The Boise-based radio group will launch of “NewsRadio AM730 KINF” by Friday 7/22. To do this, the company bought non-comm Idaho State Board of Education’s (Boise State University) KBSU-AM (NPR, jazz and news). An LMA kicked in 6/24. As part of the mix, Impact is using TRN’s America’s Morning News America’s Radio News Network for long-form news.
Impact Manager Darrell Calton commented, “We are ecstatic about the launch of “NewsRadio AM730 KINF”. Our local team of reporters, anchors and partners will create a true radio news station designed for the Treasure Valley. We should be technically ready by Friday if not before.”
Each weekday, NewsRadio AM730 KINF will deliver ten hours of prime time coverage featuring Idaho’s NewsFirst Team, America’s Morning News, America’s Radio News Network and the Associated Press. The station is partnering with the Idaho Statesman for expanded coverage in the news room, and (another example of a big trend we recently mentioned) KTRV-TV Channel 12 for meteorological expertise and news room muscle and Boise Traffic.
The station will also feature TRN talkers Laura Ingraham, Rusty Humphries, and Phil Hendrie among others.
Idaho’s NewsFirst team will be headed by newly hired PD Rick Worthington. Worthington’s 18 year career includes hard core news experience with KFBK in Sacramento and a five year stint as News Director for the News/Talk juggernaut 780 KKOH in Reno. Jay Howell has been appointed News Director. Howell’s stops include WFLA/Tampa, WSM-AM/Nashville, KARN/Little Rock, and KBOI here in Boise.
Rounding out anchor and reporter duties are Kimberly James and Mike Sharp. James brings 25 years of journalism and Anchor skills with a history of work at ABC News, ABC International, and in the markets of Los Angeles, Dallas, San Diego, San Antonio and at KBOI-AM in Boise.
Impact also O&Os Adult Hits KSRV-FM (Bob-FM), Rhythmic Top 40 KWYD (Wild 101), Alternative KQLZ (V99.1), Regional Mexican KPDA (La Poderosa), Talk/Sports KSRV-AM/Ontario, OR and KMHI/Mountain Home, ID AM 1240.