Alberta podcast of interestInnovation Anthology: Canada’s Voice of Innovation is about “Celebrating Discovery and the Inventive Spirit” and profiles Canadian science, research and invention. Award winning broadcaster Cheryl Croucher talks to scientists and innovators across the country, bringing you the latest in Canadian ingenuity. As a writer and broadcaster, Cheryl Croucher brings over thirty years of media experience to Innovation Anthology.  Cheryl was born in Edmonton and graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA (Special) in Political Science and Sociology. During her fifteen years with CBC Radio, Cheryl worked both behind the scenes and on-air in Radio Current Affairs.  On air, Cheryl built a strong reputation as a nationally syndicated consumer commentator and later became well known as CBC Radio’s first environment commentator.

At CKUA Radio, Cheryl co-produced EcoFile and then wrote and produced the very popular program Heritage Trails, a daily series of 500 vignettes on Alberta history.  In 2001, Cheryl initiated Innovation Alberta, an independent web-based audio program with an international audience which aired on CKUA Radio until 2008. The Innovation Anthology series has aired on CKUA Radio since January 2007. The Alberta Chamber of Resources presented Cheryl with its prestigious award for Excellence in Journalism in 2002 and a journalism fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to cover prion related research. Cheryl produces the web-based audio program under the company name Porcupine Stone Productions.

The Innovation Anthology webcasts are produced and mixed at Riverdale Recorders in Edmonton. The sound studio is owned by Edmonton recording engineer Scott Franchuk. Scott started Riverdale Recorders in 1995 and is a well known producer on Edmonton’s independent music scene, having recorded Old Reliable, Mike McDonald, Captain Tractor, Jen Kratz and Corb Lund.   Scott has worked with Cheryl Croucher since 1998 as the recording engineer on EcoFile, Heritage Trials, Innovation Alberta and now Innovation Anthology.  Another new venture for Scott is doing foley for an animated web-TV series.   A complete discography of Scott’s work is available at

Check out a recent Innovation Anthology podcast interview with Kim Sturgess an engineer, entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Alberta WaterSmart and among Canada’s top one hundred women of influence or any of the many Innovation Anthology other podcasts. (Full disclosure: I’m currently working with Cheryl on publishing a blog and her podcasts on a WordPress platform. Watch for a post on her perspective of the experience to appear on her blog and here on mine a month or so from now.

The Innovation Anthology programs are available as podcasts online and can be heard on CKUA Radio Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:58 am and 4:58pm.