KBYI (94.3 FM) is a public radio station in Rexburg, Idaho. It is one of two terrestrial radio stations owned by Brigham Young University-Idaho, which is an arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). It has a radio format of classical music along with news and information from NPR. The main signal covers Eastern Idaho, with rebroadcasting stations around Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

Broadcast areaIdaho Falls - Eastern Idaho
Frequency94.3 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingBYU-Idaho Radio, 94.3 FM
FormatPublic Radio - Classical music
OwnerBrigham Young University-Idaho
First air date
1972 (as KRIC)
Former call signs
KRIC (1972–2001)
KPRI (February–March 2001)
Call sign meaning
K Brigham Young Idaho
Technical information
Facility ID56345
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT211 meters (692 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
43°45′44″N 111°57′33″W / 43.762139°N 111.959139°W / 43.762139; -111.959139
Translator(s)See § Translators
Repeater(s)89.9 KBYA (Afton, Wyoming)

KBYI has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts, the maximum for FM stations. The transmitter is in Menan near the Snake River.[1]

Programming edit

Promoted as "The Music You Want, The News You Need", KBYI broadcasts classical music programming, along with Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and a limited number of LDS-focused religious programming. Local news is planned and produced by BYU-Idaho students. Some 20 students work for BYU-Idaho Radio each semester. Sister station 91.5 KBYR-FM maintains a religious format.

History edit

KBYI logo used until March 2011.

KRIC signed on at then-Ricks College in September 1972. It was a 10-watt station on 90.1 MHz.[2] In May 1984, KRIC moved to 100.5 MHz and increased its power to 75,000 watts.[3]

In 2011, KBYI moved to 94.3 MHz. The move was part of a multi-state, multi-station series of changes in frequency assignments, which included three swaps in Rexburg and Idaho Falls. The 94.3 frequency was vacated by KSNA, which moved to 99.1; the 99.1 license of KUPI-FM moved to 100.7; and KBYI moved to 94.3.

Translators edit

KBYI maintains an extensive translator network with many dependent translators in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Broadcast translators for KBYI
Call sign Frequency City of license FID FCC info
K202EL 88.3 FM Idaho Falls, Idaho 146541 LMS
K220GV 91.9 FM West Yellowstone, Montana 89945 LMS
K258BK 99.5 FM Fremont County, Wyoming 145649 LMS
K266AU 101.1 FM West Yellowstone, Montana 155904 LMS
K278BY 103.5 FM Soda Springs, Idaho 146559 LMS
K280EG 103.9 FM Freedom, Wyoming 56354 LMS
K285CO 104.9 FM Pocatello, Idaho 56347 LMS
K285DF 104.9 FM Afton, Wyoming 56349 LMS
K290BT 105.9 FM Jackson, Wyoming 56344 LMS
K296GL 107.1 FM Teton County, Wyoming 145607 LMS
K297AB 107.3 FM Burley, Idaho 56346 LMS

K266AU is owned by Ted W. Austin.

References edit

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KBYI
  2. ^ FCC History Cards for KBYI
  3. ^ "College station on air". South Idaho Press. Associated Press. May 6, 1984. p. 3. Retrieved March 6, 2020.

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