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All Ears: A Shared History of CKUA and CJSR to Air on January 5, 2014

CKUA Radio CJSR RadioAll Ears: A Shared History of CKUA and CJSR is the story, told by more than 25 of Alberta’s finest radio makers, of how public radio has come to hold a prominent and esteemed place as the true voice of Alberta’s diverse communities. Producers from both CJSR and CKUA joined forces to explore the connection between the two stations, in celebration of CJSR’s 30th anniversary.

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CKUA Faces the Music for Changes to Program Schedule and Plays Another Tune

CKUA Radio AlbertaOn January 21, 2013, CKUA made two surprising announcements. The first was that they planned to cancel the popular Folk Routes program hosted by Tom Coxworth. The second was that had cancelled their local news and public affairs programming that has been part of their schedule since they first began broadcasting in 1927, and that they laid off Ian Gray, host of  Sunday Magazine, and their news reporter, Matt Nodge. The tremendous outcry protesting the cancellation of Folk Routes caused them to rethink the first part of their announcement.

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Celebrate CKUA Radio’s Arrival at its New Home in Edmonton on October 6 & Major Funding Announcement

CKUA's new home at the former Alberta HotelOn 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.

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Alberta Media Moves > September 2012

Media MovesAfter 36 years with CKUA’s Chris Allen broadcast his last Arts Beat show on Friday, September 7, 2012. Chris began his 36-year broadcasting career at CKUA in September 1976. During that time he presented nearly every form of music and information programming including the program Something for Seniors, which he co-hosted with the oldest broadcaster in Canada at the time, Peggy Holmes. He hosted and produced a late night music program, a morning news and music program, jazz and classic music shows as well as radio dramas. Most recently, he has been at the helm of the arts coverage at the station with the shows Arts Alive, The Arts and Culture Guide as well as ArtBeat. Sarah Hoyles, with experience at CBC as radio producer, contributor and reporter for Definitely Not the Opera and other regional current affairs programs in Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick, has taken on the challenge of filling his very large shoes.

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CKUA Awarded $5 Million for their Capital Campaign by the City of Edmonton

CKUA Radio AlbertaIn a recent capital budget meeting this December, the City of Edmonton granted the request by CKUA of $5 million. The funds were requested to offset the difference in the purchase price of their new location in the former Alberta Hotel building and the sale price of their current location at the Alberta Block on 105 Street and Jasper Avenue in Edmonton. “The City’s funding is key to the whole process. We’ll now be able to leverage their support fto secure private and publich sector funding,” reports Ken Regan, the station manager. Now in the “quiet period” of a larger campaign to redevelop the Alberta Hotel location to suit their needs. The current location in the Alberta Block decidedly does not suit their needs as Todd Babiuk makes clear in an April 7, 2011 column in the Edmonton Journal:

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)

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