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 with locally produced programs including Yonder Lies, Opera for Everyone, and The Grand Table, among many others. KHOL also airs news in Spanish, produced locally and in collaboration with Linea Abierta, from California-based studios Radio Bilingue.
KHOL was more than a decade in the making before its maiden voyage on the airwaves in April 2008. That launch happened from a windowless office space under Teton Barbershop. It was a shaky beginning. 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 performances at 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.
Robyn is the first news director at Jackson Hole Community Radio. She has worked as a reporter and editor in Wyoming for a decade and her work has aired on NPR stations throughout the West. She is the former editor of Wyoming’s only alternative press: the now-defunct Planet Jackson Hole. Robyn led that small paper to win its first national award for a series she directed on the narratives of forcibly displaced people. It traced one reporter’s tumultuous experience living and working with Syrian refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos. That work typifies her favorite kind of journalism: that which dispels notions of “the other” and elevates marginalized voices. Robyn holds a bachelor’s degree in print and online journalism and is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Ida B. Wells Society, and the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association.
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, 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,” 9 to 11 a.m. weekdays.
Cammy came on board as the bookkeeper at KHOL – Jackson Hole Community Radio at the beginning of the 2020 year. Her background is in education and finance. Cammy has lived in Jackson since 1994 and she has served in various capacities with private sector and nonprofits assisting with bookkeeping. She is also a certified elementary school teacher and has taught summer school and substituted for Teton County School District for over 15 years. She has coached and officiated several sports for the youth in this community – hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball. Cammy’s greatest passion is supporting her daughter, Sierra, who is in her 2nd year of study for her PhD at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.