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June 17, 2019

The CKUA Radio Network Moves Into Studio Bell

The Edmonton-based public broadcaster has set up in the new Heritage Posters and Music location for now, although it officially moves into Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre on September 23.

 

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The CKUA Radio Network made a rather unassuming return to Calgary this past May, setting up shop in the new location of Heritage Posters and Music.

The 89-year-old Edmonton-based public broadcaster hadn’t had a satellite studio in Calgary since giving up its rented space in the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts (now Arts Commons) in 2014. The current digs are just a temporary residence, however, until the station is able to move into its brand-new forever home in the National Music Centre at Studio Bell this fall.

If you didn’t realize CKUA was ever in the Epcor Centre, that was a big part of why it left, says chief operating officer Katrina Ingram. Unlike there, where they were hidden away in a corner of the Plus-15 level of the building, the new studio is at street level – an apt move for a listener-supported station dependent on public engagement.

While CKUA’s roots remain firmly planted in downtown Edmonton, Ingram says there’s definitely a buzz about being part of the NMC. Funding to bring the Calgary studio to life came primarily from a $1-million grant to CKUA from the Calgary Foundation, and an additional $2-million grant to the National Music Centre in support of the project, also from the Calgary Foundation, while a spring fundraising campaign earlier this year produced the third-highest-grossing donation revenue in the history of CKUA.

“They raised $618,000, and almost 4,000 people contributed to the effort,” Ingram says. “I think a lot of people are just really excited that we’re expanding.”

The launch date for CKUA’s new space is September 23.

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