The History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation

invites you to attend a special no-host luncheon

Friday October 26, 2012

From 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Smoky Mountain Pizza & Pasta

415 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

(at the corner of Parkcenter & Mallard Dr.)

You may order off the menu – prices are reasonable.


The program will be a special “Launch Luncheon” for Art Gregory’s new book

KIDO-Boise’s First Radio Station

The book Releases on Monday October 22nd


Our Special Program will include a live “panel discussion” by former KIDO employees who are featured in the book!

Vintage photos will shown, and historic KIDO audio-clips will be played! A limited number of signed books will be

for sale at $21.99 each, with a larger portion of the profits going to The History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation.




You may RSVP by calling Art at 465-8007 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See you there!


Here is information about the book, including the back panel and a PDF of the cover!



Boise’s First Radio Station


Art Gregory


Boise, Idaho

The origins of KIDO date back to 1920 and the experimental radio

station 7YA at Boise High School. In 1922, chemistry teacher

Harry Redeker was granted a limited-commercial license and the call

letters KFAU. Redeker left the school in 1928, and that fall, the Boise

Independent School District sold KFAU to Frank L. Hill and C.G.

Phillips, who changed the station’s call letters to KIDO. Over the next

30 years, “Kiddo” Phillips and his wife, Georgia, achieved many “firsts”

in Idaho broadcasting, including securing NBC as the state’s first

network affiliation. In 1942, Curt G. Phillips suddenly passed away.

Georgia remarried and became Georgia Davidson, going on to build

KIDO-FM and KIDO-TV, which were both among the first in the

state. In 1959, she sold KIDO Radio to William E. Boeing Jr. of Seattle,

who owned KIDO for the next 17 years. It is this period of KIDO’s rich

history, from 1920 to 1976, that this book will cover.


Art Gregory of Boise has had a lifelong love of broadcasting and was

working at KIDO in 1976 as an announcer when the station was sold.

Art’s career in broadcasting includes everything from announcing to

ownership. He is the founder and president of The History of Idaho

Broadcasting Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization with members

spanning the state of Idaho and the entire nation.


The Images of America series celebrates the history of

neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival

photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past

that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud

to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history

available to all.


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Issue #25 of our Newsletter As the Turntable Turns has been mailed out, some of you received it Friday or Saturday. Hopefully you’ll receive it Monday. Thanks for your patience!


If you live outside of Boise, we realize you probably can’t attend our October 26th “Launch-Luncheon” for the KIDO book as shown below. However, we wanted to make the invitation anyway. Also, if you worked at KIDObefore 1977, you are probably featured in the book; so we’d like to invite you to be part of our program, which will be a “panel discussion” at the luncheon. We’ll have a projector and will show any photos in the book that feature you, and may also play some KIDO audio clips that feature you. It should be fun!  Let me know if you can participate. Give me a call at 465-8007 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The KIDO book is 128 pages and looks great and officially releases October 22nd. I ordered some books and they have arrived! So, we’re offering you the chance to buy it from the Foundation for $21.99, shipped anywhere in the United States, for an additional $2.75 mailing cost.  Plus, if you buy the book from us, we make a much larger share of the profits than if you buy it on or from one of the major book stores.  As you may know, I am splitting my modest author’s royalties 50/50 with the Foundation. The Publisher allows me to buy books at a deep discount and sell them as a fundraiser, so if you want one, let me know. Make checks payable to The History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation. I’ll ship it to you for an extra $2.75, or if you live in Boise you can pick it up locally at the luncheon or someplace else. Mail checks to: Art Gregory, 6127 N. Hastings Ave, Boise, ID 83714.


Thank you all for your wonderful help and encouragement with the Foundation and in the writing and producing of this book. It is milestone for KIDO and our Foundation. I will also be doing a “book-signing” at the Hastings Book Store on Fairview in Boise Sunday October 28th from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Hopefully, Deacon-Dell Chapman will join me there and will sign books too. If you’re featured in the book, you’re also welcome to join us, so simply stop by and say hi.


Thanks again,

Art Gregory


History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.