Our Purpose: Be at the civic, cultural and intellectual forefront of our community to create an informed, engaged public.

Our Mission: Produce, acquire and distributes distinctive programs and services that stimulate, educate, inform, and entertain those we serve using all appropriate media. Reach out to the community through strategic partnerships. Enables listeners to learn about issues and ideas that affect our communities, our nation and our world.

Our Vision: We will build a stronger community-centered broadcasting organization by focusing the station's new and existing resources where our listener and membership base is the strongest. Our goal is to build a more effective service emphasizing national and local programming that deepens the relationship between us and our listeners.

Our Values: Integrity, tolerance, professionalism, transparency, respect of our co-workers and respect for our audience

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Housing development on Garden City’s riverfront has picked up as the economy has improved.  The momentum is good for local tax rolls, but it also threatens adjacent areas that are home to low-cost housing. Experts say simply replacing that housing stock won't be easy, and that many residents could be displaced with few other housing options.  

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Boise State Public Radio's newsroom, KBSX, took home 15 Idaho Press Club awards Saturday, including six first-place prizes.

KBSX content was entered in radio, online, and print categories.

Here is a full list of winners.

General News Report – Radio


Boise State Public Radio's KBSX newsroom has won five regional 2015 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The Murrow Awards, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association, RTDNA, announced winners of the regional contest Thursday.

Boise State Public Radio's entries were judged alongside entries from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

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Boise State Public Radio isn't just available on your FM dial anymore. Over the last several months, we've been working to make our news web stream more reliable, AND the jazz web stream is back!

Plus, Boise State Public Radio content can now be heard on a variety of NPR platforms.

Here are the details...

This post was updated Saturday at 12:40 p.m.

KBSS is back on the air.

This post was updated at 3:15 p.m.

The Boise State Public Radio outage affecting listeners in the Wood River Valley has been caused by a disruption from one of our third-party providers.

We have an engineer working with the provider, Syringa, to fix the outage.

Looking for more ways to listen to KBSX News on the go, at the office, or during your commute? We're excited to announce that we're now available on iTunes Radio.

To start listening to KBSX News and the programming you love, simply search KBSX News Boise inside iTunes Radio, and be sure to "add" our station to your personal "My Stations" list for future listening.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

Good news, web stream listeners, Boise State Public Radio's news stream has been updated to a more reliable streaming service. This means your online listening experience should be a better one.

The technical change means your Internet browser may have saved a previous version of one of our web streams.

There's a quick fix to clear that saved browser or cache.

If you're using a Windows-based machine, hard refresh your browser by simultaneously pressing CTRL and F5.

Updated at 3:58 p.m.: KBSW is back on air!

Original post:

Boise State Public Radio's KBSW in Twin Falls is off the air. You can still listen live online at your desktop or mobile device.

Our engineers are aware of the outage and are working to find a fix immediately.

Thank you for your patience.

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Tuesday commented on statements made by the Obama administration surrounding the release of former prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl in an interview on NBC’s Today Show.

Bergdahl is a Hailey, Idaho native who was exchanged in 2014 for five U.S. detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Begdahl was held for nearly five years in Afghanistan by a Taliban group after being captured when he walked off his U.S. Army base.

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San Francisco band Geographer stopped in Boise this week to perform at the fourth-annual Treefort Music Fest, the same week the group released their third album "Ghost Modern." The album is their first since 2012.

Update 1:50 p.m.: KBSJ is back on the air!

Boise State Public Radio's KBSJ serving Jackpot, Nev. is off the air. You can still listen live online at your desktop or mobile device.

Our engineers are aware of the outage and are headed to the transmitter site to repair the signal.

Thank you for your patience.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

On February 11, 2015, KBSX hosted four panelists and members of the public for a discussion on the state of police and community relationships in Idaho.

Police-involved controversies in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City last year served as the impetus for the discussion.


This was was updated April 24, 2015 to include audio from David Greene's Boise talk.

NPR Morning Edition host and reporter David Greene will be in Boise March 19 to give you an insider's look at what it's like to interview some of the world's most interesting people, cover American presidents, and report inside Russia.

What: David Greene speaking at Boise State Public Radio

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 7-8:30 p.m.

At various points in 2014, the issue of gay marriage dominated headlines in Idaho.

In May, a federal judge in Boise determined the state's ban on gay marriage was illegal. The appeals process played out over the next five months, and resulted in an October back-and-forth between same-sex couples, the state, and appeals courts in California and Washington D.C. 

2014 Newscast Contest Entry

Feb 12, 2015

This is a Boise State Public Radio newscast from the morning of May 14, 2014, the day after a federal judge declared Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. 

The newscast aired during Morning Edition on KBSX 91.5. The newscaster is Scott Graf.

Boise State Public Radio shined in 2014.  Coverage included multiple series that produced in-depth examinations of how Idaho's very conservative political culture was shaped, and how a fragmented mental health system hurts those living with a mental illness.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness nearly a quarter of Idahoans are living with a mental illness. Nearly 6 percent of those people are living with a serious mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition, Idaho has one of the highest suicide rates in the country.

So, what's the state doing to turn around those statistics?

Idaho is considered one of the most conservative states in the country. But it hasn't always been this way. In fact, just two decades ago, Idaho was a purple state. 

So what happened?  How did things change? 

This sense of place series looked at various aspects of Idaho politics and applied a very simple question: Why are things the way they are?

In 2014, the issue of gay marriage in Idaho played out in courts in Boise, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

In October, the issue reached a fever pitch, as a result of back-and-forth court activity on opposite ends of the country. 

In the 24-hour news cycle that started the afternoon of October 7, gay couples hoping for the right to marry experienced extreme excitement, anticipation and then disappointment.  Along the way, Boise State Public Radio kept listeners apprised of the very latest in a rapidly-changing news story.  

This post was updated Feb. 11 at 10:02 a.m.

Boise State Public Radio's KBSS Sun Valley and K262BZ Bellevue are back on the air after Century Link repaired a problem with a T-1 circuit.

Thank you for your patience as we worked with our network providers to get back on air.

This post was originally created Feb. 10

Boise State Public Radio's news stations, KBSS Sun Valley and K262BZ Bellevue, are off the air.

Our engineers are aware of the problem and are working to get both stations back on the air.