On November 14, 1975, Canadian radio history was made. When the strains of Joni Mitchell’s “You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio” transmitted over the airwaves at 93.1 FM, CKCU became the first campus-based community radio station in the country.
Since our creation, CKCU has continued to be a pioneer in community broadcasting, carrying out our mandate of providing an alternative to commercial radio as a voice for the many Ottawa identities and communities not served by the mainstream media. We are volunteer-driven in our content, programming, and operation. We pride ourselves on our values of diversity, inclusion, alternative content, innovation, and accessibility.
OUR MISSION & VISION
Our mission is to amplify, connect, and champion access to the best in broadcast media for and by communities beyond the mainstream.
Our vision is for community radio to be a competitive player in the broadcast industry, by way of increased accessibility and opportunities.
CKCU is a Registered Charity funded by generous donors, Carleton University students, program sponsorships, and residents of Ottawa-Gatineau. In 1978, CKCU held its first annual Funding Drive, asking listeners to support community radio. Since then, Ottawans have pledged several million dollars over the years to help make CKCU the largest listener-supported radio station in Ottawa-Carleton.
Staff & Team Directory
Executive Director Kwende Kefentse (613) 520-2600 x 1625 firstname.lastname@example.org
Production Manager Dylan Hunter (613) 520-2600 x 8276 email@example.com
Program Director David Aardvark (613) 520-3533 firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer & Community Manager Lindsay Morrison (613) 520-2600 x 1622 email@example.com
Office Administrator + Executive Assistant Jordan David (613) 520-2898 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraising Consultant Zechariah Adikpewun email@example.com
Social Media Coordinator Jess Gabla firstname.lastname@example.org
Philanthropy + Sponsorship Lead Tara Henderson email@example.com
Programming Assistant Eli Sliwa firstname.lastname@example.org
CKCU Staff are represented by CUPE Local 1281
CKCU Registered Charity Number 11910 8439 RR0001
Board of Directors
Stephen Neale – Chair
Michael Houston – Treasurer
Members: Anna Soros, Andrew Squires, Patrick Auguste, Zoe Argiropulos-Hunter, Zakaria Brahimi, Chris Ikonomopoulos, George Brown, Eva Oloumi
The CKCU Board Meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm. Meetings are open to CKCU volunteers
Studio Location and Mailing Address
Room 517 University Centre
1125 Colonel By Drive,
Ottawa, Ontario CANADA K1S 5B6
CKCU does not encourage, but will accept music physical music submissions in CD, 12″ 10″ or 7″ formats. You can even send a wax cylinder if you want ha ha! You can track if a physical submission has been entered into our library here
For digital releases, send a download or streaming link to your record. For downloads, archived ZIP files are preferred. All of the tracks must have proper metadata (id3 tags) for the artist, album and track title. Tagging the track number and release year is also nice. We accept both .mp3 and .WAV formats. Please state in your email that we may share copies of the download with show hosts, this is for copyright reasons. Copies will not be made for personal use.
Events Calendar (still on hold)
Submit Arts, Community & Music listing requests, including a web url/FB link to email@example.com.