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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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We thought we'd put together a birthday gift to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial this Thursday, August 25. Help us make it by sharing your national park photos and memories!

How To Submit:

1. You can post your photo and description on this Facebook post.

2. You can reply to this Tweet with your photo and description.

Albertsons, stadium
Boise State University

Boise State is reportedly among 17 schools that will make a formal pitch to officials from the Big 12 to join the athletic conference.

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports Big 12 administrators will host video conferences with representatives of the interested schools. Boise State is currently a member of the lower profile Mountain West Conference.

Several repairs and maintenance are scheduled for later this evening that could cause interruptions on the station, as well as our web streams.

Our engineers will be performing an equipment swap between KBSX and KBSS, which will cause periods of silence as they switch the antenna from one transmitter to another.

We will also be doing maintenance tonight on the T-1 connections to Twin Falls and to Deer Point, rebooting the streaming encoders and fully testing the switches that have been deployed.

From 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, our engineers will be in the field performing scheduled maintenance to KBSX in attempt to address the static dropouts that have been occurring. Although this work will not take us off-air, it may affect reception in some areas.

We appreciate your patience while we work to resolve this issue.

Courtesy of Car Talk

In a press release today, NPR announced that after September 30, 2017, weekly broadcast production of the Best of Car Talk programs will end. NPR and Car Talk came to this decision after consultation with key station personnel, programmers, researchers, listeners and Car Talk's own staff.

KBSS Currently Off Air

Jul 22, 2016

​Update, 1:50 p.m.: KBSS is back on air. 

Our engineers found the cooling fans had failed. While repairs are made, KBSS is back on the air with a backup at full power of 2KW.

Original post: KBSS is currently off air. Our engineers are en route to assess the issue.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will update this post when we know more.

Ada County Sheriff's Office / Facebook

Update, Thursday at 5:21 p.m.: Fire crews have reached 80 percent containment on the Mile Marker 14 fire.

Update, Thursday at 10:38 a.m.: The latest tweet from BLM Idaho shows progress is being made in containing the fire: 

Boise State University

Thirty-two Idaho delegates are among those who kicked off the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Monday. The 20 Ted Cruz supporters and 12 Donald Trump delegates had a front row seat to the somewhat chaotic start to the event.

Another Idahoan in Cleveland this week is Corey Cook. Cook is the dean of Boise State University’s School of Public Service. It’s his sixth convention and our Scott Graf spoke with him about his expectations for the week.

Hear their Morning Edition conversation below. 

Boise Police Department Cop Car
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Update, 3:44 p.m.: The Ada County Coroner's Office says the Kuna man who died after shooting a Boise police officer late Tuesday night killed himself. Officials say Alan Amundson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In the announcement, the coroner's office also corrected Amnundson's age to show he was 53-years-old. A previous release said he was 52.

Update, 12:30 p.m.: The Ada County Coroner's Office has identified the deceased as 52-year-old Alan Amundson of Kuna. He died at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. 

Update: As of 10:48 a.m. Thursday, July 14th, KBSX is running at full power. We appreciate your patience throughout this repair process.

Update, 4:06 p.m.: The Ada County Sheriff's Office says the SUV and the bodies of a woman and three kids have been brought to the shore. The driver was a 40-year-old woman and in the car were three children: a girl age 12, a boy age 10 and a girl age six.

Witnesses said it appeared to have been a deliberate act, though that part of the incident is still under investigation. Boise Fire is working on recovering while Ada County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash.

Back On Air In Salmon

May 19, 2016

Update: As of 9:45 Thursday night, Salmon is back on the air. A lightning strike touched down at the Summit Reservoir site, which took some time to get to and repair.

​Original post:
BSPR is off air in Salmon. It appears that the microwave sending our audio to Salmon has an outage somewhere before Grouse Peak. This is likely due to weather and there is already a technician in the field scouting out the issue.

Boise State Public Radio has announced the hiring of Tom Michael as its next general manager.

Michael is the founder and general manager of Marfa Public Radio and West Texas Public Radio. Considered to be the preeminent small market public radio station in the country, Marfa Public Radio has won 16 Edward R. Murrow awards the last two years.

Prior to founding the station in 2005, Michael was a freelance writer and editor. He also served as an editor for Encyclopedia Britannica in the 1990s. He’s a 1991 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago.

Good news, web stream listeners: Boise State Public Radio's classical stream has been updated to a more reliable streaming service. This means your online listening experience should be a better one.

We've also added a fourth stream for your enjoyment: Radio Bilingüe, the National Latino Public Radio Network.

These changes mean your Internet browser may have saved a previous version of one of our web streams.

Don't fret - there's a quick fix to clear that saved browser or cache.

Update:  Our engineer was able to reset the UPS that powers the FM150 Exciter, the phone and the Sine Remote. As of 2:08 p.m. Sunday, KBSJ is back on air at full power.

​Original post:
KBSJ went off air Friday afternoon. The outage is most likely related to the weather we experienced in the area. Our engineers plan to get to the site Sunday morning to get it back on air. Thank you for your patience.

Our engineers have scheduled routine maintenance for our web stream Wednesday, May 4 beginning at 2:30 p.m. An estimated time frame for this work is not available at this time.

From approximately 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Boise State Public Radio's live web stream will be down. During that hour, NPR will be performing routine maintenance on our stream encoders. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

There will be tower work performed by another station at Deer Point tomorrow, starting around 11 a.m. and estimated to last about four hours. They will reduce power on all stations on the Sutro and LLC towers as work starts, and bring everything back up when work is concluded.

We do not expect to be off-air in any way, but this will affect our coverage area in the Treasure Valley for the interim. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE: As of 3:06 p.m. Tuesday, we are very pleased to announce that regular KBSS programming service to the Wood River Valley has been restored. Today, technicians from CenturyLink repaired the leased T-1 line that provides our programming service audio feed to the Seattle Ridge KBSS transmitter, which service the greater Wood River Valley.

UPDATE: Our KBSS transmitter is working fine, but the leased telecommunication line that we use to feed KBSS is not working. Technicians from the service provider, CenturyLink, were on Seattle Ridge Thursday, April 21, attempting repairs that were not successful.

To restore some service, BSPR chief engineer Rick Strack was able to tune in our KBSJ Jackpot, NV transmitter signal into KBSS. The sound is scratchy, but it provides some service until the T-1 line is repaired, hopefully, we are told, by mid-next week. 

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