Radio dials weren't digital when KJ Mac first aired in Boise.

Radio dials weren’t digital when KJ Mac first aired in Boise.

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Some Idahoans know him as the morning personality on oldies 101.5 Kool FM.

Others know his booming voice in the PA system during Boise State basketball games – men and women. (He also announces BSU softball.)

Either way, KJ Mac has been doing it for a long time – and still does.

The oldest on-air radio personality in Boise Market, Mac received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Idaho State Broadcasters Association’s annual ceremony on Wednesday.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition from the ISBA,” Mac said in a press release. “I consider myself one of the lucky ones to have a career that I love and to be able to work with amazing people in this crazy thing that we call radio.”

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Market veteran KJ Mac began his radio career in Boise after moving from Colorado Springs to Idaho in 1977. Iliad Media Group

Mac has dedicated more than four decades of his life to Boise Radio and is in his 43rd year as a PA announcer at the Broncos games at the ExtraMile Arena.

After moving from Colorado to Boise in 1977, he started at KFXD-AM. But longtime Treasure Valley listeners know him for his DJ work on country station 97.9 KQFC-FM and classic station 107.1 FM K-Hits.

Mac joined Kool FM in the fall of 2016.

“You would think that after 44 years on the air here in Treasure Valley, KJ would have had enough,” said Darrell Calton, CEO of station owner Iliad Media Group. “But what we are seeing is the opposite. He has become a great mentor to the rest of the programming team, bringing his experience and showing what passion for the broadcast industry looks like.

This story was originally published September 16, 2021 13:54.

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