From its early years, CKUA proved
to be a producer of programs destined not only for its own airwaves, but
those of the CBC. In particular, the radio dramas written and produced
from CKUA's home base found a place in the programming of the nation.
The station has fulfilled its educational mandate first as an extension
from the University of Alberta, then provincially through ACCESS Alberta
and Alberta School Broadcasts, and finally through its pairing with
institutions such as Athabasca University.
Its programmers have combed the continent to bring listeners an eclectic
mix of content that, in addition to its own productions, has included
shows from Armed Forces Radio during the Second World War, and the
American commercial and public networks.