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JPR Gets A New Home

Update 7/11/2018 | 9:00am -- Our engineer continues to work to return all our services to normal. These are the issues we are currently aware of:

Online: Some programming is interrupted by static.

Classics & News:  In some regions the programming is airing at a higher volume than the announcements. 

Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve these issues.

Update 7/9/2018 | 8:00pm -- We made it through the first day, but there are still many pieces of equipment we need to get configured properly. We can't do that while we're broadcasting live out of the studios, so we've signed off again this evening to allow our engineering crew to make some progress overnight. We'll be back on the air at 5am.

Update 7/9/2018 | 10:30am -- Our move last evening went quite well and all three radio services are operating. Our News & Information service will have some alternate programming today and we are working to establish the connections that will allow us to return to a normal schedule as soon as possible.

After nearly 50 years operating from the basement of Central Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, JPR has moved to a new home. 

We began the transition to our new broadcast center just across the SOU campus on Sunday, July 8th at 6pm.

In the aftermath of our move please bear with us. While we hope to avoid significant program disruptions — relocating the JPR network of stations is a complex task that required us to disconnect key pieces of equipment from our current studio facility, move them during the wee hours of the night and then rewire and reconfigure them to operate in a new way in a new environment.  We’ll likely experience a few bumps in the road and we appreciate your patience as we take this important step to serve you better in the years ahead.


The new JPR Broadcast Center is a facility built for our future — it gives us the capacity and technology to improve every aspect of our work and service to the region.


The facility includes:

  • An expanded newsroom that will enable us to strengthen and expand the in-depth, fact-based journalism of our award-winning news department.
  • A dedicated performance studio that will improve our broadcasts of live music sessions with touring and regional musicians.  This space will also enable us to conduct larger panel interviews and support a small live audience for select events.
  • A state-of-the-art operations center that will improve the quality of what you hear on JPR every day. This center has a backup power system that will keep us on the air during public emergencies.
  • Space to engage and mentor SOU students in the craft of journalism, audio storytelling, civic affairs and digital media.
  • A dedicated public affairs studio from which the Jefferson Exchange and other civic affairs programs will be produced. 

The facility is part of the Oregon Center for the Arts complex and creates an expanded arts and culture hub on the SOU campus.  It has been constructed to LEED Silver standards utilizing LED lighting and high efficiency building systems that will lower our energy use and reduce our carbon footprint. 

We’re excited about beginning this new chapter in JPR’s history.  We’re also grateful for the many partners who helped make our new facility possible — the leadership of Southern Oregon University, the faculty and staff of the Oregon Center for the Arts, the board of directors of the JPR Foundation and the thousands of JPR listeners who believe in the power of public radio to create a better society — and who generously support our work year after year.  Thank you.


Paul Westhelle oversees management of JPR's service to the community.  He came to JPR in 1990 as Associate Director of Broadcasting for Marketing and Development after holding jobs in non-profit management and fundraising for a national health agency. He's a graduate of San Jose State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communications.