Replacement Underway For JPR Station KSJK, Destroyed In Almeda Fire
The KSJK site rebuild is in progress and our engineers are working diligently to restore service by early 2021.
Update 11/5/20 — The original fence as well as the transmission lines, transmitters, and the shelter that housed them were all destroyed in the fire. All remaining debris and wreckage have been removed from the site location, and our engineers have begun building a new fence. A contractor is scheduled to complete the tear-down process, and clean up all hazardous materials. A new pre-fabricated shelter is on order.
In the pictures above you can see our Chief Engineer, Darin Ransom, using a bobcat to level out the ground around the tower to mitigate future water damage to the new structure. You can also see the remains of the old shelter while it awaits the demolition team to break it down and take it away.
Update 10/6/20 — Replacement equipment for the KSJK transmitter site has been ordered, and our News & Information service at 1230 AM should be available again by mid December.
JPR's Rogue Valley News & Information Service station KSJK/1230AM was destroyed last night in the Almeda Drive fire.
While the tower located just off I-5 at Exit 19 remains sound, the equipment building and all the equipment necessary to operate the station are a total loss. According to JPR Director of Engineering, Darin Ransom, the transmitter and equipment were reduced to "a pile of electronic ash."
JPR Executive Director Paul Westhelle says that rebuilding the station will take several months and require exploration of funding sources to purchase a new transmitter and equipment.
JPR's News and Information Service remains available at 102.3 FM in the Ashland/Medford area. It can also be streamed at ijpr.org or accessed via JPR's mobile apps or by using a smart speaker.