KBOI (AM)

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For the FM radio station in Boise which formerly used the KBOI callsign, see KQFC. For television station in Boise, Idaho, see KBOI-TV.
KBOI
KBOI (AM) logo.png
City Boise, Idaho
Broadcast area Boise metropolitan area
Branding News Talk 670 KBOI
Slogan "Idaho's News Talk Authority"
Frequency 670 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1947 (as KDSH)
Format News/Talk
Power 50,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 51211
Callsign meaning K BOIse
Affiliations Westwood One, Premiere Networks
Owner Cumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Sister stations KIZN, KKGL, KQFC, KTIK, KTIK-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website 670kboi.com

KBOI is a commercial AM radio station located in Boise, Idaho, broadcasting on 670 kHz under ownership of Cumulus Media. KBOI airs news/talk programming. With a powerful 50,000 watt transmitter, KBOI can be heard around southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon by day. Many nights, the station can be heard throughout the Western United States and western Canada. However, KBOI's signal is restricted to the east to avoid interfering with WSCR in Chicago, the Clear-channel station on 670 kHz.

KBOI is licensed by the FCC to broadcast in the HD (hybrid digital) format.[1]

Programming[edit]

The KBOI morning show, "Idaho's First Morning News/Idaho Talks Live" is anchored by Paul J. Schneider and Chris Walton. Schneider, an Illinois native who moved to Idaho as a teen with his parents and brother, has been a KBOI morning host since 1976. Walton, a native of Twin Falls, Idaho, joined the program in 2001, moving from the morning show at Citadel-owned classic rock station KKGL. The KBOI morning newscaster is station news director Ken Weaver, who relocated to Boise after working in radio news for several years in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The radio program was simulcast on then-local Fox television station KTRV-TV from 8am to 10am Monday through Friday from 2003 through 2010. KTRV dropped the program after Boise CBS affiliate television station KBCI-TV changed its call letters to KBOI-TV to reflect a renewed partnership with KBOI radio.

KBOI's afternoon drive slot is held by Boise talk show host Nate Shelman.

The station also features syndicated weekday shows including Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Mark Levin John Batchelor and Red Eye Radio. Except for Limbaugh, all the national shows heard on KBOI come from Westwood One, a subsidiary of Cumulus Media. Limbaugh is syndicated by Premiere Networks.

Weekends include shows on money, real estate, home improvement and gardening, as well as religious and Brokered programming. Sunday night syndicated shows include Beyond the Beltway and Bill Cunningham. 670 KBOI is programmed by David Allen who relocated from sister station WBAP in Dallas.

History[edit]

KBOI first signed on in 1947.[2] Founded by Boise Valley Broadcasters, it was originally on 950 kHz and moved to 670 kHz in 1968. KBOI was a CBS Radio affiliate until 2005 when Citadel, its owner at the time, switched its affiliation to ABC, leading to Citadel's 2007 acquisition of ABC Radio. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[3] At the beginning of 2015, Cumulus switched KBOI and most of its other news/talk stations from ABC News to Westwood One News.

KBOI was the contracted radio station for Boise State University football and basketball from 1973 through early 2008, with Schneider as play-by-play announcer. The Broncos returned to KBOI during the 2010 season with Bob Behler serving as the Voice of the Broncos.

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Coordinates: 43°25′44″N 116°19′43″W / 43.42889°N 116.32861°W / 43.42889; -116.32861