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JPR Broadcast Center

JPR serves the region from a state-of-the-art broadcast center located on the Southern Oregon University (SOU) campus in Ashland.  The facility was completed in July, 2018 and is a component of The Oregon Center for the Arts (OCA) complex, which houses SOU’s theater program and is adjacent to the SOU Music Building.  Together these spaces create an arts and culture hub on the SOU campus. 

The facility supports JPR's service to the region and also creates an environment that enhances our ability to mentor students.

Some of the key features of the facility include: 

• A newsroom capable of supporting 10 journalists.  Located on the second floor of the facility with expansive views of the mountains, the newsroom features open collaborative office space along with two dedicated digital news production studios. 

• A performance studio capable of broadcasting live music sessions and panel interviews to JPR's regional audience.  This innovative space includes a movable glass wall that enables the public to engage with the work being done in the studio.

• A network operations center that, along with our radio studios and newsroom, is connected to backup electrical power so that JPR can be an informational resource for the region during public emergencies. This center is also equipped with new digital technology and deploys redundant cooling systems to ensure the longevity and efficient operation of our equipment.

• A public affairs studio from which the Jefferson Exchange and other civic affairs programs are produced.

• Energy efficient construction built to LEED Silver standards utilizing LED lighting and high efficiency building systems which lowers our energy use, reduces our carbon footprint and advances SOU’s environmental sustainability goals.

We’re 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 and contributors who believe in the power of public radio to create a better society.


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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.