total cost to upgrade CKUA’s entire FM network: $73,600.

Banff/Canmore Transmitter Upgrades: Through the Bow Valley, CKUA is broadcast on 104.3FM. Because of the mountainous landscape and intermittent weather, transmission is spotty in locations. The current facility is old and overdue for an upgrade. Site access is difficult year-round, requiring additional reliability. A second goal is to improve reception overall in both communities. This requires a longer term plan and begins with commissioning an engineering brief. This brief would provide options and budgets to consider for future relocation and upgrades.
Estimated Budget for Upgrades: $ 40,000. Estimated Budget for Brief: $ 8,000

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


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Linda Johnson

Community Connections Officer


Charitable Number: 118776830RR0001

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