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

In preparation for some minor upgrades to our McCall site at Brundage Mountain, we are planning to sweep the antenna Wednesday. This means KBSQ, KBSM and KBSK will be off the air for a period of time.

The maintenance is scheduled for 1 p.m. and could last up to four hours, depending on how long the process takes to complete. We will update this post with specific times of outages as they become available.

A special one-hour documentary about the history of KBSU, more than 40 years in the making! We spoke with the founders and many who are still involved about the impact of the student-run, community station on the Treasure Valley community and created a music-inspired retrospective.

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We want to meet up with the people who make everything we do possible. That’s you. Boise State Public Radio is hosting Another Round at the Jolts and Juice in downtown Ontario and we’d love to see you there. Join us for drinks and conversation and meet your local public radio team on Thursday, June 28!

What: A chance to mix and mingle with the Boise State Public Radio News team.

When: Thursday, June 28, 6-9 p.m.

Boise State Public Radio

On May 15, Idaho voters will pare down crowded fields for one of the state's most consequential elections in recent years. Gov. Butch Otter is stepping down after serving 12 years in that office, leaving a crowded field of candidates vying to replace him.

Treefort Music Fest

In the ever growing-world of podcasts, NPR host Lauren Ober is like a New York Times book reviewer for audio. She's listened to thousands of podcasts as part of her job with WAMU’s show “The Big Listen,” a radio program that seeks out the best and brightest minds in podcasting.

On Saturday, the Boise State Public Radio News team brought home 21 Idaho Press Club awards, including 10 first place prizes.

Ana Costa, Jenna Narducci / Boise State University

Idaho is changing rapidly. It's the fastest-growing state in the country, according to new U.S. Census data, with cities like Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls and Coeur d'Alene seeing much of the boost in population. But as skylines change and housing markets tighten, many people are wondering what "smart growth" look like.

Idaho Matters Show Ideas

Apr 25, 2018


City Club of Boise


Boise State Public Radio News has won five regional 2018 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The Radio Television Digital News Association, which oversees the awards, announced winners of the regional contest Wednesday.

Update, 1:52 p.m.: We've just learned the outage was a "scheduled maintenance event" and the estimated time for restoration is 3 p.m.

Original post: Idaho Power is reporting a power outage affecting our Salmon transmitter site, which also feeds Challis.

We thank you for your patience and will post updates to this page as they become available.

KBSU 90.3 is currently operating at 25% power. Our engineers have discovered the source of the problem and are scheduled to complete the necessary repairs Thursday. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Kelly Sikkema

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Location: The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd Floor

There’s little gray in the black-and-white world of political cartoonists. Bold and provocative, editorial cartoons engender in readers the deepest pleasure and the most passionate anger.

Where do ideas come from? What’s it like to be a political cartoonist in an age where reality sometimes seems to play as satire? And does that make the job easier or harder?

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BionicTeaching / Flickr Creative Commons

In public opinion surveys, Idahoans consistently rank education as one of the most critical issues facing the state and its long-term health. Education is Idaho's top spending priority, accounting for more than 60 percent of the state's general fund budget.

Idaho's next governor will be judged, to large measure, on education policy.


Boise State Public Radio has been selected to participate in Guns & America, a two-year, national reporting collaborative of 10 public media stations, funded by a $5.3 million grant from The Kendeda Fund.