National Grassroots Radio Conference 2014

August 14, 2014 - 12:00pm -- mattlhurley

KHOI Radio is proud to be hosting an annual, national radio conference, co-sponsored by Pacifica Radio here in downtown Ames. The Grassroots Radio Conference (GRC) will take place August 14-17, 2014. Visit the website at

The GRC is a professional conference comprising one cornerstone of national non-commercial community media, and is widely loved among radio operators and radio fans. Visitors to the conference will be traveling to Ames from across the USA and Canada. We are expecting 150-200 attendees: radio producers, journalists, legal experts, engineers and community radio volunteers for the conference.

We are excited to further introduce the magic of community radio. Therefore, if you live in central Iowa, we are inviting you to stop by the conference anytime and join in, free of charge.

We will hold a pot luck welcome party on August 14th at 5 PM in front of KHOI at 410 Douglas Avenue in Ames. Join us, bring a dish, or just stop by to help welcome the guests. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about who we are at KHOI. It will be lots of fun; you will meet amazing people, and discover the magic of building community through communication.

Clean Water Radio, Episode 3: Paddling Iowa

August 1, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 08/01/2014
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Our first guest is Jim Pease, retired extension wildlife specialist, who is doing an interpretive and biological survey of the sections of rivers across the state designated as Iowa Water Trails, and has seen lots of cool stuff. Next, we speak with Rob Bohlke, Roland resident and lifetime paddling enthusiast, who shares tales from his childhood and excellent tips for river lovers in central Iowa.

Lobbying, Politics, Sports and Bears (Oh, My!)

July 30, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/30/2014
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Citizen lobbying, state politics, local sports and Iowa bears (oh, my!) were the topics explored on Wednesday’s Local Talk program. KHOI’s nature reporter Pat Schlarbaum interviewed DNR Wildlife Research Biologist Vince Evilsizer about the resurgence of the bear population in our state. Longtime citizen lobbyist Deborah Fink described ways the Friends Committee for National Legislation tries to persuade office holders to support laws promoting peace, equal justice and a healthy environment. In a brief interview with Tom Beell, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Monica Vernon talked about the challenges of running for a statewide political office. And then KHOI’s new sports reporter, Vivica Dillard, summarized the latest athletic contests in Story County, Iowa and the nation.

Homeless Stand Down and Woodworking

July 28, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/28/2014
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We held a discussion with the organizers of “Homeless Stand Down,” an event for all military veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to be held at Brookside Park on July 29. This is a coordinated effort of Story County and ISU veterans associations. Following was an interview with woodworker Clay Gurganus and a musical introduction to the Bluegrass group Monroe Crossing, that will perform at the Story City Theater on Thursday, July 31.

Clean Water Radio, episode 2: Engaging Farmers

July 25, 2014 - 7:08am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/25/2014
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Dr. Jacqueline Comito is our special guest for this edition of Clean Water Radio, focusing on the central role farmers play in cleaning up our state's waters. Jackie co-manages Iowa Learning Farms, an ISU Extension program which conducts farm days for farmers and on-farm research, and she directs Water Rocks!--an education program that brings music and children into the mix. We talk to Tim Smith, a farmer who discovered that the runoff from his farm was not as nutrient-free as he would like, and Roger Wolf of the Iowa Soybean Association, who describes the organization's water monitoring program and expresses its evidence-based philosophy for Iowa's Nutrient Reduction System.

Heartland Senior Services, Low Power Radio Movement

July 23, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/23/2014
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Viveca Dillard, sports reporter, interviews Harrison Barns as he donates his jerseys to the Ames History Center and gives a sports update.

Johnny Hammond and Jan Williams talk with Kay Puttock about the services and history of Heartland Senior Services on the eve of their 40th anniversary picnic on August 22.

Radio pioneer Pete Tridish, founder of the Prometheus Radio Project, describes the origins of the low power radio movement. Members of the movement who are building new stations will be an important part of the upcoming National Grassroots Radio Conference hosted by KHOI August 14 - 17.

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