It has even become more apparent why NSPR made the move.. JPR is increasing its local presence in Redding having just filed to buy KWCA 101.1 in Palo Cedro for a cool $263K per Deal Digest. The JPR folks must have a decent money behind their buying spree,
Apparently KORJ 97.7 in Butte Falls puts out some listenable tunes… The signal contour reaches Medford but not Ashland. Not bad for a Class A.
They have a CP for an on-channel booster in Medford… still no web presence but the company’s Modesto stations do stream online.. Some mentions in the Medford Mail-Tribune but the rest of the operation is “below the radar”…
A call today to KRRM (94.7 Class A) in Rogue River resulted in some sad news. A synthesized voice on the telephone mailbox said the station stopped broadcasting on September 30 and will not resume broadcasting in the future. The recorded message said both Herb and Shirley had developed serious health issues and then thanked the listeners for their many years and wished them “Happy Trails.”
A similar message appears at the KRRM.com website. The station, mainly covering Grants Pass played classic country and late-night talk.
“The Cream of the Country” was fun while it lasted, but was automated with most of the songs not IDed, a less than full-market signal, and a niche format. It would be nice if new owners could keep it some variation of Americana, but not likely. Medford/Ashland/Grants Pass is an over-radioed market with 3 CHRs, 2 Classic Hits, 2 mainstream country and and 8 Christian broadcasters on multiple frequencies.
The FCC approved JPR’s purchase of 101.5 KWCA in Palo Cedro, a nice C2 station covering Redding and Red Bluff.. Not sure what program stream it will carry but definitely anchors JPR’s presence in the Redding market. Approvsl date was 22 Nov.