KHOI Radio 89.1 FM brings national radio conference to downtown Ames

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

KHOI Community Radio 89.1 FM, in cooperation with Pacifica Radio Network is hosting the 16th annual National Grassroots Radio Conference (GRC), an information exchange for community radio operators and listeners. Approximately 150 attendees are expected from throughout North America.

There will be more than 40 workshops and training labs,a Hip Hop radio summit, and intensive radio-building training for organizations developing new Low Powered community radio stations.

The conference will be held in downtown Ames at KHOI, 410 Douglas and the Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas. Activities begin at noon on Thursday, August 14 with a cook-out in front of KHOI at 410 Douglas Avenue in Ames. The conference ends on Sunday at noon. KHOI invites and encourages local residents to attend some or all of the conference. A full schedule can be found at grc2014.net

Keynote speaker, David Barsamian, will speak on Saturday, August 16 at 11:00 AM in the Main Gallery of the Octagon Center for the Arts at 427 Douglas Avenue in Ames. Barsamian is a renowned journalist and winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for Journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. Barsamian’s speech will be open to the public with the suggested donation of $10.00, or, pay what you can. Tickets for the full conference are available on the GRC Web-site www.GRC2014.net or at the door.

“We are delighted to bring this revered radio tradition to Ames hospitality,” said Ursula Ruedenberg, manager of KHOI, “We hope area residents will take part and gain a greater appreciation of how lucky we are to have KHOI -community radio in Ames.”

KHOI 89.1 FM began broadcasting in 2012 and is located in downtown Ames. KHOI is an all-volunteer based community radio station dedicated to serving Story County.

The station’s mission is to: “Build community through communication.”

The Pacifica Radio Network is the major broadcast network for community radio. Currently the network includes approximately 200 grassroots stations throughout the North American continent, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, and a few European cities. Pacifica Foundation distributes radio content and offers other management services to its affiliates.

Founded in 1996, GRC’s mission is preserving the grassroots nature of community radio and developing this medium. The conference is hosted at different locations each year, hosted locally by a community radio station in that area. 15 stations have hosted GRC.