Well-known Boise radio host to replace Paul J. on KBOI

Former Mix 106 DJ Mike Kasper will take a new seat behind the microphone in the studios of 670 KBOI next week.

He replaces Paul J. Schneider who held the position for 51 years. Schneider retired in December, but will continue to appear on the station during Boise State Football coverage in the fall.

In late May of this year, Mix 106 decided to switch up its morning show and parted ways with Kasper. He indicated on Facebook the station’s owner Townsquare Media paid him for the rest of the year.

“I’m excited and truly humbled to follow a legend Like Paul J.,” Kasper told BoiseDev. “As a native Idahoan who has lived in the Treasure Valley for 30 years, I am aware of how big this is.

Schneider announced the change on KBOI Wednesday morning.

Mike Kasper
Mike Kasper points to his new radio home. Photo courtesy KBOI.

Kasper’s road to KBOI

Kasper began his career in Boise in 1989 at pop station KF-95. He and several other DJs left the heritage station in 1991 for then-upstart Magic 93.1. He spent more than a decade at the station before being paired with newcomer Kate McGwire. The pair moved to Mix 106 in 2002, beginning a long tenure of strong ratings. McGwire left the radio grind in early 2016 – and Kasper continued on before his exit last year.

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At KBOI, Kasper will team with morning stalwart Chris Walton who first paired with Schneider in 2001.

“KBOI is a cornerstone of the Boise Broadcasting community with along and successful history and I am excited to help continue and be a part of that tradition,” Kasper said. “KBOI is the only radio outlet in Idaho that has a live and local morning and afternoon show with a live and local news team.”

He noted talk is the fastest growing radio format for 25-54 year olds. He says he is looking forward to shifting to a more news-driven format.

“As you probably already know, I love to talk,” Kasper said. “I also like that I’m going to be able to talk about local current events, news and politics that reflect what listeners are thinking or wanting to know about.”

He said some of his best ratings at Mix came when the show featured as few as three or four songs per hour.

“His personal activities and interests take him all around the Treasure Valley,” KBOI program director and afternoon host Nate Shelman said. “From destroying golf courses and cheating on his scorecard to doing wonderful works for charities and causes, and everything else in between, Mike’s take should be complimentary for the next era of broadcasting for 670 KBOI.”

He officially starts Monday January 14th at 5am.

Mike Kasper on Hitmakers magazine
Kasper, far right, appears on the cover of industry magazine Hitmakers in 1992. Other current Boise DJs including Dave Arthur of KTSY (far left), Steve Shannon of KQFC (top center) and Deb Courson of 94.9 The River (bottom right) worked alongside Kasper at Magic 93.1 in the early 1990s.
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