Ron Kramer, the legendary executive director of Jefferson Public Radio, has been given his 90 day termination notice, after 37 years with the stations.
Jefferson Public Radio operates a network of radio stations throughout southern Oregon and northern California, including classical station KNHT on 107.3 FM and news station KNHM at 91.5 here in Humboldt County. The latter was embroiled in controversy when JPR took over KZPN, the legendary BBC station operated for many years by British expatriate Monica Olsen.
The dismissal comes after an audit of the JPR Foundation questioned Kramer’s role as executive director of the foundation and of Jefferson Public Radio itself, a unit of Southern Oregon University. It also raised concerns about the JPR’s debt levels and the proposed renovation of the Holly Theater in Medford. The foundation owns and operates the Cascade Theater in Redding.
Kramer remains as the executive director of the foundation, at least for the time being.