Saturday, November 2, 2013

What's KISS-FM's Frequency, Kenneth?

Posted By on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Listeners to 103.3 KISS-FM have been getting a fuzzier radio signal from the pop station.

Starting Oct. 31 at 5 p.m., the station's frequency changed from 103.3 MHz to 103.5 MHz. For the optimal listening experience, listeners should turn their radio dials to 103.5, according to a press release from KISS-FM owner, Peak Broadcasting.

The shift on the radio waves has been accompanied by an online change of address. The KISS-FM website is now

Though the public can tune in to KISS-FM's new frequency with ease, the radio station itself has been planning the move to 103.5 MHz since Peak Broadcasting took over the station's operations.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Radio Boise to Launch Second Frequency on Monday

Posted By on Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM


Radio Boise recently announced that its goal of acquiring a second frequency to boost coverage to low-lying areas is finally a reality.

The new frequency, 93.5 FM, will be broadcast from the roof of the U.S. Bank Building, 1020 W. Main St., starting Monday, Oct. 22.

"A transmitter on a 267-foot tower, right in the heart of the city, should give our listeners a beautiful signal to receive Radio Boise's programming if they live, work or commute within a 2- or 3-mile radius of downtown," station director Jeff Abrams said in a press release.

To celebrate the new frequency, Radio Boise will be be holding a rooftop ceremony to launch it on Monday at noon, and then will invite listeners to park in front of the station from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, when helpful Radio Boise staff will cheerfully add the station as a pre-set on the listener's radio.

The new transmitter is expected to expand Radio Boise's service from 227,000 people to 350,000.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Radio Boise to Launch Downtown Translator at 93.5 FM

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Radio Boise went live on-air last year, bringing a smorgasbord of independent content to the Treasure Valley. Well, to those driving in the Treasure Valley anyhow, the low-lying areas in and around Boise's downtown core not quite so much.

Without direct line of sight, the north and east ends, as well as parts of downtown, have struggled to get a clear signal from the broadcast tower in the Owyhees.

But Radio Boise hopes to fix that this month with the launch of a new downtown translator that will rebroadcast the signal at 93.5 FM from the roof of the US Bank building.

"What it's going to do is provide coverage for all these people that say, I love your programming, but I can only get it in the car, I can't get it at home," said Jeff Abrahms, station manager for Radio Boise.

Abrahms says that Radio Boise actually started working on securing the frequency nearly a decade ago, but that it took a long time because of all the different contracts and licensing to line up properly.

The new 93.5 FM signal should go live around Oct. 20, just in time for Radio Boise's annual pledge drive.

Radio Boise has always been a rolling process, in it for the long game. And the translator may be one of the final pieces to put in place.

"We've been saying, just wait until we get our translator up and going," said Abrahms. "It feels really good to make good on that promise."

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Monday, July 23, 2012

More Apocalypse Goodness from TTBOOK

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM

This week's issue of Boise Weekly is packed cover-to-cover with helpful and amusing information about the possibilities of all life on Earth coming to an immediate end.

But apparently, BW was not the only media outlet thinking apocalyptically. Public Radio International's To the Best of Our Knowledge aired an entire show on the apocalypse over the weekend, which included an examination of the Book of Revelations as a cultural force, cake recipes for the end of the world, a look into the threat of nuclear war, more about the Mayan calendar, a physicist offering up a string theorist's take on the end and a discussion with Slavoj Zizek, a writer whose official job title ought to be "crazy Slovenian S.O.B."

You can listen to the episode here.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Radio Boise T-shirt Contest Down to the Final Threads

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Look how sad this kid is in his plain T-shirt. Hed be much happier in a locally designed Radio Boise one.

  • Look how sad this kid is in his plain T-shirt. He'd be much happier in a locally designed Radio Boise one.

In July, we told you about Radio Boise's contest to find a T-shirt design that represents the community radio station (KRBX 89.9 FM).

The finalists have been chosen and you can still vote on your favorite, but there isn't much time: The deadline for voting is Wednesday, Aug. 31.

You can view the finalists' entries at the contest page at, visit Radio Boise's Facebook page or stop by Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery to vote in person.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Boise State Public Radio's One-Minute Idaho Contest

Posted By on Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 9:00 AM

A backpacking trip gone wrong in the Sawtooth Mountains.

An odd character downtown on a Tuesday at 3 a.m.

An awesome whitewater trip on the Salmon River.

A search for your own private Idaho.

Imagine these stories told in one minute or less.

Boise State Public Radio, the Idaho Department of Tourism and The Story Initiative at Boise State are asking for your one-minute stories about Idaho..

“We want to showcase Idaho as much as possible in as many ways as we can,” said Adrienne Zachary, BSPR marketing and special events coordinator.

A panel of judges will select three winners from the submissions. Those tales will be recorded for the BSPR website and will be broadcast on BSPR stations.

But Zachary's advice is to keep stories “as real and personal as possible. We don’t want people writing for radio; we just want good stories.”

The winners will also each receive a pair of tickets to see Ira Glass, host and executive producer of Public Radio International’s This American Life, at the Morrison Center on Saturday, Nov. 5—they'll also get to mix and mingle with Glass at a private reception preceding the main event. And one story will be chosen by Glass to be read aloud during his time on stage.

No excuses if you’re not from Boise—the lucky three will receive accommodations at a local bed and breakfast.

Stories must be 120 words or less and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. Visit to enter.

Participants are encouraged to submit photos to pair with their adventures, which will be posted on BSPR’s Facebook page.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Changes on the Radio Dial

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Listeners in the mood for some poppy boy-band jingle might be a bit surprised if the try to tune into Magic 93.1 FM—the pop music station is now simulcasting ESPN Radio 1350 KTIK The Ticket.

The unusual AM/FM crossover was announced earlier today by parent company Citadel Radio in an e-mail sent to staff. The move is reportedly an effort to bulk up listener numbers for the struggling FM station, while reaching new listeners for the AM station.

Check out KTVB Channel 7's full story on the switch.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Idaho's Fresh New Country Has a New (Not-So) Fresh Voice: Mine

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 2:00 PM

While judging the Colgate Country Showdown, I met WOW Country 104.3 morning DJs Randy and Alana. Both new to town, they had already developed some serious affection for their copies of the Boise Weekly and scrolling through As a BW employee, those feelings transferred to me, natch. I, in turn, found them both utterly charming. Yeah, it was a big damn love fest.

Capitalizing on all of those good feelings (and loving the sound of my own voice), I suggested they should have me on the show Friday mornings to give WOW 104.3 listeners the lowdown on what to do over the coming weekend. Crazy kids that Randy and Alana are, they agreed.

Here's a clip from my first visit. Scroll down to "Hear it Here Only" and click on "Your Plans for the Weekend."

Here's hoping they let me come back. Guys, if you're reading this, can I come back?

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

NPR's Renee Montagne on her Community Radio Roots

Posted By on Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 5:45 PM

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In our citizen interview this week with NPR's West Coast Morning Edition host Renee Montagne, we asked her about getting her start in radio at KPOO in San Francisco in the 1970's. Montagne observed that she never thought of herself as a reporter in those days or even as a radio personality; she saw it more like community theater.

Renee Montagne comes to Boise this week to support Boise State Radio. You can hear her at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Egyptian. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for the public and can be purchased by calling 208-426-3663.

We know you hear her on the air every morning, but if you want a short preview of off-the-air Montagne, here's a BW podcast of Montagne on community radio:

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Art and Soul Second Season Preview

Posted By on Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 12:09 PM


Boise State Radio’s "Art and Soul" series sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Idaho Commission on the Arts just released their 2009/2010 lineup, and we must say, the artists, musicians and ... rawhide braiders scheduled this season are pretty top notch. Though it might seem hard to one-up last year's interviews with living Idaho greats like Tony Deorr, Garth Claassen and Charles Gill, here’s a taste of what’s in store for public radio art enthusiasts beginning this Wednesday, August 5 (in alphabetical order):

-Margaret Aho, Poet, Pocatello
-Jill Aldape, Oinkari Dancer, Boise
-Mary Clearman Blew, Writer, Moscow
-Jim Cockey, Composer, McCall
-Vince Crofts, Musician, Firth
-Steve Derricott, Rawhide Braider, Boise
-Molly Hill, Painter, Boise
-Jim Loney and Colleen McNutt, Artists, Moscow
-Ron McFarland, Poet, Moscow
-Aage Nielsen, Musician, Boise
-Philomena Nomee, Bead Worker, Coeur D’Alene
-Amy O’Brien, Dancer, Boise
-Troy Passey, Artist, Boise
-Randy Priest, Hat Maker, Donnelly
-Dennis and Margo Proska, Artists, Pocatello
-Diane Raptosh, Poet, Boise
-Stephen Schultz, Painter, Sandpoint
-Cary Schwarz, Saddle Maker, Salmon
-Evelyn Sooter, Assemblager, Clark Fork
-Robert Wrigley, Poet, Moscow

"Art and Soul" airs every Wednesday at 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. during Morning Edition. It re-airs Wednesdays at 4:50 p.m. during All Things Considered.

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