FM signal restored, roof antenna repaired, CKCU emanates again….

UPDATE: The tower is back up. The transmission line has been connected and tested. The transmitter is receiving our signal from the station. Radios ready and waiting to be turned back on all around town…. We thank everyone, hosts and listeners alike for their patience and support while this work was being done. We’ve endured some ups and downs the past few months, but nothing will keep the Mighty 93.1 down!

Thanks to to the tireless efforts of our Engineer Jeff Ruck and the crew from Grundy Telecom Integration that came from out of town at the drop of a dime and worked in this crazy sun on a hot tar roof every day until the work was complete.

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Janis Lockwood will forever live in our hearts and minds.

It is with great sadness, that CKCU regrets to inform you of the passing of Janis Lockwood. On June 5, we lost a towering figure in the station’s 45-year history. Janis was here from early days, helping to pull a fledgling campus-based community radio station up by the roots.

Her on-air presence showed all of us how radio should be done. Her support for local artists showed many a musician that it could be done. Her ever-engaging “old school mix for music lovers who refuse to be confined by narrow categories” was the best of CKCU. Off-air, too, Janis represented the best of CKCU. More than a trusted volunteer and host, she was instrumental in keeping us going through times both good and bad. As funding drive coordinator. As a former member and chair of the Board of Directors. As a tireless advocate for the station and, during those bad times, the driving force behind a decisive effort to save us from ruin.

It is no exaggeration to suggest that CKCU owes its continuing presence on the airwaves, online and in our hearts to the dedication and determination of Janis Lockwood. More than a radio host; though, in that, too, she showed all of us the way. On behalf of the many who owe her a debt of gratitude, the Board of Directors sends condolences to Janis’s partner Fred, her family and to the many friends whose lives she touched. If you are reading this, you know that you are one.

The Ottawa Ethnic Media in collaboration with the Media Club of Ottawa is compiling an anthology on pandemic stories. Submit your pandemic stories, preferably in English but other languages, Hindi, Punjabi, Farsi, Arabic with a translation will also be accepted. This anthology is a keepsake for your children and grandchildren. It will be documented evidence of the year 2020. We all have short memories and we are bound to forget the happenings of this year so put your thoughts down and tell us your greatest moments, how you spent the past two months in isolation in the form of short stories, poems, or articles.

Submission guidelines:

500-1000 words
Times Roman font, 12 pt
Double spaced
Deadline: August 15, 2020
Anthology publication date November 2020
Contact information, with a brief bio

You will be notified if your piece has been accepted. Your contributions will be edited for clarity, if necessary.  For more information please contact me at Jagjeet Sharma at or June Coxon at

Bon voyage Dick Altavista, we will miss you!

Best wishes and safe travels to Richard Parks (aka Dick Altavista) and his wife Michelle, as they have set sail to Victoria BC to be with their family. Long time CKCU volunteer, serving on our Board Of Directors, mentoring other volunteers, helping host multiple programs, but of course most notably his own popular “Both Kinds Of Music“. He was also very active in many facets or the Ottawa music community and will be sorely missed! In case you missed them, please check out the two tributes that aired last week.

Wednesday Special Blend
Both Kinds Of Music
The entire BKOM archive found here: (click on “ALL PLAYLISTS”)


Job Posting – Executive Director, CKCU-FM

CKCU-FM is embarking on a transformative journey to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of the organization. Operating for over 44-years beginning on November 14, 1975, we are looking forward to 2025 when CKCU-FM celebrates its 50th anniversary.  To get there, we are seeking to update our strategic path forward, improve our business structures and capture opportunities available in the evolving broadcast landscape.

If you believe that you are the person to lead this journey, submit your application or any questions & requests for additional information to:
Pat Moore Director
CKCU-FM Board of Directors

Closing Date: June 17, 2020, 16:00 Eastern Time.

Click on the link below for full details!

Job Posting – CKCU-FM Executive Director

New Programs on the Airwaves and On Demand.

We’re happy to share that select CKCU programs have the necessary resources to be able to produce content from home. This means fresh new programming from some of your favorite shows! You can hear new content on the airwaves during the show’s regular time slot, and via the On Demand feature online. It’s not live but it’s the next best thing as we navigate COVID-19. Check back regularly as new shows are added throughout the week. We’re fortunate and thankful to have the great team of people behind CKCU FM as we know it’s a challenging time for everyone. We’re grateful to be part of the community and your day. Thanks for having us!

Folks, amidst the current situation CKCU FM’s programming will not be as per usual. Things in the world and our city are not “as per usual”, sadly. The safety of our hosts, volunteers, staff and community at large, is of priority and we have made the decision to limit station access. We are here though! We are working to bring you different and special programming while we all get through this situation together. Tune into 93.1 FM on or online at and join us. For those who can’t get enough, our On Demand archives are full and waiting! Catch up on your favorite past programs. We hope we can bring a little positivity to your (likely isolated) day!


House of TARG & CKCU FM present

80s Hip Hop, Old School BreakBeats, Electro Funk & Breakdance Classics w/ DJ DAVEY & DJ DUCATS

Doors: 11pm – 2am / 19+
Cover: $5
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11 PM – 2 AM

DJ Ducats has without a doubt carved a solid name for himself in the Ottawa hip-hop scene. Best known for his unique style and successful radio show, Peaceful Journey from back in the day and his current “Straight Hip-Hop, No Fluff!!” radio show on CKCU FM called STYLE WARS. Some say Ducats is the gold standard for DJs in the nation’s capital. With one of the biggest vinyl collections in the city, you’ll be sure to enjoy his mix of old school beats and new school flavour. Getting his first set of decks in ’91, Ducats has always had a passion for hip-hop. With one ofhis main goals always being to please the crowd.

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Ottawa Artists for Australia: A Bushfire Benefit

Ottawa artists Megan Jerome, Andrea Singerface (Naviger), Chris Pager Camp and Trevor Alguire will play in a round on the Arts Court Theatre stage for a great night of music, stories and community, to raise funds for Australian bushfire relief.

Artists For Australia is helping 2 Australian charities: the NSW Rural Fire Service which coordinates volunteer firefighting efforts across that state; and WIRES, the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service of New South Wales.
WIRES volunteers have rescued thousands of animals from the fires.

A varied silent auction table will be setup with donations from Ottawa businesses, restaurants, entertainment, visual artists and musicians wanting to help out.

For $25 get a great evening of music and fundraising to help Australia.

Friday, March 6th 7:30 – 10 PM
at Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave.
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Sponsored by Ottawa Tonite, CKCU, and Arts Court.

Larissa Desrosiers returns to the airwaves to perform live!

Anishinaabekwe Singer-Songwriter Larissa Desrosiers returns to CKCU for an encore live presentation of her latest songs and a chat with Emily Baxter and Colin Boudreault who host the program “60 Minutes To Midnight” this coming Tuesday (February 4th) at 11PM.

You can check out her previous excellent appearance on “Ottawa Live Music” back in April of last year: