Updated: KBSW Twin Falls Returns To Full Power

Jun 6, 2014

This post was updated June 6, 2014

Boise State Public Radio engineers have replaced a key piece of transmitter equipment returning KBSW 91.7 FM in the Magic Valley to full power.

Listeners across the valley should now be able to hear the station loud and clear.

Thank you for your patience during this transition, and please let us know if listening is difficult.

This post was updated April 11, 2014

Over the last several weeks, Boise State Public Radio has been in the midst of a significant technical upgrade, which in the long term will only be a benefit to our listeners who rely on NPR news programming, local news, and classical music shows.

The technical transition means KBSW 91.7 fm listeners across the Magic Valley have likely noticed intermittent outages and reduced signal strength. Those technical issues have been compounded by moving the station’s headquarters into a new broadcast facility in Boise.

Now that station’s main move is complete, Boise State Public Radio engineers have been able to investigate why the Twin Falls transmission tower isn’t operating at full strength, which, for safety reasons, has required a switch to a lower-power auxiliary transmitter.

Eastern Region Chief Engineer Rick Strack says a three-way power divider burned up, which has caused the continual technical problems with KBSW. As of Thursday evening, the KBSW tower is again operating at 25 percent power, which means listeners outside of Twin Falls may not be able to receive the station.

A return to full signal strength requires a replacement power divider, which will need to be ordered and installed.

“We understand the technical problems have been frustrating for our Magic Valley listeners, we share your frustration,” says Boise State Public Radio General Manager John Hess. “KBSW is the Magic Valley’s connection to NPR news, local and regional news, and eclectic music programming. We are working as quickly as we can to resolve the issues so you can get back to enjoying the programs you love.” 

This post was updated March 21, 2014

KBSW, which serves listeners in the Twin Falls area, is still operating at reduced power.

Boise State Public Radio chief engineer Tom Lowther says the station is at 25 percent power, which will mostly affect outlying areas like Bliss, Tuttle and Buhl. Lowther says if people are listening on inexpensive receivers, like clock radios, they could also have trouble listening within Twin Falls.

Because of the ongoing move of Boise State Public Radio's main broadcast facility, KBSW will remain on reduced power for at least the next two weeks.

We apologize for the inconvenience. In the meantime, you can listen to our live webstreams on your computer, mobile or tablet. 

Original Post Feb. 23, 2014

KBSW is currently operating at reduced power. Our Engineers are working to restore full power as soon as possible.

Listeners in the Magic Valley could notice a degraded signal. In the meantime, our web-streams are available.