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.

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.

Country Music, the Center for Creative Justice and Team PrISUm

July 21, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/21/2014
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Country musician Leah Turner visits Ames. Probation officer Christy Boyer, of the Center for Creative Justice talks about her work with domestic batterers. Iowa State University's Team PrISUm talk about the solar car they've built, the race (American Solar Challenge) that the car is competing in, and the all-family festival organized around the official race pit stop, here in Ames. The Pit Stop event will be at the D2 Parking Lot, north of the Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday, July 26, 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

Clean Water Radio

July 18, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/18/2014
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Reporter Greta Anderson kicks off a series of Friday Local Talk shows about water issues across Iowa by sharing the hour with Evan Burger of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. ICCI has initiated a statewide Clean Water campaign in anticipation of important rulings on regulations, which are notoriously weak in this state. We talk with Bill Stowe, the director of the Des Moines Water Works, and David Osterberg of Iowa Policy Project, who has just published a paper entitled, "A Threat Unmet: Why Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy Falls Short." Our guests argue that with more than 50% of Iowa's waterways listed as impaired, and more than 50% of farmers implementing no conservation measures at all, it's time Iowans got serious about complying with the Clean Water Act and reducing the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

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