Broadcast Equipment Goes Up!

August 3, 2012 - 12:43pm -- ursula

Volunteer Joe Lynch rolls out the cable         The first radome goes up!

August 2, 2012

Members of the global community radio family are converging on Story County to help KHOI go on the air. Veteran Radio Frequency Engineer Tom Voorhees came from Seattle to lead the tower site build-out. Veteran Operations Manager Donna DiBianco came from Santa Fe to coordinate station readiness for going on the air and training volunteers. Todd Wallin arrives Saturday from Viroqua to help calibrate the equipment and test the signal. Filmmakers are coming from Madison Wisconsin to document these historic events.

Murphy Tower crew drove to Ames from Hartford, Iowa to install the KHOI broadcast equipment at the tower site. By the end of August 2, KHOI's three antenna bays were installed on the tower. For pictures of the process, go to "see more" below.

Family Radio Network, who broadcast there previously, ceased broadcasting at 89.1 FM to make way for KHOI, which will be heard there within the next few days. Our engineers will turn it slowly up, as KHOI volunteers are in a flurry of activity.

You can hold vigil with KHOI: tune your radio dial to 89.1, which is currently it is silent. You will hear the transition as the sound of community radio starts to be audible.

During the next week we will be in the "testing" phase. If you hear KHOI on your radio, email and report what you hear (how clear, any weird quirks?)

Join us on Saturday August 4, at 7 PM for a reception at the Ames Pantorium Building. The engineers will give us the latest, filmmakers will document the community response, and we may already be able to turn on the radio together to hear the sound of KHOI.

For photos see "read more" below


July 18, 2012 - 7:47pm -- ursula

KHOI community radio has officially received its 'Notice to Proceed' with the building process necessary for going on the air.  This is authorization was received from American Tower Company, from whom KHOI is leasing tower space near Story City. It authorizes KHOI to take the steps necessary to install its broadcast equipment.

KHOI poured the concrete foundations for the station’s transmitter shelter poured on July 16. On July 20, the transmitter shelter will be moved by crane to the tower site for installation. Broadcast equipment will be put in place shortly afterwards. All this is preparation for beginning to broadcast at 89.1 FM no later than August 17th.

The installation of the tower broadcast site, which includes transmitter shelter, transmitter, antenna, connecting cables and installation costs is valued at $60,000. The funds were provided entirely by Story County Community Foundation
and many individuals in the Story County area.

KHOI chief engineer Paul Nelson said: "It's been a long complicated road, but now it's all coming together very quickly.  Even though now it's about the technology, the final goal will result in connecting people and community."

For more photos go to "read More"

KHOI Broadcast Equipment is on the Way

June 6, 2012 - 9:27pm -- ursula

Essential broadcast equipment for bringing KHOI to the air was ordered this week and is on its way to Story County. (First pieces arrived June7!)

The next step in the building process is to pour a concrete foundation at the broadcast tower site. After it dries, the shelter for housing the transmitter at the foot of the tower will be installed.

Here is a photograph of the antenna that has been ordered and will be installed on the tower for broadcasting the KHOI signal.

Photograpahs of the rest of the equipment

Arnie Arnesen and Steffen Schmidt Raise Funds for KHOI May1

May 3, 2012 - 11:02am -- andy.tang


Arnie Arnesen, "Ms.Polical Chowder"and "Dr. Politics" Steffen Schmidt faced off on the hot topics of the day at a fundraiser held for KHOI on May 1 at the Ames Society for the arts. Approximatley 130 KHOI supporters came out for dinner and discussion. Schmidt and Arnesen agreed, by popular demand, to air a program to be broadcast simultaneously on KHOI and WNHN - Arnesen's station in Concord, New Hampshire - that will feature their political commentary and dialogue, similar to "Politics Day," their former program on Iowa Public Radio. To date, $8,650.00 were raised. Some additional funds are coming in the mail as a result of the fund raiser. We hope the letters keep coming as we approach our $10,000 goal for this event! 

In an interview with the Ames Tribune, Arnesen spoke about the value of community radio to our local area: "A Community radio... is a place where you can pull more ideas out and...the difference is we have the time..."

Listen to recordings from the presentations on May 1

Breaking News! with Arnie Arnesen and Steffen Schmidt: Food for Thought and Food

April 4, 2012 - 6:29pm -- ursula


Benefit for KHOI community radio
May 1, 5:3
0 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Octagon Center for the Arts  427 Douglas Avenue, Ames IA 50010
$15 admission at the door
For more information, 515.292.2878 or email

Celebrate May Day with two of your favorite political pundits! Arnie Arnesen and “Dr. Politics” Steffen Schmidt will be together again at a benefit for KHOI community radio. The dynamic team hosted Iowa Public Radio's former  "Politics Day," which was a weekly edition of "Talk of Iowa." They continue to contribute commentary to Iowa Public Radio.

Arnesen and Schmidt are reuniting for an evening of fun, food, and food for thought  - to help wrap up the capital campaign for building KHOI by the August 7 deadline.

The evening begins at 5:30 pm with a light supper of British pub foods and beverages, including beer and wine. At 6:30 Arnesen and Schmidt take to the mikes to share their views on the news of the day and political amusements. Admission is $15, but Arnie says, “Bring your checkbook or credit card!”. KHOI is a non-commercial radio station, and all contributions are tax deductible.

NEW Recording and Production Desk

March 29, 2012 - 6:53pm -- ursula


In preparation for GOING ON THE AIR ON AUGUST 7th a recording facility has been installed at the Ames Pantorium. The oak desk has been provided by the Ames Historical Society. KHOI will go on the air with as many local voices as possible - including yours! Do you have a story or information we can record? Can we interview you? Do you have an interview you would like to conduct and record, yourself?

Be part of KHOI's inaugural sound. Schedule a session at 292-2878 or Someone is here at the Pantorium to help you or interview you Tuesdays - Fridays from 1 to3 PM and Monday - Tuesdays from 7 to 9 PM.


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