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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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Gay Marriage
9:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Live Blog: Making History, Same-Sex Couples Marry In Idaho

Lyndsey and Tiffany Davis are friends of Amber and Rachael Beierle. They traveled to Boise from Canada to celebrate the Beierle's wedding day.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

This post was updated at 4:15 p.m.

At least 53 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples across Idaho. In a random sample of Idaho counties, it appears Ada has issued the most so far, with 35 licenses.

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Transmitter Status
5:55 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Wednesday Outage Planned In McCall

Boise State Public Radio's news, jazz, and classical music stations will be off the air Wednesday beginning at noon. The planned outage shouldn't last more than an hour.

Listeners may have noticed intermittent audio dropouts over the last 24-hours, and this scheduled outage will be to address those dropouts.

We will update this page with more information as it becomes available.

Station News & Notes
10:14 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Being A Public Radio Host Is Harder Than It Sounds

Do you have what it takes to read the news on the radio each day?

During Boise State Public Radio's recent grand opening celebration, we opened our main studio to anyone who wanted to give radio a try.

We handed them a stack of scripts, turned on the mic, and this is what happened...

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Debate Specials
3:07 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Boise State Public Radio To Broadcast 6 Political Debates

Credit DonkeyHotey / Flickr

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 7, KBSX News will broadcast a series of political election debates being produced by Idaho Public Television.

The Idaho Debates are a collaboration of the League of Women Voters, the Idaho Press Club, Idaho Public Television, and Boise State University.

Here is the schedule:

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Transmitter Status
12:15 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Update: KBSW Returns To Full Power

This post was updated at 10:30 Oct. 3, 2014.

KBSW has been restored to full power.

This information was originally posted Saturday Sept. 27, 2014

Boise State Public Radio engineers are aware of reduced signal strength in Twin Falls, making it difficult for some listeners to hear KBSW.

We are working on resolving the problem and hope to have full service resumed quickly.

Check back here for updates. In the meantime, you can still listen on our live web stream.

Transmitter Status
5:38 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Boise State Public Radio Will Be Off-Air For Planned Maintenance

On Friday, beginning at 11 p.m., all Boise State Public Radio FM channels will be off the air for approximately two hours.

The late-night outage is to repair electrical wiring in order to make your listening experience better.

Thank you for your patience during this maintenance outage.  

Station News
6:13 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Meet Jodie Martinson, Boise State Public Radio's New Morning Edition Host

Martinson is a native of Canada and most recently worked for the CBC.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State Public Radio's newest host is on the air.

Jodie Martinson joined our newsroom September 1. She takes over as Morning Edition host on KBSX 91.5 FM for Scott Graf.

Graf was named news director in April after serving as morning host since April 2012.

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Transmitter Status
5:22 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Regularly Scheduled Programming Interrupted On KBSW

We want to let our KBSW listeners in the Twin Falls, Salmon, and Challis areas that because of some technical issues, we're unable to bring you regularly scheduled programming tonight between 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we work on the issue.

Transmitter Status
4:54 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Late Night Outage Planned To Repair Electrical Equipment

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Boise State Public Radio's news, classical, and hybrid stations will be off the air tonight beginning at 11:30 p.m. MST for electrical system maintenance.

Station engineers anticipate the outage will last for two hours, and regular programming will resume overnight.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Web Streams
9:56 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Update: KBSU Classical Music Web Stream Is Back Online

This post was updated at 10:00 a.m. Aug. 28, 2014.

Boise State Public Radio's classical music web stream, KBSU, is back on the air.

The stream was taken offline for repairs last week.

Thanks for your patience, and happy listening!

This post was originally created Aug. 21, 2014.

Boise State Public Radio's classical music web stream, KBSU, is currently down.

Transmitter Status
9:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Outage Planned To Repair Electrical Equipment

Boise State Public Radio is planning some technical work tonight to install new electrical equipment.

We will be off the air beginning at 11 p.m. for about an hour. We apologize for this inconvenience.

These repairs should help with some of our recent reliability issues.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Station News & Notes
10:49 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Award-Winning CBC Journalist To Join Boise State Public Radio

Martinson is a native of Alberta, Canada. She'll join Boise State Public Radio Sept. 1.
Credit Courtesy Jodie Martinson

Boise State Public Radio welcomes Jodie Martinson as the station’s next Morning Edition host and reporter.

Martinson joins Boise State Public Radio after working with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Vancouver, where she's worked as a producer, director and host for five years. She’s also an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Martinson will take over for current host Scott Graf, who was hired in April as the station’s news director. 

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HD Signal
10:50 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Intermittent Distortion Issues Return To KBSX

This post was updated at 10:50 a.m. Aug. 5.

Boise State Public Radio's engineers are aware of the intermittent distortion on KBSX.

Engineers are working as quickly as they can to determine the source of the problem and fix it.

We will continue to update this page with more information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. July 31.

The intermittent distortion issues on KBSX and KBSX HD have been resolved.

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Transmitter Status
2:58 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

KBSS, KBSW Return To Air

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This post was updated at 9:00 p.m. July 20.

KBSS in Sun Valley and KBSW in Twin Falls have returned to air.

Thank you for your patience.

This post was first created at 2:45 p.m. July 20.

Boise State Public Radio engineers are aware of the intermittent outages on KBSS in Sun Valley and KBSW in Twin Falls and are working with network providers to resolve the issue.

Thank you for your patience as we work to fix the problem.

You can still listen online here.

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Transmitter Status
1:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Boise State Public Radio's KBSU HD2 Jazz Station Returns To Air

This post was updated on June 30, 2014

Boise State Public Radio's high-definition jazz station is back on the air.

Chief engineer Tom Lowther says KBSU HD2 returned to air 10 days ago after a lengthy outage. He says the gear at the transmitter site is outdated and is the reason the HD stations falter.

KBSX HD is still off the air. You can find a list of all FM stations here and listen via our web stream here.

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News Awards
10:14 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Boise State Public Radio Wins 2 National PRNDI Awards

Boise State Public Radio's newsroom took home two first place awards in the national Public Radio News Directors Inc.'s (PRNDI) annual contest.

Entries from Boise State Public Radio were judged alongside other public radio stations of similar size, those are mid-sized newsrooms with four to seven full-time reporters.

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Transmitter Status
11:25 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Updated: KBSW Twin Falls Returns To Full Power

This post was updated June 6, 2014

Boise State Public Radio engineers have replaced a key piece of transmitter equipment returning KBSW 91.7 FM in the Magic Valley to full power.

Listeners across the valley should now be able to hear the station loud and clear.

Thank you for your patience during this transition, and please let us know if listening is difficult.

This post was updated April 11, 2014

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Transmitter Status
3:41 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Planned Power Outage Could Impact Salmon Listeners

Idaho Power has a planned outage for Salmon residents Friday morning that could impact Boise State Public Radio's signal.

The power company tweeted Thursday:

Transmitter Status
10:50 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Update: McCall Stations Return To Air

This post was updated May 31.

Boise State Public Radio's McCall stations returned to air Saturday afternoon.

Our three frequencies, 89.9 FM, 90.7 FM and 91.7 FM, were back on the air by 5:30 p.m.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

This post was updated May 30.

Boise State Public Radio's McCall stations are still off the air.

Syringa booted 89.9 FM, 90.7 FM and 91.7 FM off the air May 29 during network maintenance. The company is still working to restore Boise State Public Radio's stations.

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Road To Red
10:06 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Panel Discussion: How One Political Party Came To Dominate Idaho

Betty Richardson, Jim Weatherby, and Ben Ysursa spoke to a Boise crowd of 200 about Idaho's political history.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The Republican Party has dominated Idaho politics for most of its history. In fact, it's one of the reddest states in the country. But it hasn't always been that way. Twenty years ago, Idaho had a Democratic governor.

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