About KHOL - Jackson Hole Community Radio
Jackson Hole Community Radio produces innovative public radio programs, in-depth local news and cultural reporting, and events that touch a passionate community of more than 40,000 people monthly on-air, online and in-person. From its studios in the Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson, Wyoming, KHOL is shaping community radio for a new generation of listeners.
To serve the Jackson Hole community of residents and visitors through independent local and regional news and by creating a forum for the free exchange of ideas and music discovery that informs, entertains and promotes deeper understanding of the world around us.
As a public radio station funded and supported by the community, KHOL knows that cultivating a diverse team of employees and volunteers is essential to understanding and serving the multifaceted communities of western Wyoming and eastern Idaho.
KHOL is committed to recruiting and retaining a talented, dedicated and diverse staff, governing body, Community Advisory Board and volunteer corps through our core belief in valuing difference and by promoting an environment of inclusion. We seek diversity in cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds, personal experiences, age, gender and sexuality, ability and skills that reflect the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by KHOL. We also prioritize diversity in the station’s selection of music and cultural programming as well as in our news coverage.
KHOL supports an inclusive and antiracist environment through equal opportunity in employment and by diversity and implicit bias awareness education.
KHOL was more than a decade in the making before its maiden voyage on the airwaves in April 2008. It was the long-time dream of the station’s founder and first executive director Jim Tallichet. The station’s launch happened from a windowless office space under Teton Barbershop. It was a grassroots beginning, with a handful of dedicated volunteers keeping the station afloat through dogged perseverance. The station transmitted from the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort with Saddle Butte hampering the signal. After a few years of basement broadcasting, KHOL moved above ground, at first to an attic space across from the Wort Hotel, before landing in its permanent home in the prestigious Center for the Arts in 2012.
Since then, KHOL has grown exponentially. Home to Jackson’s only nonprofit newsroom, KHOL has become a trusted community source for in-depth reporting, cultural commentary and community programming that reflects the diversity of its listeners.
Emily has served as executive director of KHOL since June 2019. She has a background in ecological design and urban planning and has worked as a teacher on the US-Mexico border in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, as a policy wonk in Washington, DC and as a land use planner in Wyoming. She is an avid fiddler of Appalachian old time music and other traditional folk styles. She has produced projects for the DC Fringe Festival, MIT’s Listening to the City Conference and the Megapolis Audio Festival and performed as a supernumerary with the Washington National Opera for over a decade. When not playing tunes or playing in the snow, she is working to tell the story of America’s favorite poor gal, Li’l Liza Jane.
For more than a decade, Jack, a.k.a. KnewJack, has worked numerous parties and events as a DJ, employing his genre-hopping, finger-on-the-pulse style that always manages to move the crowd. Jack has worked in post-production music and sound design on major advertising campaigns, an experience that helped fuel his breadth of musical knowledge. He takes pride in tracking down the rare and obscure, the new and unheard, the re-tweaked and remixed, and, of course, the classic and undeniably funky. All music, he says, is in some way connected no matter the style and Jack’s mission is to provide listeners with a memorable experience each time they tune in to KHOL or see him spin live. Catch him during his show, “The Heavy Warmup,” 8 to 10 a.m. weekdays.
Eli has more than a decade of experience in magazine journalism at Sports Illustrated and Backpacker, and discovering KHOL was one of the reasons he decided to live in Jackson—along with Pearl Street Bagels and, yes, the Tetons. Eli also spins an eclectic mix of music during his show “Left of the Dial” on Tuesdays from 9-11 p.m.
Reporter / Producer
Hanna Merzbach joined the KHOL newsroom in September 2022. Before this, she worked as an independent journalist in Bend, Oregon, reporting on housing and homelessness, state and local politics, and the environment. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, High Country News and NBC stations across the country, and she’s fact-checked stories for The Guardian and the Vox Media Company. Hanna first dipped her toes into the radio world in 2020, when she participated in the Next Generation Radio workshop at Oregon Public Broadcasting. She has a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Lewis & Clark College, where she ran the student newspaper. When not reporting, you can find Hanna scaling rock walls or backpacking in the mountains. (Illustration by Ard Su)
Jill Baldauf (Chair)
Kevin Cohane (Treasurer)
Alex Hillinger (Vice Chair)
Jolie Nelson (Secretary)
Board meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of every month at 2:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts conference room and online. However, the next meeting is scheduled for October 6 at 2:30 p.m. To request a meeting link, email email@example.com.