Paul Westhelle

Executive Director

Paul Westhelle oversees management of JPR's daily operations and service to the community.  He came to JPR in 1990 as Director of Marketing and Development after holding jobs in non-profit management and fundraising for a national health agency.

Paul grew up in northern New Jersey just outside New York City, where he learned to be self-reliant, resourceful and look both ways before crossing the street.  As a student at Seton Hall University he developed a love for live music romping around Greenwich Village clubs. He traveled west in 1981 to attend San Jose State University where he graduated with a B.A. from its School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Paul believes the meaning of life can be found in public radio and baseball. He’s coached several of Ashland's outstanding youth baseball teams and served as Head Coach of the Ashland High School Varsity team in 2012.

Paul and his wife, Patti Grant, live in Ashland. They have two children, Kelsey and Evan.


Listener Announcements
9:53 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Northern California Outage Update

We're Back! (... on Rhythm & News and Classics & News):  4/8 (1pm) -- Darin made the new microwave units that arrived by FedEx work and we're back with you on 2 of our 3 services.  We're waiting for a repair that needed to be made by the manufacturer in order to re-establish service for our News and Information service.  Thanks so much for your patience and kind, supportive comments.

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Tuned In
10:03 am
Mon March 31, 2014

R&R For Carl

When Carl Kassell talks, Peter Sagal listens,
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.

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KAGI on Backup Transmitter
5:24 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

KAGI Grants Pass Intermittent Outages

JPR's News and Information Service station, KAGI AM930 in Grants Pass, has been experiencing intermittent outages for the past several days.  Our engineer has been on site numerous times to diagnose the problem and KAGI is now back on the air.   KAGI has been operating on a backup transmitter (the equivalent of the old Buick that's been in the garage and still runs) since the main transmitter was fried by lightening several months ago. We recently settled the insurance claim, which provided about half the funds to replace the transmitter.

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Tuesday Night Outage
7:59 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Mt. Baldy Power Outage Causes KSMF/KSRG Signal Loss

An electrical power outage on Mount Baldy has caused a loss of service in the Rogue Valley of both JPR's Rhythm and News Service on KSMF (89.1FM) and KSRG (88.3FM) during the 6pm hour on Tuesday.  We're trying to get information from Pacific Power when service will be restored.  Many other media outlets are also affected.

Tuned In
4:42 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

The National Agenda

For better or worse, broadcasters of all stripes operate in a highly regulated environment. While we work hard to focus on and reflect life in our local communities, what goes on in Washington, D.C. impacts our work and can significantly affect our ability to serve citizens. Several national developments are underway that are worth watching.

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KSJK Tower Work
12:41 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Sunday Rogue Valley News & Information Power Reduction

On Sunday afternoon, February 23rd, JPR's engineering crew will be raising a microwave dish higher on the KSJK (AM1230) tower in order to receive a stronger signal from our studios on the Southern Oregon University campus. During the time we complete this work, we will need to significantly reduce the power of our transmitter to ensure the safety of our engineers.  There may be times we will need to power down completely.  We'll do our best to minimize the service interruption.

Tuned In
12:44 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

JPR 2014

As we settle into the new year here at JPR, we’ve made some significant program changes that we hope you’ve had an opportunity to sample. We’ve shifted several of the programs that have been on the JPR airwaves for years between our three networks and have added several new programs to our schedule that have been high on our listener request list, such as Radiolab, The Moth Radio Hour and the return of Science Friday

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3:32 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Last moments of Lac-Mégantic: Survivors share their stories

Lead in text: 
This stunning multimedia presentation from the Toronto Globe and Mail revisits the small Quebec town coping with the trauma of last summer's oil train disaster.
On July 6, 2013, a runaway train carrying millions of litres of crude oil derailed in the heart of Lac-Mégantic. The tangled wreck exploded, transforming the town's main drag into a river of fire. Many of the 47 people who died in the disaster were inside the Musi-Café, a popular bar packed with friends, lovers, neighbours, husbands and wives.
R&N Computer System Hits the Skids
11:53 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Rhythm & News Outage/Impairment on January 7-8

JPR experienced a major failure of a critical computer system that is central to the routing and control of our Rhythm and News Service at approximately 9pm on Tuesday evening, January 7th.

Our chief engineer will work through the evening to ensure that we have alternate programming available tonight and Morning Edition is available tomorrow at 5am.  We want to let you know that our schedule may be partially impaired until we can restore the system from backup systems.  Thanks for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.

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Tuned In
4:11 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

The System We've Built

I just returned from a meeting of station managers from across the country who gathered to take stock of the public radio system and develop strategies to attract and engage the next generation of listeners. It’s always refreshing to step back from the churn of daily operations to view the bigger picture. As local stations, together with NPR and the other national producers and organizations, look to the future, it’s also pretty amazing to consider the system we’ve built together.

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