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Jefferson Public Radio

Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) is a regional public radio broadcasting network serving over a million potential listeners in Southern Oregon and the Shasta Cascade region of northern California. Owned by Southern Oregon University, the network is headquartered on the SOU campus in Ashland, near Medford. It is named after the 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).

Jefferson Public Radio
TypePublic Radio Network
First air date
Broadcast area
OwnerSouthern Oregon University
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AffiliationNational Public Radio
Public Radio International
American Public Media
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Official website

JPR's flagship station, KSOR in Ashland, signed on in April 1969 as a 10-watt station operated by students at what was then Southern Oregon College. It began moving away from its college radio roots during the 1970s, becoming a full NPR member by the end of the decade. In the early 1980s, it began building a massive system of translators covering large portions of Oregon and California, and now claims the largest translator network of any public radio station in the country.

At first, KSOR was not familiar with the history of Jefferson. However, by the time KSOR began to build full-power satellites later in the decade, it realized that its service area was virtually coextensive with the 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.


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 & NewsEdit

"Classics & News" was KSOR/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 service plays NPR's news programs Morning Edition, and All Things Considered, and local classical music programming during the midday. In the evenings, the service runs WFMT's Beethoven Network hosted by Peter van de Graff, branded as State Farm Music Hall. For many years, it signed off from 2-5 a.m., but now airs 24 hours a day.

Ten 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
Crescent City, California 91.1 FM KHEC
Eureka, California 102.5 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
Myrtle Point, Oregon 94.1 FM KOOZ
Roseburg, Oregon 91.5 FM KSRS
Yreka, California 91.3 FM KNYR

Rhythm & NewsEdit

"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. During the middle of the day, local hosts program a show called "Open Air" that features a unique blend of indie rock/pop, AAA, and Americana music. The evening features adult album alternative programming from World Cafe and "UnderCurrents". Like "Classics & News", "Rhythm & News" also signed off the air from 2-5 a.m. for many years before adopting a 24-hour schedule.

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

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

News & InformationEdit

"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 1A, Here & Now and Live From Here (formerly A Prairie Home Companion). It airs the BBC World Service overnights.

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


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.

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