Porch Stories

Porch Stories is sponsored in part by a grant from the
Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau

(515) 232-4032
Supported by the Ames Community Grant Program

Porch Stories is a program that was in the making two years before it went on air. The goal is to gather community members at a potluck and hear their stories. Like neighbors gathering on a front porch and telling stories this program provides bonding time for community members.

When the program began about two years ago, people came together for a potluck at the KHOI studio and shared stories among the group. Now, Allen Gildehaus (Gildy) is leading the program and he is looking to revamp it. Instead of a potluck, people will gather at a local business where he will provide story prompts and a podium to share. The event will be once a month (exact dates to be decided) at Stomping Grounds and will last approximately two hours. There will be half an hour at the beginning for set up and brainstorming, then an hour and a half to record stories. About five to seven stories can be recorded in half an hour.

After the stories are recorded they will be played on the air by KHOI on Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm (CHECK). The program will also be available on this website?

Allen is open to gathering stories at anytime. The event is a good time for people to get together, but if that is not possible you can send your stories in, or Allen will come to you. You can reach Allen by calling KHOI at 515-292-2878 or by emailing gildy1968@gmail.com. You can also find him on Facebook.

Allen also hosts another program at KHOI called Rock of Ages. A musical program on Friday (?) nights 8:00-10:00.

The next theme for Porch Stories will be bicycles. Allen is hard at work preparing prompts and finalizing the date, which we will let you know as soon as possible.