Listener Announcements

Public radio in the U.S. is an unusual amalgamation of locally owned stations and well known national networks. Together, these stations and networks partner each day to create and broadcast programs that touch the lives of nearly 35 million weekly listeners. Listeners tend to think about public radio as “NPR” but the reality is that NPR is only one piece of the public radio puzzle.

In an age where text messages, tweets and other social media posts demand short writing, there is new focus on the benefits of getting to the point.   The Washington Post recently reported that The Associated Press (AP) has instructed its correspondents to keep stories between 300 and 500 words, citing the lack of staff at its member outlets available “to trim stories to fit their shrinking news holes” as the primary reason for this policy shift.  And, the website Talking Biz News reported that Reuters recently adopted a policy limiting most stories to no more than 500 wor

NPR recently announced a restructuring of its newsroom designed to more efficiently utilize resources while expanding editorial hubs that combine the digital and audio work of its reporters, editors, producers and bloggers around specific areas of focus.

The appropriations season is unfolding in Washington D.C. and there is both good news and bad news to report related to continued funding for public broadcasting stations around the country.

Our Spring Fund Drive ended at 8pm on Tuesday with a terrific last day.  We raised more than in any previous fund drive, although we fell just a whisker shy of our goal.  Here are the final pledge totals:

  • TOTAL PLEDGES:  $192,882
  • NEW MEMBERS:  359

From all of us here at JPR, thanks so much for your support!

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Congratulations to our Drawing Winners:

R&R For Carl

Mar 31, 2014
Photo: Tony Nagelmann

After waking up well before dawn for 30 years and flying every week to Chicago for the past 15, Carl Kasell is ready for some well-earned R&R and has announced he’s retiring this spring after a five-decade career in broadcasting. Carl will record his final broadcasts for Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me! this spring during shows that are being planned to celebrate his career in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

After 5-Decade Career, NPR's Carl Kasell Will Retire

Mar 4, 2014

After a five-decade career in broadcasting, Carl Kasell announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Carl will record his final broadcast for Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! this spring. He will, however, remain "scorekeeper emeritus" for the show. Before becoming the official scorekeeper for the NPR news quiz show in 1998, Carl anchored the newscast for Morning Edition.

Due to the severe winter storm that crashed into the Rogue Valley in early December we've rescheduled JPR’s 33rd Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction to Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm at the Historic Ashland Springs Hotel in downtown Ashland. This annual Rogue Valley tradition features a diverse selection of the region's finest wines, delicious food, live music and good friends of public radio. We here at JPR are proud to host the 33rd Annual Wine Tasting and are so grateful that the community supports this festive event year after year.

2014 Program Lineup

Dec 13, 2013

Beginning in January, JPR made a number of changes to its three program service schedules.  In all, thirteen new shows were added to our schedules, including The Moth Radio Hour and American Routes

Many popular programs returned to the airwaves like Radiolab, and Science Friday, and a number of existing programs moved to either new spots in the schedule, or in the case of Fresh Air and Q, a different schedule entirely.

CONTRIBUTE NOW!

2013 has been a memorable year.  And, every day JPR has been part of the journey … providing news that informs and music that inspires.

When discoveries are made… when chaos breaks out… when your world changes… you turn to JPR.  When you want to learn about a new artist making waves on the music scene … or revisit a beloved classic … JPR is here for you.

After more than 20 years at the helm, Jim Fleming announced that he will retire at the end of January as host of To the Best of Our Knowledge. Beginning in February, the show will launch the most significant makeover of the program in its 23-year history. Long-time interviewer and producer Anne Strainchamps will become the new host.

On Saturday night at 9pm, The Retro Lounge with Lars & The Nurse celebrates twenty years of JPR broadcasts!  

The New iJPR.org

Sep 12, 2013

By the time you read this I hope you’ve had an opportunity to explore JPR’s new website.  There are a number of features about the new site that I’d like to highlight.

JPR's custom mobile apps enable you to take JPR with you!

Lost in Translation

Jun 1, 2013

I recently exchanged email with a JPR listener who was frustrated that one of our translators was experiencing a degraded signal. After our communication, I thought it might be useful to dedicate my column this month to explaining how translators work and why recent developments have caused difficulties for some translators JPR has operated for decades.

followthewire.com

Every spring and fall, all satellite receivers (including JPR’s) experience brief periods of high level background noise due to the alignment of the sun, the satellite and the satellite receive antenna.  The digital audio channels used in the public radio system are more resistant to solar interference than the older analog audio channels, however, the disadvantage is that when they do fail, they fail completely and without warning. The only sound is a brief chirp.

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