[JPL] BSU Radio Replaces Jazz Format with News, Talk

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Tue Jun 19 14:26:38 EDT 2007

BSU Radio Replaces Jazz Format with News, Talk

Do you want to hear the good news or the bad news first? For jazz fans in 
Boise there’s both. The bad news is that starting July 2, Boise State Radio 
station KBSU-AM 730 in Boise and KEZJ-AM 1450 in Twin Falls will transition their 
daytime programming from all jazz to a combination of jazz and talk news. That’
s bad news for the jazz fans, but BSU promises that the genre is not 
disappearing from the lineup completely; rather, it is simply sharing the airwaves with 
news. And some people’s trash is another’s treasure: talk news fans can 

According to BSU, they are just doing what the public wants. “The AM side of 
the dial is where many people look for news and talk radio,” said Boise State 
Radio general manager John Hess. “And because of that, we have decided to make 
the conversion from a music format to one of news and talk.” The new 
programming schedule will include “Bob Edwards Weekend,” “The World,” “On Point,” “
Here and Now,” and more. The old stuff like Jazzworks will remain on the 
schedule from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday, midnight to 6 a.m. Saturday 
and midnight to 7 a.m. Sunday. And jazz can also be heard on KBSU 90.3 FM on 
Saturday nights. 

The good news for jazz fans in Boise is the creation of the Boise Jazz 
Society, a new community organization. The BJS, with support of the Boise State 
University Department of Music, will celebrate with a “Jazz Launch Party” on June 
24. The Boise Jazz Society is dedicated to raising awareness of jazz as art 
music, promoting live jazz performance, sponsoring jazz subscription-series 
concerts, hosting educational lectures, workshops and classes, and providing the 
community with updates on local and regional jazz activities. The New Trio, 
led by pianist Chuck Smith and saxophonist Sandon Mayhew, will be play the 
nightclub-style performance at the launch party, which is scheduled from 7:30 to 
10:30 p.m. at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. 


Lois Gilbert

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