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Libraries are Life! Heather Martin-Detka on CKUA

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Do you (or someone you know) have a 200-300 word story about you and CKUA that you’d like to share with us? Please let us know by writing us. We’d love to feature it! What do such stories look like?

Well, here’s one by listener Heather Martin-Detka!

CKUA has been one of those few constants through my life.

From the first time I was scrolling through the dial and found 91.3 FM in the Drumheller valley, to helping me find my dream career path, to being there as I start my “adult life” in a new city.

As an angsty hipster teen in Drumheller, it was the only FM station I could get that wasn’t country or talk radio. I remember hearing Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen)” and Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” and having my mind absolutely blown AWAY by these songs. It opened me up to all kinds of music; while my parents are huge music people with a massive record collection, CKUA opened up a whole new world of music.

As an emerging adult trying to find her way in the world, if it weren’t for Arianne [Smith-Piquette] in the library taking me under her wing, as a volunteer, and then as a [Serving Communities Internship Program] intern, I wouldn’t have gone into librarianship, which I truly feel is my calling and where “my people” are. And for that, I am forever grateful.

Moving back to Southern Alberta to start my “adult life,” CKUA is still by my side: one of the first social events in Lethbridge I went to was a CKUA-sponsored show. And 99.3 FM in Lethbridge is still my first choice when it comes finding new music.

Heather Martin-Detka, MLIS

Thanks again for sharing this story about you and CKUA, Heather!

Please email us if you would like to share your own 200-300 word CKUA story with our community! And tell a friend too! We’d love to hear from listeners of all generations and backgrounds!