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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

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.

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

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:

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.

Betty Richardson, Jim Weatherby, Ben Ysursa
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.

Update: KBSX Returns To Air

May 12, 2014
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Updated at 8:30 a.m.:

KBSX 91.5 FM is back on the air.

Thank you for your patience.

Original Post:

KBSX is currently off-air. Our online stream is also down. Our engineers are working to rectify the problem as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Press club awards
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State Public Radio's newsroom recently took home 11 Idaho Press Club awards. The annual awards honor the best of Idaho journalism across all platforms, including print, television and radio.

The KBSX newsroom landed five first-place awards, three second-place awards, and three third-place awards.

Here's the list of winning stories:

General News Report – Radio

This post was updated May 13, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.:

Boise State Public Radio's news and classical music hybrid station 89.7 FM in Challis is back to normal.

Thank you for your patience as engineers fixed the issue.

Original Post:

Boise State Public Radio's news and classical music hybrid station 89.7 FM in Challis is experiencing signal problems.

Our engineer is planning a trip to the site in order to install a new transmitter. We hope to have the issue resolved this week.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Everyone knows Idaho is a red state.  In fact, it's one of the reddest in the country. But it hasn't always been that way. Twenty years ago, Idaho had a Democratic governor. More recently, Idaho had a Democrat in Congress.

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Boise State Public Radio’s newest 125 watt translator at the top of Bald Mountain is now live after last year’s federal government shutdown delayed the launch of the signal.

Boise State Public Radio's jazz and Radio Bilingue web streams are currently unavailable.

Chief engineer Tom Lowther says the two station's streaming machines are down and repair is underway.

Boise State Public Radio's news and classical web streams, however, are fully functional.

RTDNA

Boise State Public Radio’s newsroom has won six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced Tuesday that Boise State Public Radio won six of 13 awards handed out in Region One for work done in 2013.

News Director Scott Graf says the awards reflect the high quality work KBSX does on a regular basis.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

More than half of Boise State Public Radio’s annual revenue comes from listener donations. That’s why periodic pledge drives are so critical to maintaining, and strengthening, Boise State Public Radio throughout southern and central Idaho.

This post was updated April 1 at 6:45 p.m.:

Boise State Public Radio's news and classical music web streams are now fully functional.

This post was updated April 1 at 10:20 a.m.:

The Boise State Public Radio web streams are still unavailable as engineers work to move circuits from our old broadcast facility into our new station.

We'll update this post when the streams are back online.

This post was updated at 2:00 p.m.

Salmon 91.9 fm and Challis 89.7 fm returned to air at 12:15 Monday after engineers completed the circuit move.

Original Post:

Boise State Public Radio's engineers are working with one of our network providers, Century Link, to move the circuit that feeds the Salmon and Challis stations.

The circuit move means Salmon 91.9 fm and Challis 89.7 fm will be off the air Monday morning.

We anticipate the stations will be back on air by Monday afternoon.

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