FM Service Interruptions

🚧⚒ Attention! Disruptions scheduled for FM stations in Ottawa until mid-October.

Dear CKCU listeners, 

CKCU will be experiencing brief interruptions to our FM signal during daytime programming from now until mid-October. You may be unable to tune into 93.1 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 9am and 5pm. 

Some major structural work is being done on the transmission tower at Camp Fortune. This work will at some point affect most FM stations in the Ottawa region. 

To ensure the safety of climbers working on the tower, stations are required to reduce and sometimes shut off power to their transmitters.  

Fortunately, you can listen to your favourite programming online and on demand. 

CKCU x Innovation Hub Partnership

Over the past 13 weeks, we’ve caught up with our 6 talented Carleton University students to find out about their goals, projects, and the experience working with CKCU through the Launch: Ideas program. 

Internships and co-op placements like ours are incredibly valuable for networking, gaining real-world experience, and helping students build the skills necessary to land their future dream jobs. The talented, creative minds with us have brought innovative solutions to real-world problems as we design, develop, and execute a dynamic on-demand platform for radio programming and content. 

Harry Sharma, Director at the Innovation Hub for Carleton University, is confident the students have gained valuable skills and experiences throughout the program. “The students have now had the experience of working for a real employer and working within the boundaries of constraints. They have had to deliver real projects that have impact, are of a high quality, and within a deadline. The students have finished this experience with no official grade at the end, but real-time feedback from their employer, CKCU FM. It will be a great experience from a future employer’s perspective that students now have this experience under their belts.” 

Kwende Kefentse, Executive Director at CKCU FM, adds to that idea of the student experience. “The students had a range of experiences that will shape their futures, including learning more about the charitable sector, broadcast media, client relationships, and project development. They also had some really great experience when it comes to stakeholder and professional interactions.”

However, the students aren’t the only ones on the learning and absorbing side of things. Both the Innovation Hub and program partner CKCU have gained great insight into designing, developing, and offering student experiential learning opportunities. 

“We’ve learned how to scope projects for future partnerships. We have developed mutually agreed upon final deliverables and midterm reports for interacting with students. We have implemented tools and processes that allow us to onboard new partners and students, and deliver projects that align with the clients’ vision”, says Harry. 

From CKCU FM’s perspective, this partnership was a giant step into the future. “This collaboration is a huge step forward for our organization. The research and development done by these students will help modernize community radio and is the foundation for future transformation. We look forward to continuing the great work that was started here”, adds Kwende. 

By having a chance to explore their fields, apply their classroom skills in a work environment, and develop their talents, students coming out of the Launch: Ideas program are more prepared than ever. 

Curious to find out more about interning with an innovative team like us? Stay tuned with the Innovation Hub for future placements and follow along with us at CKCU for more experiential learning opportunities.

We did it!

We’re thrilled to announce that we exceeded our 2021 Funding Drive goal of $160,000 and have reached a total of $162,424.05 … and counting. Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers for making CKCU FM possible, and creating the awesome collective that we are. There is no CKCU without you!

Revisit some Ottawa Live Music on CKCU!

Tune in Tuesdays at 2PM for selected highlights from CKCU’s long running Live in the Studio music program “Ottawa Live Music“. Bands would come to the 5th floor of the Unicentre at Carleton U for a chance to play live on the Radio. Expect to hear some of the best live moments from some of Ottawa’s greatest bands, live off the floor, no overdubs! OLM Revisited is edited, assembled and hosted by CKCU intern Elijah Sliwa, but you can expect to hear some of the hi-jinx and banter between the band members and hosts from back at the time as well! Here are some of the bands we will revisit: Bonnie Doon, Chautauqua, The Sentries, Saint Clare, The Dant Danners, Clavius, Slow Dawn, Nessie, Honest Racket, Huntley Slim, Steve Stacey and the Stump Splitters, The Diotones, LSB…

Carleton’s First-Ever Radio Play to Hit the Airwaves

Like a record scratching to a stop, in-person classes at Carleton University came to an abrupt halt in March 2020. Six months later Rachel Stanley, Jadi Genita, and Drew Torresan, all enrolled in a theatre production seminar found themselves facing a challenge.

The main assignment was to create and perform a play, but due to pandemic restrictions, they would not be able to meet to write and rehearse, let alone stage a show in front of a live audience.

Thankfully, Prof. Janne Cleveland, who co-ordinates the University’s Drama Studies program, and instructor Rebecca Benson had a plan.

The result — A Little Too Maybe, Carleton’s first-ever radio play, about a couple falling out of love —will air on the campus-based community station CKCU, along with a three-part documentary about how the project came together.

A lot of the play is built around failing communications. Instead of being focused on COVID itself, the play is on based the feelings of the pandemic: loss, uncertainty, worries about not being heard. Continue reading

Friday Night Truck Stop throw a Gram Parsons Bday Bash in support of CKCU

The time Gram dropped by CKCU for an interview while we were silk-screening T-shirts in the office....

Hey all you grievous angels! Get yourself on down to the Rainbow Bistro for a night of music, laughter, and a tribute to the legendary Gram Parsons!

Join Ray Harris, Lefty and The Whiskey Standards with special guests Pat Moore, KJ Thomas, Rey Sabatin Jr., Chris Landry and Shawn Tavenier, as they celebrate the life and music of country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons. Slo’ Tom will be opening the night with his unique brand of folksy fun and general good-times vibes!

Saturday, November 6th at the Rainbow Bistro (76 Murray St.) This show is a fundraiser for this year’s Funding Drive, so come on out and show your support for Community Radio!

Limited capacity, get your advance tickets before they’re gone! More info:

New “Intramural Conversations” feature on “Can I Have A Word?”

For the last couple of years, volunteer host Bob LeDrew has been the Thursday-afternoon voice behind “Can I Have A Word?“, a long-form interview show. In that time, he’s talked to authors, actors, nurses, organ donors, vermiculturists, activists, and many more. But this fall, he’s starting a new monthly feature on the show — something he’s calling the “intramural conversations.” Once each month, a CKCU host will join Bob to talk about… well, it could be anything. “The joy of the show is that while I have some ideas about where the conversation is going to go, there’s always room for digressions and diversions. It’s like knowing that we’re going to the grocery store and the coffee shop, but in between we might stop at a brewery and a video arcade.” In September, the first intramural conversation aired with guest Shelley Ann Morris, host of “Welcome To My World?” on Tuesday mornings.
Next up will be Susan Johnston, who introduced Bob to CKCU as a guest on the Friday Special Blend.

“I have some ideas about other CKCU folks I know and want to talk to for the show,” says Bob. “But most importantly, I want to hear from people I DON’T know. There’s so much programming on the station, and I can’t say I’ve heard every show. I would love to hear from EVERYONE on the grid and have my monthly schedule for the next 8 years filled up.” If you’re interested, take a listen to Bob and Shelley’s conversation, and then drop him a note at

The return of Midweek!

Students in their final year of a four-year Honours Journalism program or in their second year of study for a Masters of Journalism make up the production team for Midweek. While they are evaluated as students on their radio work, the aim is always for a professional outcome.

Midweek’s studios are located at The School of Journalism and Communication in the St. Patrick’s Building on Carleton’s campus but is transmitted from CKCU, FM and live stream.

Carleton University‘s School of Journalism and Communication is the oldest journalism program in Canada. It was initiated in 1946 and continues to graduate top students with a thorough education in journalism and public affairs.

Midweek takes flight again at 12:05 PM tomorrow (Sept 29th), right after the BBC News summary. It will also be available On Demand after the fact ( We at CKCU are excited to welcome Midweek back for another season!

CKCU Commemorates the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Tune in to this Sunday (Sept 26th @ 9AM) and  Tuesday (Sept 28th @ 5PM)  for special Orange Shirt Day episodes of Indigenous CKCU and Bear Necessities. The programs will be hosted by Lester Bear to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Lester will also be sharing music selections from Indigenous Artists that have paved the way as well as some of the newer artists that are currently making waves. Sponsored by the (Public Service Alliance of Canada) PSAC-NCR Racially Visible Action Committee.
@psac_afpc @PSACNCR #orangeshirtday #TruthAndReconciliation #canlab

Here is a link to the event on Thursday:


The Ethics, Poetics and Radical Imagination of C/C Radio: Talk by Adrian Harewood

Adrian Harewood is co-host of CBC News Ottawa. He was involved in community radio at CKCU, CHUO and CKLN-FM and was also the station manager of CKUT-Radio McGill (1996-1999). Before coming to television, Harewood was the host of All In A Day on CBC Radio One in Ottawa. Adrian is now a full-time faculty at Carleton School of Journalism teaching Journalism, Race and Diversity. In this talk Adrian speaks about the ethics, poetics and radical imagination of Campus Community Radio.

The session was hosted by Luke Smith who is the Learning and Development Officer at the NCRA (National Campus and Community Radio Association). Luke is former CKCU Board member and was the host of a program on CKCU called “Velvet Studio” from about 2013 to 2016.