Original Thoughts - February 2014
• Programming Changes
• New 'Features' Section on Homepage
• Celebrate Valentine's Day with Colleen Brown
• You are Invited to become a Leadership Donor!
• Meet Tristan Cruz, CKUA's Database Officer
• Wei Yew Olympian Exhibit
• Thanks for Sharing the Love!
• Our Friends, Clark Builders
• Antenna Suggestions for Enhancing FM Reception
CKUA is embarking on 2014 with a few changes to our programming schedule.
Throughout last year, we heard from our community through surveys, focus groups and one-on-one conversation. Many of you had some excellent, constructive feedback for us and we’re working hard to ensure we continue to produce high quality, unique, engaging programming that is worthy of your support.
You told us that we need to try new things, to reach out to new audiences and make our content more accessible on digital platforms. In order to move those initiatives forward, we’re making a few changes to our broadcast schedule.
Starting February 18th, our weekday lineup will include an additional hour of Mid-Morning Mojo and How I Hear It. We will be discontinuing Lunch Box.
Lunch Box launched in 2011 with Sarah Hoyles and Grant Stovel. It was an experiment in trying to reach a new audience. We think it’s been a successful program, but, in the long run, we believe there will be greater gains in reaching this particular audience by focusing on digital platforms. Grant Stovel is a versatile and talented host who will be instrumental in helping grow our feature production and on-demand digital content while providing much-needed backup to our overall announcer pool. Grant will also continue to host TransCanada Alberta Backstage as well as Notes From Home.
In order to focus on our vision to put music, arts and culture at the core of what we do, we will also be discontinuing Tasting Room Radio. We’ll be replacing Tasting Room Radio with an encore presentation of ArtBeat, which will continue to air on Sundays at noon.
Finally, at his request, Baba will be raising the needle and signing off from Baba’s Grooves. Lionel Rault will be hosting a new program called Top Spin, devoted to featuring the top albums from CKUA’s weekly chart in the 7-9pm Saturday night time slot.
We’re excited by these changes and we hope you are too. As always, we’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
New 'Features' Section on Homepage
You may have noticed a few changes on the ckua.com home page recently. One of those changes includes the addition of a “Features” section, where you can find content created specifically for our online audience.
You can listen to the current and past episodes of CKUA’s Alberta Backstage, Untapped, and ArtBeat, on demand at your convenience. Plus, you can read weekly features like Monica Miller’s Before It Drops, or listen to recent CKUA interviews and performances. Keep watching the features section for more great stories, conversations and music from CKUA.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Colleen Brown
If you tuned in the last time Colleen Brown was on TransCanada’s Alberta Backstage Series in Olds, you know that Friday’s show was not to be missed. Lucky for us, it happened in our own performance space!
This was a unique event as it was also a live CD Release Party for her latest EP Major Love. Edmonton singer-songwriter Billie Zizi opened for Colleen at 7pm and Colleen took the stage at 8pm for the live broadcast.
You can listen on demand to the concert at ckua.com.
You are Invited to become a Leadership Donor!
Every fundraiser, many of you call in during “Double your Dollars” hours. Every call during the DYD hours brings energy and excitement to the fundraiser, flowing from the donation room to the announcer’s booth, and through the airwaves connecting us all. This contagious energy is headed by our Leadership Donors, who make possible the doubling of your donations during the fundraisers.
We get in the groove with our Leadership Donors several months before going on air to ask you, our listeners and donors, to call in and pump up the volume during our fundraisers. We try to build the DYD pool as big as it will go to motivate other donors to commitment their support to CKUA!
What is a Leadership Donor?
A Leadership Donor is someone like you who invests at a $500+ level towards the DYD pool prior to the fundraisers. If you would like to help us raise the roof, then call now to be part of this passionate group of CKUA Leaders.
For more information, contact Kellie at 780-428-2010 or email@example.com.
Meet Tristan Cruz, CKUA's Database Officer
On January 30, CKUA welcomed Tristan Cruz to the Fund Development Office (and the CKUkulele Choir). He tells us a bit about himself:
My role at CKUA is Database Officer, managing our donor database and the software program called Raiser's Edge. I make sure all the information is updated and current, and I will facilitate relationships with donors to give them the best support possible.
I worked with another non-profit organization in Edinburgh in 2012, called Children First. I was the Donor Development Administrator. Children First helps kids by giving children support services such as a place to have breakfast or offering trauma support, etc. They're one of the UK's longest-running charities, starting in 1884 in an attempt to help prevent cruelty to children since no previous laws were in place.
I ended up in Scotland after I'd been working for an oilfield lab for a while, and I decided I wanted a break - I wasn't ready to settle down just yet. I applied for a youth mobility visa, and chose Edinburgh because it was a favourite city I'd visited when I backpacked in Europe after university. When I was young I wanted to be a weatherman, which led me to study Environmental Science, but then it didn’t pan out for me to be a climatologist.
In my spare time I play drums. When I was in Scotland I played for a couple of bands - a ska/funk band called Sea Bass Kid that released a CD, and an indie/folk band called Lost Telegrams. I also have a large comic book collection, including X-Men, Batman, and others from the 90s that have carried through.
Right now on my playlist are classics like Bowie and Zeppelin, and I'm also listening to Haim, Tame Impala, Arcade Fire, The Head and The Heart.
Wei Yew Olympian Exhibit
This week, CKUA was both host and benefactor of Wei Yew, one of Canada’s foremost and most celebrated graphic designers.
Approximately 200 people turned out to the event which marks Wei’s 33 years of design practice in Alberta. But Wei – who is a big fan of CKUA (particularly CKUA’s classical music programming) - made his celebration a fundraising event for CKUA.
Numerous items were available for silent auction, including personal mementos collected during Wei’s many years of association with the Olympic games. One of the auction items was a version of the Olympic Truce Flag, featured in a recent Edmonton Journal column by Nick Lees. Also available were copies of The Olympic Image, written by Wei Yew to celebrate the first 100 years of the Modern Olympic Games, and the first and only volume of its kind to be officially sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee.
The evening included music from friend of both CKUA and Wei Yew, JUNO Award-winning jazz musician and arranger, Tommy Banks, and featured an exhibit of Wei’s design work which will remain on display at CKUA until the end of the current Olympic games in Sochi.
Drop by the exhibit for your chance to bid on special memorabilia from Wei Yew's personal collection which includes a breathtaking photograph Wei took of a whale breaching and various Olympic items.
Photo credit: Jim Dobie Photography
Thanks for Sharing the Love!
Last year, CKUA fans showed their love of CKUA by adopting songs and albums in support of our Capital Campaign. This weekend, we prepared a special Valentine celebration of programming featuring your adopted music. It’s our way of saying “thank you” for showing your love for CKUA.
Our Friends, Clark Builders
Clark Builders was the company and team that built CKUA's spectacular new studios, offices and performance space in our new building. Not only were they an absolute joy to work with, incredibly committed and professional throughout the project, but they were also generous contributors to CKUA's Capital Campaign.
Seen here presenting CKUA CEO Ken Regan a cheque for $10,000 are from left to right: Andrew Ross, Jason Deboski, and Steve Lenarduzzi.
Thanks to Clark Builders from everyone at CKUA.
Antenna Suggestions for Enhancing FM Reception
Good speakers and antennas make a difference. Listeners have told us that even moving their radios or receivers to different places in their homes can make a big difference. If you're interested in enhancing your reception with an antenna, our intrepid engineering technician Rod Setter has these suggestions (please consider having them professionally installed for safety):
ST-2 Antenna: (approx. $125) About 140 cm long - can be mounted indoors or outdoors, & requires an F-type antenna input or adapter on the receiver.
Yagi antenna: (approx. $100-$300). About 1.5 meters square - needs to be mounted outside, usually on a pole or tower, but gives more gain and thus better reception.
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