True or False?
CKUA holds a record for the world’s longest-running radio program with the same host and producer on the same time and day...
True! Sept 21, 1986 saw the 2081st broadcast of Continental Musicale by Gaby Haas.
On October 13, 1928, CKUA carried the first ever play-by-play football game radio broadcast...
True! The game was between the Edmonton Eskimos and the U of A Golden Bears.
In 1930, the Edmonton Journal reported that CKUA radio interference was caused by dentist drills, streetcar lines, and medical equipment...
True! The Journal also reported that 'in every instance, the offending doctors have agreed to avoid using medical equipment during broadcast hours'.
Joni Mitchell started her music career earning $9 an appearance on CKUA...
True! She appeared on a program called Suddenly It's Folk Song'.
CKUA was the first radio station in Canada to go online...
True! On February 29, 1996, CKUA started broadcasting live via RealAudio.
Steve Jobs is a CKUA fan...
True! CKUA's logo was one of the ones displayed on the big screen when he introduced the iPad in January 2010.
CKUA: A Brief Bio
It began in 1927 with a dream: to take the University to the people via the new medium of radio. With a couple of the University of Alberta’s engineering students, 2 windmill towers, some old iron poles and a little creative book-keeping, a $700 grant was transformed into Canada’s first public broadcaster. The CKUA Radio Network signed on November 21st, 1927, with a 500-watt signal.
On May 23rd, 1929, the first Canadian school broadcast was made from CKUA, fulfilling the original goal set two years prior, and starting a tradition of excellence in distance education.
In 1945 Alberta Government Telephones (AGT) began operating CKUA and moved the station from the University campus to downtown Edmonton. CKUA went on air in 1948 with Alberta’s first FM station. ACCESS assumed ownership of CKUA in 1974 and the construction of transmitters in Calgary and Lethbridge soon followed. CKUA’s unique sound had begun to resonate across Alberta’s airwaves. CKUA was privatized in 1994, and since 1997 a combination of commercials, corporate sponsorships and listener donations fund the station’s day-to-day operating costs.
Today, CKUA is capable of reaching listeners throughout Alberta and around the world, through 16 transmitters across the province and online at ckua.com as well as through our app.
CKUA remains steadfast in its commitment to offer listeners the chance to hear Albertan musicians, writers and performers, and to enrich the arts and cultural life of the province. More than forty programs are featured on CKUA, spanning many music genres and topics.
With the support of the business community, our devoted listeners, and volunteers, CKUA continues to face and overcome obstacles and challenges. We are proud to continue to offer quality programming for listeners across Alberta and the world.
Over the past 8 decades, CKUA has had the privilege of offering music ranging from classical, jazz, and folk, to blues and world beat. CKUA has shared many firsts with the province of Alberta, including the first Edmonton outlet for a national network broadcast in 1930, and the first station in Alberta with FM Technology. It is with this pioneering spirit that we approach the years and broadcasts yet to come.
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