Idaho State University KISU Radio expands coverage area into Upper Snake River Valley
June 14, 2012
Following a pattern began years ago, Idaho State University's public radio station KISU-FM continues to expand its coverage area throughout Eastern Idaho.
With the recent addition of a translator in Rexburg broadcasting on 88.1 FM, KISU's radio signal can now be heard from Marsh Valley in southern Bannock County all the way to St. Anthony and north in Fremont County.
Station general manager Jerry Miller says it's all part of his long-term plan for the station owned by Idaho State University.
"I've always felt that KISU is one of the most valuable public relations tool ISU has, and to now have our signal cover most of this side of the state is a win for us and the school," Miller said. "When we went on the air in June of 1999, we had a small 400 watt transmitter in Pocatello.
"We're now at 4,000 watts out of Pocatello at 91.1 FM," continued Miller, "with our Idaho Falls signal at 91.3, and now covering the Upper Valley at 88.1. Thirteen years ago I never imagined we'd be able to serve so many listeners. Eventually I want to put our signal into the Soda Springs, Preston and Montpelier areas to the south, and get a better signal into the Island Park/West Yellowstone area, as well. It will probably take years, but we’ll get there."
KISU provides a schedule of traditional public radio programming, with a mix of nationally-syndicated news and entertainment shows from National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI) and American Public Media (APM). KISU also offers numerous locally-produced public affairs and music programs.