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

UPDATE, Wed. 3:37 p.m. - Until we can get the T-1 to KBSS sorted out, listeners in the Wood River Valley can now pick up KBSW off of 100.3 (K262BZ) and 93.5 (K228DO).

UPDATE, Wed. 2:13 p.m. - Our engineer in the field is having trouble keeping the circuit up. We've made another call to our provider and are waiting for word. As it stands now, it seems to be an intermittent problem, coming back up for an hour or so and then dropping out again. We will continue to update as the status develops.

The U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday issued a notice of non-compliance to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game after the state agency violated an agreement by using a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness to put tracking collars on wolves.

The two-page notice includes additional requirements the state must follow when seeking approval for future landings in wilderness areas.

The Forest Service on Jan. 6 approved Fish and Game's request to use helicopters in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness to put collars on elk.

Courtesy of American Center for Law and Justice

Update, 10:15 a.m., Monday: The family of Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini is planning to reunite with him on the East Coast. Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, told the Idaho Statesman Monday that she and her two children will fly to meet him on the East Coast to heal and reconnect with him. She says her husband is currently being treated at a U.S. Army medical facility in Germany.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Both K292EK and K216CD translators are down in the Stanley area. We were taken off the air due to heavy snow loads. Power at the site has been reduced to emergency services only. We are off until further notice and will continue to update the status. 

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

The September fire that destroyed the Boise International Market has been deemed an act of arson, according to the Boise Police and Fire departments.  

A four-month joint investigation included the use of private fire investigation experts and forensic analysis. Officials say additional information uncovered during the investigation led investigators to conclude the fire was intentionally set.

McCall Outage Extended

Dec 21, 2015

Update: Wednesday, December 23 1:45 p.m.​ - Our engineers arrived at Brundage Mountain earlier this afternoon and have fixed the outage, putting us back on air in McCall.

Update: Tuesday, December 22 11:45 a.m. - Due to continued winter weather conditions, power outages persist throughout much of McCall. Idaho Power crews are on site and working to restore power to affected public services.

Morning Outage In McCall

Dec 18, 2015

UPDATE: The power outage in McCall has been addressed and resolved. All affected stations and translators should be back on air.

We are experiencing another outage in our northern stations due to a power issue. All of our nothern full power and translator stations are affected. We do not have an expected time of repair from Idaho Power but will do our best to keep the status of the issue updated. Apologies for the inconvenience. 

Power Outage In McCall

Dec 7, 2015

6:54 p.m.: The outage appears to have been resolved and we are back on air.

2:05 p.m.: We are encountering the same power outage issue. It is again due a power outage in the building in McCall. We will keep you posted on the status as we learn more. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

UPDATE at 9:39 a.m.: Power has been restored to Brundage Mountain. We are back on air.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Update 5:30 p.m.: According to Boise Police Sgt. John Terry, there have been no arrests at Cooper Court. Police have been going tent-to-tent and the homeless people camping there are gone. Terry says there was some verbal resistance at first, but after explaining the options, people left without quarrel. 

Original post: On Friday, the City of Boise began taking new action on the homeless encampment known as Cooper Court.

Economic development officials in Boise have announced a publicly traded company that offers cloud-based payroll and human capital management software has selected the city for its next expansion. 

Paylocity says it plans to create 500 jobs in the city over the next five years. Areas of employment include client services, implementation, technical services and software development. 

A company official says Paylocity picked Boise because of its “expanding tech presence and a flourishing community and culture.” 

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

October 15 marked the one year anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Idaho. KBSX recently shared an interview with two Boise women who'd sued the state over the issue. Rachel and Amber Beierle talked about how their lives had changed since the decision. Since then, we've asked listeners to call in and offer their thoughts on the issue. 

Here is a sample of those responses. The comments have been edited for brevity only. 

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Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

It's been one year since same-sex marriage has been legal in Idaho. While supporters celebrated the change, critics said it would erode traditional marriage values in the state.

We're curious - has the new rule changed your life? If so, how?

We've set up a hotline where you can offer your thoughts. The number is 208-426-3671. We ask that you keep your comments to a minute or less. Please note: some submissions may be used by KBSX in an on-air segment or as podcast material.

Thank you for participating! We look forward to hearing from you.

Boise State Public Radio's McCall stations may experience an off-air outage lasting up to half an hour throughout the day. Our engineers are performing maintenance on each station's transmitter today.

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

If you're a listener in either Salmon or Challis, you might notice an improvement in the sound quality of Boise State Public Radio. Newly installed equipment has strengthened the signal path to Salmon, which improves overall quality on the Salmon transmitter and the Challis translator that receives its signal from Salmon.

Tune in to enjoy the better audio!


Boise State Public Radio's building power is undergoing maintenance Wednesday night, from 11:30 p.m. until 3 a.m. Thursday. All BSPR stations and streams will be taken off air for this procedure.

Feeds should be back on air by 4 a.m. Thursday for Morning Edition, provided there are no power issues after the electrical work.

Thank you for your patience and we apologize for this inconvenience. 

Alan Krakauer / Flickr Creative Commons

Early Tuesday morning Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced on Twitter the decision of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to list the greater sage grouse as endangered. This follows years of hard work, cooperation and collaborative planning among stakeholders in what is being touted as the largest conservation effort in U.S. history. 

Stakeholders are already reacting to the decision. Below are comments from some of those individuals and groups.

On Saturday, September 26, 2015 the folks at Boise State Public Radio are hosting an open house event for the public to attend. Come and tour the station's newsroom, production spaces, offices and facilities. 

From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. guests will be able to meet and mingle with KBSX reporters, producers and staff. There will be a food truck, live music, cake and prize drawings throughout the day.

The event will be held at Boise State Public Radio Studios at the Ron & Linda Yanke Family Research Park: 220 E Park Center Blvd, Boise, ID 83706. Parking is free. 

Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

On September 16, 2015 KBSX hosted four panelists and a room full of community members for a discussion on the possible Endangered Species Listing of the greater sage grouse. Experts shared their favorite facts about the bird, reasons for the population decline in the last century and the methods and strategies behind the collaborative efforts of state groups and agencies to protect the species. 

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Idaho's highest court says the state must enforce legislation banning lucrative instant horse racing terminals.

In a unanimous decision issued Thursday, the court ruled that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's veto of the legislation was invalid because he didn't complete it within the required five-day time span.

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter issued the following statement today in reaction to the decision: