The iconic Ames Pantorium building on Douglas Avenue is the new home of KHOI Community Radio, a noncommerial station that plans to go on air next August. The official opening of the new space is on Friday, September 16. The Chamber of Commerce will be there for a ribbon cutting and the KHOI board of directors (of which I am member) will be on hand for the event. Tony Garrett, a lifelong jazz radio DJ who recently moved to Ames, will be providing the music from his extensive collection.
KHOI Community Radio will be a transformative media in Ames. The programming will all come from community members and the content will be extremely local. Central Iowa news and weather will be a staple on the station, as well as diverse music and arts programming. Basically, whatever motivated people want to make a show about will be a show.
This will particularly be a boon for local music. Ames artists can expect KHOI to be a home for their music, a place where they can consistently anticipate hearing their own music and the music of their friends on the radio.
In addition to housing a broadcasting studio, the Pantorium will also have a meeting space in the front of the building for community gatherings and events. The first such event will take place during the Octagon Music Walk on Thursday, September 15 (the night before the official opening). Holly Figueroa and Elizabeth Zimmerman will be performing original music and chistening the space as a live music venue.
Community radio is coming to Ames. Be there on the 15th and 16th to help celebrate the beginning of a new era.
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