Minnesota Public Radio Sells Its Only Station In Idaho (Wait, It Had A Station In Idaho?)

Boise State Public Radio has taken over the operations of classical KWRV, Sun Valley, ID (91.9), which the group purchased from Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) for $120,000.

“We are proud of Boise State Public Radio’s 45-year heritage in the state,” GM Tom Michael said in an article on the station website. “In the past few years, we have expanded our broadcast sites across Idaho, with additions in Lewiston, Pocatello, Cambridge, and now Sun Valley. We hope to super-serve the residents of the Wood River Valley with this music service, complementing our existing news service.”

The station was launched by MPR in 1993 with the KWRV call letters reflecting its Wood River Valley location in the. It was established with the support and funds from the local community and aired the Your Classical programming originating from MPR’s St. Paul, MN base. Outside of Minnesota, MPR has programming outlets in South Dakota (KNSW-HD2/KAUR/KRSD), Iowa (KLNI/KLCD), Wisconsin (WSCN/WSCD/WIRC-HD2/KXLC/KZSE-HD2), and Michigan (WGGL).

“This is a great outcome for the station and the community,” Minnesota Public Radio President Duchesne Drew remarked. “We know KWRV is in good hands with Boise State Public Radio.”

The station will continue to air classical music, programmed by Boise State Public Radio, including programs such as “Classical Music 24” (C24), “Performance Today,” and “Pipedreams,” alongside newer programs such as the “Boise Philharmonic Showcase,” and “Sunday Concert Hall.” KWRV will also carry NPR’s “World Cafe” on weekday evenings and “Open Range Radio” and “Private Idaho” on weekends, featuring local hosts.

With the addition of KWRV, Boise State Public Radio now has 14 full power stations and 10 translators in Idaho.

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