Fonds UA-47 - CKDU Radio fonds

Rocky Jones : interview with political activist Growing up Black in Halifax : part 1 of 3 Growing up Black in Halifax : part 2 of 3 Growing up Black in Halifax : part 3 of 3 Rocky Jones on Racism : part 2 of 2 Rocky Jones on Racism : part 1 of 2

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CKDU Radio fonds

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  • 1975 - (Creation)
    CKDU Radio

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2265 audio reels

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(1975 -)

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CKDU Radio is a campus radio station at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. CKDU evolved from Dalhousie University's radio club, Radio Tiger, ca. the 1950s. In 1975 the station was renamed CKDU and began broadcasting on 610 AM in the Student Union Building via closed circuit and by carrier-current broadcasting in the university residences, Howe Hall and Fenwick Towers. Harvey MacKinnon was the first station manager and Stan Carew was the first program director. In its first year, approximately 40 students worked at the station as production personnel, news reporters, copy editors, public affairs interviewers, music programmers and on-air staff.

CKDU was granted an FM license in 1985. On 1 February 1985, at 4:00 p.m., the station began broadcasting on 97.5 FM, 24 hours a day. In 2006 the station increased its broadcasting power to 3200 watts and changed its frequency to 88.1 FM. The station is now operated by the not-for-profit CKDU-FM Society.

CKDU is mandated to act as an alternative to public and commercial radio stations, and to be a forum for diverse and under-represented voices, music and news. CKDU is committed to public access to the airwaves and supporting marginalized individuals and communities through their projects and programming. The station is a member of the National Campus and Community Radio Association, and in 1999 and 2011 was host to the National Campus and Community Radio Conference.

Custodial history

Records were departmentally transferred to the Dalhousie University Archives by CKDU in four accessions: (1995-040) in July 1995; (1999-046) in June 1999; unknown accession number in 2013; and (2017-015) in May 2017.

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Fonds contains sound recordings broadcast on CKDU Radio. From 1984 until February 14, 2006, CKDU Radio transmitted on 97.5 FM; on February 14, 2006, the station changed to 88.1 FM.

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  • English
  • French

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], CKDU Radio fonds, UA-47, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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