Eric Teel

Director of FM Network Programming / Music Director

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.

Eric Teel

Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes first met in 2010 when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. A modest beginning became an undeniable attraction the first time they sang together.

During the second Presidential Debate Sunday night, NPR's team of journalists provided live fact-checking of the statements from both candidates. Below is a transcript, as well as NPR's comments.

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Dave Rawlings is an award winning guitar player, singer, songwriter, and producer best known for his work with bandmate Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Ryan Adams. He was voted 2012 Americana Instrumentalist Of The Year.

JPR this week rolled out a brand new update for its existing iOS and Android apps!

On Saturday, October 15th, JPR's News & Information Service will debut two new programs: NPR's Ask Me Another, and PRI's Selected Shorts. Two other shows will shift to new times to accommodate the changes.

JPR Live Session: Mu

Sep 30, 2016
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Francesca Belcourt and Brittney Rand, the women behind the Vancouver, British Columbia band Mu (pronounced "Moo") embrace the cutting wavelengths of electronica, enveloped in the comfort and softness of organic sounds.

Brett Dennen’s music career began humbly around the camps of the Sierra Nevada mountain range – a retreat to which he would eventually return for inspiration on 2013's Smoke and Mirrors. “Being in the mountains, aside from the inspiration, was so crucial to me, because as a kid I used to spend so much time in the mountains. And just being there helped me regain that self-confidence. I remembered who I was.

During the Vice Presential debate Tuesday night, NPR's team of journalists provided live fact-checking of the statements by both candidates. Below is a transcript, as well as NPR's comments.

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ZZ Ward burst onto the scene with her fiery Eleven Roses mixtape in early 2012 – sparking a media frenzy and showcasing her soulful take on a blues/hip hop blend, which ultimately led to her critically-acclaimed debut album Til The Casket Drops. Her debut single off the album, the foot-stomping “Put The Gun Down,” broke into the Top 10 on the AAA radio chart – staying there for 10 weeks and was followed by two more Top 10 singles, her anthemic "365 Days" and her gut-wrenching ballad "Last Love Song."

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A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (now in their 50th year!) John McEuen has continually performed since 1964 - 8,500 concerts and 300 television shows throughout more than 3 million miles - with the band and as a solo performer. Beyond performing, he has a rich history of creating, producing and preserving original and traditional folk and acoustic music, and taking it to new audiences.

Danielle Kelly

Allen Stone started working his dazzling vocals as a kid, thanks largely to his parents’ influence. “My father was a minister so I spent about half my childhood in church, watching my mom and dad sing together and lead the congregation in song,” he recalls. By the time he was 11 he’d picked up a guitar and written his first song, and soon began self-recording demo tapes to pass along to classmates. Although Stone enrolled in bible college after high school, he quickly dropped out to move to Seattle and kickstart his music career. “I had an ’87 Buick and I’d drive up and down the west coast, playing any gig I could get just to try to put my music out there,” he says.

Beginning Sunday evening, October 2nd, JPR's Classics & News Service will begin airing the new season of weekly programs called Concerts from the Library of Congress.

On Friday, September 23rd, JPR will broadcast an NPR News special called The Making of Clinton and Trump: Character in the 2016 Election.

Eric Teel

Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Empty Houses is an indie pop band with a strong retro flavor that borrows from the iconic sounds of Motown and Phil Spector. The band was formed by multi-instrumentalists Dave Mackinder and Adam Mercer, both of pop-punkers Fireworks, and singer Ali Shea.

Welcome to the first Stories Alive Podcast! Each episode features original stories written by young authors, transformed into audio-theater for you to enjoy!  On this episode, you'll hear stories about all types of adventures, including going to a new school! Listen in to a lizard saving the day in "Sean and the Lawnmower," by 2nd grader Madison Sink; a girl using her special magic as she enters a new school in "Sadie's Inner Magic," by 11 year old Fiona Cutler, and the amazing adventure of "Robo Trobo and the Talking Toilets," by 1st grader, Kechoa Pech.

Over the decade and a half that Rogue Wave has made music, Zach Rogue has continued to expand his band’s emotional spectrum. Drawing inspiration from the inevitable delusions of everyday American life, Rogue, his longtime bandmate Pat Spurgeon, and their fellow members have returned reinvigorated, and with a fresh sound founded on the art of patience, the fearlessness of experimenting, and the unbridled joy of creating something meaningful to help us navigate through these vacant times.

Having written his most personal collection of songs to date, Mark Charles Heidinger initially planned to strip the recording process of Vandaveer's new album down to as few elements as possible, pursuing a more direct, minimalist approach. But after huddling with vocalist, Rose Guerin, and long-time producer, Duane Lundy, they charted a new course, enveloping these autobiographical vignettes with a full spectrum of sound. And with more than a little help from their friends. The trio called in brothers-in-arms, J. Tom Hnatow, Robby Cosenza and Justin Craig, for a prolonged session of sonic wayfinding.

On Tuesday, August 23rd, As It Was, JPR's daily series of audio vignettes on the history of southern Oregon and northern California will reach a significant milestone: 3,000 episodes!

Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic new duo planted on the Canadian Prairies. They are a study in contrasts; Cara, all earth mother on her 21-speed bike, helmet and backpack, environmentally friendly and wholesome, ebullient and engaging; and burly JD, looking like a cross between a biker and long-haul trucker in scruffy beard, ball cap, t-shirt and jean jacket, slightly intimidating (until you meet him).

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