Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) announced today that it has reached an agreement to purchase KOPT AM 1600 in Eugene from Churchill Media. The acquisition of KOPT allows OPB to expand its award-winning radio service to the Eugene area where it already has a strong television service and donor base.

“OPB’s over 7,500 contributors in the Eugene/Springfield area have long asked for OPB radio to be available,” said Steve Bass, OPB president and CEO. ” So, when OPB heard that a station in Eugene was available for sale, we immediately jumped on the opportunity and contacted Churchill Media,” he said. ” OPB is the voice for thinking Oregonians everywhere, and we look forward to developing a stronger local connection with the people of Eugene, one of Oregon’s most vibrant communities.”

KLCC FM, a public radio station licensed to Lane Community College in Eugene, has endorsed OPB’s purchase of KOPT. KLCC already partners with OPB to maintain a Salem news bureau. “I welcome OPB to the Eugene/Springfield radio market,” said Steve Barton, general manager of KLCC. “OPB’s acquisition of KOPT provides a great opportunity to increase the depth and breadth of local radio programming. I look forward to collaborating with OPB to make this an excellent partnership of both organization’s talent and resources.”

“OPB’s news and information programming mix should complement KLCC’s,” said Lynne Clendenin, OPB’s vice president of Radio Programming. “OPB and KLCC will work together to make sure Eugene residents have the greatest selection possible of quality public radio news and information. We plan to offer many programs not currently available on KLCC FM such as “Talk of the Nation, ” “Marketplace” and “BBC World Service,” said Clendenin.

This expansion also provides OPB the opportunity to work with Lane Community College to offer increased public service for the citizens in Eugene and Springfield.

“Increasing the community’s access to public radio news and programming supports the college mission of education, lifelong learning and workforce training,” said Mary Spilde, president of Lane Community College. “The better informed people are, the more successful they are as students and workers, employers and citizens. We look forward to collaborating with OPB to develop, over time, a new service with a deep connection to the community, combining the best of KLCC and OPB.”

With the addition of KOPT and a number of recently launched initiatives as well as future program plans, OPB is well on its way to building stronger, more personal connections with communities and audiences throughout Oregon.

About OPB
OPB is the state’s most far-reaching and accessible media resource, providing free access to programming for children and adults designed to give voice to community, connect Oregon and its neighbors and illuminate a wider world. Every week, over 1.5 million people tune in to or log on to OPB’s Television, Radio and Internet services. As the hub of operations for the state’s Emergency Broadcast and Amber Alert services, OPB serves as the backbone for the distribution of critical information to broadcasters and homes throughout Oregon. OPB is one of the largest producers and presenters of national television programming through PBS, and is also a member station of NPR, Public Radio International (PRI), and American Public Media (APM). The OPB Web site is opb.org.