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

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Last year's events in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City showed just how poor the relationship can be between police and the communities they serve.

Aaron Kunz / Idaho Public Television

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is resting after a total hip replacement surgery. Otter was expected to have his hip resurfaced.

Otter's spokesman Jon Hanian says surgeons discovered the 72-year-old governor's hip had deteriorated too much, and needed to be replaced.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Former Idaho Govs. Phil Batt and Cecil Andrus say current Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is turning the state into nuclear waste repository.

The former governors at a Thursday news conference blasted Otter's recently revealed deal with the U.S. Department of Energy to allow 50 spent nuclear fuel rods into the Idaho National Laboratory for research.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Legalizing marijuana in Idaho has been a complete no-go, even as its neighbors have started licensing pot dispensaries and retail shops.

But now Republican leaders in Idaho say they're willing to consider a very narrow version of a medical marijuana law.

Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke said this year lawmakers may explore legalizing a cannabis extract. It’s been found to help some patients with a rare and severe form of epilepsy.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has publicly taken his oath of office as Idaho's chief executive officer.

The Republican governor stood on the steps of the state capitol Friday, along with the six other statewide constitutional officers, to be sworn-in to their recently elected positions.

More than 200 people attended the event, including legislators, Idaho Supreme Court justices and three former Idaho governors.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

It’s an exciting time to be a listener, member or staffer at Boise State Public Radio because in 2015 the station will continue its transition into becoming an even more reliable and robust conduit to NPR news and talk programming, regional and local news coverage, and an eclectic blend of music programming.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra offered a brief glimpse of her agenda for the 2015 Idaho Legislature at her first press conference since being elected in November.

Ybarra told reporters Monday that she is considering increasing operational funding for schools while possibly delaying the implementation of a new plan that seeks to tighten teacher certification credentials.

Gay marriage, couples, lawsuit
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

If there's one thing Idaho is never short on, it's a good story. In 2014, the KBSX newsroom produced unique, enterprising content that's worth a second look.

Perhaps you didn't catch these stories the first time around, or like us, maybe one of them has really stuck in your memory.

Each person in the KBSX newsroom submitted these stories that, to us, stood out in our 2014 coverage.


"Road To Red" Series

Henry's Fork, Island Park, scenic, Idaho
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Over the last year, we've covered a wide range of stories on the radio and online. From controversial -- like guns on campus -- to changing policy, like the striking down of Idaho's gay marriage ban.

But we've also explored unique cultural stories that are often on the lighter side.

This post was updated at 3:22 p.m.

Boise State Public Radio's KBSJ, KBSS, KBSW and KBSY are back on the air.

Original Post: The College of Southern Idaho is upgrading an Internet circuit, which has knocked several Boise State Public Radio stations off the air.

KBSJ in Jackpot, Nev., KBSS in Sun Valley, KBSW in Twin Falls, and KBSY in Burley have been off air since 1:30 p.m. Tuesday because of the work at CSI.

The college says work will continue for at least another hour.

KBSX Returns To Air

Dec 24, 2014

This post was updated Dec. 25 at 12:20 p.m.

Boise State Public Radio's KBSX News returned to air at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Thank you for your patience as we restarted the transmitter.

Original Post: Boise State Public Radio's KBSX News was knocked off the air around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Our engineers are aware of the outage and are working to get the station back on the air. However, because of the holiday and the storm, it's not possible for our engineers to access the transmitter site until Thursday morning.

New York Times, unemployment, jobs, men
New York Times

The New York Times reports there are nine counties in Idaho where at least 25 percent of men are not working. The report draws on data about men aged 25 to 54. The Times says they averaged data from U.S. Census Bureau American Community Surveys taken between 2009 and 2013.

telephone, buttons, hotline
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

If you need help, you can contact the hotline by dialing 1-800-273-TALK.

When people in crisis dial the Idaho Suicide Hotline, starting Wednesday, they'll reach someone close to home. The service is marking its second anniversary by expanding to 24-7 coverage.

Wade Goodwyn
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

NPR National Desk Correspondent Wade Goodwyn recently came to Boise to share with our audience what it's like to be a journalist based in Texas.

Boise State Public Radio engineers are completing scheduled maintenance on KBSU Classical Monday Nov. 17.

The maintenance could intermittently disrupt your listening between noon and 4 p.m.

We apologize for any inconvenience and plan to have KBSU Classical back to normal as soon as possible. 

Wade Goodwyn

With his unmistakable Texas-twang, one of NPR's most recognizable voices will be speaking at a special Boise State Public Radio event on Nov. 13.

National correspondent Wade Goodwyn has been reporting for NPR since 1991. He's covered a wide range of issues, from crime and punishment to politics and music.

This post was updated Nov. 5.

Boise State Public Radio's New Meadows news station at 93.5 FM is back on the air.

Thanks for your patience.

This post was originally created Oct. 28.

Boise State Public Radio's New Meadows news station at 93.5 FM is currently off the air, but most listeners will be able to receive the station at 90.7 FM.

Engineers are aware of the outage and are working to repair the New Meadows station.

Gay marriage, couples, lawsuit
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.

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.