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

Economic development officials in Boise have announced a publicly traded company that offers cloud-based payroll and human capital management software has selected the city for its next expansion. 

Paylocity says it plans to create 500 jobs in the city over the next five years. Areas of employment include client services, implementation, technical services and software development. 

A company official says Paylocity picked Boise because of its “expanding tech presence and a flourishing community and culture.” 

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October 15 marked the one year anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Idaho. KBSX recently shared an interview with two Boise women who'd sued the state over the issue. Rachel and Amber Beierle talked about how their lives had changed since the decision. Since then, we've asked listeners to call in and offer their thoughts on the issue. 

Here is a sample of those responses. The comments have been edited for brevity only. 

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Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

It's been one year since same-sex marriage has been legal in Idaho. While supporters celebrated the change, critics said it would erode traditional marriage values in the state.

We're curious - has the new rule changed your life? If so, how?

We've set up a hotline where you can offer your thoughts. The number is 208-426-3671. We ask that you keep your comments to a minute or less. Please note: some submissions may be used by KBSX in an on-air segment or as podcast material.

Thank you for participating! We look forward to hearing from you.

Boise State Public Radio's McCall stations may experience an off-air outage lasting up to half an hour throughout the day. Our engineers are performing maintenance on each station's transmitter today.

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

If you're a listener in either Salmon or Challis, you might notice an improvement in the sound quality of Boise State Public Radio. Newly installed equipment has strengthened the signal path to Salmon, which improves overall quality on the Salmon transmitter and the Challis translator that receives its signal from Salmon.

Tune in to enjoy the better audio!


Boise State Public Radio's building power is undergoing maintenance Wednesday night, from 11:30 p.m. until 3 a.m. Thursday. All BSPR stations and streams will be taken off air for this procedure.

Feeds should be back on air by 4 a.m. Thursday for Morning Edition, provided there are no power issues after the electrical work.

Thank you for your patience and we apologize for this inconvenience. 

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Early Tuesday morning Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced on Twitter the decision of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to list the greater sage grouse as endangered. This follows years of hard work, cooperation and collaborative planning among stakeholders in what is being touted as the largest conservation effort in U.S. history. 

Stakeholders are already reacting to the decision. Below are comments from some of those individuals and groups.

On Saturday, September 26, 2015 the folks at Boise State Public Radio are hosting an open house event for the public to attend. Come and tour the station's newsroom, production spaces, offices and facilities. 

From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. guests will be able to meet and mingle with KBSX reporters, producers and staff. There will be a food truck, live music, cake and prize drawings throughout the day.

The event will be held at Boise State Public Radio Studios at the Ron & Linda Yanke Family Research Park: 220 E Park Center Blvd, Boise, ID 83706. Parking is free. 

Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

On September 16, 2015 KBSX hosted four panelists and a room full of community members for a discussion on the possible Endangered Species Listing of the greater sage grouse. Experts shared their favorite facts about the bird, reasons for the population decline in the last century and the methods and strategies behind the collaborative efforts of state groups and agencies to protect the species. 

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Idaho's highest court says the state must enforce legislation banning lucrative instant horse racing terminals.

In a unanimous decision issued Thursday, the court ruled that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's veto of the legislation was invalid because he didn't complete it within the required five-day time span.

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter issued the following statement today in reaction to the decision:

As a listener of Boise State Public Radio, you've likely noticed inconsistencies in our audio signal on KBSX. We recently upgraded to a new digital audio processor and that change has created the inconsistencies you're hearing. The Boise State Public Radio engineering staff worked to fix the issues over the weekend and continues to do so. The matter is their top priority.

As we continue to make adjustments, we appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconveniences. 

We'll continue to post updates as things progress. 

The greater sage grouse is under threat. Its population has shrunk by more than 90 percent in the last century. Scientists say wildfire, invasive species, energy development and other human activities are to blame. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide if the bird will be added to the Endangered Species List.

Nick Myatt / Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Over the last few months you’ve heard a number of reports about a species of bird that lives in Idaho and 10 other western states. The greater sage grouse is in the spotlight as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides whether the bird merits listing under the Endangered Species Act. If the grouse is listed, it could have devastating effects on the regional economy. 

As a listener of Boise State Public Radio, you may have noticed some inconsistencies in our audio signal on air in the past day. We are in the process of configuring our digital audio processing, both to address ongoing audio level inconsistencies, as well as assessing the many input and output levels of each of our satellite sources, recording and playback devices.  We appreciate your patience as we we continue to make these adjustments. Our goal is to provide excellent radio broadcasts to our listeners, and we are working very hard to ensure the end product exceeds your expectations.

KBSJ Jackpot Power Work

Aug 14, 2015

The KBSJ tower will be down today from 10am until noon while engineers are doing power work. 

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

KBSJ Scheduled Maintenance

Aug 10, 2015

Update: Due to weather conditions, the KBSJ tower work has been postponed. The scheduled maintenance will pick up sometime next week. Check back here for updates.

KBSJ will perform scheduled tower maintenance tomorrow, Tuesday, August 11 between 11am and 2pm. 

We appreciate your patience during this outage. 

Jackpot KBSJ Off Air

Aug 5, 2015

Update: KBSJ is back on the air.   Jackpot KBSJ is off air due to severe thunderstorms and multiple power outages. Our engineers are aware of the outage and are headed to the transmitter site to repair the signal. 

Thank you for your patience.

Boise State Public Radio will have an outage tonight, Thursday, July 23, between 11 p.m. and 12 a.m. on stations carrying KBSX and KBSK (including streaming) while our satellite receivers are undergoing maintenance. Any loss of signal should be minor, but may occur more than once until maintenance is complete. 

Thank you for your patience.

Update: The feed has been restored as of 5 p.m. However, switching between the KBSX and KBSU feeds has been disabled temporarily. We are working on a solution, but do not yet have an estimated completion date on a full service repair. In the meantime, K292EK Stanley will re-broadcast programming from 90.3 KBSU. 

Original post: Boise State Public Radio's service in the Stanley area has been off the air since approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday due to power problems and an interference complaint. It's not clear yet when the necessary repairs will be completed.  

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Update 1:14 p.m.: The KBSX stream is back online. Thanks for your patience and continued listening!

Original post: KBSX web stream is experiencing an outage. Our engineering team is working with NPR to fix the issue; jazz and classical streams are unaffected at this time.

Thanks for your patience while we remedy the problem. In the meantime, tune in to KBSX 91.5 FM.