Boise State Public Radio

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Boise State Public Radio
File:Boise state public radio logo.png
City of license Boise, Idaho
First air date 1976 (originally carrier current 1957-1976)
Format Public Radio
Owner Boise State University
Webcast KBSU-FM Webstream
KBSX Webstream
Website [1]

Boise State Public Radio is a broadcast service of Boise State University, which operates four programming services on several radio stations throughout central and southern Idaho and northern Nevada.

Stations and services

KBSU-FM in Boise, Idaho airs classical music and other entertainment programming from American Public Media and Public Radio International. KBSX, also located in Boise, airs news and information programming from NPR, PRI, APM and the BBC, as well as locally produced news and information programs.

KBSW in Twin Falls, Idaho airs a mix of programming from KBSU-FM and KBSM, as well as some local programming produced at a satellite studio at the College of Southern Idaho.

A full-time jazz format, named "Idaho's Jazz Station," airs on KBSK in McCall, and also on HD Radio as KBSU-FM HD2 Boise. This format aired on KBSU-AM and KEZJ-AM prior to July 2007.

Location Frequency Call sign Format
Boise 90.3 FM KBSU-FM Music
91.5 FM KBSX News/talk
Burley 88.5 FM KBSY News/talk
Jackpot, NV 91.3 FM KBSJ News/talk
McCall 90.7 FM KBSQ News/talk
91.7 FM KBSM Music
91.1 FM KBSK Jazz
Twin Falls 91.7 FM KBSW Music, News/talk
Sun Valley 91.1 FM KBSS News/talk


The network's roots date back to 1957, when KBJC was launched by what was then Boise Junior College as a carrier current station. It originally operated only when school was in session, and was a typical freeform college radio station. The station grew with the school, increasing its operating hours when BJC was upgraded to four-year status. The call letters changed to KBSC after Boise College was taken over by the state in 1967, and changed to the current KBSU after it was granted university status. In 1976, the station was granted a full FM license, and went on the air for the first time that fall. Gradually, the station began transitioning away from the freeform format, ultimately joining NPR in 1988. Before then, Boise was one of the largest cities in the western United States, and the only major market in Idaho, without a clear signal from NPR.

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