Listener Announcements

KSMF 89.1 Rhythm and News and KSRG 88.3 Classics and News in the Rogue Valley are expected to experience outages this morning as one of our engineers does some work on the Mt. Baldy Transmission site. Interruptions should be brief and service is expected to continue as normal. Let us know if you hear anything out of the ordinary later in the day!

New Partners

May 1, 2015

During the coming months, JPR will be collaborating with the Seattle-based non-profit journalism organization InvestigateWest to produce a series of stories that explore different aspects of Oregon’s timber economy with a focus on how they play out in Southern Oregon. 

Jefferson Public Radio currently has multiple different opportunities for talented volunteers to join the programming staff at JPR.

JPR's Spring Fund took place April 7-14.  

This grassroots fundraising effort is a vital element of sustaining JPR's service to the region.  Local support from listeners and businesses comprises 76% of the resources that enable us to create and broadcast our diverse schedule of programs that feed the human intellectual and creative spirit.

Thanks so much to everyone who made our drive a success, achieving our goal of $190,000.

If you missed the drive and would like to make a contribution, there's still time -- please CLICK HERE.

John W. Poole/NPR

Harkening back to the golden age of radio when radio was the dominant home entertainment medium and families gathered around elegant living room radio consoles to experience the latest episodes of Dick Tracy, The Lone Ranger or The Shadow, dramatic audio storytelling is making a comeback.  While the nostalgic days of radio are long gone, podcasts are breathing new life into the tradition of telling stories without pictures. 

Consider this:

·         Last year, Apple reported that subscriptions of podcasts through iTunes reached 1 billion.

For the last month we’ve been in the process of transitioning to a new computer system that serves as the nerve center for recording and routing all the programming we broadcast. This system pulls in programs we receive from national sources, like NPR, PRI and other networks, and also controls all our local announcements, programs and station IDs.  After writing over 63,000 lines of programming code that tells this new system what to do at every second of the day, we launched it on Saturday, March 14th at about 10pm.

Q, CBC Radio One's award-winning daily arts, culture and entertainment program, have a fresh feel and a unique voice starting April 20th when it welcomes Shad (Shadrach Kabango) as the new permanent host.

The Classics and News Service is off the air on the Oregon Coast due to a problem with the transmitter in Coos Bay. We are working to resolve this problem as soon as we can.

In the meantime, we encourage our Classics and news listeners in the affected areas to listen to our Classics and News live stream.

Let There Be Music

Mar 1, 2015
Dominic Barth

I’ve written several times recently about the important role public radio plays in delivering in-depth, fact-based contextual journalism to citizens.

Perhaps less prominent and appreciated nationally is the compelling work public radio stations like JPR perform every day to help craft a dynamic and vibrant music scene within the communities they serve.  The simple truth is that music in America would sound very different without public radio.

A power outage has caused our Classics and News station, KNHT, and our News and Information station, KNHM, to go off the air in Humboldt and Mendocino counties.  The frequencies affected are 107.3 FM in Eureka, 101.9 FM in Mendocino and 91.5 FM in Bayside/Eureka.

Technical Failure Affects Service in Rogue Valley

Feb 16, 2015

A technical failure caused by a failed air conditioning system on Monday, February 16th has caused KSMF 89.1 FM and KSRG 88.3 FM to go off the air. Our Engineer is on his way to the site and should be able to resolve the problem. 

Thank you for your patience!

Steven Addington Photography

Cocktail dresses. Embroidered cowboy boots. Tight black mini skirts. Three-piece suits. The some 500 wine enthusiasts and foodies who came out for the 34th Annual Jefferson Public Radio Wine Tasting and Silent Auction at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel were looking good last night.

Kiaterna Design

The 34th Annual JPR Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, generously sponsored by the Ashland Food Co-op, takes place tomorrow, Thursday ~February 12 at Ashland Springs Hotel.  Regional wine and food will be in abundance as bluegrass favorite Eight Dollar Mountain performs in the Grand Ball Room and Grant Ruiz and Dan Fellman light up the Crystal Room with the sounds of Flamenco.

As you may know, it's been a rough few days here at JPR on the technical front. Widespread power outages caused by last Thursday night's storm and high winds have taken JPR silent in some areas. These outages have come at a terrible time as we've also been plagued by an unrelated NPR satellite problem which is causing intermittent skipping of many live audio feeds from NPR.

Weather Related Power Outages Affect JPR Service

Feb 7, 2015

Update 2/8/15: Power remains out at Soda Mountain but our fearless engineer, Darin Ransom, has installed a generator today (Sunday).  Unfortunately it will run out of fuel tonight  and he will need to return tomorrow morning to refuel.  Pacific Power estimates that power will return to the site sometime late Monday.

Vaccines are very much in the news of late, and Oregon's coming deadline for getting kids shots or removing them from school only adds to the headlines.

That's one of the featured interviews in this week of the Jefferson Exchange.

We'll also visit with "Dr. Wes" about consent-based sex education, and learn about how introverts approach love relationships.  Yeah, some of us already know.

Here are the week's highlights so far:


Jefferson Exchange for February 9-13, 2015

Gaining Momentum

Feb 1, 2015

As I sit down to write this month’s column, we’ve just welcomed a new year.  It’s a time for all of us here at JPR to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and set goals for 2015.  2014 was a good year here at JPR.  We grew listener support and underwriting significantly for the first year since the Great Recession.  This allowed us to strengthen our weekend programming, implement 24-hour service on all our stations, expand and improve our local news coverage, welcome a new environmental reporter to our newsroom and replace obsolete equipment at several critical transmission sites

A power outage on Thursday, January 29th knocked our Classics and News station, KNHT, off the air. Since KNHT feeds our Mendocino translator, service was also lost in Mendocino County. The frequencies affected are 107.3 FM in Eureka and 101.9 FM in Mendocino.

When power returns the station and translator should come back up.  We will monitor it to make sure JPR comes back on the air. In the meantime, we encourage our Classics and news listeners in the affected areas to listen to our Classics and News live stream. 

Southern Oregon University’s public radio network, Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) seeks a producer for its regional civic affairs program, The Jefferson Exchange. The producer’s main duties include identifying issues and topics of regional interest, booking knowledgeable and interesting guests, operating the control board, screening calls from listeners and steering overall program direction in collaboration with the program’s host.

On Tuesday evening, January 20th, President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address starting at 6pm. JPR will broadcast NPR's live coverage of the President's speech, as well as the Republican Response on the Classics & News and News & Information Services.