Autumn is rolling in, with its darker nights and chilly breezes. Does it make you feel a touch melancholic? Never fear! Here at CKUA we are heating things up for you and brightening the season with an infusion of fresh new programming.
Let’s start with Leo Cripps. The founder of Calgary’s ReggaeFest and long-time host of Caribbean LinkUp on CJSW Radio, Leo has been bringing music from the Caribbean and beyond to Albertans for over 25 years.
He’s an expert and utter enthusiast and that’s why we’re so pleased to bring his passion to you through the CKUA airwaves. Journeys will be brightening up our Saturdays, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., starting September 8, 2018.
A Jamaican-born Calgarian, Leo will be spinning a blend of tracks from across the planet, with a healthy dose of reggae, dancehall and soca. Expect a diverse and eclectic mix light up the schedule every Saturday between the Dirty Windshields Radio Hour and Natch’l Blues.
The new program means a shift for two long-time favourites: Kodi Hutchinson and A Time For Jazz. Kodi and ATFJ are moving to Thursday nights from 6pm to 8pm. ATFJ has been a fixture on the CKUA Saturday schedule for many years – steered by such luminaries as Tommy Banks, Bill Coull and Don Berner – and Kodi, a veteran jazz musician and its most recent host, has made it an essential window into the Albertan and Canadian jazz scenes.
We know that ATFJ is a weekend staple for many of you, so we thought long and hard before making this change. Ultimately, we felt that we had an opportunity to build a larger audience for Jazz on Thursday nights, making it a place where new fans and aficionados will gather to enjoy the best in recorded jazz and to get the context and flavour of what’s on the docket in live jazz each weekend. Not sure about this move? Get a behind-the-scenes look at what drove this shift from Content Director Kevin Wilson.
Also in the Calgary studio, two of our exceptionally talented hosts are about to pull a switcharoo!
Hayley Muir joined the CKUA family two and a half years ago and quickly became a favourite with our core audience. You’ve let us know how much you appreciate her work. With her signature song selection, Hayley has been a big part of ushering in a fresh era in CKUA’s storied history. Now Hayley is bringing her can’t-miss weekday mix of new and old to the afternoon drive show from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
When Matt Masters joined CKUA this summer he was a veteran performer but a radio newbie. As we traveled around the province hosting and live-broadcasting from music festivals this summer, we heard from many of you that you loved Matt’s adventurous mix and his way with a story that provides the context for the music. We’re pleased to announce that Matt is sticking around! Catch him each weekday from noon to 2 p.m.
Clearly the Calgary studio is growing by leaps and bounds, which is going to keep David Ward busy. He’s been mentoring our Calgary team while growing the audience during the afternoon drive. As we head into fall, he’ll be focusing full-time on developing our EVOLVING bench of Southern Alberta talent.
Over the summer, you may have noticed Keri Rak quietly sliding into the Saturday Morning slot, making an indelible impression with her lively, lovely selection of tunes each week. A self-described “record store kid”, Keri has been charming Saturday Morning audiences from the get-go with a truly eclectic mix. We’re thrilled that she is going to continue holding that spot.
Our aim is to bring you A high-quality mix of compelling, life-enriching programming you can’t find anywhere else. So cuddle up to CKUA this autumn, have a listen to the new lineup and let us know what you think! Email email@example.com or use the Open Mic feature on the CKUA App.