Radio Boise Stays On-Air to Provide Needed Virus Distraction

“Ears will not be isolated.”

Wayne Birt, Radio Boise Program Director, is proud of the community radio station’s commitment to remaining on the air with as much live, local programming as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s humbling, yet very rewarding to hear that so many in Boise and beyond are counting on our broadcast to keep a sense of normalcy in their lives during this crisis,” Birt said. “The community wants something steady to look forward to during these uncertain times, and we’ll gladly be here as a resource to help people get through the day.”

As postponements and cancellations piled up while the coronavirus spread globally, Radio Boise knew its mission was not to turn out the lights and let automated programming roll.

Station General Manager Jessica Evett said, “Music has the power to provide a shelter from stress, and we know our DJs and their playlists are a soothing influence that make us all feel closer, despite being apart.”

While more and more hosts have been recording their shows from home and no in-studio guests or performances will be permitted until further notice, Radio Boise is connecting an isolated community even while practicing social distancing at the station’s studio.

“The volume of complimentary calls and e-mails from listeners has really increased over this past week,” Evett noted. “Offering a musical oasis from the outside world is always a top priority – but especially now.”

The region’s only non-profit, free-form station, KRBX Radio Boise provides over 65 live and local music and public affairs programs each week. To listen, tune into 89.9 FM (across the Treasure Valley), 93.5 FM (in Downtown Boise) or visit (for worldwide streaming).


  1. jay

    March 27, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Well, Thank you all very much for the anticipatory thoughts, active planning and pretty good taste throughout all this(or that, or whatever). I’m a really new Boisenian. Just here from central Iowa. One of the the things I was going to miss most from my old town, was Iowa Public Radio’s “Studio One” program, which played a lot of rally good music and sponsored some fun concerts. Thankfully, I stumbled on to your great station right away. I like that the music is really good, nicely varied, new & old, but not driven by chart status popularity. It’s a really nice mix. Thanks again. I really appreciate your positive and measured response to all that’s going on – and the lot’s that isn’t going on at all.

    • ChrisD

      March 28, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Welcome to Boise, Jay! And thank you for the kind words after your discovery.

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