Back row: Pete Furno, Peter Brooks, Bob Thomas, Ken Stone, Frank Fine, Milt Daniels, and Frank Watkins.

Third row: Jim McKibbon (Program Director), Ruth Strange, Roy Pack, Hugh Shelley,

Rulon Bradley Herb Everett, and Harold Toedtemeier (Chief Engineer).

Second row: Mary Nielsen, Mickie Garrett Birch, Louise Bujaryn, Betty Rogers,

LaRue Bates, Catherine Anderson, Barbara Cornell.

First row (sitting): Hal Stewart, Art Letourneau, Vern Moore, Gene Perkins, and Joe Maggio.

According to Georgia Davidson’s notes on the back of photo, the only one absent was Max Day.

 

Final Sign-Off

 

Peter H. Furno

1920-2014

 

Funeral service will be this Friday, May 2, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.

at All Saint’s Episcopal at Latah & Cassia Streets in Boise.

 

Pete Furno, a proud Member of The History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation passed away on Tuesday April 22, 2014 at the age of 94. Services are pending at Summer Funeral Home Boise Chapel, and will be announced here as soon as they are finalized.

 

Pete worked at KIDO in the late 1940s until 1949. When Jack Link the afternoon announcer on KCID-AM (which has just signed on the air in 1947), Pete referred to Jack as "the missing Link" while Jack returned the playful jab (on the air) to Pete calling him "Peter Clink" as in a “clinker” in a coal furnace.  

Pete says he got hired at KIDO right after World War II, and went on to work as a trainee under the G.I. Bill, reporting to then Program Director Vern Moore. Pete remained at KIDO until the late 1940s. During that time he played in the "KIDO Combo" a small dance band that featured announcer Rulon Bradley on string bass and Gene Perkins as the band's Master of Ceremonies.

He still played the drums at age 92, and told us he had to be careful how early or late in the day he plays them. Apparently the walls are rather thin at the retirement home he lived at, and while Pete's drumming is admired by all; they preferred it to be in small doses and during the day!

The1948 picture above features a young Pete Furno, who is seen standing in the back row second from the left (Pete is the short fellow seen peaking through between Program Director Jim McKibben, and engineer Ruth Strange). The photo was taken during KIDO's 20th Anniversary on November 5, 1948.

Pete was also at KIDO's 80thAnniversary Celebration, which was hosted by the History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation in November of 2008 in the Crystal Ball Room at the former Hotel Boise. This was the very same room where the 1948 event was held to celebrate KIDO's 20th anniversary! After leaving KIDO, Pete worked for KGEM-AM for a time with his good friend Gene Perkins. He then worked for State of Idaho Department of Employment Services for many years and went on to become a lay minister in the Episcopal Church.

We hope to do a written tribute to Pete with pictures in our next newsletter. In the meantime, please accept our sincere condolences to Pete’s family, especially to his loving daughter Judy Osborne who has been very supportive of our Foundation, Judy purchased the KIDO book for her father as an early Christmas present in October of 2012. May you rest in peace Pete, and have a fabulous drum set up there in heaven so you never miss a beat.