History of Idaho Broadcasting
Invites you to RSVP for our
Next No-Host Luncheon
Friday April 27, 2018
Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill
415 East Parkcenter Blvd. Boise, Idaho 83706 (208) 429-0011
Go back in time 50 Years to April 1968
When former Member Byron Johnson
appeared as a guest
on KATN’s Talk Show
Just a few days after the death of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Bob was the host of “Coffee Time” from 1964-1972
We’ll go back in time to April 1968 right after the tragic death of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At that time, there were race riots
taking place & fires burning in cities all across the United States.
Former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Byron was a 30-year-old
Boise Attorney when this show was recorded, and was one of a
few Democrats willing to even appear on the Bob Salter Show!
That being said, Bob Salter & Byron Johnson both illustrate how
opposing views could have an intelligent dialogue, and could also
agree, and even “agree to disagree” without being disagreeable!
You’ll hear actual call from all over the Treasure Valley and will
be able to see how just much the political landscape has changed,
sometimes for the better in Boise. But, you’ll also see also see how
some things have not changed…or have gotten worse. This show
also gives us a hint of what is to come in 1968 - and 50 years later.
Hear the “roots” of Conservative Talk Radio in Boise!
Please RSVP for this lunch by 2pm Thursday April 26th
No charge to attend the meeting!
You may purchase lunch off a special menu from Smoky Mountain
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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