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The CKUA Moment…


Do you have a 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 our ever-present CEO, Marc Carnes!


I’m willing to bet you’ve experienced that moment. It might have been the first time you tuned in to CKUA. Or perhaps it was the third, or fifth, or twentieth. Whenever it was, my guess is you’ve probably experienced it.

It’s that time you turned on CKUA, and for some unexpected reason, you stopped what you were doing. Or you just sat there, parked in your car. Or you lost the conversation you were having while straining to hear what was going on in the background. You were drawn in; snapped out of it by the thought: “WHAT was that song?”

I call it, the CKUA moment.

Maybe it was the power of the song.

Maybe it was the delight in something new and unexpected.

Or maybe, it was the connection you felt after the host shared a particular piece of music trivia that you couldn’t wait to pull out at your next social gathering (remember those?).

Whatever the reason, and whatever the setting, that moment created a memory and a feeling that stayed with you.

My CKUA moment resulted in me endlessly surfing the web, as I wanted to learn more about the artist I had just heard. Naturally, I bought their CD. It’s a CD that I pull out from time to time, more than a dozen years later and, as I do, that CKUA moment comes flooding back like it was yesterday.

That moment, recreated time and time again, as my music taste matured and evolved thanks to CKUA, is what encouraged me to donate for the first time. It was how I could do my part and say thank you to the station that had connected with me, in such a joyful and meaningful way.

This memory is just one of the million reasons I am proud to donate to CKUA. I take pride in being a part of a community of people who share a special bond through the power of music and art to draw us in, speak to us, and, yes, give us those time-stopping CKUA feelings of surprise and delight.

Please join me in creating many more moments like this for listeners of today, and tomorrow. Whether you donate every year, or you’ve never donated at all, I invite you to support CKUA during our fall fundraising campaign.

Thank you!
Marc Carnes

P.S. The album was by Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson. What was yours?

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

Please email us if you would like to share your own CKUA story with our community!