The History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation
held its May 20th Meeting at Citadel Broadcasting in Boise. The occasion was the Foundation’s 3rd Anniversary, celebrating the fact that the foundation had its first meeting, at the KBOI studios, three years ago in May of 2006.
In three years, we have grown from one member, to over 60! Thanks to our first member Jim Johntz for encouraging us to start the Foundation by joining and paying his dues in advance at our first meeting. We also wish to thank Del Chapman and Gil Rose Jr. who then became our 2nd and 3rd members respectively! Both Del and Gil were in attendance for the May 20thmeeting, and both renewed their memberships for a 4th consecutive year! Thank you Del and Gil, and to all of our loyal foundation members, for your continued support.
The other important occasion was the 62nd Anniversary of KBOI-AM, which signed on the air May 1, 1947 as KDSH with 1,000 watts on 950 kc. The next year, KDSH upgraded their facilities to 5,000 watts day and night, and changed call letters to KBOI in early 1955, to match KBOI-TV, which signed on in late 1953.
Foundation officers attending included President Art Gregory, and Vice President Frank Aden Jr. Webmaster Rockwell Smith could not attend, but is making his contribution now by posting these meeting notes and audio segments on the website you are logged into now! Thank You Rockwell for this, and all you do for the Foundation.
Member Pete Furno sent a message from Jim Johntz, who unfortunately could not,
but sent a great KDSH story with Pete that involved Bill Gratton, Dar Dodds, and the Reverend Hartzel Cobbs. Member R.W. Egelston was also in attendance and pointed out that he was the only former KDSH employee in the room, working as a transmitter engineer at the Meridian site (where St. Luke’s Meridian hospital is now located).
Five staffers from Corporate Member Citadel Broadcasting, the present owners of KBOI-AM attended Market Manager Don Morin, Senior Account Executive Beth Ann Catlin, KBOI Account Executive, Katlin Cauffman, KBOI Afternoon Talk Show Host Nate Shelman, and Assistant Chief Engineer Bill Frahm.
Former KBOI employees (who were also Foundation Members and guests) attending included former program Director Marty Holtman, afternoon announcer (and former KIVI-TV General Manager) Larry Chase, Former 1970s Announcer and Production Director Robin Lee Grube, former KBOI-TV Engineer (and KGEM, KYME, KATN and KIVI-TV engineer and announcer) Clint Tinsley, KBOI 1980s weekend announcer (and KIDO announcer and KYME Program Director) Del Chapman, and special guest, former KBOI-TV 1970s camera man Carl Asbury, and his wife Terri, who were visiting Boise from the San Francisco Bay Area. They were the guests of Larry Chase and will hopefully join the foundation and perhaps assist us in some grant writing opportunities. Carl was the nephew of the late Bob Asbury, legendary KBOI-TV morning announcer and “switcher” from the 1960s through the 1990s.
Other Members attending were Harold Homeier of Journal Broadcast Group, and Al Hale, former KTVR-TV transmitter engineer.Art then introduced all of the audio segments as listed. Here is the audio content for
each segment. Audio Segment Previews: Segment #1: Art welcomes the crowd and introduces the KBOI staff, Frank Aden Jr., and Bill Frahm; Pete Furno makes some opening comments about Jimmy Johntz; R.W. Egelston is introduced, Marty Holtman is introduced and makes some comments about working at KBOI; Engineer Bill Frahm is introduced and speaks of how the KDSH discs were recorded to reel to reel. He also comments on the 1940s-1950s General Radio AM Modulation Monitor donated to the Foundation by Citadel. It was in service from the late 1940s (or early 1950s) until 1981!Segment #2: Art Gregory introduces (and gets comments from) Del Chapman, Clint Tinsley, Robin Lee, Larry Chase, Carl Asbury, and Gil Rose Jr. Art then previewed the KDSH audio cuts coming up in segment #3.
Art then explains and introduces the audio clips from Segment #4.
Segment #4 The following segments are played with comments and explanation by Art Gregory in between cuts.
Art introduces the Paul J. Schneider and Lon Dunn interviews in segment 5.
Comments between the two interviews was done by Art Gregory. Bill Frahm then comments on KBOI’s early stereo programming, and Del Chapman comments on Lon Dunn. After Lon’s interview, we wrap-up with comments from KBOI’s Nate Shelman and a tribute to Marty Holtman. Art then told some great Larry Chase stories!
To finish up the program Art asked each of the KBOI announcers in the room to give a “sign-off” or do their signature line for the tape. After some coaxing, Art got the following announcers to each do a KBOI promo line as follows:
Nate Shelman – intro into commercial breakMarty Holtman – spoof intro for the Nate Shelman Show on KBOIBill Hatch – Just ahead of much more music on KCBQ! That’s the News and now…here’s Lon Dunn and Paul J. Schneider!Larry Chase – the old clock on the wall…Dell Chapman – Deacon Dell Chapman here…
Art then made some final comments about up the up-coming meeting on June 17th at KTRV-TV and signed off saying:
Art Gregory…on 670…K-B-O-I…!
The meeting was then adjourned followed by an optional tour of the Citadel facilities hosted by Bill Frahm.
Thanks to Don Morin, Bill Frahm, Beth Ann Catlin, and Katlin Cauffman for their hospitality and the wonderful food from Qdoba. See you next month at KTRV-TV!