CKUA was an early provider of
educational materials through its production of radio talks featuring U of
A professors. The station was an early proponent of bilingualism in its
French-language courses, and it would later ethnic programming including
The Alberta School Broadcasts were another feature, beginning in 1939 for
the Department of Education for in-school listening. From the '70s to
mid-'80s, the station moved back and forth in fulfilling its "principal
role" in providing educational programming for ACCESS, Alberta's
educational departments and their agencies.
Several projects that involved CKUA in both educational and entertainment
functions drew the station into a partnership with Alberta's
distance-education facility, Athabasca University. CKUA has produced two
series on popular culture and musicology with AU that function both as
programming and credit courses, Ragtime to Rolling Stones, and The Long
Weekend. Two other similar series are in the works: From Bop to Rock and
Rocky Road: From Presley to Punk.