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The History of Idaho Broacasting Foundation Is Proud to Announce

 Our Next Public Meeting at the Original Studios of
KATN-AM And KBBK-FM
 
Most recently  studios of KIZN-FM and the offices of ALERT CELLULAR
 
LOCATED AT 9400 FAIRVIEW AVENUE IN BOISE
(Between Maple Grove and Mitchell)
 
Friday January 18, 2008     From 12:00 - 2:00 P.M.
  
Free Old Chicago Pizza & Soft Drinks! 
Have Lunch on Us!
 

Come Meet the Legendary  Ralph F. Frazer
Founder of KATN-AM and KBBK-FM
(Ralph owned the stations from 1961-1972)
And receive a guided tour of the building, 
which is available for rent or lease!

Recently remodeled, this building would make an ideal radio station 
and consists of approximately 3,500 square feet with private parking.
 
Ralph’s office is still located there and he still has much of the KATN 
record library, the original on-air microphone, and other cool antiques!


Come hear air-checks from 1963 and 1964 featuring Paul Ryder, Tip Goss, and excerpts from a 1968 Bob Salter “Coffee Time” Call-In Talk Show featuring 30-year-old Byron Johnson who went on to become a distinguished Justice on the Idaho Supreme Court! Hear old K-10 commercials plus two classic “K-Bar-10” Jingles!
 
KATN-AM was Idaho’s FIRST full time Country Music Station signing on the air in April of 1961 at 1010 Kc. with 1,000 watts Daytime Only. The air talent that was developed at K-10 was amazing and included names like Ken Bort, Marty Martin, Paul Ryder, Tip Goss, Bob Salter, Gerry Dean Moser, Sammy Fisher, Larry Chase, Jeff Grimes, and more!


The control room was a glass “airport control tower” and was located on top of the building! It was removed in the 1980’s but the front sidewalk still has one of the old frontier-style wagon wheels cemented into the front curb! Much of the original building layout is still intact!
 
In August of 1968, KATN increased power to 5.000 watts and moved to KBOI’s 
former 950 spot on the dial (again daytime only). When they signed-on, KBBK-FM was only 29,000 watts at 92.3 broadcasting in full Stereo! KBBK was one of Idaho’s first stations to go stereo, and was Boise’s only stereo FM at the time! During the daytime, KBBK played country, simulcasting with KATN-AM. At night KBBK branched off and played MOR and some rock!


Early KKBK D.J.s included Fred Novak, Jeff Grimes, Kasey Keating, Shirl Black, and Spencer Burke.


Ralph Fraser also started Valley FM Background Music, which was the area’s first Background Music Service! KBBK-FM was the first FM rock station to broadcast from Deer Point in April of 1974, using the automated TM “Rock” format.
 
 

PLEASE RSVP ON-LINE: Contact Us
or call Art at 853-7756 or 465-8007 to indicate you are coming. 
We need to know how much food to order!
For a Free Ride to and From the Meeting 
Call Art at 465-8007 or 853-7756!


Don’t Miss this Rare Opportunity to 
See the original KATN Studios and Meet Ralph!