Call Sign History
Current Call Sign:  KIDO
Facility ID Number:  17396
Call Sign Begin Date
 KIDO  08/14/2002
 KFXD  02/27/1998
 KBKK  02/02/1998



Radio begins in Idaho with the first broadcasting on low-power station 7Y-A and shortwave station 7X-T, with a tower located on the rooftop of Boise High and studios located under the stage at Boise High. Harry Redeker, Physics and chemistry teacher started the station during WW I. to train radio operators in Morris code for the war.


KFAU becomes Boise's first licensed radio station on July 18, 1920; Harry Redeker becomes one of the first licensed operators.


Idaho Power and Western Electric help KFAU upgrade equipment.


NBC Radio network of 25 stations begins Broadcasting


Boise School Board sells KFAU to Kiddo Phillips and Frank Hill.

KIDO moves to the 4th floor of Elks Bldg.  9th & Jefferson with tower on roof broadcasting with 1,000 watts on November 5th, 1928.


September, KIDO upgrades transmitter and relocates twin towers to South Junior High Field off Owyhee St. In September  they move the studios to the basement of the new Hotel Boise. The Jack & Jill Club is started with Uncle Billy Philips.


KIDO is authorized to use 1350 KHZ.


High winds destroy twin towers…a single higher tower replaces them.


On June 15, 1934 Senator William E. Borah sends telegram saying FCC has authorized KIDO to up power to 2,500 watts during the day.  Nighttime remains 1,000 watts.


June of 1936 KIDO moves to beautiful new studios on the Mezzanine of Hotel Boise. New transmitter site with 235 foot tower installed at Collister next to the River


KIDO becomes NBC Affiliate on Oct 1, 1937. Red & Blue Networks.

Tape arrives…cutting lathes, wire recorders on their way out.


In January, KIDO-FM goes on air from 9th floor Hotel Boise. On air 6 Hrs daily. Antenna near roof sign of Hotel Boise. Off air soon-no receivers!


New stations go on the air. KGEM in 1946, KDSH in 1947.


KIDO moves studios to entire 2nd Floor of Chamber of Commerce Building on Idaho Street between Capitol Blvd. and 8th Street. New equipment is added.


 March 18, 1951 KIDO moves to 630 on the dial and 5,000 watts day and night with new RCA Transmitter and 3 tower directional array.


KIDO files for TV station, Channel 7


July 12, 1953 KIDO TV goes on air as Idaho’s 2nd TV station. Studios and transmitter on Crestline Drive in Boise Hills Village.


KIDO radio sold to Wm. Boeing of Seattle. Studios moved to Hubbard Rd. transmitter site then to to Vista and Overland.


KIDO moves studios to 5th Floor of the Owyhee Plaza. Wheel chair accessible doors for Ernie Allen! Premier production facilities in town.


Lon Dunn leaves KIDO for KBBK-FM, KBRJ-AM


KIDO changes format from M.O.R. to younger based Adult Contemporary on September 15, 1975. Ernie Allen Program Director. 


July 1, 1976 KIDO sold to Western Broadcasting Company of Missoula Montana. Big staff changes to come. Files for 104.3 FM channel


KIDO changes format to rock-tries to compete head to head with KFXD Drops NBC. KBOI picks up NBC


KIDO changes format again to Progressive Album Rock Mark Allen Manager.


 May of 1979 Sundance Broadcasting (David Reese and Mike Jorgenson) buy KIDO and switch format to Urban Cowboy Country. Call it “The Radio Station”. Change name to KAY-Eye-Dee-Oh…sounds just like Idaho (get it?). I’d Rather be in Idaho with Kay-Eye-Dee-Ohhhh!


KIDQ-FM  (Q-104) goes on the air November 1, 1979. 


January 1, 1981 KIDO changes format to The Music of Your Life affiliates with CBS.


KIDO becomes Sunny 63, moves more towards News talk with Bruce Williams and Sally Jesse Raphael on TalkNet at night. 


KIDO becomes News/Talk 630 KIDO, then News Radio 630 KIDO


Jon Duane takes over morning show on KIDO


Kris Kelley moves to KIDO and joins Jon


KIDO sold by Sundance to Colfax, who sells to Jacor, who sells to Clear Channel.


Clear Channel  moves KIDO to beautiful new studios on Park Blvd


August 12, 2002 KIDO moves to 580 on the dial, KFXD moves to 630.


Jon Duane and Chris Kelly resign form KIDO Morning Show.


 Brian Norton and Dave Burnett new Morning Hosts.