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 150, Community Conversation
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

This year, Boise turns 150-years-old. When it comes to national top 10 lists, the town has been competitive with much bigger cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and even New York City. But what exactly is it about Idaho’s capital city that makes it a place people love to call “home”?

During a community conversation hosted by the KBSX newsroom, Boiseans dug in to what makes the city tick.

Radio, transmitter status
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Update July 19: We resolved a lightning-caused problem in the microwave system at the Salmon site, and the station returned to the air at approximately 11:00 a.m. today.

Original Post: Boise State Public Radio stations in Salmon (91.9 fm) and Challis (89.7 fm) are currently off the air.

The translator in Salmon was hit by a major lightning strike last night.

Our engineers are en route to the translator to assess the damage and make repairs.

KBSU HD is down, Now back!

Jul 15, 2013

Update:  Monday 5:34 PM KBSU HD is back up

Previous (Monday July 15th) KBSU HD is done.  We are working on getting someone up to the transmitter site and it should be back up today or tomorrow.

You can listen to the streams here

This American Life
Tattoo by Claire Keane

This American Life will air its 500th episode this week. The "best of" edition will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the longtime public radio show.  

UPDATE JULY 2: The KBSX News 91.5 web stream is now fully functioning. Thank you for your patience and happy listening!

ORIGINAL POST: The KBSX News 91.5 web stream is currently unavailable. The computer that supports the KBSX News live web stream failed.

We're in the process of moving the system onto a different computer. We hope to have the KBSX News 91.5 web stream up and running by Tuesday.

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Updated May 30: Our stations in Lower Stanley and Salmon have been repaired.

We are still experiencing technical issues with our stations in Ketchum and Challis.

The station in Challis (91.9 fm) is still off the air due to a lightening strike last week. We're working to fix the outage as soon as possible.

Our station in Ketchum (93.5 fm) is currently experiencing low audio levels. Again, we're working to fix the problem.

Idaho Press Club Award
Emilie Ritter Saunders

Boise State Public Radio's news team took home 18 local and regional journalism awards this weekend.

At the annual Idaho Press Club awards banquet, we received nine 1st place honors, three 2nd place, and two 3rd place. Here are our winning entries:


StoryCorps has recorded and archived more than 45,000 personal stories since the oral history project launched in 2003. Now, you'll have an opportunity to add your voice.

StoryCorps has partnered with Boise State Public Radio to bring the mobile recording studio to Boise from June 10 through July 6.

Larry Chase

Oct 4, 2011

Before Bronco Nation was a nation, while it was just a territory, Larry Chase and a small group of dedicated sports lovers dared to bring the sights, the sounds, the plays and all the action of the gridiron to the masses.

Seana Young

Oct 4, 2011

How many engineers, techies, geeks and managers does it take to program a printer to create the letter ‘y’?  Seana Young knows.

Talitha Neher

Oct 4, 2011

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you followed in your dad’s footsteps?  Talitha Neher is glad she did.

Mary Ann Seitz-Hart

Oct 4, 2011

Looking back from her golden years at how she shaped those of others,  Mary Ann Seitz-Hart shows us how to tap into the wisdom of our elders – from her experience as Director of Aging at the ripe old age of 39.

Bill McGlynn

Oct 4, 2011

Bill McGlynn shows us the power of a handshake and how that simple act determined the economic future of Boise and the State of Idaho.


Oct 4, 2011

Take 9 smart and successful individuals. Add a helping of passion for doing something big; mix in a programmer in India. Let chill with a mentor and you’ve got BOBEC, Boise’s Big Experiment Company. Serve hot or cold.