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.
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.