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File photo / Mail TribuneDon Matthews works a radio show at Jefferson Public Radio at Southern Oregon University in 2015.

JPR to go off air during move to new studios

Jefferson Public Radio plans to be off the air from 6 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday as it makes a long-anticipated move to new studios on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland.

JPR has operated from the basement of Central Hall for nearly 50 years, according to its website at ijpr.org. Staff will begin moving the 200 or so yards to the new broadcast center just across the SOU campus at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 8, and, if all goes according to plan, will be back on the air at 5 a.m.

The new two-story JPR complex with 7,000 square feet just for JPR, cost $2.75 million. JPR raised $1.25 million from listeners and donors, with the rest coming from capital funds approved by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission. It replaces a 4,200-square-foot space in the basement of SOU’s Central Hall, much of it carved out of old classrooms and hallways.

The new space is part of an expansion of the Theatre Arts building — now the the Oregon Center for the Arts Complex — adjacent to the Music Building on South Mountain Avenue.

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