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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JPR Classics Special Series
9:38 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Music from Bowling Green, Season 2: Sunday Evenings at 7pm

Brad Cresswell hosts Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green Sunday evenings at 7pm on the Classics & News Service

JPR's Classics & News Service presents the second season of a special classical series from WFMT called Living American Composers: New Music From Bowling Green, Sunday evenings at 7pm Beginning January 4th.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
12:56 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Cold Specks Live Session Friday, Jan 2nd at Noon

On Friday, January 2nd at Noon, JPR's Live Sessions series continues with Cold Specks.

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1:33 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

2015 Grammy Nominees Announced

The list of nominees for the 57th Grammy Awards has been released for all but one category.
The Recording Academy will kick off the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards nominations on Friday, Dec. 5 with four categories announced live on "CBS This Morning." Following, a series of nominations will be announced via Twitter. At 2 p.m.
Upcoming JPR Music Special
6:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Em Harriss Live Session Friday, December 19th at Noon

On Friday, December 19th at Noon, JPR welcomes Ashland's own Em Harriss into the studios for a special holiday-themed live session on Open Air.

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Live Session Archive
5:41 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Roadkill Ghost Choir Live Session

Emerging fully-formed from the desolate heart of Central Florida, Roadkill Ghost Choir make unsettling, powerful American rock, Tom Petty by way of Radiohead and Cormac McCarthy. Set against Kiffy Meyer’s ghostly steel pedal, singer and main songwriter Andrew Shepard triumphantly conjures an allegorical American landscape of drifters, specters and violent saints. Andrew’s brothers Maxx (drums) and Zach (bass) Shepard round out the rhythm section, and Stephen Garza handles lead guitar.

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Live Session Archive
5:30 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Gypsy Soul Live Session

Eric Teel

Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit first met in Edinburgh, Scotland, “and it was musical lust at first sight,” she recalls. Vancouver, BC native Cilette, of Irish and South African descent, had been in Paris, singing in French jazz bands, while British-born Roman, with roots in the Ukraine and Italy, arrived from London, where his rock band Raising Cane had just been dropped by A&M Records after it was acquired by Polygram. “When I first heard her sing, it was one of those ‘oh my God’ moments,” says Roman. “I was just excited to find someone that talented who could create together with me.”

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Holiday Programming
11:43 am
Fri November 28, 2014

2014 Christmas/Holiday Specials

This holiday season, JPR presents a big bag of special programs for your enjoyment, including a few new offerings, and the return of some old favorites. Here what we have planned for you...

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Thanksgiving Thursday/Friday
11:38 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Holiday Special: "Five Farms"

Harvesting corn in Iowa.
Credit Five Farms/Wesley Horner Productions

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Jefferson Exchange and JPR. 

We are especially thankful for a couple of days off, and we'll replace the Exchange for Thursday and Friday with holiday specials. 

The public radio documentary "Five Farms: Stories From American Farm Families" will take our place, both daytime and evening. 

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Saturday Morning Opera
9:56 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Metropolitan Opera's 84th Season Debuts December 6th

Anna Netrebko and Željko Lucic in Verdi's Macbeth, scheduled for February 7th.

On December 6th at 10am, JPR's Classics & News Service is proud to kick off the Metropolitan Opera's 84th season of Saturday broadcasts with Rossini's Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). This year, all broadcasts begin at 10am except Die Meistersinger on December 13th, which starts at 9am.

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Live Session Archive
12:19 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Luluc Live Session

In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. But for Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, it also works as a pretty good description of their approach to making music. Music that Sub Pop Records co-founder Jonathan Poneman describes as “bracing, subtle, tender and magnificent.”

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Live Session Archive
12:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Jane Siberry Live Session

Eric Teel

From her start in 1980s as a guitar playing coffee shop folk artist through all of her unique musical incarnations over the ensuing years, Jane Siberry has carved out a unique career and established herself as a remarkably gifted singer and composer.

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Holiday Programming
4:29 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

2014 Thanksgiving Specials

John Birge of Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving, JPR will offer a bounty of special programming for your enjoyment, including the listener favorite Turkey Confidential with Lynne Rosetto Kasper from The Splendid Table. Read on to see what we've got planned this year.

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Live Session Archive
4:18 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Reuben And The Dark Live Session

Reuben and the Dark is the newest project from Calgary's Reuben Bullock. Fresh off the release of his second solo album, Bullock has formed a band of some of Alberta's finest musicians. This quartet has been quickly building a reputation as a killer live band - a collection of five multi-instrumentalists and vocalists that make chilling, emotive folk and soul.

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Morning Edition/ATC Change
3:41 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

NPR Makes Changes to Morning Edition/ATC Nov 17th

Don't blame us if you're late! NPR's Morning Edition changes it's layout beginning Monday.

Beginning Monday, November 17th, NPR will roll out a number of changes to the way Morning Edition, All Things Considered (ATC), and their weekend counterparts flow and function.

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Live Session Archive
5:57 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Tegan & Sara Live Session

Carson Blume

Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Having sold nearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers to Neil Young, Tegan and Sara have now released their 7th studio album – Heartthrob – as internationally-celebrated songwriters, performers, and artists. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, securing the band’s highest US chart position to date.

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Recordings
11:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Sampling The Regional Festival Circuit

Sturgill Simpson captivating the crowd at Pickathon's Woods Stage.
Eric Teel/JPR

As you might assume, I see a heck of a lot of live music each year. It’s an absolute blessing to be able to see so many amazing performers showcasing their ability at venues throughout Oregon and northern California. Last summer, I had the opportunity to experience my first true multi-day music festival: Pickathon. Held at privately owned Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, Pickathon is a sight to behold. Three days of music, managed crowd density, no plastic, free water, reusable serving dishes for all food vendors, composting sites, solar panels, and on and on...

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Live Session Archive
3:33 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Caroline Rose Live Session

Dominic Barth

A self-proclaimed “failed scholar and modern-day hobo,” 24 year-old Caroline Rose has broken her long string of short circuits with a live-wire national debut, I Will Not Be Afraid, that draws on her roots in rockabilly, vintage country, and blues to capture her unique and distinctive vision.

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Live Session Archive
7:13 am
Tue October 28, 2014

John Fullbright Live Session

Eric Teel

It was just two years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio album, From The Ground Up to a swarm of critical acclaim. The LA Times called the record “preternaturally self-assured,” while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.” 

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Live Session Archive
12:03 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Fink Live Session

Eric Teel

Fink, aka Fin Greenall, is an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and DJ, born in Cornwall and currently based in Berlin and London.

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Ashland / Redding Theaters Included
9:20 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Met Opera HD Season Begins

Isabel Leonard as Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
Credit Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The 2014-15 season of opera performances, transmitted live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera stage, begins October 11th with Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, starring Željko Lučić’s in the title role and Anna Netrebko as his mad and murderous mate Lady Macbeth. Adrian Noble’s chilling production also features Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo.

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