Song teaches correct pronunciation of Idaho cities

Song teaches correct pronunciation of Idaho cities

BOISE -- It's not Boi-zee, Koo-na, Kam-eye-uh, Wiser or Weepy.

If you've spent much time in Idaho, you have probably heard someone mispronounce the names of cities like Boise, Kuna, Kamiah, Weiser and Weippe.

A group of radio stations in Twin Falls and Boise are hoping to change that.

Townsquare Media Production Directior Peter Bierma wrote the lyrics and produced the video for the "The Idaho Cities Song." The catchy tune takes listeners on a very fast city-by-city tour of the state, and sets the record straight on the most mispronounced town names.

Bierma said he was inspired to write the song by a few pronunciation stumbles of his own.

"I didn't grow up in Idaho," he said. "I moved to Twin Falls about 7 years ago and I noticed that I didn't know how to pronounce any of the city names."

He said he wanted the song to educate listeners without attacking them for not knowing how 'Moscow' is pronounced in the Gem State.

"I want people to learn the real names, but I want it to be fun most of all," Bierma said. "I don't want it to be mean or anything. It's got to be entertaining."

To listen to the whole song on YouTube, click here.


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