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Jeremy Bishop

When it comes to news content, local coverage and community engagement, 2018 was a monumental year for us here at Boise State Public Radio. Here's a quick rundown of all the new projects and initiatives we kicked off during this trip around the sun.

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Boise State Public Radio's Wanna Know Idaho answers the questions you have about our state. Host Frankie Barnhill joins Idaho Matters to explain Idaho's high gas prices.

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The second season of Boise State Public Radio's You Know The Place is under way and hosts Lacey Daley and Joel Wayne join Idaho Matters to talk about vaping, nudity and some of the unique locales in the Gem State.

Wanna Know Idaho begins its second season, answering the un-Google-able questions you have about the Gem State. What's that red stuff planes drop on wildfires? Why are there so many Abe Lincoln statues in Boise? What would happen if the F-35 program came to Boise? Listeners are encouraged to submit questions and the Wanna Know Idaho team will get answers from the experts.

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Boise State Public Radio concludes its series on growth, Our Changing Idaho.  Today, BSPR's James Dawson looks at examples of responsible, sustainable growth that can be applied in the growing regions of Idaho.

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Boise State Public Radio continues its series looking at the growth in Idaho and the various social, economic and environmental impacts on the people and institutions of the state. The second installment of Our Changing Idaho airs on Tuesday's Idaho Matters.

  • A look at Idaho's new trespass law and other new laws.
  • Idaho SAT scores in decline.
  • A first-of-its-kind transplant at St. Luke's.
  • The second installment of BSPR's 'Our Changing Idaho'

  • Poaching killing off Idaho birds.
  • A look at Boise's growing pains.
  • A look back at the re-location of a Boise landmark.

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Every day, you drive by hundreds of businesses you've never stopped at, shopped at or (sometimes) even noticed. That's where we come in. From reptile markets to running groups, bead stores to bodegas, natatoriums to nude retreats, You Know The Place explores the Idaho stores, shops, clubs and pubs you always pass by, but never seem to visit. Podcast co-hosts Lacey Daley and Joel Wayne join Idaho Matters to talk about Boise's best kept secrets.

Gemma Gaudette discusses the concept and mission of Boise State Public Radio's new daily news program with the station's GM, Tom Michael.

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Every week during our podcast Legislative Breakdown we dig into what's happening at the Idaho Capitol, and drill down into the why and find out how it affects you.

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Each year, around the time of the Idaho Governor's "State of the State" address, the radio station provides its own version of a preview of the year ahead, for public radio. Unlike the formal speech by Idaho's chief executive, this is simply a casual conversation with the general manager of Boise State Public Radio about plans for its Idaho network. 

Strange bedfellows? Warring factions? Hardly! See how much your public media has in common when Boise State Public Radio and Radio Boise co-host an event at Cinder Wines in Garden City.  

Where: Cinder Wines, 107 E 44th St, Garden City, ID 83714

When: Wednesday, September 20th @ 7 p.m., doors at 6:30 p.m. 

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You hear Paula Poundstone most weekends on NPR’s "Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me" on KBSX 91.5 FM.

Throughout her nearly 40 year career, she’s been an author, late night TV personality, and actress. Ahead of her appearance in Boise Saturday night, Matt Guilhem spoke to Poundstone about her lengthy career, getting her start and Idaho. 

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Next week, Boise State Public Radio listeners will be starting their mornings to a new tune -- or voice. Matt Guilhem joined the station at the start of September and is ready to take over the helm as host of Morning Edition. Guilhem joins Boise State Public Radio after hosting and reporting for KVCR, the NPR affiliate in San Bernardino, California.

We sat down with Matt -- who wakes up for his new job at 4 a.m. -- and asked him a few questions about his background, himself and his hopes for his time in Idaho.

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Later today, Boise State University will host a reception to introduce one of its newest employees. Tom Michael moved to Boise in July to become the next general manager at Boise State Public Radio.

Michael’s resume includes an 11-year stint at Marfa Public Radio – an NPR affiliate he founded in remote west Texas. 

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Dan Greenwood has announced his resignation from Boise State Public Radio. Greenwood resigned Tuesday, effective immediately. He joined the radio station in May 2015 after serving as a host at KUNC in Greeley, CO.

"We thank Dan for his contributions here at BSPR and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” says News Director Scott Graf.

Graf – who served as morning host from 2012 to 2014 – will assume hosting duties on an interim basis. Former host George Prentice will also assist.

Thursday, October 29 marked the first installment of our "Morning Edition Coffee Break" event series. From 7 – 9 a.m. the Boise State Public Radio staff and news team gathered at Corner Bakery Cafe in Meridian for coffee and a chance to reach out and talk with listeners.

A big thank you goes out to Corner Bakery Cafe for hosting us, and to the listeners and members who attended. We heard tons of feedback on Morning Edition and other programming, recorded some listener testimonials and got to share the morning with many of our audience members.

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Treasure Valley school districts faced with a shortage of special education teachers are turning to alternative routes of certification as they struggle to fill positions.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the shortage has hit West Ada School District, the state's largest district, and Boise School District, one of Idaho's highest-paying districts. Council, a logging town near Boise with only 240 students, has also struggled to find special education teachers.

On Saturday, September 26, 2015 the folks at Boise State Public Radio are hosting an open house event for the public to attend. Come and tour the station's newsroom, production spaces, offices and facilities. 

From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. guests will be able to meet and mingle with KBSX reporters, producers and staff. There will be a food truck, live music, cake and prize drawings throughout the day.

The event will be held at Boise State Public Radio Studios at the Ron & Linda Yanke Family Research Park: 220 E Park Center Blvd, Boise, ID 83706. Parking is free. 

Boise State Public Radio listeners are waking up to a new voice. Dan Greenwood joined the station in May after hosting public radio news programs at KUNC in Greeley, Colo.

We asked Dan - who wakes for his new job at 3:30 a.m. - a few questions about himself, his background and his interest in Idaho. 

What attracted you to the Morning Edition job in Boise?

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Boise State Public Radio welcomes Dan Greenwood as the station’s new Morning Edition host and reporter.

Greenwood joins Boise State Public Radio after hosting Weekend Edition at KUNC, the NPR affiliate in Greeley, CO.

“I'm absolutely thrilled to be a part of such a solid news team here at Boise State Public Radio and can't wait to be the new local voice that Idahoans wake up to on weekdays,” Greenwood says. “I'm looking forward to learning everything I can about the region and am excited to call Boise home.”