Broadcast areaBoise metropolitan area
Frequency580 kHz
BrandingKIDO Talk Radio 107.5 FM 580 AM
AffiliationsFox News Radio
Compass Media Networks
Premiere Networks
First air date
1925 (as KFXD at 1460)
Former call signs
KFXD (1925-1998)
KBKK (1998)
KFXD (1998-2002)
Former frequencies
1460 kHz (1925-1927)
1470 kHz (1927-1928)
1420 kHz (1928-1932)
1200 kHz (1932-1941)
1230 kHz (1941-1947)
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Facility ID17396
Power5,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
43°33′35″N 116°24′2″W / 43.55972°N 116.40056°W / 43.55972; -116.40056
Translator(s)107.5 K298CN (Boise)
WebcastListen Live

KIDO (580 AM) is a commercial radio station, owned and operated by Townsquare Media, which broadcasts a news/talk format. Licensed to Nampa, Idaho, it serves the Boise metropolitan area.

KIDO's studios are located at 827 East Park Blvd. in Boise, in the same building as co-owned 630 KFXD, 103.3 KSAS-FM, 104.3 KAWO, 105.9 KCIX, and 107.9 KXLT-FM. The transmitter site is on West Amity Road in Meridian, Idaho. KIDO operates with 5,000 watts around the clock. By day, the signal is non-directional, but at night, to protect other stations on 580 kHz, KIDO broadcasts a directional signal.


KIDO has a local wake up program, with nationally syndicated talk shows the rest of the day. Weekdays start at 5 a.m. with Kevin Miller in The Morning featuring local news and interviews. At 9 a.m. Glenn Beck is heard, followed by Dave Ramsey at noon. At 3 p.m., it's Sean Hannity followed by Lars Larson at 6 p.m. and Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis at 9 p.m. Beginning at 11 p.m. and running all night, it's Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.

Weekends feature shows on money, real estate, gardening, firearms, farming and ranching. Computer expert Kim Komando and Somewhere in Time with Art Bell are heard. Some weekday shows are repeated and paid brokered programming also airs.


KIDO's first license was granted on September 2, 1925, with the sequentially assigned call letters of KFXD, to L. H. Strong (Packard Motor Co.) in Logan, Utah, transmitting on 1460 kHz.[1] In early 1926, station ownership was transferred to the Service Radio Corporation, still in Logan.[2] In early 1927 KFXD's license was allowed to lapse, but a few months it was relicensed to Service Radio, although now located in Jerome, Idaho, and broadcasting on 1470 kHz.[3]

KFXD moved to its current location of Nampa, Idaho in mid-1930.[4]

For three weeks in February 1998 the call letters were changed to KBKK, before returning to KFXD.[5]

2002 KIDO / KFXD call letter swap

On August 14, 2002, stations KIDO and KFXD exchanged call signs, with AM 580 becoming KIDO, and AM 630 assigned the KFXD call letters by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).[5] Although for the general listening public this resulted in the two familiar call signs appearing on new dial positions, the FCC generally traces station identities by individual facilities rather than call signs. Thus, it was noted at the time that "As far as the FCC is concerned, this was not a frequency change at all. KIDO on 580 is the same station that used to be KFXD on 580 - the only thing that changed were the call letters. Likewise for KFXD on 630; it is the same station that was KIDO-630."[6]

On November 16, 2006, Clear Channel Communications planned to sell 448 of its radio stations outside the top 100 markets[7] including KIDO, along with Boise's sister stations including KSAS-FM, KCIX, KTMY (now KAWO), KXLT-FM and KFXD. In March 2007, Peak Broadcasting LLC bought the latter stations, making Boise one of the largest markets without any radio stations owned by the future iHeartMedia.

For 2011, KIDO announced it would become an affiliate for the BYU Cougars Sports Network.

On August 30, 2013, it was announced that Townsquare Media would purchase Peak Broadcasting's stations, including KIDO. The transaction was part of Cumulus Media's acquisition of Dial Global; with Townsquare swapping Peak's Fresno, California stations to Cumulus for its stations in Dubuque, Iowa and Poughkeepsie, New York, with Peak, Townsquare, and Dial Global all controlled by Oaktree Capital Management.[8][9] The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.[10]


  1. ^ "New Stations", Radio Service Bulletin, September 1, 1925, page 3.
  2. ^ "Alterations and Corrections", Radio Service Bulletin, January 30, 1926, page 7.
  3. ^ "New Stations", Radio Service Bulletin, June 30, 1927, page 3. (This notification incorrectly listed the state as Utah instead of Idaho, with the error corrected in the next month's issue).
  4. ^ "Alterations and Corrections", Radio Service Bulletin, June 30, 1930, page 15.
  5. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
  6. ^ "American Bandscan: Moving Day" by Doug Smith, Monitoring Times, November 11, 2002, page 70.
  7. ^ "Clear Channel Agrees To $18.7B Buyout". Billboard. November 16, 2006.
  8. ^ "Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  9. ^ "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  10. ^ "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013.