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Music, Arts and Culture in Alberta

The CKUA crew comprises a community of kindred spirits – people who recognize and value the importance of music, arts and culture in expressing our best selves. We’ll be sharing their voices here, throughout the fall fundraiser – and we look forward to adding yours!

Be sure to revisit this page often throughout our fundraiser to see the growing list of a reasons to donate.

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CKUA is the mainstay of my musical world, small as it may be. It has kept playing the standards from our parent’s era, from our era, the sixties and seventies, and even introduced me to music from talented new musicians. CKUA has recently played the Dice Cube’s, Bonnie’s nephew’s rockabilly band based in Edmonton. Inspired! I am usually listening Saturday, Thursday night, various mornings, afternoons etc from somewhere. Baba, Lionel, Kodi, Tony, Miles and so many more have educated, entertained and inspired us for years. – Brian, Calgary

Listening to CKUA is just magical. – Erin, Edmonton

I look forward to every Saturday and Sunday morning when I have 2 blissful hours of listening to Mark Antonelli and Saturday/Sunday Breakfast. The best way to start my weekend days! – Hollis, Calgary

Thank you Holger and Cam for your time of service. I recall you well starting from 1968. Only a few days ago I was watching the Long John Baldry story where they showed Holger’s friendship with Long John. I’m not as devoted to music as I used to be but I respect the CKUA efforts to educate and enrich our lives. – anonymous, Edmonton

I love to listen to CKUA as I work in my garden. Garden is in now, so today it’s time to make salsa with an overflow of peppers and tomatoes and the fantastic ecclectic music of CKUA. So grateful for CKUA, hosts, patrons, tech people, featured musicians, podcasts, you name it! – Maria, Edmonton

Music makes humans happy! Thanks to CKUA for bringing me happiness every day! – Jim, Calgary

CKUA is a treasure that is too good to languish in obscurity. Everyone would do themselves a favour by gluing the buttons, welding the dial or wedging the tuner with bubble gum so CKUA is always there. – Graham, Red Deer

Such a relief to hear real musicians making excellent music, and I am so glad CKUA chooses and exposes their music to the wider audience. – anonymous, Calgary

CKUA provides opportunity for people to listen to a variety of creative artists and to many genres of music. – Garry, Calgary

Keep on keepin’ on! Love it CKUA!! – Neil, Edmonton

I fell in love with CKUA the first time that I listened to it which is getting to be about 18 years ago. I got tired of commercial radio and luckily found CKUA on my dial. I have found many new artists through CKUA including the Great Lake Swimmers which has become one of my favourites. Thank you and keep up the good work. – Craig, Calgary

Best radio station in the province! – Clan, Calgary

Been listening sinch 1973. Moved to BC in 2007. Listen online now. It is our musical mecca. – Chris, Saanichton , BC

The Road Home has been a Sunday night staple for me for a long, long time – and when I was traveling overseas, listening to the 4am rebroadcast while waiting to go to bed in a lonely hotel room in Shanghai was a moment of quiet peace. I didn’t think I’d come to enjoy Raising Voices as much as I have, but there is something so complementary about the selections Orest Soltykevych makes — his show so often pairs with The Road Home in just the right way, and I’ve come to really enjoy choral music because of it. – Heather

I’m not on the road much these days, but when I am I’m tuned into CKUA. CKUA’s library is impressive and I like that a wide variety of music is broadcast for anyone who wants to listen. – Mike, Athabasca

I continue to enjoy many of CKUA’s programs and the enthusiasm and knowledge of the various hosts. I especially enjoy Mark Antonelli’s Classics and Nocturne, and would like my donation directed to those programs. I very much appreciate the peace that their music offers. I like many other genres including jazz, blues, folk, country and the eclectic nature of CKUA’s programming, such as The Road Home. CKUA is indeed “Alberta’s voice in music, arts and culture”. Thank you. – Liz, Calgary

Thank you so much for providing such wonderful music during these past few months as we transition through this pandemic. The variety of music through CKUA provides such a boost to one’s mental health and assists in keeping one moving forward through these troubling times. I love all the genres of music on CKUA and have added so many songs to my own playlist and found an abundance of new artists to listen to. – Caron, Edmonton

CKUA is our constant companion from the time we wake up until we go to bed. Tuning in to our favourite programs is like having tea and cookies with a friend (or maybe wine). We were on an Alberta road trip in late August and usually when we travel we tune into Sirius XM Radio, but this time it was CKUA all the way. When the signal would start to fade, my spouse would say, “check your phone and find the closest tower.” I would say he is a convert! Love the music and the stories. – Rose, Edmonton

You’re the BEST, community radio is so important and I feel like I know your radio hosts personally. Keep the good stuff playing. I love the local talent you hi-lite as well. – Hank, Calgary

I have been listening and donating to CKUA for many years and I convert everyone I can to be CKUA listeners. Most of my family has been converted. I have a new Granddaughter. Eleanor(Elle) is 5 months old but she has been listening to CKUA since she was conceived. She loves it when we dance with her and sometimes a tune will catch her attention and you can see her actively listening to the radio. She listens to everything but her favorite program is Lionel’s Vinyls. – Murray, Grande Prairie

On that infamous day that CKUA came back on the air, my husband and I were driving to Jasper. We keep watching the clock waiting for the time for Andy Donnelly to come on air. We listened to fuzz and then Andy came on. I cried tears of joy as we drove towards Jasper. – Pat, Edmonton

Edmonton is where my daughter was born. CKUA helped us cope with the trials of having a newborn!! Now I listen online from work everyday! – Julie, Ithaca, NY

Many years ago, just after I’d moved to Alberta, I told my brother that I listen a lot to CBC. To which he responded, with some measure of disgust, and then great enthusiasm: “Gwenn! No one listens to CBC – you gotta tune into CKUA!” (My brother sadly died last summer. Dave particularly liked TDM, so maybe you could play something by Bob Dylan on the TDM/Stew show, dedicated to Dave.) – Gwenn, Calgary

Thank you for introducing me to great music that I would never otherwise know about! – Heather, Edmonton

I moved to Calgary from Vancouver in 1990. I quickly discovered CJSW but I didn’t find CKUA until 1994. I was driving downtown when I lost the CJSW signal among the office towers. I was punching buttons looking for something worth listening to in the wasteland of commercial radio when suddenly the truck was filled with wonderful music. I don’t recall now what the song was – probably something Bluesy – but I remember my reaction. “What radio station is that?” I now have CKUA frequencies programmed into every button on the radio, so when I lose Calgary, I punch the next button and tune into Red Deer or Medicine Hat or whatever. – Tim and Shannon, Okotoks


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Listening to Celeigh’s show and a series of Indigenous artists covering the Hip and now The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson — all awesome, and where else would I ever get this?! That’s only ONE reason I LOVE CKUA and proudly support as a monthly donor. I just supported the fundraiser and challenging all listeners to do the same. Let’s amplify CKUA! – anonymous, Edmonton

I have been a listener, volunteer and doner for 30yr and still have the radio on at home and in the car. Still love the music selections and enjoy the announcers. Also loved my volunteer experience and look forward to be person again. Thanks so much for everyone’s dedication and generosity,  – Delia, Edmonton

We are in Dubrovnik, Croatia enjoying an Adriactic holiday. Wishing CKUA a successful fundraiser, remembering we all share in the success of our Alberta community radio station when we stand up and make that commitment together. – Mike, Edmonton

My wife & I really enjoy the wide spectrum of music played on CKUA & that it is a publicly funded station plus the hosts of each program are outstanding & a real pleasure to listen to. – Dave, Jasper

I am a happy devotee of the Road Home.  – Dave, Calgary

My mom introduced me to CKUA at a young age. It’s the radio station that played where ever we were – at home, in the car, or in my mom’s shop (the recently closed art gallery and picture framing store Points North Gallery in Fort McMurray, which was open for 32 years). CKUA is interesting and thoughtful. – Jessica, Calgary

My radio in the car and kitchen is set on CKUA, With everything happening I can turn on the radio on CKUA and get lost, encouraged and learn something new every day. – anonymous, Edmonton

I got hooked on CKUA while visiting my parents in Medicine Hat – Daryl, San Jose, California

I love the variety in music offerings, the knowledgeable and friendly hosts, all together making an informative, entertaining package. – Edward, Edmonton, AB

The knowledgeable and compassionate folks of CKUA send a rare refreshing signal out across our World and into the infinity of Space — Someone very unexpected out there might be listening in and maybe thinking we’re not such a bad outfit here on our little Planet. Long live CKUA ! – Pete, Gallatin Gateway, Montana, USA

Had a spiritual teacher say: give to the needy and also to what feeds you spiritually. CKUA feeds me spiritually- the music, the announcers with their vast knowledge. – Delia, Edmonton, AB

I love a lot of different CKUA programs but right now Tony with Play It Again is my favourite. The music brings the warm memories of my grandmother’s kitchen into my kitchen on Sunday morning. – Jennifer, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

CKUA is such a great place to hear what could be called “non-establishment” music, which nowadays seems to mean great music. It’s been especially important during the pandemic because music is one of the things we can still enjoy and it helps us survive and navigate the hard times. Keep up the good work.  – Tom, Lethbridge, AB

We love your diversity. Shout out to Grant and Baba, because you got to have favourites. Our music collection would be so much smaller without you and we would have to spend more time looking for new music. Peace to you all.  – Keven & Lisa, Calgary, AB

Love the music. Heard some familiar stuff and some new music! – David, Ingersoll, ON

I heard about CKUA from my dear Calgary music friend, Susan Baird. I had the great good fortune to visit Susan during Wide Cut Country Weekend in 2017 and became a permanent CKUA fangirl! Thank you for providing wonderful 24 hour programming in a time when such individuality is rare in radio.  -Lila, Sparta, North Carolina