History of Idaho Broadcasting
Invites you to RSVP for our Next No-Host Luncheon
Friday May 25, 2018
Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill
We’ll See Vintage Photographs
and hear air-checks made at the
1024 12th Avenue South
In Downtown Nampa!
Late 1940’s Photo before the Theatre was added to back of the Building
Art Gregory will host this program featuring vintage photos of the old KFXD
Nampa Studios & Offices. The building was recently purchased by the Foundation
and will become the future Idaho Broadcasting Museum and Education Center.
The photos feature a lot staff of KFXD members including:
Ed Hurt, Doyle Cain, Ken Bort, Gilbert Rose Sr.,
Ralph Paulson, Shirl Black, Jim Davidson & more!
We’ll also show photos of the inside of the building
in its current state & play some vintage audio...including:
Gilbert Rose Sr. doing a Station ID in the late 1940s/early 1950s
By Taylor’s Final “Platter Play Time” Rock Show from June 1957
Doyle Cain coverage of a 1950’s Nampa/Caldwell Football Game
Shirl Black’s Home Federal Savings Ad live at the Football Game
KFXD co-owner Ken Kilmer doing a newscast in the early 1960’s
A “medley” of 1950s-1980s KFXD IDs, News Sounders & Jingles!
The KFXD Building as it appears today in May 2018
We’ll also have some KFXD Gift & Novelty Items to pass around, as
well a vintage “CCA” Community Club Awards” booklet from 1957
Please RSVP for this lunch by email or phone by 2pm Thursday May 24th
No charge to attend the meeting!
You may purchase lunch off a special menu from Smoky Mountain
Help us Complete the Purchase of the Historic KFXD Building!
As you have heard, The History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation has made a down payment of $25,000.00
and has entered into a two-year contract to purchase the former KFXD studio and offices at
1024 12th Avenue South in Nampa. We have until December of 2019 to raise the remaining $225,000.00
needed to “pay-off” the building. Our goal is to own the building outright, with no mortgage,
and to transform it into the Idaho Broadcasting History Museum and Education Center.
Our extensive research of similar museums has taught us that making any investment into a building
that is not completely ours, is a mistake we are not going to make! For that reason, it is essential that
we raise the needed funds and make this “dream” a reality. We sincerely appreciate the many
individuals who have already donated. “Idaho Gives” is the one-day statewide on-line fundraising day
for Idaho non-profits, and takes place on Thursday May 3, 2018. You are welcome to donate
there at www.idahogives.org We are located under “History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation.”
However, when you give through Idaho Gives, they take 2.2% of the total plus 30 cents per transaction,
so a $1,000 donation costs us $22.30 in lost funds. In some cases, the donor opts to pay the
credit card and transaction fee(s), but regardless of “who” pays it, there is an additional fee to make a
donation through Idaho Gives. Last year, at least one donor opted to send his donation directly
to us as a check. If you choose to do that, our address is HIBF 6127 N. Hastings Ave Boise, ID 83714.
We’ll mail you a receipt. In either case, we sincerely appreciate any and all donations, for any amount.
We are in the process of getting the building listed as a “historic” landmark, which then allows us to
apply for Historic Preservation Grants, which we are in the process of doing. Please rest assured we are
pursuing all possible fundraising opportunities. In you have ideas, please contact Art at
To see a story aired a few weeks ago on KTVB-TV about the Foundation's
purchase of the historic KFXD Building, go here.
Art Gregory, Frank Aden Jr., and Rockwell Smith
Officers and Directors of the History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.
We are a 501(c)3 non profit charity. Our Federal Tax ID Number is 57-1236682
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!
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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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