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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Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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

Location: The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd floor

The growing abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids, is quickly becoming Idaho’s largest health crisis. As recently as 2015, abuse of drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin killed more than 17,500 people nationwide.



For 30 years, Robert Siegel has been the voice of All Things Considered. He steps down from the host chair tomorrow, Friday, January 5. 


The new way to experience public radio is here! Below we have instructions for all the different ways you can access Boise State Public Radio on your smart speaker device.

Your smart speaker just got smarter. With a few simple commands, you can access the entire world of Boise State Public Radio and NPR -- all the latest news, popular podcasts and discussions of the day. Give any of the utterances below a try and hear public radio stories come alive on your Alexa-enabled device.

Here are some general commands:

"Alexa, play NPR."

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Holiday programming schedule for KBSU:


7 p.m.: A Christmas Carol

This program was recorded during a live performance in December 2011 as part of the Morrison Center's Family Reading Series.

Date: Tuesday, January 30

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

Location: Boise Centre, 850 West Front Street, Boise, ID 83702

City Club has assembled an all-star panel for its annual legislative pundits forum:

  • Melissa Davlin, co-host, “Idaho Reports.”
  • Betsy Russell, Spokane Spokesman-Review.
  • William Spence, Lewiston Tribune.
  • Jim Weatherby, Boise State University professor emeritus.


Power Outage In Twin Falls

Nov 21, 2017

Update at 8:31 p.m. Tuesday: Power has been restored to the CSI campus and all affected stations are back up and running.

 Update at 2:56 p.m. Tuesday: Audio is restored on KBSW, KBSJ and KBSY. Shore power is still not restored. 

Original post:

Last February, City Club lost a beloved and active former member of the board, Marilyn Shuler. Marilyn gave a posthumous gift to the School of Public Service at Boise State University to create a Human Rights Initiative.


Dean Corey Cook forged the idea of creating a campus-based mechanism to help foster human rights education, unity, and effective advocacy skills among student and community members --something Marilyn did every day.


KBSW is operating at 50% power as of last Wednesday. This is due to high VSWR on the antenna caused by a failing power divider. Engineers are obtaining a replacement, but in the meantime, listeners on the fringes of our coverage area (Kimberly, Gooding, Shoshone, Hazelton, Filer) will have difficulty receiving our signal without an outside antenna.

Our radio show Reader's Corner, hosted by Boise State University President Bob Kustra, is celebrating a major milestone this month. The program's 500th guest is scheduled for the weekend of October 27.

This forum was recorded on Wed the 8th of November, 2017

Tiny Houses seem to be all the rage these days. They even have their own TV shows. But, are all tiny homes the same? How are they constructed? Are they legal residences? Who lives in them? And why are they so popular now?


Update: As of 6:15 p.m. Friday, our T-1 circuit was repaired and service is now restored to KBSS and K213EN.

Original post: Programming on KBSS (91.1) and K213EN (90.5) dropped off Friday morning. This was caused by a "backhoe fade" when a company working on the top of Seattle Ridge accidentally cut our T-1 cable.

Our engineers are en route now to assess the situation and remedy the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Idaho National Laboratory

This forum was recorded on Wed, October 11, 2017 in downtown Boise.  Listen below.


Idaho National Laboratory Director Dr. Mark Peters will address the City Club of Boise about the INL’s nuclear research, clean energy work and emerging mission to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.


The lab, a staple of Eastern Idaho’s economy and identity, expects to see an expanded presence in Boise, with a cyber-security partnership with Boise State University, growing nuclear power research grants here and more.


Boise State Public Radio joins five other public radio stations to launch a regional news consortium.

Strange bedfellows? Warring factions? Hardly! See how much your public media has in common when Boise State Public Radio and Radio Boise co-host an event at Cinder Wines in Garden City.  

Where: Cinder Wines, 107 E 44th St, Garden City, ID 83714

When: Wednesday, September 20th @ 7 p.m., doors at 6:30 p.m. 

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This forum was recorded in Downtown Boise on the 12th of September, 2017.

City Club of Boise's guest speakers for this forum include John Reusser, Director of Idaho Suicide Prevention hotline, and volunteer Jennie Rylee.