Dayle Ohlau


June 20, 2021

Robert Dale Ohlau

‘Bobby D’


“It’s a beautiful day. It’s always a beautiful day.”

“How do you eat the elephant? One bite at a time.”

“That’s the way the cookie crumbles.”

I miss you, dad.

We love you.


Cat. For ‘D’.

Peninsula College

December 2, 2020

Would love to have you join us! ~dayle

Public Speaking Workshop

Discover skills you already have in this two-day introductory course to Professional Public Speaking.

About this Event

Meets: Monday and Wednesday

Dates: January 13 and January 15

Format: Zoom Classroom

Instructor: Dayle Ohlau

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” – Comedian Jerry Seinfeld

Professional public speaking is not a death wish! We’re going to keep you out of the box and brighten the skills you didn’t even know you already have in this two-day introductory course to Professional Public Speaking.

Research indicates that oral communication skills are the number one factor in employment success, beyond self-motivation, problem-solving, decision-making, and leadership skills. This class will help you strengthen your ability to communicate effectively in a professional environment. The instructor, Dayle Ohlau, has taught various college-level communication classes and formerly hosted and produced radio programs in southern California, as well as a CBS-TV news program in Northern Michigan. For this course she will focus on verbal, non-verbal, and listening communication skills with an emphasis on interpersonal and small-group dynamics.

Required: Computer with a microphone and the ability to download the zoom add-on to a PC, tablet, or phone.

[A full class will be offered in February.]

Instructor Biography:

Dayle Ohlau is a native of San Diego, California, living in Sun Valley, Idaho for the past 20 years. She is an adjunct professor in communications and public speaking with a 37-year background in radio and TV broadcasting. Dayle majored in communications at DePauw University in Indiana, and human behavior for her Master’s Degree in San Diego. She is currently working on her PhD with the California Institution of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

To register, follow the link:

Peninsula College is a public community college in Port Angeles, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula. It serves Clallam and Jefferson Counties and extends from the Pacific Ocean at Neah Bay to Brinnon on Hood Canal. It was founded in 1961 by a group of local citizens.

National Radio Day, Thursday, August 20th

August 20, 2020

In honor of National Radio Day, posting one of the best air talents in San Diego radio broadcast history, Bill Moffit.

Here’s his air-check tape from circa 1974. What a pro. I listened to him on the radio when I was 14, in junior high school. Fourteen years later, I had the joy of being on the same radio station with him, at powerhouse radio station KCBQ! The best. Man I loved being on the radio. Miss it everyday.

Me, broadcasting live from Disneyland, circa 1991 on KBest 95.

“In radio, you have two tools. Sound and silence.” ~ Ira Glass

Each year on August 20th, National Radio Day recognizes the great invention of the radio. Celebrate the news, information, music, and stories carried across the airwaves.

‘Entertainment and music didn’t always fill the airwaves. In fact, the radio’s first function was much more practical. First, the wireless radio served the military. The radio also provided a regular public service role. Much like the dits and dots of a telegram, the wireless transmitted information. Aboard the Titanic at the time of its sinking, a Marconi wireless broadcast the ship’s distress signal. In 1906, the first radio broadcast of voice and music purely for entertainment purposes aired. Reginald Fessenden transmitted the program from Brant Rock, MA for the general public to hear. The Canadian born scientist would go on to many more successes in his lifetime.

An American contributor to the radio, Lee de Forest invented the Audion vacuum. This invention made live broadcasting possible. Born in Iowa in 1873, de Forest would become the chief scientist for the first U.S. radio firm, American Wireless Telephone, and Telegraph.

The 1920s brought the first broadcast stations to the forefront. Around the world, listeners tuned in for news and world events for the first time. Other radio facts include:

  • Radio ownership grew. In 1931, two out of five homes owned a radio. By 1938, four out of five owned a radio.  
  • According to FCC statistics, at the end of 2012, more than 15,000 licensed broadcast radio stations were operating in the U.S.’

Community Radio’s Town Square

September 27, 2019

“I knew I wanted to be in radio when I was 6 years old,” said Dayle Ohlau, now 59 and soon to take over as general manager of KDPI, the local nonprofit community radio station based in Ketchum.

Ohlau, who had previously earned a master’s degree in human behavior, decided to return to academia. She enrolled at the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco to pursue a Ph.D. in the School of Transformative Studies.

Two and half years later, she has completed her coursework and is preparing an 80-page thesis proposal titled “Homo-Spiritus: Radical Compassion, a New Paradigm for Spirit-Based Journalism.”

“My work is theoretical rather than quantitative,” Ohlau said. “It traces our history from the end of World War I to today, and studies media biases that led us to where we are now, with a distrust of the media and a weakening of the Fourth Estate [journalism]. We have become so tribal. Due to our confirmation biases we only listen to or read what we already believe.”

A recent $11,000 donation from 100 Men Who Care, a local philanthropic group, drew Ohlau back to the nonprofit station that she had helped General Manager Mike Scullion get started in 2013. She will be able to draw a small salary putting together new ideas for the station.

“For me this will be a synergy between my studies and my radio career,” she said. ‘It’s an opportunity to generate compassionate and ethical communication in our community. I think of it as harkening back to the days of the town square.”

Megan Griswold: “The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies”

September 25, 2019

Community Library in Ketchum:

The Book of Help traces one woman’s life-long quest for love, connection and peace of mind. A heartbreakingly vulnerable and tragically funny memoir-in-remedies, Megan Griswold’s narrative spans four decades and six continents — from the glaciers of Patagonia and the psycho-tropics of Brazil, to academia, the Ivy league, & the study of Eastern medicine.

Join us for a reading and discussion around Megan’s story.

Books will be available for sale and signing, courtesy of Chapter One Bookstore.

Megan Griswold holds a Bachelor’s from Columbia University, a Masters in International Relations from Yale and a licentiate from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture. She has worked as a mountain instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, an NPR ‘All Things Considered’ commentator and a classical acupuncturist in private practice. She’s a trained doula, Zero Balancer, NIA instructor, NCCAOM acupuncturist, Wilderness First Responder, shiatsu practitioner, NASM personal trainer and has completed advanced yoga teacher trainings with Richard Freeman. She resides in a yurt in Wyoming.

Megan’s Yurt!

As a most personal and private ghostwriter, Megan helps others tackle life’s challenges through the written word. She helps you write the letter to break up with your boyfriend that final time or win him back forever.

She also assists individuals in navigating and selecting their own therapeutic and global adventures. She’s kissed a lot of therapeutic frogs (metaphorically only) so you don’t have to. Megan can help you edit your Choose Your Own Adventure in hopes you find the most efficient way to experience the world you want.

This Jackson, Wyoming, Yurt Brings a Dose of Whimsy to the Wilderness

Jackson Hole News & Guide


Interview with Dayle Ohlau as heard on KDPI 88.5 FM in Ketchum, Idaho


Anahata Energies & the Citizen Journalist

May 10, 2017

Science of Mind philosophy reminds that we are mental and spiritual radio stations, or broadcast stations (Holmes, 2001). Mental and anahata, or heart energies, emanate from our souls, bouncing off the ionosphere like amplitude and frequency modulations percolating in the loogosphere of collective thought and energies (Frankl, 1959). Consider that individual people power relates, in a sense, to the power of the citizen journalist, the emerging Fifth Estate, bypassing the corporate media gatekeepers who control the message (Fiore & McLuhan, 2001) and political agendas. This could quite possibly be how we traverse beyond the current post-truth/alternate fact culture. As Thomas Jefferson proclaimed at the writing of the U.S. Constitution, “The good sense of the people will always be found to be the best army. They may be led astray for a moment, but will soon correct themselves.” (The Constitution of the United States, 2009/2016, p. vi). ©

-Dayle Ohlau

Fiore, Q., & McLuhan, M. (2001, 9th ed.). The medium is the message. Berkeley, CA:  Gingko Press, Inc.

Frankl, V. (1959). Man’s search for meaning. New York, New York: Washington Square Press.

The United States Constitution (2009, 2016). Malta, ID: National Center for Constitutional Studies.

Holmes, E. (2001). 365 Science of Mind: a year of daily wisdom from Ernest Holmes. New York, New York: Penguin Putnam Inc.

Guns & Hate. And Good. A short essay by Dayle Ohlau

June 2, 2015



Guns and hate. Protests against Muslims outside a Phoenix mosque this past weekend. If there are truly only two emotions, love and fear, then what is it that these protesting Americans fear?

Dean Obeidallal a former attorney, host of SiriusXM’s weekly program “The Dean Obeidallah Show,” and a columnist for The Daily Beast,”wrote a piece for CNN online quoting Martin Luther King, Jr:

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

He writes about the good he observed that day. The good people, the people who felt love, not fear, who came to counter-protest. Yet, there were also those trying to give what they got, calling the protestors names, like “Nazis”.   When we belittle and fight hate with more hate, and violence, we are missing the opportunity to embrace the humanity of a group that is living in fear, and not understanding the power of the interconnectedness of all people. As a nation, when did we become so ethnocentric, wanting to deny immigrants and religions different from our own? Our country was founded on immigrants and religious freedom. In retrospect of history, it seems, at times, that we have not evolved very far. I am reminded of a chapter in Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung’s book Memories Dreams, Reflections, when he visits the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico, circa 1925:

“I observed that the Pueblo Indians, reluctant as they were to speak about anything concerning their religion, talked with great readiness and intensity about their relations with the Americans. ‘Why, (Mountain Lake said) do the Americans not let us alone? Why do they want to forbid our dances? Why do they make difficulties when we want to take our young people from school in order to lead them to the kiva (site of the rituals), and instruct them in our religion? We do nothing to harm (them). After a prolonged silence he continued, ‘The Americans want to stamp out our religion. Why can they not let us alone? What we do, we do not only for ourselves but for the Americans also. Yes, we do it for the whole world. Everyone benefits by it.”

Many protesting were Christians…in what name did they hate? Jesus? I am reminded of the bracelets that so many wear, “What would Jesus do?” Why did they forget to ask themselves this question before they began their hate-filled, fear-filled protest? I remember learning in my young Lutheran years that Jesus spoke of not resisting evil, but shining the light – – holding the conscious of God within.

The day of the protests I retrieved a beloved book by author Parker Palmer (founder the Center for Courage & Renewal) called, Healing the Heart of Democracy. He writes:“It breaks my heart when democracy is threatened, from within or without – – when we undermine ourselves by indulging in cheap animosities toward those who disagree with us instead of engaging our differences like grown-ups…”

He also writes:

I believe in the power of the human heart to do evil as well as good. The heart leads some to become terrorists and others to serve the hungry and homeless. The heart leads some to blow up federal buildings in order to ‘bring down the government’ and others to see that we are the government and must work together to fulfill democracy’s promise. The heart is a complex force field, no less complex than democracy itself, a maelstrom of conflicted powers that we ignore, sentimentalize, or dismiss at our peril. The human heart, this vital core of the human self, holds the power to destroy democracy or to make it whole. That is why our 19th-century visitor, Alexi de Tocqueville, insisted in his classic Democracy in America that democracy’s future would depend heavily on generations of American citizens cultivating the habits of the heart that support political wholeness.

Palmer dedicates his book to the memory of Christina Taylor Green, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley.

“Christina died when an assassin in Tucson, Arizona, opened fire at a public event hosted by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously wounded. Addie Mae, Denise, Carole, and Cynthia died when violent racists bombed the 16h Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. When we forget that politics is about weaving a fabric of compassion and justice on which everyone can depend, the first to suffer are the most vulnerable among us – – our children, our elders, our poor, homeless, and mentally ill brothers and sisters. As they suffer, so does the integrity of our democracy. “

I am grateful for those who chose not keep silent this past weekend and support religious freedom for those who were being protested against. I am grateful that Mr. Obeidallal honored the counter-protestors with his article for CNN. And I am hopeful, as Palmer writes, that when the common good is threatened in our country we will “hang on and hang together – that we have the power to do just that in our hands and in our hearts.”

From Terry Tempest Williams, “Engagement”:

“The human heart is the first home of democracy.  It is where we embrace our questions.  Can we be equitable?  Can we be generous?  Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our attention rather than our opinions?  And do we have enough resolve in our hearts to act courageously, relentlessly, without giving up – – ever – – trusting our fellow citizens to join with us in our determined pursuit of a living democracy?”





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