The History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation

is pleased to announce our next Public Meeting which is scheduled for Friday February 29, 2008 from Noon-2:00 P.M. It's leap-day and also the 5th Friday in Friday February 29th is a rare day indeed!


The meeting will take place at Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta located at

415 E. Parkcenter Blvd. - click for an interactive map     (208) 429-0011

Take Broadway Ave. to Parkcenter Blvd. Turn East on Parkcenter Blvd. Follow it to Mallard Drive, just past the large pond. We are located on the southwest corner of Parkcenter Blvd. and Mallard Dr. in the old Parkcenter Mall (West end). Here's a link for more information


This is a no-host lunch that each member will have to purchase at their option. You are free to order off the menu. They serve wonderful salads, pasta, sandwiches or order a pizza, which can then be shared by several members. Food is good, prices are reasonable. We will be in a private room, as we were last time we met here in June of 2007.


The Program will feature The History of KGEM-AM! KGEM started in 1946 with studios in the Owyhee Hotel. The station soon moved to 1140 KC with 10,000 watts full-time and was "Idaho's Most Powerful Radio Station" until KBOI went 50,000 watts in 1968. KGEM Chief Engineer Rockwell Smith will host the Program and has the original application for 10,000 Watts, filed for in the early 1950s. There are even rare aeriel photos that show the Cassia Street tower site!


Art Gregory will then have some rare audio clips that feature KGEM jingles from and promos from the late 50s and early 1960s, including some short promos and on-air segments that feature John Runkle Jr., then a twenty-something-year-old disc jockey prior to his employment at KBOI-TV as a Deer Point transmitter operator.


If you have airchecks or other taped material from KGEM, please contact us! We'd love to feature a short segment of it, if there is time! We'll also have pictures and printed matter from the station dating back to it's first day on the air!


Frank Aden will also discuss the short-lived KGEM-TV application for Channel 9 filed for in 1952.


Finally, the Foundation will bring the late 1940s early 1950s Gates Studioette Control Board used by Marty Martin at the KGEM Nampa studios to the luncheon for your inspection! Don't miss this fun meeting and your chance to see and experience the History of KGEM-AM!


If you know of anyone who has worked at KGEM or who has knowledge of anyone who has, they are urged to attend and bring anything they have to share with the group. If you have something to share at the meeting as part of the program, please contact Art Gregory at 853-7756 or Rockwell Smith at KGEM at 344-3511 to advise us that you are attending. RSVPs for the lunch are NOT necessary for this meeting.


We'll see you for lunch on February 29th at Smoky Mountain Pizza at Parkcenter! And to quote several KGEM slogans from the 60s and 70s...remember:


KGEM is FUN CENTRAL!             

THINK 1140!              



Boise and the Treasure Valley are...SOMEPLACE SPECIAL...1140 KGEM!