It’s a bittersweet day here at CKUA, as we say goodbye to the guy who has steered the station for nearly two decades. After 18 years as CKUA’s CEO, Ken Regan is retiring.
After years spent reporting from the CKUA newsroom in the 80s and 90s, Ken took over as CEO shortly after the station went dark (and was resurrected) in 1997. His dedication and leadership helped bring us back from the edge and shaped CKUA into the station that it is today. He worked to help secure the station’s future, including the move to our current HQ in Edmonton’s Alberta Hotel. As soon as that big move was done, Ken set his eyes on Calgary. With the CEO of the National Music Centre, Ken shared a dream of creating a true home for music in Canada and to introduce its treasures to CKUA listeners. That led to last year, when we opened a new broadcast studio in Calgary – The Calgary Foundation CKUA Studio – at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.
More than just being the big boss, Ken has also been an unfailingly friendly and warm presence for staff, volunteers and donors. He’s a big supporter of arts and culture in Alberta, serving on numerous boards and involved with organizations across the province.
In honour of Ken’s time here at the station, we had a dig through the archives and want to share some of the memories of his decades with CKUA.
Here’s Ken sharing a couple of the albums closest to his heart, from our Capital Campaign back in 2013.