KHOI has officially commenced regular broadcasting at 89.1 FM. After almost two weeks of being on the air for testing purposes, KHOI notified the Federal Communications Commission that broadcast operations began as of August 17th. During the testing phase, it was discovered that KHOI's signal exceeded all expectations by reaching as far as Ankeny, parts of DesMoines, Webster City, Boone, and State Center and the outskirts of Marshalltown to the East. KHOI is a voice for Central Iowa.
Community radio experts came from other places to ensure a smooth and successful lift-off. Engineer Tom Voorhees came from Seattle, Operations Manager Donna DiBianco came from Santa Fe, and WDRT Operations Manager Tood Wallin came from Viroqua WI. All these friends traveled to Iowa on their own dime to volunteer their services. KHOI is extremely grateful for their help and generosity. Their expertise and craftsmanship gave us a first-rate operation.
Diverse music, chosen by our production crew, is being aired via automation as the KHOI team begins shifting focus from technical challenges of getting onto the air to producing content. A creative and exciting time. As of August 20, local programs will begin to be introduced. Local programs will expand in the next few months with community participation and training.
On August 20th LOCAL TALK will launch as the signature KHOI show featuring local interviews. During the August 20th innaugural show, Kathy Svec describes Ames Historical Society's current exhibition: "Train Reality; How the Trains Made Ames." Elwyn Taylor tell hosts Don Wirth and Ursula Ruedenberg about his beginnings in Ames and as a climatologist and meteorologist and professor at Iowa State University. He then delivers his first daily WEATHER OUTLOOK for KHOI.
LOCAL TALK will air Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 AM, noon, and 7 PM. The show will eventually expand to airing every week day, as KHOI's production capacity grows. Mr. Taylor's WEATHER OUTLOOK will air everyday at 7:55 AM, 12:55 PM, and 7:55 PM. Also, during the week of August 20th, local DJs will be introducing new and locally produced music programs.