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Tuned in for 35 years

CKCU 93.1 FM first went live in 1975 with a primarily music-oriented show.

CKCU 93.1 FM first went live in 1975 with a primarily music-oriented show.

Actor Dan Aykroyd got his start on the station as part of a comedy show in the early days, and other former announcers have gone on to work at CBC, TSN and CHEZ FM.

When Carleton University’s radio station celebrates 35 years on air next week, it will be arguably the most successful campus station in the country, hosting a “gamut of musical genres” and public affairs programming, said Jim Hurcomb, who sits on the CKCU board of directors. “The fact that we’re still on the air ... and people still support us, indicates our success,” said Hurcomb.

“The core appeal is in the community and that we have a lot of programming that appeals to various ethnic groups in Ottawa,” said Hurcomb.

With the support of local donations, the studio was just renovated to improve the quality of music broadcasts, and listeners can now download online playlists and podcasts of the shows.

The station recently passed the halfway point in fundraising $110,000 for the annual drive.

 
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