Tom Michael

General Manager

Tom Michael joined Boise State Public Radio in 2016 as General Manager. As the executive director of the radio network, he is responsible for its management and leadership.

Tom arrives from West Texas with more than a decade of experience in public media management as the founder of Marfa Public Radio. He built the radio network from the ground-up, expanding its broadcast coverage area to a size equivalent of South Carolina. He launched a daily public affairs show, a weekly science show, and other unique programs.

He was also the chief fundraiser, helping to attract millions in grant funding and member donations to the rural region. In 2015 and 2016, his News Department won 8 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, the most in the nation among small stations; plus a National Murrow Award in 2016.

Tom speaks at national media conferences and has participated on review panels for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, including "The Future of Public Media" in 2015, a gathering of thought-leaders in journalism.

Idaho National Laboratory

After decades of being offline, an old test reactor at Idaho National Laboratory will get new life.

The Transient Reactor Test facility, or TREAT, was designed to put nuclear reactor fuels under stressful conditions. It operated at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) from 1959 to 1994. Then it went dark.

Austin Serb
Oliver Barrett / Pacific Standard

Late last month, the magazine Pacific Standard published a profile entitled, "King of Boise, The Life and Times of a Teenage Oxycodone Dealer."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The new Meridian Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be dedicated on Sunday, November 19. Construction on the large temple began in 2014.

Boise State University

Wednesday morning Bob Kustra created waves across the state when he announced he was stepping down from his role as president of Boise State University. The move will take place on June 30, 2018, after 15 years in the office.

Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

After almost 15 years at the helm of Boise State University, President Bob Kustra announced his retirement from the office effective June 30. 

Vanessa Preziose / Courtesy of the artist

Not many opera stars claim Southern Idaho as their home. Cecilia Violetta Lopez does. This weekend the soprano returns to the Gem State to perform " Music of the Americas " for the Boise Philharmonic.

P-16 preschool class Caldwell
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho is one of five states that doesn’t fund preschool. Most other states require their school districts to provide pre-kindergarten, or pre-K. Now education officials are reviewing the results of a test study that measures the impact of preschool in one Boise neighborhood.


Hachette Book Group

On Wednesday, firefighter Brendan McDonough is the featured speaker at the annual gala for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

If you live here in Idaho, it’s hard to miss stories about Monday’s upcoming eclipse of the sun. For several months, we’ve been visiting the towns and cities along the path of totality. Here we check-in with officials in Stanley, who are concerned about the crowds expected this weekend.

Album, So You Wanna Be An Outlaw / courtesy of the artist

On Wednesday, singer-songwriter Steve Earle returns to Boise, playing a concert at the Egyptian Theater. The Grammy Award-winning musician has released 18 studio albums.


Kelly Stribling / Boise State Public Radio

Many Idahoans will be looking up to the sky next Monday for the total solar eclipse. But what about animals? How will the natural world react?


Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho is prime viewing for the August 21 total solar eclipse. While the majority of people are excited to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event, the eclipse has a very narrow segment of the population worried.

 

Beth Pendergrass / Twin Falls School District

This week in Boston, the National Education Association is holding its annual meeting to debate new school policies. A group from Idaho is among the 8,000 educators there. 

The Idaho legislature has been looking at changing the public school funding formula. Part of the challenge is balancing the redistribution of dollars between urban schools and the rural schools that make up the majority of the state.

courtesy of the artist and Dolby Chadwick Gallery, S.F.

Idaho cities in the path of the total solar eclipse on August 21 are preparing to host hundreds of viewing parties. Some cities are more accustomed to welcoming tourists, like Sun Valley. 

Courtney Gilbert, from the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, explained, "Hotels started selling out about two years ago. The city of Ketchum is partnering with the city of Sun Valley to organize a day of activities that will take place in Festival Meadows."

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

It’s Mid-May, I’m at the Boise airport, hopping in a Cessna with pilot Don Reiman and Kevin Lewis, the director of Idaho Rivers United. We’re going to “fly the flood,” to see what the swollen rivers and reservoirs look like from the air, especially along the Boise and Big Wood rivers.

There has been months of flooding on Idaho rivers, with a reservoir system that’s been straining at capacity, as the deep winter snowpack has slowly melted off. Now, in the second half of June, the floodwaters are receding.

Don sketches out the flight path.

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