Jefferson Public Radio

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Jefferson Public Radio
Type Public Radio Network
Country  United States
First air date
1969
Broadcast area
 Oregon
 California
Owner Southern Oregon University
Launch date
1989
Affiliation National Public Radio
Public Radio International
American Public Media
Official website
Official website

Jefferson Public Radio is a regional public radio broadcasting network serving over a million potential listeners in Southern Oregon and the Shasta Cascade region of northern California. The network is headquartered on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland (near Medford) and named after the once-proposed State of Jefferson, an area which roughly corresponds to its vast and mostly mountainous coverage area of 60,000 square miles (160,000 km2).

KSOR signed on in April 1969 as a 10-watt radio station operated by students at what was then Southern Oregon College. Starting in the mid-1970s, it took on a more professional[vague] sound, becoming a member of NPR by the end of the decade. In the early 1980s, it began building what would become the largest translator network in public radio[citation needed]. At first, it was not familiar with the history of Jefferson. However, by the time KSOR began to build full-power stations later in the decade, it realized that its service area was virtually coextensive with the old State of Jefferson. It rebranded itself as "Jefferson Public Radio" in 1989, feeling that name was more than appropriate for its growing network and the area it served.

JPR currently has an operating budget of $2 million[citation needed].

Programming[edit]

The network broadcasts local programming as well as programs from National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the BBC World Service among other sources.

Its programming is organized into three broadcasting services. Most listeners in the JPR service area can choose between all three services, giving them a programming choice comparable to those in far larger markets.

Classics & News[edit]

"Classics & News" is JPR's original radio service and can be heard throughout the JPR broadcast area. The service has the most translators and the most powerful signals. On weekdays the station plays NPR's news programs Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and local classical music programming during the midday. In the evenings, the service runs WFMT's Beethoven Satellite Network hosted by Peter van de Graff, branded as the State Farm Music Hall. All stations in the service sign off the air from 2-5 a.m.

Nine FM stations and 28 translators make up JPR's "Classics & News Service". Outside the JPR area, C & N broadcasts in Mendocino on a translator.

Location Frequency Call sign Notes
Ashland, Oregon 88.3 FM KSRG
Coos Bay, Oregon 90.5 FM KZBY
Eureka, California 107.3 FM KNHT Licensed to Rio Dell, California
Klamath Falls, Oregon 88.5 FM KLMF
McCloud, California 91.9 FM KLDD
Medford, Oregon 90.1 FM KSOR Licensed to Ashland, Oregon
Myrtle Point, Oregon 94.1 FM KOOZ
Roseburg, Oregon 91.5 FM KSRS
Yreka, California 91.3 FM KNYR

Rhythm & News[edit]

"Rhythm & News" is JPR's second oldest service, designed to complement C&N while running Morning Edition and All Things Considered for a longer period. Rhythm and News runs the NPR news magazines Morning Edition, Fresh Air, and All Things Considered. During the middle of the day, local hosts program eclectic music, while the evening features adult album alternative programming from World Cafe and "UnderCurrents". Like "Classics & News", "Rhythm & News" also signs off the air from 2-5 a.m.

There are five FM stations and six translators broadcasting the "Rhythm & News" service.

Location Frequency Call sign Notes
Ashland, Oregon 89.1 FM KSMF
Coos Bay, Oregon 88.5 FM KSBA
Klamath Falls, Oregon 90.9 FM KSKF
Redding, California 89.7 FM KNCA Licensed to Burney, California
Mount Shasta, California 88.1 FM KNSQ

News & Information[edit]

"News & Information" is JPR's extended news service offering JPR's only local talk show, The Jefferson Exchange, as well as the NPR talk shows The Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation. Overnights, the BBC World Service airs, making the "News & Information" service the only one to air 24 hours a day.

Eight AM stations and one FM station carry the "News & Information Service".

Location Frequency Call sign Notes
Eugene, Oregon 1280 AM KRVM
Eureka, California 91.5 FM KNHM
Grants Pass, Oregon 930 AM KAGI
Medford, Oregon 1230 AM KSJK Licensed to Talent, Oregon
Mendocino, California 1300 AM KPMO
Mount Shasta, California 620 AM KMJC
Roseburg, Oregon 950 AM KTBR
Yreka, California 1490 AM KSYC
Redding, California 1330 AM KJPR Licensed to Shasta Lake City, California

Expansion[edit]

In 2004, as a response to a perceived lack of public radio programming in other cities, Jefferson Public Radio began expanding its service outside of the traditional State of Jefferson. Stations in Eugene and Mendocino were purchased for the news and information format, and the news and information station in Eureka was purchased by JPR from an owner who had programmed it with the BBC World Service 24 hours a day. The purchase of the station in Eureka was particularly controversial as it was thought that it would compete directly with Humboldt State University's KHSU. In the Fall of 2010, Jefferson Public Radio was rumored to have attempted to buy KSYC-FM, the primary radio station in Siskiyou County. Public outcry over the purchase by the left leaning Jefferson Public Radio, and a vote by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors against purchase, caused JPR withdraw its offer. However, JPR did successfully purchase KSYC-AM from Four Rivers Broadcasting.

Fund drives[edit]

A longstanding tradition for Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) is its fund drives which occur twice a year, usually during April and October, coinciding with the fund drives of many other NPR stations. During these periods programming is often interrupted by on-air staff attempting to encourage listeners to call the station and pledge as much money as possible. For a long period of time the fund drives would last at least 2 weeks, but during the late 1990s the station experimented with having the fund drives last only 1 week. This experiment was successful, as people felt more motivated to call in their pledges earlier, and the fund drives still last only 1 week as of 2010.

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