History of Idaho Broadcasting
Invites you to RSVP for our Next No-Host Luncheon
Friday September 28, 2018
Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill
Will present a fun program on
We’ll See and Hear…
Three (3) 20-minute vintage
Little Rascals shows as seen in the
1950s and 1960s on Boise TV
“Mike Fright” from 1934
When open auditions are announced for a “kids” radio variety program,
the station is besieged by aggressively over-coached "professional kids."
Also auditioning is the International Silver String Submarine Band, which as
it turns out, is the gang, equipped with their own home-made instruments!
“The Pinch Singer” from 1936
Station KWZ is looking for a performer to send to a local
amateur radio talent contest, with $50 going to the winner.
Despite Alfalfa's repeated attempts to upstage everyone else,
Darla Hood is chosen to sing "I'm in the Mood for Love."
However, when Darla fails to show up at the radio station,
Alfalfa then has to take Darla's place on the radio program.
The gang races to the pay phones at the nearest drugstore
calling in vote after vote for Alfalfa who wins the $50 prize!
And “Free Wheeling” from 1932
Confined to a neck brace, poor little rich boy Dickie wants to
play with the neighborhood kids, but his overprotective mother
says no. On the sly, however, Dickie sneaks out of his bedroom
in search of adventure in the company of his best pal, Stymie.
Stymie’s also the “radio” in the car, but his kazoo playing is bad!
They all take a ride on a donkey-driven "taxi" piloted by Breezy,
and the boys, along with hitchhikers Spanky and Jacquie Lyn,
then experience enough thrills and excitement to last a lifetime
when the taxi begins rolling down a steep hill without brakes!
Art will show the restored original films on high-quality DVDs!
Please RSVP for this lunch by Email or
Phone by 2:00 pm Thursday September 27, 2018
No charge to attend the meeting!
You may purchase lunch off a special menu from Smoky Mountain
Is pleased to announce the purchase of the former
KFXD AM & FM Studios and Office Building
located on 12th Avenue South in Nampa, Idaho!
Thank You to all who have contributed so far!
You ROCK – and so did KFXD!
After all 2017 pledges come in, we will still be short $4,828.08.
However, we were able to obtain temporary-funding to make the down payment.
We are hopeful the remaining funds to reach $25,000.00 will arrive in early 2018.
Built in 1937 at a cost of over $100,000.00, in today’s
dollars, this building would cost almost 2-Million-dollars!
For its time, KFXD was a “state of the art” Radio Studio!
The building utilized the same type of cork for “sound proofing”
that was used by CBS in the KNX Radio studios in Los Angeles!
Here’s what the building looks like today!
Our Plans are to turn it into
The Idaho Broadcasting
History & Education Center
We are starting a Capital Campaign to raise the remaining funds
we need to pay-off the building, and we will need your help!
So as Paul Harvey used to say…
Standby for News!
Welcome to the
HISTORY OF IDAHO BROADCASTING
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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
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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.
Peter Robbins, CPA with Corbett & Robbins, LLP is the Corp’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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