CKUA’s Senior Producer, Jasmine Vickaryous, likes to keep busy. We asked her about her role, her hopes for CKUA, and how she spends her time when she’s not working.
When did you start working at CKUA?
After leaving my position of Digital Communications Specialist at Mainstreet Equity, I joined the CKUA team in December 2022.
What does your role include/entail?
As the senior producer I help to oversee the creation, development, and execution of high-quality radio content, including music programs, arts and culture segments, and special broadcasts. On a daily basis I collaborate with hosts and other on-air personalities to develop show formats, segments, and topics that align with CKUA’s audience and programming goals.
What education and work experience do you bring with you?
I graduated from Mount Royal University with a Communications Degree, majoring in Broadcast Media with a minor in Marketing. I have since worked as a Podcast Coordinator at CJSW Campus and Community Radio, where I also produced a weekly radio show. I then transitioned into a Video Journalist for CityNews Calgary, where I produced daily news stories for both television and radio.
What do you enjoy about working at CKUA?
Outside of the amazing music I get to hear daily, I love being a part of an organization that amplifies the work of local and Canadian artists. CKUA has more flexibility in its programming, allowing for creative experimentation and the ability to showcase unique, niche, and diverse content that might not be as feasible at commercial stations. I have witnessed firsthand CKUA’s deep connection to the community. Working for this station has allowed me to engage with the community on a personal level, promoting local events, supporting local artists, and addressing community issues. I also appreciate the close-knit, family-like work environment that extends to on-air interactions with listeners.
What are your hopes for CKUA’s future?
CKUA has been on the air for nearly 100 years, and I hope I can be a small part of what guides CKUA into the next century. I hope that CKUA maintains its commitment to offering a wide range of musical genres, and cultural content that reflects the diverse interests of our community. As technology evolves, I hope to see CKUA adapt and integrate innovative ways of reaching its audience, such as podcasting, and social media engagement.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
You’ll always catch me tuned in to the radio, listening to podcasts, or attending live shows. I also love to work with my hands. I’m usually working on some kind of crafty project. Sewing, crocheting, refurbishing old furniture, and gardening are some of my current obsessions.
What song would you like to send out to the CKUA audience?
“It’s a Big Old Goofy World” by John Prine