Listener Announcements

Making Radiowaves

Oct 1, 2015

This past summer has been an active time here at JPR as we’ve been addressing both long and short term issues that impact our service to the region.  I thought I’d take a moment to update you on some of those recent developments.

Jackson County News And Information Service Gets FM Frequency

After about a year of concentrated effort to acquire and construct an FM translator for our News and Information Service in Jackson County, we were finally successful and able to begin service on 102.3FM in mid-September.  

JPR's News and Information Service is now available on 102.3FM in the Rogue Valley! After nearly a year of concentrated effort to acquire and construct an FM translator for our News and Information Service in Jackson County, we began service today. Broadcasting is a highly regulated industry and the effort to make this happen was multi-layered, requiring extensive legal and technical work and the joint support of Southern Oregon University and the JPR Foundation.

JPR Pulls Ahead in Rusty Hubcap Race

Sep 9, 2015

Grammys.... Oscars... Rusty Hubcaps

Sure, Sam Smith is talented. But he still hasn't won the most coveted award out there: The Rusty Hubcap!

Every year, The Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program presents awards to distinguished public radio stations across the nation to recognize the special achievements of public radio listeners supporting their local station by donating a vehicle. Jefferson Public Radio is currently in the lead for 2015 in a very special category: Oldest Donated Vehicle!

I’m writing this on the day of the first debates between candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination. When I walked into our studio this morning one of our staff members was commenting with surprise that the debates weren’t accessible online without a Fox News Channel subscriber password. I must confess, before today I haven’t paid a great deal of attention to how the debates were being made available to the public.

Service Outage Affecting Douglas County

Aug 7, 2015

The microwave transmitter sending our signal north has gone down. Our engineer is at the site as of 3:00pm on 8/7 and is working to fix the issue. 

In the meantime you can still hear JPR on the three live streams found on our website: ijpr.org

Thank you for your patience!

In the fall of 2014, NPR announced plans to restructure its newsroom with the goal of de-emphasizing the isolated work of single beat reporters. Instead, NPR envisioned a more interdisciplinary approach to covering important national and international issues with reporters capable of exploring those issues from numerous vantage points. For instance, NPR reduced the number of dedicated environmental beat reporters and made it the job of every reporter, regardless of their beat, to explore and report on environmental issues as part of their work.

Stuart Mullenberg

This American Life creator Ira Glass recently caused a ruckus in public media circles when he told a reporter covering an April event designed to attract potential podcast funders: “My hope is that we can move away from a model of asking listeners for money and join the free market. I think we’re ready for capitalism, which made this country so great. Public radio is ready for capitalism.”

Public media idealists bristled at the notion, lighting up social media sites to criticize Glass for selling out.

All Things JPR

Jun 1, 2015
Sue Jaffe

It’s been a busy time here at JPR and I thought I’d take a moment in this month’s column to provide listeners a quick summary of recent developments.

                                                       Spring Fund Drive

We completed our Spring Fund Drive in April and, as usual, it was a wild ride.  It took us a few extra hours past our 8pm deadline on the last night to reach our $190,000 goal and over half of the funds we raised were pledged during the last two days of the drive.  As important an accomplishment as reaching our goal, was the fact that we significantly increased the number of sustaining members from 26% of our supporters to 32%.  This huge jump will have a positive impact on our operations in the months ahead, lowering our overall fundraising costs and evening out cash flow to fund our expenses.  With April now behind us, we’ll continue to work with listeners mostly off air during May and June to raise $140,000 in order to reach our annual listener support goal for our fiscal year which ends on June 30th. We appreciate the generous support and many comments about how much listeners value our service.

JPR's website will be in transition this morning (Thursday, May 21) starting at about 9:30am as it gets a facelift to a more mobile and tablet friendly design. The new "responsive" design will optimize the site’s layout for each individual user according to the screen size of the device being used to access ijpr.org.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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:

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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

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.

JPR has a rare opportunity to add a new member to its excellent team of volunteer substitute Open Air hosts.

A recent post on NPR’s All Tech Considered caught my eye. It was called Silicon Valley’s Power Over The Free Press: Why It Matters written by Elise Hu. The piece focused on how the Silicon Valley’s large tech companies, specifically Facebook and Twitter, are now controlling the distribution of the news and information people receive and pay attention to. And, as you might imagine, this is not a great thing.

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