Boise Community Radio gets Fed Grant


Jeff Abrams, Radio Boise
  • Jeff Abrams, Radio Boise
Boise’s online radio station,, is another step closer to over the air broadcast with a $226,198 U.S. Department of Commerce grant, awarded through the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program.

The grant requires a $75,000 local match, and executive director Jeff Abrams said they also need to raise $150,000 for the first year of operation.

The BCR effort began in 2002. Last year the station won a permit from the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast on 89.9 FM in the Boise area. Now they need to buy stuff to broadcast, including a transmitter, antenna and studio gear, which Abrams hopes to secure by late spring or early summer of 2010.

“We are the biggest area in the country without community radio. This is just the next step in creating an independent, noncommercial, locally-programmed radio station that we can call our own,” Abrams wrote in an e-mail. has a nearly-full line up of programming, including many local DJs and radio personalities, many of whom are ready to move to broadcast.

Idaho Public Television and Boise State Radio also applied for funds.