Amy McBain is an Edmonton entrepreneur, and a CKUA listener for many years. We caught up with her to learn more about her CKUA journey.
How did you come to be a CKUA listener?
I grew up with CKUA. It was the only radio station my parents listened to, and it was on in our house and vehicles constantly.
I volunteered on some of the very first fundraising campaigns when I was 12, 13, 14…running food from the kitchen to volunteers up and down the stairs in the old building on Jasper Avenue. As I grew up, I drifted away and listened to a lot of the Top 40 or rock stations, but I have always felt the most at home (or changed the dial less) with CKUA. Eventually, a few years ago, I just gave up trying to channel surf and now CKUA is the only station I listen to in my own car. I don’t even stream music anymore. CKUA has it all.
Do you have a favourite program?
Hmm, I do love Alberta Morning, but if I had to pick one or two I’d say Mid-Morning Mojo with Baba. Even if it’s only once a week now, how can you not love that guy? And Wide Cut Country. I’m a big country/Americana/folk fan.
Why do you support CKUA with an ongoing donation?
I want it to keep existing. If you don’t use it, you lose it, right? So if I want to keep listening to great, local radio, I’d better make sure I support it. And I’m a big believer in donating as locally as possible. Those dollars keep someone in my neighbourhood/community/city/province employed, and I think that’s very important.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Both my partner and I are pretty involved in our community, through politics and volunteering and generally being out and about—we travel in a great circle of city builders and entrepreneurs, so there’s always something going on. And we’ve got a toddler, with another baby on the way (literally, any day now), so that keeps us busy and humble!
Would you choose a song to send out to the CKUA audience?
Bah! Too many to choose from, but because it’s my parents who are ultimately responsible for my love of CKUA, let’s send a song out for them: “Angel from Montgomery” by Bonnie Raitt.