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Documentary celebrates crusade to save CKUA

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TORONTO - Over the past 75 years CKUA, located in Edmonton, Alberta, has helped to launch the careers of many talented announcers and famous musicians. It has also fostered fiercely loyal fans. The documentary Radio Worth Fighting For shares the history of the station and documents the evolution of a remarkable social crusade that unfolds when the radio station is shut down. Radio Worth Fighting For will premiere Sunday, December 12, 8 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT.

Interviews with CKUA listeners, staff and alumni, including Terry David Mulligan, Robert Goulet and senator/musician Tommy Banks, are combined with footage of television news reports from the time of the shutdown. These scenes paint a compelling picture of people of all ages, classes and tastes banding together on a crusade to get their favorite community treasure back on the air.

Radio Worth Fighting For, narrated by Cindy Church, offers a sampler of the eclectic music played on CKUA, including live performances by Ricky Skaggs, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bruce Cockburn. In all, 37 such musical acts are featured, reminding us that the fight to save CKUA is the fight to save the music.

At its first public screening on September 20, 2004 at Edmonton's Winspear Centre, director/producer Lorna Thomas, associate director/co-producer Lisa Miller and writer Geo Takach talked about the arduous, three-year filmmaking process. "Shooting and editing more than 65 hours of footage was demanding," they said, but they were thrilled it had resulted in a DVD (distributed online at and a national broadcast on Bravo!.

Radio Worth Fighting For was produced and developed in association with Bravo! Canada, a division of CHUM Ltd. and produced in association with ACCESS Alberta � The Education Station, Canadian Learning Television, Book Television and The Saskatchewan Communications Network; with the participation of Star Choice Communications Inc., The Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, The Alberta Film Development Program of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The CanWest Western Independent Producers Fund, The Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association/CFCN � Mentorship Program, and The Government of Canada � Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit Program.

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