Left side of table (front to rear): Art Gregory, Bill Hatch, Jimmy Johntz,
Andy Johntz, Samantha Wright, Al Hale, Jon Adamson, Dave Burnett
Jason Wilmot, Ele Ellis
Right side of table (front to rear): Tip Goss, R.W. Egelston
Marty Holtman, Don Wimberly, Larry Chase, Kathe Alters, Claire Day
Lucas Babin, Cindee Scholfield, Jim Kimball
Late arrivals (Not pictured): Del Chapman, Kevin Godwin, and Chris Kelley
Left to right: Larry Chase, Don Wimberly, Marty Holtman, R.W. Egelston
Left to right: Jim Kimball, Cindee Scholfield, Lucas Babin, Claire Day
Top to bottom: Standing - William R. Hatch, Al Hale, Jon Adamson
Dave Burnett, Jason Wilmot, Ele Ellis
Left to right: Bill Hatch, Jimmy Johntz, Andy Johntz, Samatha Wright
Al Hale, Jon Adamson, Dave Burnett, Ele Ellis
|Left to right: Al Hale, Jon Adamson, Dave Burnett, Jason Wilmot, Ele Ellis|
7YA 1919 or early 1920
KFAU July 18, 1922
KIDO C.G. “Kiddo” Phillips November 11, 1928
Mesabi-Western (Bill Boeing) February 1, 1959
Western Broadcasting July 1976
Sundance Broadcasting Spring 1979
Jacor/Clear Channel January 1997
Peak Broadcasting April 2007
Art said that each period had it's own unique history, and there were people in the room from each era from 1941 on, some of whom who spoke their experiences during that time.
Jimmy Johntz was a KIDO Engineer from 1941-1947, and was KIDO's acting Chief Engineer when former Chief Harold Toedtemeier left for World War II. Jimmy also built the first KIDO-FM in 1946 and was KIDO-FM's Chief Engineer.
R.W. Egelston was also a KIDO transmitter engineer in 1941 and 1942 working for Jimmy at the Wylie Lane Transmitter site.
Del Chapman worked as an announcer for Mesabi-Western starting in 1959 through 1965. Del first worked at the Hubbard Road Transmitter site studios, and later at the new Vista and Overland studios.
Art Gregory also worked for Mesabi-Western in 1975 and 1976 as an announcer, and then worked for a brief period for Western Broadcasting, who bought KIDO in July of 1976.
A number of people in the room worked for KIDO during the Sundance era, including Bill Hatch, Jon Adamson, Marty Holtman, Del Chapman, Chris Kelley, Samantha Wright, and Jim Kimball.
Those working for KIDO in the Jacor/Clear Channel era included Chris Kelley, Samantha Wright, Dave Burnett, Claire Day and Jim Kimball.
It should be noted that Ele Ellis, Kathe Alters, Samantha Wright, and Don Wimberley were there representing Boise State Radio who now leases transmitter tower and space for KBSU-AM from Peak at the former KIDO 630 KHz transmitter site. "All-Talk 63" KFXD-AM now transmits from that site, and Jim Kimball (producer) and Chris Kelly (host of the Jon & Chris Show) were there representing KFXD-AM, which is now owned by Peak Broadcasting.
During the meeting we heard some great KIDO stories from Bill Hatch, Jimmy Johntz, R.W. Egelston, Del Chapman, and Marty Holtman. These were recorded on tape and may used in the book, as well as on a 1-3 Hour Radio Program on the History of KIDO. We ran out of time so the meeting was adjourned at about 1:45 P.M.
The Foundation will soon be contacting many of the people in the room to get their individual "stories" about KIDO. We wish to thank everyone for attending and appreciate your interest in the history of KIDO and their upcoming 80th Anniversary!