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  • Rockin’ Ronnie - Rest In Peace - 1961 – 2023

    Posted by Rob on February 27th, 2023

    On Tuesday February 21st CKUW lost our longest serving volunteer and a tireless evangelist for community radio, Rockin’ Ronnie Lindsay .

    Rockin’ Ronnie found CKUW in 1985 in the basement of Manitoba Hall at UW and gravitated to the comfy couch in the office. It was a place to hang out, smoke, talk music and sometimes make radio for the captive audience in Lockhart Hall. Despite the small congregation of listeners Ronnie persisted in making a weekly blues show that became the longest running radio show on CKUW and one of the longest running shows in all of Canada.

    “Bluesday” featured an original program of three hours of blues every week. Ronnie was proud to be live in the studio no matter what and delighted in presenting new artists and classics from across the blues spectrum.

    We’re deeply saddened by this loss, we know how much his program meant to you as listeners and we know how much the station meant to Ronnie himself. Ronnie loved and lived the blues and he loved sharing that with you on the air. As a tribute, we’re going to air excerpts of some older Bluesday shows at 7pm every Tuesday in March. On March 28th we’ll dedicate the full three hours 7-10 pm to sharing remembrances of Ronnie and great blues music that he loved.

  • Fundrive Update - We Need Your Calls!

    Posted by Rob on February 21st, 2023

    A donation to CKUW is a great way to support the diverse community of creators and free-thinkers that populate our broadcast schedule. Call us at 204-774-6877 from 8am to 8pm we have staff ready to help receive your contribution. Online donations can be made at through the secure University of Winnipeg Foundation website.

    Our volunteers and staff put a lot of effort into each broadcast week, there are more than 50 local programs and 150 hours of distinctive, ad-free listening. A donation of $35 helps pay our transmitter rent for about one day, a larger donation goes further and can be split into monthly payments. At higher donation levels there are many fun CKUW gifts you can choose and wear to show your appreciation of our alternative radio.

    Please don’t wait, Fundrive ends on Friday February 24th and we need every listener to act and make a contribution. Thanks for you support!

  • Fundrive Mid Point

    Posted by Rob on February 18th, 2023

    CKUW is halfway through our fundraiser for this year, thank you to everyone who has donated so far. We are moving closer to our goal of $60,0000 with over $25,000 pledges as of Saturday morning. We are humbled by the response but we need to reach the full goal in the next seven days to meet our budget.

    Your gift of $120 covers our Internet expenses for about a month, a donation of $35 pays for one day of transmitter rent. Your contributions make a difference at CKUW. Listener support allows us to plan for the future, weather instability and provide the high level of service you expect.

    Your pledge today will support a community of more than 100 volunteers and their mission to share music and information with you. Donate securely online at If you have any questions about Fundrive 2023 please get in touch with our staff – 204-786-9782 / “[email protected]”“mailtoi“

  • Ready for your calls! - 204-774-6877

    Posted by Rob on February 14th, 2023

    As of 10am Monday we’ve reached $12,281 donated to our community radio, thank you Winnipeg!

    We need to reach $60,000 in the next 10 days so please don’t wait. We need you to call now at 204-774-6877 or make a donation online, it’s just a few clicks away –

    Pledging is fast and secure, donors who give $70 or more can receive the CKUW Fundrive t-shirt as a thank-you gift. Donors who give $95.90 can select a CKUW knit toque for their premium gift. Fundrive incentives are limited edition, so please don’t hesitate, make your gift today.

  • Fundrive 2023 is on now!

    Posted by Rob on February 10th, 2023

    We are dedicated to presenting ad-free community radio to you all year long but to be able to continue our service we need your help. Listener funding counts for ΒΌ of our budget and ensures that we can remain independent and adventurous!

    For the next two weeks, our volunteer hosts will be working to get your pledges. We need a total of $60,000 from 1000 donors to meet our 2023 budget, please help us out by making a donation online at From 8am – 8pm staff will also be answering the phones (204-774-6877) if you have questions or need assistance with your donation.

    Gifts of $35 or more are eligible for unique thank you incentives from CKUW, show your pride in the station by wearing one of our t-shirts ($70) with outstanding art from Mahri White. Make your contribution now, every donor helps us reach our goal –