Dalhousie University. Dalhousie Student Union. CKDU Radio.

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Dalhousie University. Dalhousie Student Union. CKDU Radio.

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  • CKDU 88.1 FM
  • CKDU 97.5 FM
  • CKDU 610 AM

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CKDU Radio is a campus radio station based at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. CKDU evolved from the Dalhousie University radio club, Radio Tiger, which dates back at least to the 1950s. In 1975, the station was named CKDU and began broadcasting at 610 AM in the Student Union Building via closed circuit and by "carrier-current broadcasting" in How 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 February 1, 1985, at 4:00 p.m., the station began broadcasting at 97.5 FM, 24 hours a day. In 2006, the station increased its broadcasting power to 3,200 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 our projects and programming. The station is a member of the National Campus and Community Radio Association, and was host to the National Campus and Community Radio Conference in 1999 and 2011.


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Most information derived from "Tune into CKDU: the radio station with goals," University News, October 31, 1975, Volume 6, Issue 5, page 6 (MS-1-Ref, Box 228, Folder 1, Item 5). See also 1985 Pharos yearbook (MS-1-Ref, Box 205).

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