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CKUA supported inter-varisty sports in its coverage of football.  The station's broadcast hut on the U of A campus can be seen in the background of the right. On Oct. 13, 1928, CKUA Radio became only the secound broadcaster in Canada to carry play-by-play coverage og a football game in which the Edmonton Eskimos beat the University of Alberta Golden Bears. On Oct. 13, 1928, CKUA Radio became only the second broadcaster in Canada to carry play-by-play coverage of a football game. The Edmonton Eskimos beat the University of Alberta Golden Bears 18-6, and a brother from St. Joseph's College provided the commentary by telephone to CKUA.

CKUA's sports coverage, now a missing link in its broadcast day, would prove popular in the early days of Edmonton radio. The sporting brothers of St. Joe's and St. Stephen's Colleges would be the city's early play-by-play men and colour commentators from a small broadcast hut for the inter-varsity football games. CKUA also had lines to the U of A gym for basketball and ice rink.

In 1947, CKUA hired Art Ward from CFRN as its first sports director.  Here, he Interviews world heavyweight Jow Louis at Renfrew Park.By 1947, the station had gone beyond its sporting men of the cloth, and hired Art Ward from CFRN as its first sports director, a position he would retain until 1960. He called hockey games featuring the Edmonton Flyers, and baseball games from Renfrew Park. A photograph from 1945 shows Ward interviewing heavyweight champion Joe Louis at Renfrew Park.

Coverage of women's sports was carried in the late '40s, allowing CKUA to take the lead in an area that was seldom addressed in the radio coverage of the time. Shirley Stinson became the station's first female sports announcer, covering women's sports at the U of A while studying nursing there. Art Ward called baseball from Renfrew Park and Edmonton Flyers games from the Edmonton Gardens. Throughout his career, he was known as one of the best-known sports commentators in Alberta.

As for the station that beat out CKUA on football coverage? Radio Queen's University Radio - whose call letters were CFRC, an acronym for Canada's Famous Rugby Champions - made its broadcasting debut on Oct. 27, 1923 with the play-by-play of a Queen's-McGill football game, five years before CKUA.


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