Our next Meeting is at the Crystal Ball Room

Friday November 21st from 11:30 A.M-1:30 P.M.



The occasion is the 80th Anniversary of the sign-on of KIDO Radio which took place November 11, 1928! Of course, KIDO evolved from 7YA and commercial station KFAU, which were operated by Boise High School from 1920 to 1928.


The Crystal Ball Room is located on the mezzanine (2nd Floor) of the Hoff Building at 8th and Bannock, and was the former Hotel Boise. KIDO Radio’s studios were located in Hotel Boise from 1931-1949 in 3 different locations.


Our Program will be a live discussion and tour hosted by 3 people who actually worked at KIDO while their studios were in Hotel Boise. Attending this Friday are:


            Jim Johntz               Chief Engineer for KIDO AM & FM in the 1940s

            R.W. Egelston          Transmitter Engineer in the early 1940s

            Pete Furno               Announcer at KIDO in the late 1940s



We’ve talked with all of these folks and they have lots of KIDO history to share with us. Anyone else who worked at KIDO is welcome to attend and add their comments too. After lunch we will take a “walking tour” to locate KIDO’s 1931 basement studios, and their FM studios, upstairs on the 9th Floor.



Cost for the lunch is $16 per person (paid by check or cash before the meal).


Lunch includes


Tossed Salad w/dressings

Garlic Bread

Dessert (cookies)

Coffee, water, pink lemonade

China service and Full Staffing for the event


We will bring old photos of KIDO as well as newspaper articles with pictures of the “mezzanine studios” when they were located there. We hope all past and present folks from KIDO can attend. You can park in the lot to the North of the Hotel or in any of the other paid lots & garages. Metered parking is available too.


To eat lunch, we need your RSVP by 3:00 p.m. Wednesday November 19th, and need a final count by Noon Thursday. We hope to see you there!


To RSVP  -  please call Art Gregory at 465-8007

or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.