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Ursula grew up in Ames, Iowa and has been living for the past 30 years in New York City. Ursula began painting sets for her mother, Veronika’s puppet theater and spent much of her life as a professional mural painter. She has a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the New York academy of Art. She returned to Ames in order to help get KHOI on the air and to spend some time with her dad, Klaus. Ursula has been a community radio listener since she discovered Pacifica while living in Los Angeles in the 1970's. She currently is employed by Pacifica Radio, managing their affiliate network of around 200 stations (including KHOI). She feels community radio is the best thing and it is her pleasure to help bring this type of media to Central Iowa. In her free time, Ursula is hard at play, building a straw-bale lasagna garden in her father's backyard under the watchful eyes of the deer.
Eric hails from Great Garden State of New Jersey and he will always be a Jersey Boy at heart. He comes from the world of commercial radio, starting in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as an Oldies Disc Jockey. (Ask him about his first day it’s quite a story.) At this AM/FM station, he worked as air personality, a producer, in promotions, in music Research, and as a board operator/Phone screener. He also took this radio experience to Norfolk/Virginia Beach and Philadelphia, PA. Eric holds a degree in Computer Network Technology and is obtaining a degree in Web Development. In his spare time, he likes to attend Comic Cons, photography, and to travel.
This is his first venture into Community Radio, which is quite different from the commercial side. He is enjoying every minute of it. He likes sharing his experiences and is always willing to teach others who are willing to listen. The one thing that has remained a constant in Eric's life is his love of radio and he says: “Radio is where I belong and I’m here to stay”.
Preston Burris is a student at ISU studying Communication Studies and Philosophy. He is involved in several grassroots organizing groups in Central Iowa; in particular, he is a co-chair in the Ames Tenants Union. He has worked in local media since he was a high schooler in his hometown of Harlan, IA, where he worked for the local television station. He worked as IPR/WOI technical staff as a Student Operator. He was introduced to KHOI when he heard the programs: Local Talk and Economic Update.