Original Thoughts - November 2013
• In Honour of Remembrance Day
• Thanks to our listeners & donors for a successful Fall Fundraiser!
• CKUA's Capital Campaign
• Top 5 for November 2013
• Dr. Richard MacDonald, CKUA Players Child Actor
• Hello from ArtBeat!
• Tax Receipt Season is just around the corner!
• You are Blessed...and Wise...
• AM Transmitter Update
In Honour of Remembrance Day
The Royal Canadian Legion and the veterans of Canada ask that we join them in two minutes of silence. On Monday, November 11th shortly before 11am, the playing of “O Canada” will be followed by a bugler playing the last post. This will be followed by two minutes of silence as the clock strikes 11am.
Thank you for participating with the Veterans of Canada, and CKUA Radio, in this special act of remembrance.
(Photo by Linda Cronin)
Thanks to our listeners & donors for a successful Fall Fundraiser!
Thank you CKUA community for helping us raise $515,300!!! Your passion for great music, local artists and quality programming is evidenced by your support of this station. You are the reason we can keep on delivering original radio. Thank you so much from all of us at CKUA. You make it possible.
We are delighted to announce that Ian Lemaistre of Red Deer won our Grand Prize, a trip for two to Austin, and Richard Kyllo of Beaumont won the CKUA Guitar, signed by more than 40 musicians at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Congratulations to our winners!
Check out our Fall Fundraiser Highlights photo album
CKUA's Capital Campaign
It may not be a complete surprise, but in case you haven’t heard, for two years now CKUA has been raising money in a Capital Campaign to support our relocation to the new CKUA building in the restored Alberta Hotel – and for other critical items, including new broadcast/production studios at the new National Music Centre in Calgary; as well as transmitter and web-based infrastructure. The reason you may not be aware is that this part of the fundraising effort is what’s called the ‘quiet’ phase, whereby we seek financial support from key individuals, corporations and others to build a critical mass, before going public.
We now have that critical mass, thanks to the City of Edmonton, the Government of Alberta, Heritage Canada/Patrimoine canadien, and numerous individuals, corporations and businesses from across Alberta. CKUA has reached 75% of our $20-Million goal and we are now ready to launch the public phase of this vitally important campaign.
Unlike our semi-annual on-air fundraisers, which raise money for day-to-day operations, the Capital Campaign is about CKUA’s long term future. Think of it as the difference between paying your household bills, and contributing to your RRSP or mortgage. One (semi-annual fundraiser) raises money to keep CKUA on the air day to day – paying utility bills and for things like repair and maintenance. The other (Capital Campaign) is about investing in the literal and figurative foundations of CKUA to ensure its 86-year legacy of serving Albertans, showcasing, promoting and supporting Albertan and Canadian artists - including emerging artists – and protecting and preserving CKUA’s precious music and archive collections.
In short, our Capital Campaign is about CKUA’s long term health and future. We understand that you may already be donating to support CKUA operations and we sincerely appreciate that. But we hope you will consider taking advantage of what is in fact a time-limited opportunity (ending December 31st) to help sustain the CKUA legacy by supporting the public phase of this important campaign.
On Thursday, November 14th, we invite you to tune in to Alberta Morning with Tony King, between 7:15-8:15 am, when CEO Ken Regan will be providing details about this public phase and letting you know how you can take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to both embrace the music and share the love that is CKUA.
Top 5 for November 2013
1. Kat Danser – Baptized By the Mud (Outside)
2. Lindi Ortega – Tin Star (Last Gang)
3. The Strumbellas – We Still Move On Dance Floors (Six Shooter)
4. Anoushka Shankar -- Traces Of You (Deutsche Grammophon)
5. Various – Inside Llewyn Davis OST (Nonesuch)
Dr. Richard MacDonald, CKUA Players Child Actor
Earlier this fall, CKUA was fortunate to reconnect with CKUA Family member Dr. Richard MacDonald Jr (right, with Ken Regan and Mark Antonelli). He lives in California now, but was recently in Edmonton and dropped by the Alberta Hotel for a tour of the new building. His father was Dick MacDonald Sr, CKUA's station manager in the 1930s. The whole MacDonald family were also part of the CKUA Players, who put on regular radio plays.
Brian Dunsmore asked Dr. Richard MacDonald about CKUA in the 1930s - read or listen to the interview.
Hello from ArtBeat!
ArtBeat explores the diversity and richness of Alberta’s arts and culture every week. Join host, Sarah Hoyles, noon - 1pm Sundays to discover the stories behind the art. We’ll be joining you in the newsletter from now on bringing our favourite story from the past month. Of course, it’s hard to choose because we love them all, from 17th century cookbooks to a Norwegian artic explorer and ghost stories from East Coulee. But this month we had to go with Cal Cavendish.
Cal Cavendish was a Calgary musician who piloted a low-flying plane through the streets of downtown Calgary in the 1970s with 100 copies of his latest single, and 100 lbs of manure in tow. David van Belle resurrects Cal’s story for his essay in the book Knock on Any Door: Art and Social Engagement in Calgary, 1912-2012 and he shared it with us. Listen to the feature here.
Hear more great stories from October and listen to episodes of ArtBeat here!
Calling All Crafters!
ArtBeat is making a list (and checking it twice…) of the best holiday craft markets in Alberta. Share your favourites via facebook, twitter, or by emailing: email@example.com
Tax Receipt Season is just around the corner!
Thanks to the wonderful support from our listeners, old and new, we have an extensive list of donors. And with this level of support comes constant updating of our database to ensure your records are accurate. We do not always have the capacity to proactively contact our donors to update their information, so we ask you to take this into your own hands.
Have you moved recently? Or updated your phone number or email address? Any of these changes can lead to you not receiving your tax receipt, which will be sent in February 2014.
Make sure your information is current:
• Provide us with your full name
• Provide us with the name you commonly use
• Inform us of any name changes
• Update us of any address changes
• Provide us with the name of business you donate under
• Provide us with updated contact information, such as telephone, cell and email address changes
Update credit card/ debit information
Monthly donors are essential to the continued well-being of CKUA; together we can continue to provide a healthy, strong channel for independent music and the arts. But sometimes things change:
• Credit card numbers are compromised
• Credit cards are lost or stolen
• Expiration dates are shorter
• Bank account are closed
• Mailing addresses change
Your help with keeping us updated goes a long way. If you would like to leave your complete information, our messaging system is secure and confidential. It's as easy as calling 1-800-494-2582 (in Edmonton call 780-428-7595).
Charitable donation tax credit rates
This chart from the Canada Revenue Agency provides details about tax credit rates.
What is the new First-Time Donor’s Super Credit (FDSC)?
Starting in the 2013 taxation year, the Canada Revenue Agency has a bonus incentive tax credit in place for people who have never claimed donations on their Returns before.
You are Blessed...and Wise...
Thanks to a CKUA listener who emailed us about an error in our last Original Thoughts, who says, "I’m sure others have pointed this out but just in case…the quote cited in the last newsletter, in the 'Listeners Show their Passion' article, is by Alberta’s own great Karla Anderson (right), not Kathleen Edwards."
AM Transmitter Update
Earlier this year, we shared with you the significant challenges we face in continuing to broadcast on our AM frequency. Our last day of broadcasting on 580AM will be November 21st, and we will pay tribute to the AM frequency on a special edition of Lunch Box with Grant Stovel. Please join us in celebrating, and saying goodbye to, 580AM.
We have been asking any listeners who may be affected to contact us - if you haven't had a chance, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.