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.

House of PainT on CKCU!

Saturday, August 21st & Sunday, August 22nd
CKCU Radio Take Over (93.1 FM, or

Performances by:
Asuquomo / Dioganhdih / Exmiranda / Eyeda Sophia / Five and Tens / Hueso / Jesse Dangerously / DJ JFun / Kmbrly Snstrm / Lunafhy / Squerl Noir / Trevor Walker + OG500 Virtual Poetry Slam!

but also SO MUCH MORE!! check out:
Drop by!
…Day ONE in the books, listen back:
and now Day TWO:
plus extra last minute content from Mohammad Ali, the Socialist Vocalist:

Thanks for passing thru!

Reggae In The Fields Celebrates 45 Years In Your Ears!

Over the next month we are celebrating 45 years of Reggae In The Fields on the air! Tune in to hear testimonials from listeners, friends, admirers and others all month as we toast the great Junior Smith on this incredible milestone!

One of the most steady and popular voices on the airwaves, Junior is an international treasure!! So many have been introduced to the sounds and culture of the Caribbean through Reggae In The Fields. We feel lucky and honored to support Junior throughout his incredible run. He has represented the station and his community with distinction.

From everyone here at CKCU we want to congratulate Junior on this singular achievement, and we look forward to supporting Reggae In The Fields for many more years.

Tune in starting at 1PM tomorrow (June 26th) as Junior presents a 4 and a half hour extravaganza, special presentation of REGGAE IN THE FIELDS only on the Mighty 93.1, CKCU FM

A “Reggae In The Fields” Reflection by Ewart Walters

Ewart Walters

It was August 12, 1995, and Junior Smith, host of CKCU-FM’s popular Saturday afternoon music program, “Reggae in the Fields,” put his reggae records aside. Instead, he devoted the full two and a half hours of his program to a panel discussion and call-in show. Smith’s in-studio guest that day was Ottawa-Carleton’s Chief of Police, Brian J. Ford. Before long, and to almost nobody’s surprise, they were talking about a man, Vincent Gardner, who died in hospital in the late autumn of 1991, six weeks after being felled and crippled by a police bullet.

Gardner’s death had enraged the community because the system was engaging in a cover-up, claiming that Mr. Gardner died of liver cancer and not the gunshot. This was finally put to rest five years after his death by a Coroner’s jury that rule death was due to the bullet.

But this was only one of many public affairs matters that were discussed over the years on Reggae in the Fields. And it was the only one that took up the full two and a half hours. For Reggae in the Fields was a music program based on the Jamaican music that was sweeping the world.

Bob Marley & Junior Smith circa 1979

Bob Marley & Junior Smith circa 1979

In the year 1976. Junior Smith was a young math student at Ottawa’s Carleton University when he discovered that Radio Carleton had opening for volunteers. It was, after all, a student-run entity and was open to just about anything that students wanted to do. And so he sought and obtained a one-hour space on a Saturday for a program based on reggae music.

Grounded in the music of Reggae King Bob Marley, the program sought to bring a wide variety of popular Jamaican music to listeners.

Shortly after the program began, the Counsellor at the Jamaica High Commission got word of it and contacted Junior Smith who invited him to assist. The result was seven programs featuring the historical rise of the music and the singers and musicians behind it. Since then, there have been several programs based on the history and the impact of the music.

Speaking of impact, as good as Marley’s music is, it is his lyrics that make the impact, with his persistent concern for equality, brotherhood, upfulness and righteousness.

On the occasions when Smith has had to be away others have filled in, notably DJ Karess who also for a few years prepared and presented a review of Caribbean news.

Nearly half a century later the program has grown to 2½ hours. Listeners around the world tune in each Saturday, sometimes sending in music from their homelands, but always contributing in one way or the other.

Indeed, Junior Smith has been central to promoting and maintaining Jamaican culture here in Ottawa with Reggae in the Fields. May it long continue.

(Ewart Walters is a journalist, author and former diplomat. Former Publisher and Editor of the defunct Black newspaper “The Spectrum”, he is a recipient of numerous  awards including the Order of Ottawa)

Black History is Every Month airs Saturday May 1st, 1-3PM

Presented by Carleton University School of Social Work, Black History is Every Month highlights African diasporic accomplishments and culture and draws attention to the challenges, strengths, and resilience of Black communities in Canada. In particular, there is a focus on the importance and value of celebrating Black history every day.

This annual event debuted in March live on YouTube, and CKCU is proud to air an audio version on Saturday May 1st from 1-3 PMThis project is an integral part of the School of Social Work’s commitment to serving all students, including Indigenous, Black, and racialized students who often express feeling invisible in academic spaces while also feeling hyper-visible in their differences. The sentiment of being seen and yet unseen relates to their experiences within post-secondary education. This event’s ultimate goal is to create a space that supports culture change to assist the Carleton community and the broader Ottawa area to understand the complex issues associated with diversity and inclusion.

The Black History is Every Month featurette includes interviews with a variety of contemporary Black voices in Ottawa, a living portrait of their stories and commentary, as well as conversations that further dissect what it means to be Black in Canada today. A LENZSTUDIO Production.


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The Passing of Bernard Stepien of CKCU’s Rabble Without A Cause

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bernard Stepien. Bernard was a long time fixture at the station and in the local jazz scene where he was known for his virtuosic saxophone playing. After taking on Rabble Without A Cause in the 90’s he became part of the Sweetman / Émond / Stepien axis of Jazz on CKCU, which reigned for decades. Beyond his life in music he was a researcher and software engineer at the University of Ottawa contributing to that body of knowledge with several publications.

Local funeral services and commemorative jam sessions will be delayed until Ottawa is out of the COVID red-zone. At that time we’ll let everyone know how best to pay their respects. CKCU has been running a range of produced carts and best-of shows commemorating his work at the station over the next while, and will be making a gift to the family. He is survived by his son Thomas Stepien, who also broadcasted on CKCU as the well known DJ Teknobrat. Please keep his family in your thoughts.

Here is a link to two programs that Ron Steeds produced to commemorate Bernard:

Here is a link to an article by Peter Hum in the Ottawa Citizen:

The Place Of Sound debuts on CKCU

Welcome to The Place of Sound: a show that explores the meaning of some of the everyday spaces and places that surround us, both here in the city of Ottawa and elsewhere. Debuts this Monday at 6:30PM (Feb 22nd)….

The Place Of SoundIn a time when many of the spaces we inhabit are digital, we’re going to pause and reflect on how important physical space still is in our everyday lives. We’ll do so by listening to the work of students in Carleton University’s Communication and Media Studies program. We’ll listen to conversations they’ve had with others on the topic of home, and other projects such as soundscape compositions, which communicate one’s personal relationship with a particular place.

So on the one hand we’re using sound to understand the role of place in our lives and the many meanings that it holds, but on the other, we’re placing sound by using the skill of listening to explore the everyday spaces we inhabit.

So if you’re interested in hearing stories that will make you reflect on what places might mean and who you are in them, tune in to CKCU radio every second Monday at 6:30pm, listen On Demand:  and/or visit the website at

NEW PARTNERSHIP W/ Bushah Luxury Coffee & Tea Company + CKCU FM

We’re pleased to announce that we have partnered with local business, Bushah Luxury Coffee & Tea Company.

This partnership was made possible by our devoted volunteer and host of Friday Drive, Trevor Walker.

The concept is simple. For every bag of coffee sold, CKCU FM will receive $2 dollars. This will go a long way in keeping the Mighty 9.31 on the air while also supporting a great local business.

To support CKCU FM while purchasing your coffee, enter the promo code “FRIDAYDRIVE” and voila! We’d like to thank Bushah Luxury Coffee & Tea Company as well as Trevor Walker of Friday Drive for making this partnership a reality!