CKUA Makes an Epic Move


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We found the perfect building that struck that balance between old and new. The Alberta Hotel is a restoration of its iconic namesake in Edmonton. The five-story building was taken apart and the original stonework was put in storage until a local architect restored the building. Our CEO Ken Regan thought it would make a great location.

We purchased the building with 50,000 square feet of open canvas, working closely with architects and consultants. We had to make some changes; for example, on the second floor we had to lower the concrete slab to accommodate the air studios.

Control 2 - backup/production and video editing suite. Looking into Main Control and Studio A

Control 2 — backup/production and video editing suite. Looking into Main Control and Studio A


All the while we were up against the clock. The tired, old Jasper building was crumbling around us; we had one of the oldest boilers in the province, and it wasn't a healthy building to work in, both physically and creatively.

All about workflow

We weren't about to compromise on the layout of our new facility, though. We didn't want to leave one layout nightmare scenario for another. In the old building, for example, our main recording Studio A was on the sixth floor, but production facilities were on the fifth. Not only did we lack visibility, but wiring throughout the facility had accumulated over the 50 years in the building. We just couldn't make it work without a major rebuild. No amount of modern technology could make up for a patchwork workflow. The new broadcast environment has changed and required a total rethink of how things are done.

View of the News Booth showing Wheatstone’s
sideboard. Looking into Control 3 (main
production) and Main Control 1.

View of the News Booth showing Wheatstone’s sideboard. Looking into Control 3 (main production) and Main Control 1.


For the new facility we took the time to lay out a working workflow. We also needed the right technology to make this facility as plug and play as possible. The direction in the industry -- the new reality -- was AoIP.

We invited two major AoIP providers to our facility for product demonstrations, and based on many factors we chose Wheatstone. We already had one of their first-ever AoIP blades as part of our iMediaTouch automation integration and a mix of Vorsis audio processors at various transmitter sites.

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