On Nov. 21, 2002, CKUA Radio
celebrated its 75th birthday, a milestone in Canadian broadcasting for the
Edmonton-based station that would become a network. Before finding its
current home with the CKUA Radio Foundation, the station had been operated
by the University of Alberta, the Government
of Alberta, and the Alberta Educational Communications Corporation,
better known as ACCESS.
Today, CKUA has 350,000 Alberta listeners weekly through its AM and FM
network of 17 transmitters, and is heard via the Internet in 60 countries.
In this background section, we look at the historical evolution of CKUA
from its years as Canada’s first
educational radio station to its operation as an
independent network. Its function as an early creator of
radio drama, a purveyor of
American programming, and a creative partner
with the fledgling Canadian Broadcasting Company network are discussed in
the Program Production section. Finally, CKUA’s
award-winning programming and the firsts in its broadcasting history are
shown in a chapter called Awards and Firsts.
Welcome to CKUA, the little station that could.