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'I Used To Listen To KBSU: An Origin Story'

A special one-hour documentary about the history of KBSU, more than 40 years in the making! 

In 1976, a group of students at Boise State University met with a plan to start a student-run FM radio station, with an ambitious goal: “to bring progressive radio to a town that didn’t have it.” This music-rich, true-life retrospective follows the station’s founders as they retrace the history of KBSU from its rowdy beginnings, through the infamous "Takeover," to the well-earned praise and present-day accolades for the little student station that grew to become Boise State Public Radio.

Playlist for 'I Used to Listen to KBSU: An Origin Story'
(In order of appearance)

Stevie Wonder - I Wish
Ray Conniff - The Way You Look Tonight
Elvis Presley - Good Rockin' Tonight
David Bowie - Sound and Vision
Cream - Spoonful (Live at the Fillmore)
Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Born in Chicago
Junior Murvin - Police and Thieves
Rosalie Sorrels - Travelin' Lady
Pink Floyd - Welcome to the Machine
Jethro Tull - Locamotive Breath
Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
New Order - Temptation
Joy Division - Isolation
X - Hungry Wolf
John Lee Hooker - Crawlin' King Snake (Live - Salzberg, Germany 6/18/76)
Bob Dylan - Meet Me in the Morning
Los Lobos - Let's Say Goodnight
R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go
Nina Simone - Everything Must Change
Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall
Antonin Dvorak - 'New World' Symphony No.9 in E-minor
Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
The Smiths - Paint a Vulgar Picture
When in Rome - The Promise
Stevie Wonder - I Wish 

Also we’d like to remember some of the people who helped make KBSU and Boise State Public Radio possible but are no longer with us.  Victor Pacania hosted the long-running Private Idaho and will be remembered for bringing a wide-range of music to Saturdays for nearly 30 years. Chris Williams hosted classical music and shared news with listeners in 1977. As music Director from 1981-1983, Robb Campbell, shared his zeal for music and was integral in guiding KBSU's sound. Dick Skoro was an on-air talent in the mid 1980s. Jerry Carter hosted Tuesday mornings in the early 1980s. Charlie Mixon hosted Friday afternoons, as did Paul Peterson in the early ‘80s. Jim Edwards hosted Soul Train, a Wednesday evening program.  And, Janie Harris was the host of Jazz Straight Ahead which aired Saturday evenings in the early 2000’s. These are just some of the many who played a role in making KBSU a unique musical force throughout its history, but they will be missed...

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