|City of license||Nampa, Idaho|
|Broadcast area||Boise metropolitan area|
|Slogan||"Idaho's First News Talk Station"|
|First air date||November 11, 1928|
|Former callsigns||KFAU (?-?)
(Peak Broadcasting of Boise Licenses, LLC)
|Sister stations||KAWO, KCIX, KFXD, KSAS-FM, KXLT-FM|
KIDO (580 AM) is a commercial radio station broadcasting a news/news talk information format. Licensed to Nampa, Idaho it serves the Boise metropolitan area. The station is owned and operated by Townsquare Media.
KIDO started as KFAU (1917) by a Boise High School teacher to teach students Morse code for World War I. It became "KIDO" on November 11, 1928. The station studios were located underneath the stage at the high school.
KIDO's studios are currently located at 827 E Park Blvd. in Boise, Idaho. Clear Channel Communications relocated KIDO and five other stations to this building from the 5th floor of the Owyee Plaza Hotel. KIDO is in the same building as 630 KFXD, 103.3 KSAS-FM, 104.3 KAWO, 105.9 KCIX, and 107.9 KXLT-FM.
For 2011, KIDO announced they would become an affiliate for the BYU Cougars Sports Network.
On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would purchase Peak Broadcasting's stations, including KIDO. The deal is part of Cumulus Media's acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare will swap Peak's Fresno, California stations to Cumulus for its stations in Dubuque, Iowa and Poughkeepsie, New York, and Peak, Townsquare, and Dial Global are all controlled by Oaktree Capital Management. The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.
- "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
- "Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
- KIDO Official Website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KIDO
- Radio-Locator Information on KIDO
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KIDO
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