KFXD, history revisitedDon Day | April 8, 2006
Idaho’s oldest call letters currently reside in the hands of Clear Channel Communications, as an AM classic country station.
As many folks know, Idaho’s first radio station didn’t actually start in this state – but in Utah. KFXD first hit the airwaves of Logan in 1922. It moved to Jerome in 1926, then to Nampa in 1929. Of Compton’s Encyclopedia’s list of oldest radio stations by state – only KFXD began its history in another state.
KFAU began on July 18, 1922, as part of Boise High School – not as part of a communications program, but instead as 1920s-era experiment of the physics department. The station went commercial in 1928 – and traded in its calls for the shiny, new “KIDO.”
I’m still looking for any available photos of the walls by the men’s restroom in the last Amity building – if you have any, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to share them.
(Thanks to RDS for the old photos)