Signal Status & Impairments

JPR Engineer Darin Ransom climbs the KSOR tower on King Mountain to make a winter repair.

JPR operates one of the largest terrestrial broadcast networks in the United States.  Much of our equipment is housed in remote mountaintop communication facilities that can be difficult to reach during harsh weather conditions.  And, very few of these facilities have back-up electrical power making them susceptible to service interruptions when commercial power fails.  Additionally, many listeners receive JPR via low-power FM translators which are not able to be monitored in our studios.

Because of these factors, JPR relies heavily on listener reports of service anomalies, impairments and outages. Known impairments and/or outages will be posted to this page.

If you're experiencing an interruption in your service please submit your report using the form below-- this will alert our chief engineer and also other key staff about issues that need to be addressed. When in doubt please let us know!

Every spring and fall, all satellite receivers (including JPR’s) experience brief periods of high level electromagnetic interference 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 typically a brief chirp.

Update 10/9/2019 | 10:00 am --  Our  engineer plans to begin repair work next week.

Update 8/12/2019 | 9:00 am --  Our engineers have discovered extreme damage to the transmitter for KSKF. 90.9 FM will operate at low power until they are able to repair the equipment.

Update 8/8/2019 | 10:00 am --  Our Rhythm & News service on 90.9 FM is operating at low power while our engineers continue to make adjustments to the new transmission line. Classics & News on 88.5 FM is operating as normal.

JPR Gets A New Home

Jun 29, 2018

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.