The History of Idaho Broadcasting
Invites you to RSVP for our next no-host Luncheon Meeting
Friday August 28, 2015 - 11:30am-1:30pm at
Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill
415 East Parkcenter Blvd. Boise, Idaho 83706 (208) 429-0011
We’ll watch 60 minutes of the 1991 PBS Special
Empire of the Air
The Men Who Made Radio
Produced by Ken Burns
Narrated by Jason Robards
During our One Hour Showing…
We’ll see selected excerpts from the 1991 Ken Burns 2-hour Documentary on the origins of broadcasting, and the men (and women) who made it happen. Much like Kiddo Phillips and Georgia Davidson risked all they had to start KIDO, KIDO-FM, and KIDO-TV (now KTVB), and Jimmy Johntz built KBOI AM-FM-TV, we’ll hear the stories of 3 men; Lee De Forest who invented the audion tube); Edwin Howard Armstrong the man who invented FM radio; and David Sarnoff who made RCA the most powerful communications company in the world, and also founded NBC Radio & TV.
This show originally air on PBS in 1991 and is now available on DVD. The Foundation purchased a copy and is now sharing it with our members! If you like radio and television history, and have not seen this excellent PBS program, you are in for a real treat! If you saw it in 1991, come watch it again! While we can’t show the entire program in one meeting, we’ll provide a written handout that will “set the scene” for the second half of the program that deals with advent of radio and television, as we know it today.
Please RSVP for this lunch by email or phone by 2pm Thursday
Welcome to the
HISTORY OF IDAHO BROADCASTING
This site is currently undergoing extensive renovation. It may be a few
weeks before all the features are fully operational.
Thanks for your patience!
A tip to help you find stuff -- If you aren't sure where to look to find something on this site, you can simply search for it. For example, if you can't remember the present call letters of a station from the past, using the "Search Site" link in the upper right corner of most pages, type what you are looking for and hit <enter> and you will find a list of all the places on this site where that is mentioned. Any keyword can be used. Happy looking !
A request from the webmaster -- If you are reading this, and work for a radio station, I would like you to check the information posted for your station, particularly the "Timeline". In the information I have available, there are gaps where I may have been unable to find all the correct dates and/or changes that have occurred over the past years. If you can provide any new information, or correct any erroneous information, please contact me. If no timeline exists yet for your station, pass along what you know and we can include it on the site.
-- Rockwell Smith
NOTE: Currently many links are faulty. This is part of the renovation. They will be working soon.
I will update this note when most are working again.
To provide as an independent, non partisan organization, a permanent and living repository, for the preservation of the history of radio and television broadcasting within the State of Idaho, from inception, to and including, the present;
To bring to the community at large a broader knowledge of how pioneers in Idaho Broadcasting created enormous impact on the evolution of society;
To stimulate in people of all ages, especially the young, a recognition of the practical and real contributions to our quality of life that radio and television broadcasting has provided, and continues to provide, to the citizens of Idaho.
The History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation, Inc. is an Idaho non-profit corporation incorporated in January of 2004 with the Idaho Secretary of State. Application for Recognition of Exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to be filed for in the immediate future.
Art Gregory is President of the organization, Frank Aden Jr. is Vice President and Secretary, and Rockwell D. Smith is Treasurer. There are no paid employees. The corporation is staffed by volunteers. Funding for the organization will come from donations, membership and sponsorship fees, grants, and through the sale of official History of Idaho Broadcasting Merchandise and Memorabilia. All funds raised will be used to fund the work of the organization.
David Hammons, CPA with the firm Wilson Harris & Company of Boise is the Corporation’s financial advisor.
Randolph E. Farber, Nampa Attorney, is the Corporation’s General Counsel.
Robert L. Shaver, Registered Patent Attorney with the Boise firm Dykas, Shaver & Nipper, is the Corporation’s Copyright Advisor.
History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.
6127 N. Hastings Avenue - Boise, ID 83714
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