IdahoRadioNews: New Year Notebook

Haven’t checked in with any Idaho Radio News notes in a while – since nothing truly earth-shattering has happened in a bit, but there are a variety of notes of interest. (Or maybe I just felt I needed to create some content since I ran into Brian a bunch in Phoenix at the Fiesta Bowl and felt guilty for not blogging in months. You decide.)

  • Ken Bass via his Facebook page
    Courtesy Ken Bass via Facebook

    New sea for Bass: Another Boise radio-dial fixture, Ken Bass, is making a trade. Bass will no longer work the wakeup shift on Journal’s KRVB/94.9 The River. Instead he will work afternoons at the station. Like Doss, Bass is one of the good guys – having done mornings just about everywhere, from KBOI to KXLT/Lite FM, and perhaps most famously at KCIX/K-106 when that station was in its glory years. On Facebook, Bass notes he spent just about 29 years on the morning shift. “It’ll be a new year, a new day, and I know it’ll be good for me and the family!” KRVB program director Tim Johnstone swaps back to mornings to pair with Misty Taylor.

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    Doss reboots: Longtime Boise-radio fixture Larry Doss is plotting his life post-radio. The KBOI newser had his last day on the air on New Year’s Eve. Doss has bounced around the radio dial – before his latest stint for KBOI he did news hits for the Journal stations… just the last two stops in a long career. No replacement for Doss has yet been announced, and there is not job posting that I see just yet.

  • Bull charges up the dial: KQBL/100.7 The Bull  is trading its 1007kqbltower near Mountain Home for one on Deer Point. 100.7 FM is being traded to JLD Media (more on that shortly), while The Bull will move to 101.9 FM.  100.7 covers both the Twin and Boise markets – but soon The Bull will be a Boise-market-only product, and will give Impact Radio three full-power stations on Deer Point (KZMG/My 102.7, KSRV/96.1 Bob FM and now KQBL/101.9 The Bull), in addition to a pair of stations that aren’t full-power sticks on “the hill” but have decent coverage around town (KWYD/Wild 101 and KNFL/96.5 & 730 ESPN Radio).
  • Just Leftover Dial-spots: JLD Media is picking up the 100.7 frequency from Impact and trading the 101.9 dial position (which it just purchased this fall). JLD will own several frequencies without perfect coverage in the market – all of which are likely to run Spanish-language programming, and forms a mini-cluster of sorts. JLD, owned by Kevin Terry, has been involved in several transactions with Impact in recent years – including the one that brought My 102.7 to the market.
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    Tracy Takes On… Management: KTHI morning man Tracy Mitchell will also be moving out of his morning show chair for a gig in management in the Journal cluster. Mitchell has teamed with Margo Vaughn for years – first at KLTB/Kool Oldies 104.3, then at KTHI/107.1 K-Hits. Journal is looking for his replacement. Idaho Radio News Junkies honcho Jim Smith notes that Mitchell’s job change is a promotion.

  • KJOT Rock 105.1Variety no longer the spice: KJOT/Rock 105.1 sliced the “Variety” out of its title and revamped its logo in early October. The station hasn’t changed a ton outside of that: still no regular DJs, similar playlist, etc. The station announced the tweak thusly:  “Several years ago, 105.1 FM in Boise was known as “J-105″. It then morphed into what was known as “Variety Rock”. Today we turn another page in the history of 105.1FM in Boise. It has now become “Rock 1051…Always The Best Rock”. Enjoy!”
  • Rewriting the Scripps: The FCC gave its OK to the Journal/Scripps merger/trade/switch-o-change-o-rearrange-o. The big missing piece of this whole deal is what Journal will do with either KIVI or KNIN. They’ve been keeping mum on this, and no other outlet has done an ounce of reporting on it. I remain convinced that a particular one of the scenarios I laid out last summer here will come true… but we won’t know until we know. As you’ll notice here, each of the four Journal stations is going through some sort of visible change — after a spring book with middling ratings, it will be interesting to see how they fare in the fall – and heading into this spring with tweaked lineups and new owners. Fall ratings due out later this month.

Don Day is the digital sales manager for KTVB, and used to run Now he tweets a lot.

Spend Drake Cooper’s money

Seriously, you can help spend Drake Cooper’s money.

Well, donate it to the Idaho Food Bank, that is.

Here’s the deal. Drake Cooper, through Ponywolf, has created Bad Company Party. As they described it, “This year we’ve gamified the annual company get together so you take the reigns and turn the booze filled, table dancing, office gossiping company party into something good for others.”

Now, for the spend Drake Cooper’s money part…

“For every share of Bad Company Party, Drake Cooper will donate $1 to the Idaho Food Bank up to a total donation of a $1000 between now and December 31st, 2014. Make sure you use the social links at the beginning of the game so your share gets counted and money goes to help those in need.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Drake Cooper has stepped up to support the Idaho Food Bank during the holidays. But this year’s effort also offers the side benefit of demonstrating Ponywolf’s capabilities too. Well played, DC, well played.

Now, go forth and play. Share. Repeat.

Job openings at Drake Cooper

Drake Cooper in Boise is looking to add to their team — specifically, they’re looking for a Junior Developer and Digital Project Manager. From the job listings:

Junior Developer

We are looking for a Junior WordPress/PHP developer who is dedicated to their craft, writes code that they are proud of, and can hit the ground running. We need this person to write beautiful code in a timely and scalable way that improves the code-base of our products in meaningful ways. This person will be a part of a digital team that is responsible for all aspects of the ongoing development from the initial specification, through to developing, testing and deployment.


  • Write “clean”, well designed code
  • Troubleshoot, test and maintain the core product and databases to ensure strong optimization and functionality
  • Contribute in all phases of the development lifecycle
  • Follow industry best practices

Digital Project Manager

We are looking for a Digital Producer/Project Manager who will take on the management of key client projects with the goal of delivering every project on time, within budget and within scope.


  • Coordinate internal resources and third parties/vendors for the flawless execution of projects
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget
  • Assist in the definition of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility
  • Ensure resource availability and allocation
  • Develop a detailed project plan to monitor and track progress
  • Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs
  • Measure project performance
  • Report to management as needed
  • Successfully manage the relationship with the client and all stakeholders
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation

Full details about both positions can be found in the respective links above.

Client-side job openings: Western Power Sports

Western Power Sports in Boise — one of the fastest growing wholesale distributors of aftermarket powersports parts, apparel, and accessories — is looking to grow their marketing / advertising department. They currently have two openings:

Junior Graphic Designer – Marketing
WPS is currently seeking a talented, motivated Jr. Graphic Designer with ambition to design a variety of creative projects. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic with the flexibility and focus to multi task in a fast paced creative environment. He or she will be confident with design principles, problem solving, innovative typography and possess’ clean layout skills as well as good communication and interpersonal skills.

Job Description
This is a full time entry level position that will support the marketing team in the research, concept development, design and execution of creative projects such as ads, brochures, corporate identity, packaging, presentations, promotional displays, signage, websites, etc. Applicants must demonstrate a strong attention to detail and understand design from a marketing perspective.

Social Media & Digital Assets Specialist
Plans, directs, and coordinates social media relations of organization’s brands and products; builds digital assets for online brand advertising campaigns.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee day-to-day execution of all social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, Instagram and other relevant platforms for multiple powersports brands.
  • Designs and builds digital banner assets for online advertising campaigns by working closely with lead designer and content marketing manager to ensure consistent brand message.
  • Works closely with lead graphic designer and content marketing manager to establish social media marketing and digital asset creation goals.
  • Develops and creates content strategy and content calendar; aligning both with the larger marketing strategy and objectives.
  • Composes, reviews and edits copy for social media platforms.
  • Works with colleagues throughout the company to generate social media and web content ideas.
  • Plans and oversees the organization’s promotion activities specifically linked to its social media presence, such as contests, product releases and other promotional events.
  • Studies and monitors relevant media sources, such as social media, websites/​blogs, forums, consumer and trade publications to recommend strategies that will influence opinion or promote products.
  • Prepares social media marketing activity reports.
  • Assists with websites content management when needed.

Full details about both positions and how to apply can be found on the Western Power Sports website.

So that explains the early season snow

We’re pretty sure the folks at Oliver Russell have been doing some form of a snow dance since, oh, mid-September. That’s when they announced that they were selected to lead public relations efforts for Tamarack Resort.

From their press release (that’s been sitting in the inbox for far too long):

Tamarack has been operated since 2010 by the Tamarack Municipal Association, which currently manages the ski mountain and golf course.  Several other companies operate lodging, real estate resale, and other guest amenities.  The resort is under the new ownership of New TR Acquisition Co LLC (NEWTRAC). NEWTRAC has hired Replay Resorts of Vancouver, B.C., to oversee operations at the resort.

“Oliver Russell brings creativity to our story and a longstanding commitment of investing in its community, which align well with how we intend to market and operate Tamarack Resort,” said Mariana Ishida of Replay Resorts.

Congratulations to Oliver Russell on the win.

Job Opening: Front-End Web Developer

Our friends at DaviesMoore continue to grow — and this time they’re looking to add a Front-End Web Developer to their team. From the job description on their site:

The successful candidate for this role will be someone who is dynamic and innovative in their approach to web development. We are looking for someone who can collaborate, conceptualize, build and maintain websites for a variety of clients.

At DaviesMoore, we take pride in developing a custom web experience tailored to the brand’s objectives while integrating into the overall marketing strategy seamlessly. We seek to provide our clients with engagement websites that don’t simply provide a brochure of products and services but start and continue a dialogue with its visitors.

This approach to web design and development requires someone who doesn’t just build a site to a PSD or to meet client requirements but rather someone who thinks beyond what the client says they want and what will really move the dial for their business. Knowing when it makes sense to add interactivity or unique functionality and then having the confidence to coach the client and then build it will require someone who is a self starter and constantly stays on top of trends in web design. This person will always be educating themselves as to how to create new ways of engagement via the web regardless of the device a person chooses to access it.

Full details about the position and how to apply can be found here.

New hire at SOVRN

SOVRN in Boise continues to grow, most recently with the addition of Chris Phillips, who will focus on video, motion graphics and storytelling.

From our friends at SOVRN:

Chris arrived at SOVRN with an already impressive decade-plus career as a director, editor and animator. UK born and educated, Chris has worked extensively for Viacom and the MTV Networks where his credits include launching a digital channel for MTV and directing over 20 major label music videos for broadcast.

As an avid technologist, especially where it involves the integration of video, motion graphics and storytelling, Chris fits in well here at SOVRN and expands our capabilities in the visual branding and content development areas.

Outside the office, Chris is a passionate recreational photographer interested in capturing candid moments that get overlooked in the rush of modern life.

Job Openings at DaviesMoore

DaviesMoore in Boise has a couple of positions that they’re actively looking to fill:

Digital Media Planner/Buyer

The successful candidate for this role is a strategic thinker, well versed in the digital space, confident enough to be client facing and task oriented enough to do the buying/billing/analytics in addition to the planning.

This individual will have overarching ownership of the digital strategies for our clients, working with a variety of decision makers on both the client side and internal teams. The Digital Media Planner will be on the ground level of planning, along with the client assigned Account Executive(s) and Digital Account Coordinator(s), making strategic recommendations as well as daily management, reporting, analysis and optimization of digital media strategies. This person will also have a dual reporting structure reporting to both the VP of Media and VP of Digital. The ideal candidate will have a degree in business, marketing, advertising or other related field plus a few years of digital media experience under their belt.

Accounting / Media Assistant

The primary area of responsibility for this position is to provide support and coordination in the accounting department, servicing all of DaviesMoore’s clients. This includes maintaining a high level of awareness and organization with client activities, detail-oriented management, and professional communication with key client and billing contacts as needed.

The individual who fills this position must be driven and exemplify strong leadership qualities, as well as fit into the agency’s established culture that promotes autonomy with results.

Full details about both positions can be found via their respective job descriptions on the DaviesMoore site.

Belated Recognition for Advantage Advertising

In August, Advantage Advertising’s work for  the University of Wyoming was recognized by the Bleacher Report in their ranking of the top 50 college football team schedule posters for 2014. Advantage Advertising’s work for Wyoming was ranked number one in the nation by Bleacher Report.

This isn’t the first time Advantage Advertising’s work in the college sports arena has been recognized. In 2012, the agency’s design for the University of Idaho Vandal football schedule poster ranked number four, and last year the design for the Wyoming Cowboys football ranked 17th.

Also, earlier this year, ranked Advantage Advertising’s web design work for Wyoming football’s signing day graphics as number three in the nation.

Well done folks. Well done.