Harold Purcey (H.P.) Brown of University of Alberta Department of Extension
suggests "bringing the university to the people" might be better
accomplished on radio than by sending instructors on the road to rural
CKUA Radio signs on from its studios on University of Alberta campus on
CKUA carries Alberta's first School Broadcast, on May 23.
Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission is created, and replaced in 1936
with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The CBC carries CKUA-produced
drama series, New Lamps for Old.
CKUA increases power to 1,000 watts to handle interference from other
radio stations' signals.
CKUA sends newscasts via telephone line to northern Canada and Alaska at
the request of the American army.
On July 28, CKUA moves from University of Alberta campus to the Provincial
Building in downtown Edmonton. Alberta Government Telephones assumes
ownership of station.
CKUA is granted an FM radio licence at 98.1 FM.
After experimenting with stereo broadcasting with CHED in 1948, CKUA
becomes one of the first stations in Canada and the first in Edmonton to
broadcast in stereo.
CKUA moves to its present home at 10526 Jasper Avenue.
The Alberta Educational Communications Corporation (ACCESS), born in 1973,
takes over CKUA.
CKUA broadcasts in FM stereo, and new transmitter stations enable the
station to reach 85 per cent of Alberta's population. CKUA airs Question
Period from the Alberta Legislature.
CKUA broadcasts 15 hours of continuous live coverage of the Conservative
Leadership Convention. CKUA sends its signal to Anik C-3 satellite
orbiting 22,000 miles above the earth to broadcast to the 14 FM
transmitters located around the province.
Listener-supported radio begins in face of provincial government threat to
shut down station.
Privatization of CKUA begins, with the station moved from ACCESS to the
CKUA Radio Foundation in August.
Feb. 29, 1996, CKUA becomes the first Canadian station to broadcast over
the Internet via RealAudio.
Station is shut down when transitional funding is exhausted. Five weeks
later, the station again signs on, after station ownership is transferred
and with a new board of directors in place.
April 2000, CKUA is launched onto the World Wide Web. Listeners from more
than 60 countries can listen to the Edmonton-born network via their
On Nov. 21, CKUA celebrates its 75th anniversary, and begins a year of