Eric Teel

Director of FM Network Programming

After a failed attempt at structured music instruction at Washington State University, Eric found himself standing in front of the renowned Edward R. Murrow College of Communication with two full years of radio experience already under his belt. The path was clear, and the broadcast journalism degree was obtained.

Over the next 20-plus years, Eric has drawn upon his extensive music knowledge to host programs in nearly every genre for commercial and public radio. He joined the JPR staff in 1996, hosting Siskiyou Music Hall from JPR’s Redding studios. In 2002, he moved to Ashland and took over as one of the hosts of Open Air. In addition to music, he’s put his journalism background to use reporting for NPR, managing JPR's award-winning newsroom, and producing feature-length public radio specials carried nationwide.

As FM Network Program Director, Eric oversees all aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air shift, and now handles JPR’s growing series of live in-studio music performances.

When not at work (which is nearly never) he can be seen in the crowd or on stage at music events around the region, or finishing solidly mid-pack in bicycle races in an effort to make his fitter friends feel better.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
10:55 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Pomplamoose Live Session Friday, Oct. 10th at Noon

Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte are Pomplamoose.

On Friday, October 10th at Noon, JPR will broadcast an exclusive live session with the band Pomplamoose on Open Air.

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
10:29 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet Live Session Friday, October 3rd at Noon

The Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet

On Friday, October 3rd at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live performance with the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet on Siskiyou Music Hall.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
11:38 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Melissa Etheridge Live Session Friday, October 3rd at Noon

Singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge

On Friday, October 3rd at Noon, JPR will broadcast a special live session with singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge.

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Live Session Archive
5:10 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

John Reischman Live Session

Eric Teel

John Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation. He’s a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes, many of which have become standards.

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New R&N Program
2:46 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

JPR Adds Mini-Show 99% Invisible to Saturday Nights

99% Invisible Airs Saturday nights at 8:55pm on the Rhythm & News Service.

Beginning this Saturday night at 8:55pm, JPR's Rhythm & News Service will begin weekly broadcasts of the 5-minute radio program 99% Invisible with Roman Mars.

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New Morning Edition Segment
9:55 am
Wed September 17, 2014

NPR Adds Marketplace Morning Report to Morning Edition

Marketplace Morning Report Host David Brancaccio

Beginning Monday, September 22nd, American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report will become a regular daily feature of NPR's Morning Edition. JPR listeners can hear the program at 5:50am and 7:50am on the Rhythm & News Service, and at 5:50am on the Classics & News Service.

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Live Music Archive
9:56 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Christopher Denny Live Session

Dominic Barth

Christopher Denny has a voice that will stop you in your tracks; a fervent Orbison meets Dylan tenor that fills his songs with a tremendous emotional pressure. It’s the voice of a Southern choirboy who attended the church of alcohol, drugs and self-destruction in a failed attempt to deal with his inner pain and conflicts.

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Equipment Failure
9:09 am
Fri August 29, 2014

C&N / R&N Off Air In Rogue Valley

At approximately 9:05am, JPR's Classics & News and Rhythm & News transmitters went silent due to a failed air conditioning unit at the transmission site outside of Ashland.  Our engineer is on the way, and we hope to have service restored as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience.

Upcoming JPR News Special
10:32 am
Wed August 27, 2014

CA Governor Debate Sept. 4 at 7pm

Neel Kashkari and CA Governor Jerry Brown square off Sept 4th at 7pm

On Thursday night, September 4th, JPR will broadcast the only California gubernatorial debate for the 2014 election between California Governor Jerry Brown and Republican candidate Neel Kashkari.

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Live Session Archive
8:46 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Cee Cee James Live Session

Dubbed the "Vocal Volcano" by Robert Horn from the Washington Blues Society, Cee Cee James has been singing and writing songs for over 20 years, all the while gathering up stellar reviews and awards from all three CD's she has released.

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3:14 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Pink Martini Percussionist Derek Rieth Dies

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The multi-instrumentalist was an original member of the Portland band. Pink Martini posted a picture of Rieth and brief comments on their Facebook page on Friday.
Derek Rieth, a longtime member of Pink Martini, has died, the band announced on Friday. The percussionist, who contributed everything from bongos to finger cymbals to the group, had been a founding member of the Portland act. The cause of death has not been announced.
Live Session Archive
10:35 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Br'er Rabbit Live Session

Though all four members of Br'er Rabbit grew up running around wooded areas of the same small town in the farthest Northwest corner of Washington state, brothers Zach and Nathan didn't meet Miranda, the third founding member, until they had all ended up in New York City. This kind of backyard folk seasoned by the edge, polish and fervor of big-city inclinations is at the root of the style they call folk-stomp Americana.

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Live Session Archive
12:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Patchy Sanders Live Session

Patchy Sanders, a genuine family band, is comprised of sisters Dani (banjo, harp) and Jacqui Aubert (vocals), their partners Ian Van Ornum (mandolin, bouzouki, guitar) and Dan Sherrill (guitar, banjo, mandolin), and good friends Sara Wilbur (violin, viola) and Eric Jones (upright bass). While some find it easy to characterize their music, others hesitatingly distinguish their style as noir-grass, neo-folk, neo-Americana, or simply Alternative.

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Live Session Archive
10:24 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Quiet Life Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Quiet Life, led by brothers Sean and Ryan Spellman, has roots on the Jersey Shore, but musical sparks flew when they met further north in New London, where New England meets the Sound. From there, they ran down a dream to the California Coast, all the way to San Luis Obispo, and then fled the promised land for the northern charm of Portland, Oregon. Just a pair of brothers and a few good friends in a van that runs on waste veggie oil.

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Live Session Archive
9:14 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Josh Ritter Live Session

Dominic Barth

Born in Idaho, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter recorded and released his self-titled debut in 1999 after graduating from Oberlin College with a self-created “American History through Narrative Folk Music” major. While attending college in Oberlin, Ohio, Ritter got his first listen to Leonard Cohen and Gillian Welch. He instantly fell in love with their songs and dropped his neuroscience major in favor of the pursuit of music.

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
10:36 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: The National Youth Orchestra July 25th at 8pm

Conductor David Robertson
Credit Dan Dreyfus

On Friday night, July 25th at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the final concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

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Live Session Archive
10:56 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Black Prairie Live Session

Eric Teel

The band's story started in 2007, when Chris Funk gathered local musicians he admired for a chance to write music and play instruments he wasn't utilizing in his role as guitarist for The Decemberists. He pulled in fellow Decemberists Nate Query and Jenny Conlee, on bass and accordion, Annalisa Tornfelt on fiddle, and Jon Neufeld on guitar. In 2012, Decemberists drummer John Moen joined in, too. Their only ambition was to have fun, and their all-acoustic instrumentation meant they could hold practices in each other's living rooms.

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Live Session Archive
9:51 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Trevor Hall Live Session

Trevor Hall realized at a very young age that music was more than just a passion. As an eleven year old, playing harmonica beside his father in the cradle of the weeping willows of South Carolina, music quickly became his most intimate companion, guide and creative outlet. In his elementary years, he began to write his own songs and perform them locally.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
12:45 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Amy LaVere Live Session

Amy LaVere
Eric Teel

Amy LaVere was born in a small Texas/Louisiana border town, nurtured by musical parents with a passion for traditional country. Her family moved 13 times by the time she entered high school, ultimately landing in Detroit where Amy fronted the punk band Last Minute while still in her teens. From there, her musical journey became a wild ride of travels.

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5:36 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

MET Opera Cancels HD Klinghoffer

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The MET announced that they are cancelling their scheduled HD presentation of John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer in November.
The show must go on - but not on movie screens. Amid escalating fears of anti-semitism, the Metropolitan Opera has cancelled plans to transmit a performance of its upcoming "The Death of Klinghoffer" to movie screens this fall. The opera by John Adams, which premiered in the U.S.

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