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We're asking CKUA monthly donors - what's your JAM?

Monthly donors make it happen, and we want to hear their song suggestions.
Let’s celebrate JAMuary by sharing our favourite JAMS.

Use the Open Mic feature on the CKUA app or load a voice clip below and we’ll get your JAM to the intrepid CKUA announcers.

It’s JAMuary!

As the new year approaches, CKUA has big plans to celebrate you, our monthly donors, as part of JAMuary 2023. You help support the music every day on CKUA, and now is your opportunity to help curate the music for the community.

We would love for you to share your favourite song with us—what we affectionately call your “jam.” What’s the song that moves you, or gets you moving? Let us know, and we’ll gather your musical selection along with others to build a month full of wonderful programming that includes all the songs suggested by our incredible monthly donors.

JAMuary 2023 will be a month of celebration. A time for us to express our gratitude for our monthly donors, and a time for them to contribute to the playlist. Tune into CKUA throughout the month and you may hear your own jam, or one from your neighbour. Whatever is in the mix, it will be sweet and surprising, just like a homemade JAM.

Get in touch now! That way, when the cold winds of the new year blow, we’ll have a shared musical party to make the winter a little cozier. It’s easy to do.

Here’s a sample jam. Check back for more throughout the month!

Use the Open Mic feature on the CKUA app and we’ll get your JAM to our intrepid CKUA announcers.


– Start by introducing yourself; we want to know your name and where you’re from

– What’s your JAM? We want the song name and the artist.

– Why? Tell us why this jam gets you moving and grooving

General tips for a good recording:
  • Find the quietest room you can, away from windows. Turn off the radio, TV, or anything else that makes noise.
  • Recording on a smartphone? Hold it to your ear like you’re making a phone call, instead of holding it in front of your face.
  • Recording on a computer or tablet? Position yourself close to the device, place your mouth roughly 6-12 inches from the microphone.
  • Do you have a pair of headphones or earbuds with a built-in mic? This may offer better quality than the device by itself.
  • Pauses before or after the recording are fine

You have 30 seconds to record!

If you don’t have the CKUA app, you can still send in your JAM. Please try to keep the length of the recording between 15-20 seconds.


– Start by introducing yourself; we want to know your name and where you’re from.

– What’s your JAM? We want the song name and the artist.

– Why? Tell us why this jam gets you moving and grooving

General tips for a good recording:
  • Find the quietest room you can, away from windows. Turn off the radio, TV, or anything else that makes noise.
  • Recording on a smartphone? Hold it to your ear like you’re making a phone call, instead of holding it in front of your face.
  • Recording on a computer or tablet? Position yourself close to the device, place your mouth roughly 6-12 inches from the microphone.
  • Do you have a pair of headphones or earbuds with a built-in mic? This may offer better quality than the device by itself.
  • Pauses before or after the recording are fine
Using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac
  • Find the Voice Memos app. This app is developed by Apple and usually located in the Utilities folder.
  • Open the app, tap the red circle record button to begin recording.
  • To adjust the recording level, move the microphone closer to or farther from what you’re recording.
  • If using an iPhone, hold it to your ear while talking, like you’re making a phone call. If using an iPad or Mac, make sure your mouth is within a foot of the device.
  • Tap the red square to stop. Tap to finish recording.
  • It should automatically give the recording a title based on the date or location. If you want to rename it, tap the recording, then tap the name and type a new one.
  • Fill out your name and song below, and press “Upload File”; select that file from your device.
Using an Android phone

Not all Androids have a built in voice recorder, but there are many available on the Play Store. Search “sound recorder’ in your apps. If nothing appears, you can download an app, such as Easy Voice Recorder or Voice Recorder Pro.

  • Find (or download) a simple voice recording app. Depending on your device there may be one already built-in.
  • Open the app and tap the record button to begin recording.
  • Hold the phone to your ear while talking, like you’re making a phone call.
  • When you finish recording, press the stop button.
  • Listen back to make sure it sounds the way you want it to.
  • Fill out your name and song below, and press “Upload File”; select that file from your device.

JAMuary audio file submission

What's your name?
Tell us the song and who it's performed by
Accepted file types: mp3, wav, m4a, Max. file size: 100 MB.