JPR seeking support for funding

Ashland, Ore. — Jefferson Public Radio is asking its listeners for help. It sent a letter this week saying its funding is up in the air.

JPR’s been a part of southern Oregon since 1969, and if federal funding is eliminated for public broadcasting, JPR says it would suffer a 14% hit to its overall revenue – that’s approximately $450,000.

Which is why its started an online petition to fight for their financial support. JPR said it doesn’t have a goal for the number of signatures it needs, the petition is to serve as a reminder to the public the importance of public broadcasting.

If the cut comes, it could be forced to say goodbye to a number of resources.

“Certainly, doesn’t kill us – but it prevents our ability to grow, to add journalists, to continue to provide the same levels of news coverage that we’ve been able to do for the region,” said Eric Teel, JPR.

JPR currently has 14 people on their staff list – from the administrative staff to the newsroom. The link to the petition will close Friday night. However, if you’d like to stand up for public broadcasting. JPR said it encourages you to contact your Washington DC representatives.

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