Invites you to RSVP for our next No-host Luncheon!
Friday May 31, 2019
Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill
415 East Parkcenter Blvd. Boise, Idaho 83706 (208) 429-0011
Former Chief Engineer of KBOI AM & FM
Who worked for KBOI from 1974-2019 and is
retiring in June after 45 years at the same station!
A rare photo of Bill in 2010 as KBOI-FM celebrates 50 Years on the air!
President Art Gregory will trace Bill’s interest in
Broadcasting from West Junior High School, and at
Borah High where he met Foundation Vice President
Frank Aden Jr., and future radio-pro Casey Keating!
Bill was hired in 1974 by KBOI Program Director,
Member Marty Holtman, as an announcer. When
Member Charles Wilson bought KBOI in 1975, Bill
began working with Chief Engineer Milt Daniels and
eventually became KBOI AM & FM’s Chief Engineer!
Charles Wilson was very successful, and was one of the
first broadcasters in Boise to take advantage of an “LMA”
with Nampa’s 96.9 KLCI-FM (“Rock 97), eventually buying
the station at an auction on the courthouse steps! Bill then
had 3 stations to take care of! When “consolidation” was
legal in 1996, Charles Wilson bought KIZN-FM & KZMG-FM
and Bill was now Engineer of four FM stations, plus Idaho’s
only 50,000 watt AM! The next year, KBOI was to celebrate
50 years on air in May 1997, and five months later, Citadel
bought all five of Charles’ stations and took over operation
in late 1997. Bill then worked for Citadel when it was run by
Larry Wilson, and also after it was bought by Forstmann Little.
Charles Wilson & Al Vuylsteke at KBOI’s 50th Birthday in May of 1997
Bill continued working for KBOI in the engineering department
after Cumulus purchased Citadel in late 2011, and has worked at
KBOI for 45 years - longer than anyone except Paul J. Schneider!
Paul J, Chris Walton, and Coach Dan Hawkins
Please join us in honoring a man who is too humble to
to want this celebration, but instead is honored to have
BEEN THERE…DONE THAT…FOR KBOI FOR 45 YEARS!
Please RSVP NOW for this lunch by Email or Phone
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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-- 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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