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Treasures from The Vault

History

With eclectic and engaging programming, colourful characters, and incredible music, CKUA has been a vital part of the Alberta community since 1927.

CKUA invites you to join us as we celebrate ninety years of exceptional radio and community-building as revealed through historic photos, audio files, and compelling stories with CKUA: Treasures from The Vault.

This virtual exhibit highlights the legacy of five notable CKUA alumni-people who dared to think big, create community, and make great radio. Treasures from The Vault also delves into CKUA’s vast archival collection-over 1.5 million items-to showcase five intriguing objects that will pique your curiosity and connect you to the station’s place in broadcasting history.

H.P. Brown

Founder, Innovator, Altruist

Sheila Marryat – 1887 – 1962

Radio Pioneer, True Original, Indefatigable

Beatrice Carmichael 1889 – 1964

 

A musical mentor for a young province

Gaby Haas 1920 – 1987

 

“Mr. Polka” brings the sounds of Europe to Alberta

Art Ward 1912 – 1960

 

The colourful character that was the voice for sports in the city

CKUA’s Edisons

Two pieces of treasured tech in the CKUA collection

Transcription Discs

 

From Edmonton to Alaska, wartime news and entertainment

Vogue Records

 

When a record is a work of art

Autographed Piano Cover

 

CKUA’s well-loved living artifact

CKUA and 40 wondrous years of radio

 

Moon-based stations and other visions of radio future

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anna Rebus has 20 years’ experience as an archaeologist, author, historian, and museum specialist. Her books include Many Voices, One Heritage: A Celebration of Hungarian Culture in Calgary; Inside the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology; and Airdrie 1909-2009: Celebrating 100 Years of History, Community and Opportunity. Mrs. Rebus holds a BA in Geography and Urban Studies, a BA in Archaeology and Museum Studies, an MA in Museum Studies, and is currently completing an MA in Heritage and Interpretation. Mrs. Rebus has a passion for natural and cultural heritage, and this is reflected in her desire to discover and share the stories of people, cultures, and the world around us. Her favourite band is Canada’s own Blue Rodeo and she enjoys listening to Baba’s Mid-Morning Mojo on CKUA when it’s time for her to hunker down and write.