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It’s the fall 2023 fundraiser and we are having a blast catching up with the hosts, artists and donors. Here’s what they’re saying about the important difference YOU make to them with your donation.

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

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I became hooked on CKUA when I switched from another radio station after their overload of commercials. It was then I discovered Mojo in the Mornings. That day Baba changed how I listen to radio. Keep it up! – Angie Davies, Calgary 

CKUA is one of 2 online stations that I listen to here on the equator. Thank you. I’ve been a supporter for many years and I’m happy to be able to hear CKUA through the internet! – Dennis Froese, Ibarra, Ecuador

CKUA brings so much joy to my life, I’m so grateful for the music, announcers and the community! – Nicole Sprague, Beaver County AB 

I listen to Leo and Baba in the mornings while I do my yoga exercises. It’s a great fit. – Helen, Edmonton 

I LOVE CKUA…it has such a wide variety of music, I listen all day…my fav station – Ann Raspier, Lloydminster AB 

I have always liked listening to CKUA ever since a good friend and my brother introduced me to CKUA about 20 years ago.  The variety of musicians featured is outstanding and it has truly opened up a more expansive musical world for me. – Caron Bishop, Edmonton

CKUA is the only radio station I listen to; especially when I’m driving.  Love the announcers, especially Baba, Tony King, Lionel and Amy.  Love the variety of music and I’m a great fan of the blues.  CKUA has introduced me to so many artists. Thank you!  -Denise Gagné  Williamson, Airdrie 

I am really impressed with CKUA. So many talented staff and great entertainers. – Doug Engh, Calgary 

Long time listener and supporter. Keep up the good work! – Ian Menzies, Calgary 

CKUA keeps us centered and moving forward! Great shows with great music! -Darren, Calgary 

Such a beautiful station that I’ve listened to for 25yrs. I never would have experienced the south country fair for many years without ckua. I fully and completely enjoy every show on the this station – Warren Smith, Medicine Hat 

CKUA gives voice to many musicians and styles of music that would not have a chance on mainstream radio. Thank you and love “Time for Jazz”!! – James Duggan, Calgary


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No matter where I am in the province, it keeps me company and introduces me to so much music! – Kay, Calgary 
I love CKUATony’s voice reminds me of when he used to dj late at night (Stardust?)and I would listen on my way home from my girlfriendsWe are engaged to be married next fallCKUA is a part of our livesRock on! – Chadwick Winger, Edmonton 
I love to hear local musicians and applaud you for what you do. – Linda McGaw, Edmonton 
CKUA has introduced me to so much new musicI appreciate everything the presenter – Hugh, Edmonton

CKUA is the lighting of the musical candles every artist contributes.  Not just the spotlight, but the light and warmth – Pan Sciore, Calgary 

Having CKUA alongside me in my day has kept me sane some days, comforted other days, joyful in evenings, peaceful and welcomed. – Carol, Calgary 

Wonderful radio.  Especially love mid morning (Baba) mojo, and traffic jams Lisa – Craig Christophersen, Kalispell MT 

CKUA is truly a family. It is always a treat to tune in and hear new music and learn about the artists. It’s so exciting to go to events and meet the on-air folks who brighten our days. – Patti Fedor, Sherwood Park

Ed and I were long time supporters and volunteers of CKUA. I had just been wondering if Connie Kaldor was still performing and there it was in the newsletter! Still performing! Can always count on CKUA on the latest music info! Thanks – Delia, Edmonton 
CKUA represents authentic and genuine true music and the associated songwriters. I love it. – Burke Oswald, Sherwood Park 
I love CKUA: I simply can’t listen to any other station. – Linda, Calgary

I’m becoming a monthly donor because CKUA is so important to me! I listen to Kate’s show every Mon-Thurs while I work – love the tunes she plays and her positive energy! Thanks Kate <3 – Chea, Kelowna, BC 
CKUA is as everyone says it is: a radio station that makes you feel at home. I travel so much in spring and fall for work, always by myself, but with CKUA I never feel alone. The fact I can get CKUA all across AB is so important to me.  Lara, Calgary

It’s great radio with great music and information. – Lynn Carter, Viking, AB 

Music has always gotten me through whatever life has thrown at me. CKUA speaks to my heart and mind. I feel so grateful for what you do. Thank you. – Rosemary Margaret Manning, Edmonton, AB

Thanks for helping to keep us all sane, singing, and sashaying, CKUA!  You’re the best! – Jane, Calgary

It is so nice to listen to music by lesser known and local artists.  I enjoy the information provided by the program announcers about the artists and the music and about the different choices of music types. Please keep up the good work. – Judy Todd, Calgary

I love what everyone at CKUA is doing!  Thanks for the musical education and inspiration you provide. – Emilie, Calgary 

Love Ckua! Thank you for the diversity of music. I love it when i hear a new amazing song that was not in my life before! – Sylvia, Edmonton

Been listening for over 25 years, and 24 / 7, that is what has saved our marriage lol – Tom Gardiner, Lethbridge 

Listening to CKUA has brought me through some tough personal times. Love the wide range of genres offered and the background info given by each host. Really appreciate Leo Cripps’ show and Andy Donnelly’s show.  Thanks everyone. – Natalka Dreichel, Edmonton


Just love CKUA! Everyday & in every way, CKUA makes the sunshine & my heart sing! – Candy Norris, Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Like many of your older listeners I first started listening to CKUA around 1970 and Hogler’s blues program. Over the last 50 years I’ve always enjoyed and supported CKUA. The OnDemand upgrade now lets me enjoy all the shows 24/7 worldwide. Big love!! – Peter Wood, Bali 

Long time CKUA fan & supporter- I was delighted tonight to hear Erin & Lionel doing a show together – what a treat! – Jan, Hinton

It’s the best radio station in the province and supports quality musicians. Thanks for all you do in the community! – Melyssa Lee, Calgary 

My God, LOVE CKUA … it’s like a musical blood transfusion … coolest station going!!! … Burt and I are honoured to support it.  – Burt The Cat in Sage Hill, Calgary 

Longtime listener from my working years in Calgary.  In retirement I have continued to listen to CKUA online.  It is on everyday in our house.  Get to enjoy even more on rainy days like today on Vancouver Island!! – Tom Matier, Ladysmith, BC

Thank you both for everything you do to support music and artists in Alberta. And to Terry for being our wolfman Jack. Saturday nights aren’t Saturday nights without CKUA  – Tim Glowa and Suzanne Speak, The Woodlands, TX 

CKUA is important to me for the bonding time with my dad every Sunday and for exposure to so much amazing music that helped shaped the world before I was born in 1992. – Joshua Witt, Calgary, AB 

Love Love Love this station. I just moved back from New Brunswick where I could only listen online but now I jump in my vehicle and listen away – Brian Juke, Onoway, AB 

CKUA is a big part of my day. I can’t listen to commercial radio. I’m a monthly donor and try to recruit listeners all the time. But enough about me. Keep up the sensational music guys!  – Shawn, Drumheller 

Without this station, our radio would be off! Thanks to All the Announcers for variety in our lives – Fran Armstrong, Yellowhead County, AB 

CKUA gets me through — full stop. CKUA is my constant, the soundtrack to my life. And I love what I learn! Love listening to TDM and Allison together or individually. Keep on keepin on! – Liz, Edmonton 

Great music since I started listening. 1969 to now. live streaming is great. – Randall Filan, Victoria, BC

Having the radio tuned to CKUA is like having a friend in the car who is excited to play you new music and old favorites. Crafting the soundtrack to your day and making it better. CKUA is more than a radio station. They are an important public service! – Jennifer Dechaine, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

My favourite shows are Lionel’s Vinyls and The Celtic Show. I am a monthly donor and thought I’d make a top up donation to show my support for these shows. – Karen Johnson, Edmonton, AB

Listening to such knowledgable programmers/announcers how obviously know and love music is such a treat. There is no where else we can hear such a range of music. Increased my monthly plus this one-time donation . Love Lionel, TDM, Allison. – Gregg Maxwell, Calgary, AB

CKUA is in the transportation business– it moves minds. Been in my life four all 49 years, from rural childhood to urban parenthood. – John Ressler, Calgary, AB


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CKUA is the sanity I crave!!  – Rose, Carbon, AB 

We are here for you because you are here for us. Jim and Carol Wyatt, Powell River, BC 

Love your station for so many reasons! Listen every day. I appreciate all the music you play. Janyce, Cranbrook, BC 

Thanks for promoting and supporting independent artists! – Pam, Nanton, AB 

Long time listener and love what you all do. Best radio station on the planet! – James Harcourt, Salt Spring Island, BC 

I love that you bring arts and culture into my life when it might not be accessible to me otherwise. thank you!!! – Jude, Fort McMurray, AB  

In our busy and troubling world, we all need some joy and great music in our lives!!  – Myrna Field, Edson, AB 

This station is part of my life! Got me through Covid. We need the power of music!  – Brenda Jankowski, Leduc, AB 

CKUA is sounding prit-ty darn fresh these days and I love the music you play. I’m especially happy to hear that you support Alberta’s indie artists so brilliantly! Thank you!!! – Wilfred Kozub, Edmonton, AB 
Keep up the good work, playing Original Radio! Matthew LeDrew, Cornwall, Ontario 
I live stream a number of your shows on a weekly basis-hosted by Holger Petersen, Cam Hayden, Mulligan Stew, Roy Forbes. Love your music selections-your interviews-and your stories of past concerts of Blues music in Alberta. – Chuck, Quebec 
Discovered many great blues and jazz musicians and a new appreciation for country music through CKUA. – Brian Cosier, Calgary, AB 
Stumbled onto Baba 10 or 12 years ago. And have listened to you all pretty much ever since. Fascinated by how many excellent folks there at the station. With a group that you have there you cannot help but succeed. Keep up the excellent work you all do. – Kempy, Redcliff, AB
I’m a monthly donor. I’m moving to Saskatchewan and I will continue to donate and listen. Thank you for all you do.  – Cynthia, Peace River, AB 

The hosts don’t just play the music I love, but they teach me so much about itIt’s the only station I’ve found that plays such a selection of music. Faith Milton, Whitecourt AB 
Every Single Day starts with CKUAWeekends are wonderfully comforting with Aaron Au or Mark Antonelli – and yet – I’ve never donated during either programAnd DYD?? I’m in. Thank you for your music and your insight, and our shared connections.  – Mary Lynne, Calgary, AB 
I love the CALM of CKUA! Ken Biemans, Medicine Hat, AB 
We listen to CKUA every morningEspecially Bob and the dogs at 5am. Love his show. Dale and Anne Watson, Red Deer, AB 
Love the Wake Up Shake Up, remember listening while working as a gardener and really enjoying the show. – Vic Urban, Calgary, AB 
You make my life more complete! The BEST!  – Dean, Turner Valley, AB

We are family! For years we’ve been just grooving to ckua and all the wonderful musical programming that you all put together for us. Thank you, so very, very much!  – Edwin Knox, Pincher Creek, AB 
Good to have CKUA here in the NWTThanks! – Scott Parker, Yellowknife, NWT 
Thank you CKUA, you are played daily in my house. I am from Hanna and live in Idaho, CKUA brings me back home. – Jodi Stiehl, Island Park, Idaho 
I’ve been listening since way before the dark days. Keep on doing what you do! – Doug Boyd, Victoria, BC 
We love u guys! Keep it rocking & we’ll keep coming back – Venus and Troy, Saskatoon, SK 
CKUA is our favorite station, it is playing most of the day in our house or on the road or in the garage! – Irene and Randy, Qualicum Beach, BC 

I moved to the Island 10 years ago and still NEED CKUA in my life. – Norene, Comox

I love having CKUA as a companion on my journeys from sitting in my office at work, to coming back to unwind from a search and rescue mission, to journeying across the province for work or pleasure! Thanks CKUA, and the many hosts doing a wonderful job curating the music selections. – Anthony, Medicine Hat

Thank you for being one of life’s constants in these hard times, dear CKUA-fam – Anonymous

Music feeds the soul & CKUA provides that nourishment. It is an integral part of our day – providing a social link to the community. Love it! – Cathy and Marty, Calgary

CKUA matters and makes such a positive impact each and every day – Tina, Calgary

I’ve loved your station for years when I lived in Calgary, and I made it an absolute imperative to find you online here in the Gulf Islands! Love love your music! – Cheryl, Gabriola Island, BC

I’ve listened to CKUA for many years and enjoy hearing artists both new and old and learning some of the history behind the musicians and songs over the years. This summer/fall I’ve started jotting down the names of artists I hear on CKUA and downloading their albums. I’ve created my own playlists that I can listen to anytime.Thank you CKUA for bringing such a wide variety of musical enjoyment into my world. – Brenda, Calgary

CKUA has been an important part of my family’s lives for almost a decade. When my musical daughter was a senior in high school, she was having trouble finding references for a lesser-known professional saxophone player. I suggested if anyone would be able to provide more information, it would be John Worthington. She emailed John with the name of a specific piece, and he emailed her back within 24 hours with the complete recording details of a rather obscure bit of music. I love the sense of community CKUA promotes, and I will never forget John’s extensive knowledge. – Sue, Red Deer

Love CKUA – we are listening to you today in Goodyear, Arizona! – Carol & Rick, Arizona

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