On Saturday, October 6, a major announcement regarding the future of one of Canada’s oldest and most-respected broadcasters, CKUA, will be made from our new studios in the rebuilt, iconic Alberta Hotel building at 9804 Jasper Avenue. To honour the tradition of delivering great music to Albertans, the event will kick off in style with the delivery of the first ceremonial record – representing CKUA’s 1.6 million-song library – to the new station. A vintage 1963 Lincoln Continental convertible will deliver Alberta Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk, JUNO Award winning jazz pianist (and CKUA alumnus) Senator Tommy Banks, John Worthington (CKUA’s Old Disc… Jockey, who originally joined CKUA in 1949), and Randall Purvis (owner of Waterloo Ford Lincoln and long-time CKUA supporter) to our new home.
After their arrival, Minister Klimchuk will take to the podium for a special announcement on behalf of Alberta Culture and the Government of Alberta.
“For 85 years, CKUA has been helping to connect all Albertans to the rich culture of our province while launching the careers of some of Alberta’s most talented artists,” said Alberta Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk. “It is only fitting that CKUA find a new home in a landmark as historic as the station itself and the Government of Alberta is proud to join with the many dedicated supporters and volunteers in making the move to the Alberta Hotel a reality.”
Media representatives are invited to arrive in the park on the west side of the Alberta Hotel, at 10:45 am or earlier to set up. In the case of inclement weather, you will be welcomed by supporters on the building’s west side and introduced to CKUA’s new performance space.
Where: 9804 Jasper Avenue
When: 11:00 am event start
Light refreshments will follow the announcements. Please note: due to construction restrictions, there will not be full building tours at this event. Tours will be provided in November in concert with their 85th birthday celebrations.