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  • #939
    Dan Packard
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    I have admired the operation of Jefferson Public Radio for many years now. JPR is a cultural gem based in Ashland at Southern Oregon University. They have various formats and a network of stations stretching from Eugene southward into Northern California. It’s a quasi mix of properties owned by both the JPR foundation (8 frequencies) and Southern Oregon University (14 frequencies).

    A dispute is brewing between the Oregon University System and the JPR foundation over operation and control of the radio network. Executive director Ron Kramer’s termination by Southern Oregon University takes effect on June 30. The stations span both Oregon and California, complicating matters of FCC licensing and ownership.

    Here are two recent stories from Medford’s Mail Tribune newspaper:

    Deal splits JPR from foundation:

    http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120619/NEWS/206190305

    Governor Kitzhaber sends JPR dispute back to mediation:

    http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120621/NEWS07/206210335

    #940
    the_radio_guy
    Participant

    According to rumors, 99.3 KCMD (Grants Pass) will debut next month with some kind of Oldies format. The signal won’t have any Medford coverage, as it’s only a class A broadcasting from Grants Pass.

    Bicoastal will suffer a significant loss, as their three KRWQ translators at 99.3 in Grants Pass, Jacksonville/Ashland, and Cave Junction, will be forced off the air, due to the new KCMD.

    #941
    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    This from All Access:


    Paul Westhelle Named Interim Exec. Dir. Of Jefferson Public Radio


    SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY noncommercial JEFFERSON PUBLIC RADIO/ASHLAND, OR has picked an interim successor to the departing RON KRAMER, naming Associate Dir. PAUL WESTHELLE to the post of Interim Exec. Dir., effective JUNE 30th, according to the MEDFORD MAIL-TRIBUNE. WESTHELLE fills the post being vacated by KRAMER, who is being terminated after a dispute with the station that followed an audit over KRAMER’s dual role as Exec. Dir. of the station and the JPR FOUNDATION and questions about the debt incurred in the acquisition of a theater and warehouse for the station’s new studio facility (NET NEWS 3/27).

    The school’s President MARY CULLINAN said, “I am delighted that PAUL has agreed to this interim position. He has the respect of SOU, JPR staff and the JPR FOUNDATION board. PAUL will provide thoughtful and knowledgeable leadership as we build consensus, address upcoming transition issues, and move forward.”

    KRAMER’s departure after 37 years at the station comes in the wake of a mediation and settlement proposal that resulted in more controversy between the foundation and the school, with some foundation board members threatening to resign before being released from personal liability over the negotiations. The parties are back in mediation during a 60-day cooling-off period promoted by OREGON Gov. JOHN KITZHABER.

    #942
    the_radio_guy
    Participant

    KRWQ’s Grants Pass translator moved to 98.7 today, clearing the way for the new 99.3 KCMD.

    #943
    the_radio_guy
    Participant

    99.3 KCMD began testing their signal yesterday, broadcasting for about an hour with “hissy” and “tinny” audio. They returned to the air today, sounding slightly better. The 250 watt class A only covers about a 10 to 15 mile radius.

    #944
    semoochie
    Participant

    It’s basically a full Class A. At 468 meters, the maximum power is 265 watts. You’d be hard pressed to measure the difference, let alone hear it!

    #945
    the_radio_guy
    Participant

    The coverage area is small due to the terrain. 99.3 KCMD barely reaches Rogue River, about 10 miles down the road.

    #946
    semoochie
    Participant

    Try listening to any Portland FM on the west end of the St. Johns Bridge. Then, switch to HD. It’s magic! Sorry about the last part. It just came to me. I was only trying to say that even with a lot of power, a good obstruction can wipe out just about anything(except HD). Oops, there I go again. 🙂

    #947
    semoochie
    Participant

    Application granted for Grants Pass for 5KW non-directional daytime/1KW two tower directional nights on 830. Daytime 0.5 mv/m signal should just hit Roseburg.

    #948
    the_radio_guy
    Participant

    Grants Pass is certainly a growing market, with a new FM at 99.3, and a new AM coming to 830. 🙂

    #949
    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    This from All Access:

    WTL COMMUNICATIONS, INC. has filed for a Silent STA for low power FM KJCR-LP/GRANTS PASS, OR due to technical issues.

    #950
    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    This from All Access:


    KZZE Adds Hangar 19


    ENVISION RADIO NETWORKS’s HANGAR 19 adds KZZE-FM/MEDFORD-ASHLAND, OR as the newest affiliate of the three-hour classic metal show that immerses listeners in the metal scene from the 80s and early 90s.

    #951
    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    This from All Access:

    IHR EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING is selling the construction permit for a new AM station in MERRILL, OR to COVE ROAD PUBLISHING, LLC for $16,500.

    #952
    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    This from All Access:

    DOUGLAS COUNTY GOSPEL ECHOES has closed on the sale of three FM translators — K244CF/MYRTLE CREEK, OR, K288CW/ROSEBURG, OR, and K296AW/SUTHERLIN-OAKLAND, OR — to the UNIVERSITY OF OREGON for $35,000.

    #953
    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    This from All Access:

    CALVARY CHAPEL OF GRANTS PASS has applied for an extension of its Silent STA for low power FM KCGP-LP/GRANTS PASS, OR while it moves its site.

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