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KIDO Logo Small
City of license Nampa, Idaho
Broadcast area Boise metropolitan area
Branding 580 KIDO
Slogan "Idaho's First News Talk Station"
Frequency 580 kHz
First air date November 11, 1928[citation needed]
Format News/Talk
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 17396
Transmitter coordinates 43°33′35″N 116°24′2″W / 43.55972°N 116.40056°W / 43.55972; -116.40056Coordinates: 43°33′35″N 116°24′2″W / 43.55972°N 116.40056°W / 43.55972; -116.40056
Callsign meaning IDahO
Former callsigns KFAU (?-?)
KFXD (?-1998)
KBKK (1998-1998)
KFXD (1998-2002)
Owner Townsquare Media
(Peak Broadcasting of Boise Licenses, LLC)
Sister stations KAWO, KCIX, KFXD, KSAS-FM, KXLT-FM
Webcast Listen Live

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.[citation needed]

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.

The station was assigned the KIDO call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on August 14, 2002.[1]

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.[2][3] The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.[4]


  1. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 

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