Join us on Friday, February 15th at the Pantorium from 5 to 9 p.m. for a party to celebrate KHOI going LIVE!
The studio-to-tower link is finally in place and live radio is happening. We want to mark this auspicious occasion by inviting the public, especially those who have supported KHOI throughout the entire process, to join the celebration and be on the air with us.
“The mike is open,” says Station Director Ursula Ruedenberg. “We want to hear your voice on KHOI.”
The day will begin at 7 a.m. with an on-air pledge drive featuring KHOI board members, on-air personalities and special guests. The pledge drive continues until 9 p.m. with the party taking place at the radio station from 5 to 9 p.m. It’s during these hours that people can do their "shout-outs."
Board Member Deborah Bunka says, “I can’t wait to hear what people have to say. The entire day is going to be an exciting challenge. It’s live and that’s a little scary.” DJ Ron Latson, who will be one of a number of on-air pledge drive hosts, says, “It’s a pleasure to do my show ‘Soulful Express’ (Wednesdays 10 p.m. to midnight) and be a part of the KHOI family. I hope to see more people get involved.”
Going live is just the latest development in the growth of KHOI Community Radio. Coming on air August 17, 2012, volunteers at the station have been busy learning how to write, produce, host, assemble shows and raise funds.
“We’re an all-volunteer station and we’ve been very busy,” Bunka says. “It’s been a steep learning curve; almost breathlessly so at times but, we all have to be proud of what we’ve accomplished.”
There are a couple of things to note about the February 15th drive. The pledge drive will go from 7 a.m. to 9 pm. We will also so discuss our plans to build two sound studios in the back room of KHOI yet this winter and spring. Pledges can be phoned in, dropped off and done on-line through our website. Funds will not be solicited from party guests.
“We’re inviting people to celebrate going live. If they want to donate at any time throughout the day, that’s great,” Bunka says, “but nobody is going to be asked for money at the party.”
She adds one last thing.
“Everyone doing shout-outs needs to follow Federal Communications Commission rules. Keep it clean, folks!”