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.

JX Sub: The Christmas Truce

Dec 24, 2014
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Merry Christmas from all of us at JPR! 

The Exchange staff gets the day off, and we present holiday programming in place of the Exchange. 

In Hour 1: The Christmas Truce of 1914 stopped the shooting in World War I. 

JX Sub: Tinsel Tales 3

Dec 24, 2014
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Our Christmas Day programming continues in Hour 2 with NPR Tinsel Tales 3. 

Tinsel Tales began several years ago, assembling NPR voices past and present in something like an hour of story-telling.  
 

JX Sub: Tinsel Tales 1

Dec 24, 2014
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Call it Boxing Day or St. Stephen's Day, but the Jefferson Exchange crew calls December 26th a day off. 

In Hour 1 today: NPR Tinsel Tales (the first edition). 

Sit back and enjoy more stories of yuletide from NPR contributors past and present.
 

JX Sub: Tinsel Tales 2

Dec 24, 2014
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And the Christmas glow continues into Hour 2 of the usual Exchange slot today:

NPR Tinsel Tales 2 presents another round of seasonal stories from NPR contributors past and present.
 

Holiday Sounds With Em Harriss

Dec 24, 2014
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Sure, the music business can be a grind. 

But making music sure is fun… especially during the holidays, when everybody seems to hum a tune. 

Ashland-based Em Harriss recently visited the JPR studio to play some of her own songs, along with holiday favorites. 

JPR Music Director Eric Teel put together this segment of songs and interviews. 

Gypsy Soul With Holiday Music

Dec 23, 2014
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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?  The melody arrives in our heads with the words for most holiday songs. 

We get a chance to hear holiday songs from some of this area's finest musicians in a pair of segments this week. 

JPR Music Director Eric Teel interviews Gypsy Soul and they play some of their songs in a special holiday session on today's Exchange. 

Dominic Barth

Made up of three of the most exciting instrumentalists on the scene today, this trio of fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still), bassist Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), and guitarist Jordan Tice (Tony Trischka) have come together on their debut album, You Got This, to use their string band roots to engage in close dialogue.

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 through the end of March.

Cold Specks Live Session

Dec 12, 2014

Canada-born and London, England-based musician Al Spx, who goes by the stage name Cold Specks, describes her signature sound as "doom soul." Steeped in the old gospel spirituals and traditional folk songs that famed musicologist Alan Lomax spent most of his life putting to tape, her unique blend of Deep Southern soul, Tom Waits/Jeff Buckley-inspired blues, and goth-tinged indie folk first caught the public's attention after an appearance on the popular British music program, Later...With Jools Holland.

The list of nominees for the 57th Grammy Awards has been released for all but one category.

Em Harriss Live Session

Dec 4, 2014
Eric Teel

Em Harriss is an Ashland-based singer/songwriter and internet sensation who describes herself as “super socially awkward and shy” about her music, despite a growing fan base on Vine of over 280,000 followers and a recent EP that hit the top 10 on iTunes. Harriss, whose voice sounds like a fusion of Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor, started using Vine about 10 months ago where she says “things just took off unexpectedly.”

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.

Gypsy Soul Live Session

Nov 29, 2014
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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.”

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...

Holiday Special: "Five Farms"

Nov 26, 2014
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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. 

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.

Luluc Live Session

Nov 19, 2014

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.”

Jane Siberry Live Session

Nov 19, 2014
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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.

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.

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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