appropriate that CKUA's move into our new home
occurred during the month of Thanksgiving - and we are indeed thankful!
Each year, the Municipal and Provincial governments have a pool of funds
available for facility improvement and investment projects - and this
year CKUA was chosen to receive
part of those funds.
just the "bricks and mortar" part.
operations part - the actual running of the station - is a completely
separate cost of business, and this is the part that is donor-supported.
No matter where we 'live', running our station requires money for
technology, licensing, salaries, transmitter maintenance, and a host of
other items. This is the CKUA to which donors contribute - the heart
beating behind our programming.
All donations to our
Fall Fundraiser go directly, and only, to our operating costs. You
will be supporting our on-air programming - all the wonderful and weird
sounds you've come to expect - and we thank all of you for doing so.
the CKUA Press Release: Celebrate CKUA Radio's Arrival at
Watch the News from Global about the Big
Move:Shane Jones talks with Todd Crawshaw about CKUA's Fall Fundraiser
Todd Crawshaw visits the Global studio with an update on the first Fall Fundraiser in the new building...After
57 Years in the same building, CKUA Radio is on the move
Visit some of the nooks,
crannies, and concerns in the old building...Future
looks bright for CKUA as the station moves to its new home
with video (Global
Get a sneak peek into
some of the spaces of the new buildling...CKUA
Radio celebrates new home with ceremonial record delivery
with video (Global
dignitaries arrive! Read more about our new
October 6 - CKUA
begins big move with $5 million Alberta Culture boost
Starting the move 6 blocks
October 6 - CKUA
gets new home
with video (CTV
The first record album arrives at its new
John Worthington with '1927'
- a compilation of the Best of
October 6 - Province
gives $5M to CKUA
with video (CTV
Words from Minister Klimchuk, Minister of
Culture for the Province of Alberta.
October 7 -
packs its bags and heads to historic Alberta Hotel
Fond memories from John
Worthington, CKUA's Old-disc Jockey.
October 7 -
Alberta radio station gets $5M provincial funding
(Sun News Network
Some are overjoyed with
the contributions, some not so much.
Celebrates 85 Years of Broadcasting
An interview with Ken
Regan, CEO of CKUA Radio.
October 10 - A
Great Day for CKUA
(St. Albert Leader)
Paul Moulton, Volunteer Chair of CKUA
Ken Regan and John
Worthington in the new Performance
needs to raise $25M to pay for the new building, infrastructure
upgrades and endowments to support our
future.1. With CKUA
receiving millions of dollars from the provincial government, why are
you still having fundraisers?2. The new building seems to be quite grand. Why does
CKUA need such a fancy building?3. How will you pay for the remainder of the building’s
cost?4. Can I
dedicate part of my fundraiser gift towards the cost of the new
building?5. How does
a new station in Edmonton help with CKUA’s Alberta-wide mandate?
6. What are you
doing to raise CKUA’s profile in Calgary and other parts of
Alberta?7. When can
CKUA’s loyal listeners and supporters get a tour of the new
heard about the performance space in the new building – when will you
start hosting concerts and events?
and the New
1. With CKUA receiving millions of dollars
from the provincial government, why are you still having
We're fortunate and grateful
to have received such support from the Province and City of Edmonton,
who have each contributed $5M. These funds are one-time gifts, which
will be distributed over the next several years and designated
specifically by the government to support the cost of the new
CKUA relies upon listener support to allow
us to keep providing quality programs that they've come to expect and
love. The government money will help us pay for the building. Our
bi-annual fundraisers and support received via monthly donors pays for
all the expenses related to running the station, including our vast
array of programming.
2. The new building seems to be quite grand.
Why does CKUA need such a fancy
It is very important for the
future of CKUA to be an active part of our community. Our plans include
new ways to connect with a more diverse range of people and to better
serve the arts and cultural community throughout Alberta. As such, we
needed to be centrally located.
After nine years of
planning and searching, we found a space that not only met the unique
needs of a broadcast facility, but was located in Edmonton’s emerging
entertainment district and has the additional advantage of being the
perfect mix of a heritage building, reconstructed to modern
How will you pay for the remainder of the building’s
CKUA is working on a capital campaign
designed to invite our supporters to contribute to paying down our
mortgage. We’re in what the industry calls the ‘quiet phase’ in which
we’re generating support from leaders in business and cultural
enterprises around Alberta. We hope to announce the public phase of the
capital campaign sometime in mid-2013.
Can I dedicate part of my fundraiser gift towards the cost of the new
Although we’re happy to accept
any gift supporters may wish to direct towards the new building’s
mortgage, we still need support to continue broadcasting and producing
the type of quality programming our listeners have come to expect from
We can draw a parallel between CKUA’s
building/operating costs and those of anyone maintaining a house – part
of each month’s paycheque will go towards paying rent or a mortgage, but
money is still needed to keep the lights on, keep the furnace running,
and keep food in the fridge. This is the situation CKUA finds itself in –
we don’t want to be “house poor”; we need the continued support
generated through our twice-yearly fundraisers to keep up the day-to-day
operation and broadcast.
5. How does a new station in Edmonton help with
CKUA’s Alberta-wide mandate?
organization needs a home base. The old Edmonton studios had been
inhabited by CKUA since 1955. The technical infrastructure was
unreliable, antiquated and had been put together piecemeal over the
decades. Simple maintenance required an inordinate amount of time and
attention just to keep us on the air. In addition, the building itself
was literally falling apart and was no longer a safe environment for
CKUA staff and volunteers or our precious music
Our new facility is equipped with
state-of-the art broadcast equipment that will enhance our overall
sound, enable our engineers to use their time much more efficiently and
effectively, and provide opportunities for new types of content, such as
video, which we can distribute via our web platforms.
What are you doing to raise CKUA’s profile in Calgary and other parts
CKUA is working with the
National Music Centre (NMC) and will have space in their new
facility. Although it's still early in the project, our
presence in Calgary will be expanding in the coming years with new
studio spaces and partnerships that will raise our profile. More
information and updates will be provided to our listeners and supporters
as the project progresses.
CKUA continues to support
music and cultural groups around Calgary and other parts of Alberta
through media sponsorships, advertising partnerships, live on-location
broadcasts and volunteer presence at festivals and special events.
When can CKUA’s loyal listeners and supporters get a tour of the new
As anyone who has moved a
household or business can attest, the process of unpacking, developing
new routines and settling in takes some time. Once we have a little time
to become familiar with our new home and ensure that our daily business
operations are set, we will start planning for public tours. They will
likely happen in the New Year, and when plans are set, we’ll tell
everyone about them through our announcers, broadcast spots, website and
the Original Thoughts newsletter.
I’ve heard about the performance space in the new building – when will
you start hosting concerts and events?
We’re all excited at the new opportunities
for CKUA to contribute to the cultural lifeblood of the province
through hosting performances – musical, theatrical, dance, spoken word
recitals…. The operation of a public facility is a new world for this
broadcaster. We currently have staffers dedicated to setting up
operational processes that will allow us to produce and host a number of
engaging visitor experiences, and we hope to launch this new side of
CKUA in Spring 2013.