Following these guidelines will help get your music on the air:
Check our program schedule
Get a sense of our music preferences, and if you feel your music would fit CKUA, then please send it our way. (We don't play metal or hard-core rap, for example.)
Send it to our Music Coordinator
CKUA Radio Network
Carol Ann Murray, Music Coordinator
9804 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0C5
If you feel that your music would suit a particular show, feel free to send an additional copy to that show’s announcer.
We prefer to receive new music in CD format, although we can accept digital submissions. And please ensure that your submission meets minimum broadcast production standards.
Label your CDs
Please clearly label your CD with the proper artist/album info, including track times. Bear in mind that slip sleeves and paper envelope CD packaging can easily get lost on the shelves; regular sized jewel cases/ digipaks with a spine label are a big help to the announcers, and to you.
Include a short bio (typed, not handwritten!)
A one-page bio is helpful, but keep it minimal. Include:
- your musical genre
- where you’re from
- current tour info
- other artists you might compare yourself to
- your website or contact info
Things to Consider
As a community-supported radio station, we operate very differently than commercial stations and our airplay does not concentrate on singles or focus tracks.
CKUA does not air music that contains obscene lyrics. We are not able to screen the large volume of music that we receive for lyrical content. So we ask please that albums sent that feature questionable language have a clear indication of which songs contain obscenities. Even better, if you can send an album that is a "clean edit" (obscenities removed from the recording) we will be happy to receive it.
Announcers are free to play whatever they wish - they determine which albums receive the most exposure. Because of this, we do not have the resources to produce tracking reports for individual songs. Albums which receive the most airplay will appear on our music charts. Data used to compile these charts is based on the most popular choices of our announcers over a two-week period.
We do our best to support talented artists at all levels, but we receive such a tremendous amount of music from Albertan, Canadian, and International artists, that we are simply unable to guarantee airplay on any music that is submitted to us.
What happens next?
Most music we receive and approve lands in the New Release section, which our announcers regularly review for music that interests them. Due to the sheer size of our music collection we reserve the right to pull music that receives little to no airplay from the library.
Thank you for listening and we hope you hear your own tracks soon!