Boise State Public Radio

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.

Boise State Public Radio
CityBoise, Idaho
First air date1976 (originally carrier current 1957-1976)
FormatPublic Radio
OwnerBoise State University
WebcastKBSU-FM Webstream
KBSX Webstream

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, including the nationally distributed program Reader's Corner with Bob Kustra.[1]

KBSW in Twin Falls, Idaho airs a mix of programming from KBSU-FM and KBSX, 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.

Boise State Public Radio is the lead station for the Mountain West News Bureau, a partnership of stations providing news coverage of the Rocky Mountain West.[2]

Location Frequency Call sign ERP
m (ft)
Format FCC info
Boise 90.3 FM KBSU-FM 17,500 827 meters (2,713 ft) Classical FCC
91.5 FM KBSX 3,800 827 meters (2,713 ft) News/talk FCC
Burley 88.5 FM KBSY 440 635 meters (2,083 ft) News/talk FCC
Jackpot, NV 91.3 FM KBSJ 3,900 751 meters (2,464 ft) News/talk FCC
McCall 90.7 FM KBSQ 220 602 meters (1,975 ft) News/talk FCC
91.7 FM KBSM 220 583 meters (1,913 ft) Classical FCC
91.1 FM KBSK 450 602 meters (1,975 ft) Jazz FCC
Twin Falls 91.7 FM KBSW 4,500 150 meters (490 ft) Classical, News/talk FCC
Sun Valley 91.1 FM KBSS 700 570 meters (1,870 ft) News/talk FCC


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.

See also


  1. "PRX » Series » Reader's Corner with Bob Kustra". PRX - Public Radio Exchange. Retrieved 2019-03-10.
  2. Leja, Robert. "KUNC Launches Mountain West Journalism Collaborative". Retrieved 2019-08-11.
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