CKXU Debates Application Form

CKXU Debates is a planned series that will air in Summer 2016 on CKXU 88.3 FM. The concept is to offer CKXU listeners the chance to listen to informed, intelligent, respectful debates on issues that are of interest to our community. From local politics, to the Alberta economy, from student affairs to LGBTQ and Indigenous perspectives we will cover a range of topics in this weekly, limited-run series. The show will be available over the air and online.

CKXU Debates will be produced and moderated by Rob Csernyik, Program Director.

We are looking for people from the community to participate in the debates. You do not need any previous experience on air, only a passionate interest in your subject. Please fill out the following form to give us an indication of which topics you would be most interested in debating and what your background is in those fields. You will be matched up blindly according to your debate interests with one or two other people to appear on air with. You cannot request to appear with a particular person.

We cannot guarantee that all applicants will be chosen to participate. As the series is a limited-run summer series there may be more applicants than spaces available for the program. Participants will be chosen primarily based on their topics of interest, their background with the subject matter they wish to debate and their demonstrated interest in participating.

The final date for applications is 5 PM MST on Monday, February 15th, 2016. Participants will be given particular questions and topics in advance of recording to prepare. Recording the program will take approximately 1.5 hours and will take place during March and April 2016.

Questions? Contact Rob Csernyik at

* 1. Please enter the following contact information:

* 2. Have you appeared on air at CKXU 88.3 FM before as a host or a guest?

* 3. In 50 words or fewer please describe why you would like to participate in CKXU Debates.

* 4. Of the following general topics which would you be most interested in debating on air? (Choose only one.)

* 5. Please select up to two additional topics you would be interested in discussing on air. (Optional)

* 6. Please describe your familiarity with the subjects you have indicated an interest in debating on air. (This can include education, work or volunteer experience, life experience, personal interest, etc.)

* 7. For the (up to) three topics you expressed an interest in debating you chose, please provide 2 or 3 specific questions for each topic that you would be interested in debating on air.

Example: If you chose "Poverty and Homelessness" you might pose questions such as:

"Should the government help the homeless?"
"Should there be a national minimum wage of $15.00 in Canada?"
"Is inequality the main cause of poverty?"
"Is poverty a main factor in criminal activity?"
"Is poverty everyone's responsibility?"

Please complete all required fields. Thank you for your application. We will be in touch.

* 8. Do you have any other comments, questions, or concerns about participating in CKXU Debates? (Optional)