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November 7, 2005

Public Radio Station Supercedes Funding Campaign Goals

Written by
cindy mcleod

Albertans made a strong statement for their support of public radio with the CKUA Radio fall fundraising campaign goal being met and exceeded. The Campaign finished at midnight last night, and there is a distinct air of joy and gratitude to be heard on air this morning due to the success of the fundraising effort.

CKUA has been broadcasting throughout the province for nearly 80 years, and is also available on the internet. The station is enormously popular due to their programming format, which features a broad spectrum of musical genres and provides a showcase for local as well as international artists. The success of the fall campaign underscores the province�s support for alternate radio programming to the commercial format.

Once funded by the provincial government, the station is now reliant upon individual and corporate donations, and holds two fundraisers per year to raise the capital for its operation. Albertans enjoying the profits from the recent boon in oil prices opened their purses accordingly, and the station boasts of their most successful campaign since being removed temporarily from the air nearly a decade ago due to poor management.

Funding Goal for the Fall Campaign: $450,000

Realized: $509,016

The two other provincial public radio broadcasters, CJSW (University of Calgary) and CJSR (University of Alberta), ran their fundraisers simultaneously and also met great success.

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