Troy Oppie

Host/Reporter

Troy Oppie is a weekend news host and reporter for Boise State Public Radio News and host of Jazz Conversations (since 2013) on Boise State Public Radio Music.

He spent ten years working in television sports and news at local stations in Seattle, Missoula and Boise before leaving full time broadcasting in 2013. 

His radio background includes time as a student and professional employee at KNKX-FM (formerly KPLU-FM) in Seattle/Tacoma.

At home in Boise since 2008, he's a proud husband and father of two beautiful girls. 

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After an up-and-down fall sports season with COVID-19, Boise State’s winter season has been far more stable.


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The Central District Health Board Friday downgraded COVID-19 protection orders for Ada and Valley counties from mandate to "strong recommendation." The board’s vote to change its health order was unanimous.

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State health officials report a man in southwest Idaho has tested positive for the South African variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. He is the first in the state to test positive for a concerning mutation. Another concerning variant originating in the UK was also found in Boise-area wastewater.

A federal judge in Seattle has blocked the sale of a federal building holding historical records from Idaho and three other northwest States. Troy Oppie has an update.


Boise State Athletics began efforts lst Friday to move the games away from Extra Mile Arena on campus, but couldn’t get everyone on board in time for Thursday's game with UNLV. The potential move, first reported by the Idaho Press, could have allowed about 1,600 fans to attend thanks to Canyon County's less restrictive pandemic rules.


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The law passed last year by the Idaho legislature banning transgender girls from public school girls sports remains on hold facing legal challenges, but that hasn’t scared lawmakers in other states from trying to pass their own versions of the same bill.

The Idaho Army National Guard has identified the three pilots killed Tuesday when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise near Lucky Peak.

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Flags are at half-staff today after the deadly crash Tuesday night of an Idaho Army National Guard Blackhawk Helicopter south of Lucky Peak. All three pilots on board were killed.

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As of Feb. 2, CDC data show Idaho ranks last among U.S. states in both COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration per capita.


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Idaho’s healthcare providers say they are using tight scheduling to limit unassigned doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that would go bad if not used within a few hours. But surprise doses happen anyway.

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An Idaho law banning transgender girls and women from competing in women’s sports is being duplicated in Montana.


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Boise State University has a new athletic director and a new head football coach. And across the parking lot from the football stadium, the men’s basketball team is in the midst of what could be the most successful season in school history — while the women Broncos continue their winning record.  

At the end of 2020, optimism within the nation’s small business owners cratered, reaching its lowest point since May. But as Troy Oppie reports, Idaho remains better off than many other states.


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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, national first-time unemployment claims rose 25% the week-ending Jan. 7. Idaho’s jobless numbers remain steady, with about 30,000 residents receiving on-going state or federal benefits.


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Former congressman Raul Labrador was appointed to the Central District Board of Health Tuesday, on a 2-0 vote from newly sworn-in Ada County Commissioners Ryan Davidson and Rod Beck. Commissioner Kendra Kenyon abstained from the vote after criticizing the process.


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Idaho’s Nez Perce tribe is part of a lawsuit against the federal government aimed at stopping the sale of the National Archives and Records Administration building in Seattle.

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The pandemic has dramatically impacted arts organization across the globe, forcing some to close their doors for good. Others have been able to pivot performances online and resume at least some operations for their artists and fans.

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Starting Monday, Jan. 11, small businesses which did not get a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan the first time around can get to the front of the line for the new $248 billion round of funding. That jump start is meant to target the smallest businesses in hard-hit communities, as well as minority-owned businesses.

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Boise State University Athletics named former player and assistant coach Andy Avalos as head football coach Saturday, replacing Bryan Harsin who departed for Auburn last month.

“This is a dream come true, and a very humbling opportunity for myself and my family to be back in this program,” Avalos said in a press release.

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Last month, Idaho Public Television debuted perhaps its most ambitious episode of Outdoor Idaho ever. In it producers trek alongside a dozen different mountain climbers, some still in elementary school, who have taken on the challene of scaling a mountain of a least 12,000 feet.

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