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We know that there are CKUA donors all over the world, but did you know that some CKUA listeners are also world travellers? Meet longtime donor Moira Proskin, who lives in Calgary and walked in Spain earlier this year.

1. How did you discover CKUA and become a listener?

Although I live in Calgary now, I went to grad school at U of A in Edmonton and listened to CJSR and then CKUA. I became a volunteer at the Edmonton Folk Fest in 1990.

2. Why is CKUA important to you, and why do you donate?

I grew up listening to all kinds of music and I enjoy variety. I suppose it was my dad who influenced my earliest listening to folk music, especially Pete Seeger, and the Scottish musicians Harry Lauder and Andy Stewart. I know whenever I am tuned to CKUA I will enjoy a variety of genres, something old and something new, and some good storytelling, too. Originally, I donated in honour of my dad.

3. Do you have a favourite CKUA program?

It would be like choosing a favourite daughter! (I have two. I love them differently but equally.) Shoutouts must go to Mid-Morning Mojo, Friday Night Blues Party, Folk Routes, Lionel’s Vinyls, and, of course, The Celtic Show.

4. You recently went on an interesting trip. Can you tell our audience about that, and whether you had music with you on your journey?

I was privileged to walk the Camino Frances in 2021 and again in 2022. The Camino is an historic pilgrimage from St. Jean Pied de Port in France, over the Pyrenees, across northern Spain through places such as Pamplona (of running of the bulls fame), Burgos, Leon, Astorga and finally to Santiago de Compostela and then onto Finnesterre: the end of the world. It is approximately 800 km or 500 miles. So, yes, I walked 500 miles and then I walked 500 more! I made a playlist of walking songs, which I listened to when I trained in Canada, but I chose to go completely unplugged in Spain so I could enjoy the wind and birdsong.

5. If you could send a song out to our audience, what would you choose?

I suppose to be consistent, I’d best send out I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers to honour my Scottish roots, my passion for walking Caminos, and my husband, Sam, who really is the guy I would walk 500 miles to be with! (He’s also the one who encourages me to support CKUA!)

Thank you, Moira and Sam, for your support of CKUA over the years. To join the community that supports CKUA with an ongoing donation.