Inspiring Young Readers

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

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Today's show brings us children's voices and the voices of local professionals who seek to cultivate children's literacy. Sarvinder Naberhaus, an author from Ames, speaks about her new children's book "Boom! Boom!" (Simon & Schuster) about the sounds the weather makes. Then Jerri Heid, youth services manager at the Ames Public Library, and Diana Schmidt, Raising Readers organizer, talk about Raising Readers' goals of school readiness and reading proficiency. Raising Readers and the APL collaborate on the Harrison Barnes Reading Academy, which pairs mentors and kids at the library every Wednesday afternoon. Children from that program came to our studios earlier this week, and were recorded talking and giggling about books that they had recently read. Among our guests, there was a lively discussion about changing literacy practices of children today and how parents and all adults can support their development.

Webster City

November 19, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 11/19/2014
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County Reporters Cheryl Binzen and Susan Franzen took a road trip to Webster City, where they ate lunch at the 2nd Street Emporium and interviewed Cami Felts about the history of the restaurant before meeting with Deb Brown, Keri Rojas, Loween Getter, and Joann Robb at the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss the attractions and history of Webster City.

The meeting was followed by tours of the Webster Theater, the Jane Young House, and the Kendall Young Library. On the way home they stopped by Story City to hear about Lake Comar from Kay Munson, who recalled its allure in the 1920s and 30s.

Clap Your Hands, Everybody

November 17, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

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We start off the hour with some wisdom from Irving Berlin and the Blue-Collar Philosopher. Ames High girls have been collecting state trophies left and right: The cheer squad won states for the second time two weeks ago, while swimmers came in 2nd place after a four-year (2010-2013) championship run.

We air audio from a nonagenarian aquatics competitor who learned how to swim at Lake Comar in Story City, and then speak with State Coach of the Year, Dan Flannery, about his coaching style and the lessons learned from 2nd place. With a musical tribute to Big Bank Hank (d. 11/11/2014) of the Sugarhill Gang.

Affordable Healthcare

November 14, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 11/14/2014
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In celebration of the recent successful pledge drive, the show opened with a brief history of radio in Ames from Alex Fefjar of the Ames Historical Society.

The second enrollment period for insurance using the government sponsored Health Insurance Marketplace runs from November 15 through February 15 and the bulk of the show consists of two interviews about enrolling under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare). One interview is with Tony Murray of Murray and Associates, an insurance company in Des Moines. The second interview is with Shanette White, who is a government certified Navigator trained to guide people seeking enrollment under ACA. Shanette White works as a Navigator under Planned Parenthood of the Hearland (PPHeartland).

Ruth Wiedemeier, Manager of the Octagon, talks about holiday season events in the downtown district, including the Festival of Trees at the Octagon, and Snow Days sponsored by the Downtown Cultural District.

Belinda Merrit lists live music events available in Ames over the weekend.

Baby Boomers

November 12, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 11/12/2014
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KHOI county reporters went all over our listening area exploring entertainment for Baby Boomers. Our first guest was Jan McInnis, who will join Kent Rader in "The Baby Boomer Comedy Night" at the Story City Grand Opera House on Thursday, November 13, Then Robby Peterson called in from Jefferson to tell us about History Boy Theatre Company. Finally, Karen Mahoney told us about a Karaoke party with music and dress from the 60s, 70s, and 80s to be November 22.

Hosts: Paul Wierson and Susan Franzen


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