410 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA
Community radio was originally started by the FCC as a way to regain local broadcasting, and it was established to be simply that: local. Because of this, many are entirely listener supported and generated with no advertising funds, including our own KHOI.
Founded with the vision to offer the best in arts, news, entertainment and music in the area, KHOI community radio’s mission says a lot about what they do as a station for Ames and surrounding areas, “Building community through communication.”
“We are connected to national network where we get some programming from other community stations, but most of the programming is generated locally,” said Thomas Beell, vice chair and secretary for KHOI. “And much of it is done live.”
The various community programs include local talk shows covering news issues, music shows, poetry slams and much more.
“Community radio is something special,” Beell said. “The goal is to regain local broadcasting, local people, local events.”
The station started recording humbly with just a table surrounded by drapes. Now, KHOI has a soundproof area in which Studio Tour participants will be able to experience radio by sitting in the studio to record their own station ID statement. An ID statement includes the station’s call letters, channel number and location.
And the best part about it? Anyone who wants their recorded ID to be aired can have it done so.
“This is community radio,” noted Beell. “Instead of having a professional radio station where you have the same professional voices, here you have everyday people, and it can often be quite charming.”
Make sure to check out KHOI during the Ames Area Studio Tour on Oct. 10 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and 11 (noon - 4 p.m.).
For more information on KHOI and to listen to online programs, please visit the website at khoifm.org.