KHOI to Broadcast Programs for 11 Days of Global Unity 2012

September 10, 2012 - 10:24am -- Anonymous (not verified)

In celebration of 11 Days of Global Unity, a time during which all are enjoined to work for worldwide peace, KHOI 89.1 FM will be broadcasting a series of 11 programs. Starting Sept. 11, KHOI will air the programs at 8 a.m., 1 p.m and 8 p.m on each of the 11 days. The programs will call listeners to serve, respect and learn from others. All programs will be produced by the central Iowa chapter of 11 Days of Global Unity. 

Though the event has been celebrated since 2004, Heather Withers, an Ames resident and ordained minister of the Unity Church, first committed herself to it in 2008, when she learned about it through her ministry.

Though more than a decade has passed since planes struck the two towers of the World Trade Center, Withers still recalls the global fear those strikes evoked.

Broadcast Operations Began Aug. 17

August 19, 2012 - 10:41pm -- ursula

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.

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August 9, 2012 - 11:09am -- ursula


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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


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