Less than two years after launching the community radio station on KRBX 89.9 FM, Radio Boise will begin broadcasting on a second frequency, 93.5 FM, providing more robust coverage to Boises downtown area and neighborhoods in the northern and eastern fringes of its service area.
The new channel, 93.5 Downtown, will be transmitted from the US Bank Building, Idaho's tallest structure, beginning Oct. 22. An additional 121,000 people will now be within the area of Radio Boises strongest broadcast signal. The stations city-grade service area will expand by more than 50 percent from 227,000 people to more than 350,000.
"Because much of Boise's population is near a floodplain, we knew, early on, that many low-lying areas near town probably wouldn't get perfect reception," said General Manager Jeff Abrams. "We made a promise to our listeners that we'd work hard to overcome this obstacle, and with our new channel at 93.5 FM, we feel really good about now being able to deliver the best possible signal to these trouble spots." Radio Boise has just re-tooled their weekly broadcast schedule and the nonprofit organization is planning their third bi-annual fund-drive for October 24-November 1. "Fall Radiothon 2012" will feature special programming and in-studio guests from throughout the community with the goal of raising $45,000 from 900 new and renewing supporters. Proceeds from Radiothon will be dedicated to the broadcast expenses for the next six months. Radio Boise's schedule focuses on a wide variety of music shows programmed by residents of the Treasure Valley, weekly public affairs shows, live interviews with local and touring musicians, and public service announcements serving the area's nonprofit community. Recently, and for the second straight year, Radio Boise was voted second-best local radio station by Boise Weekly readers.