CKUA started over 75 years ago in a small room on the University of Alberta station. Since then, CKUA has evolved into a mature listener supported public radio station that is greatly responsible for giving many musicians their first airplay. Tommy Banks, P.J. Perry, Jann Arden, Joni Mitchell, kd lang are just a few of the artists who found their early support at CKUA.
CKUA has purchased and moved its operations into a building as unique as its playlist. Designed by architect Gene Dub, the new building is wrapped by the reconstructed exterior of the historic Alberta Hotel. Not only does the building provide a safe and healthy workspace for the station’s employees and 450 volunteers, it is an environmentally secure archive for the historically priceless, 105,000 item library. The space also provides opportunities for public performance, as well as rental capacity.
SEF provided a loan for tenant improvements such as studio, office and other facility construction.
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