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.

Jessica Hayworth / Welcome To Night Vale

Some podcasts are just that - digital downloads. While others, strive for something more. "Welcome To Night Vale" is a popular storytelling podcast that also tours as a live show. On Tuesday the podcast returns to the Egyptian Theater in Boise for a stage performance and live taping.

Sun Valley Summer Symphony

A Streetcar Named Desire, the play by Tennessee Williams, was made famous by the hit 1950s movie starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. Opera Idaho is presenting an operatic version this weekend in Boise. 

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

Treefort Music Fest 2018 is underway. This annual Boise music event is also known for other activities, called forts, as in Storyfort, Yogafort and Alefort - and even Comedyfort.

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

At an engineering and science festival in Boise in February, Jake Sadovich was showing children how to build a rocket ship.

Billy Graham
Billy Graham TV Classics

Billy Graham, the longtime spokesperson for American evangelicals, died on Wednesday, at age 99.

AP

Filmmaker Warren Miller died on January 24, 2018, at age 93 at his home on an island in Puget Sound. He made his name in Sun Valley, Idaho, as the master-creator of ski films and as a pioneer of sports movie-making. 

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Robert Siegel has been one of the hosts of All Things Considered for more than 30 years. His voice has become familiar sound for listeners on their afternoon drive home, here in Idaho and across the country.

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.

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