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.

Maybe the Christmas carols are gone after Christmas Day, but there's a world of music still happening. 

Including a chamber music concert in Ashland tonight (Dec. 28) featuring the violinist Ariel Horowitz

She's not even out of college yet, and already electrifying audiences with her skill and virtuosity, in front of major orchestras. 

Wikimedia

The Christmas hiatus continues for the Exchange, with replacement programming taking up our time slot. 

At 8 AM: A Christmas Carol: Start your Christmas morning with the wonderful Oregon Stage Works production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, featuring Caroline Shaffer, Doug Rowe, Liisa Ivary, Kevin Kennerly, Bob McCracken, and  JPR's own Don Mathews, with original music by Todd Barton.                    
At 9 AM: A Celtic Christmas: Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a farmhouse in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntain in the west of Ireland, when the neighbors gather around the fire to grace the long wintry night with the laughter of their stories, the joy of their music, and dances they always said they were much too old for. This special holiday show features Foley's charming tale "Parcel from America," plus music from guitarist William Coulter, fiddler Deby Benton Grojean, and piper Todd Denman, as well as songs from Moira Smiley.

The Exchange takes a hiatus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, substituting alternate programming for our usual time slots. 

At 8 AM: Innovation Hub's Holiday Special: Innovation Hub is heading home for the holidays. In this 1-hour program, fascinating guests explore the science and invention behind family traditions we love – from dinner table debates to department store trips.  
At 9 AM: Living on Earth: Hope for the Holidays: This year's Living on Earth holiday show presents tales from Celtic traditions, an African-American parable, and other stories all centered on the theme of hope.

Based out of Ashland OR, Patchy Sanders is a 6-piece collective comprised of Danielle (banjo) and Jacqui Aubert (vocals), Dan Sherrill (guitar), Sara Wilbur (violin), Ian Van Ornum (mandolin), and Eric Jones (bass).

Patchy Sanders, we hardly knew ye.  The Ashland-based folk band is scattering in search of new projects, which is a nice way of saying the band is breaking up. 

But a few final gigs loom, and before those, the Patchy assemblage visited our studio to chat with JPR's Eric Teel, and play some of the band's original music. 

True to its spirit of music discovery, NPR Music is kicking off 2016 with an invite to unsigned artists of all genres with the NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest! The winner will secure a spot at NPR's iconic performance space and a U.S. tour with NPR Music.

For this year's mix of the Best Songs Of 2015, NPR Music surveyed program directors, music directors, hosts and editors at Member stations across the country to find out their absolute favorite song of the year. Well, the results are in, and you can hear those special songs right here:

Launch the Mix!

More than 50 public radio music experts took part, including JPR's own Eric Teel and Dave Jackson, making for a four-hour mix that touches on rock, pop, jazz, folk and everything in between.

Little May is a pop/folk/indie band formed in Sydney, Australia in 2012. It’s safe to say that the last two years have been a whirlwind for age-old friends Hannah Field, Liz Drummond and Annie Hamilton - from topping hype machine charts to sold-out Australian shows, support tours with Angus and Julia Stone, Bernard Fanning, Cold War Kids & Rodriguez, international festival appearances including The Great Escape, Bonnaroo Festival and CMJ where they were officially selected as one of the “11 Breakout Acts of CMJ”.

The roots of David Wax Museum stretch back nearly a decade, and all the way from New England to Mexico. As a student at Harvard, Wax began traveling south of the border to study and immerse himself in the country’s traditional music and culture. Back in Boston, he met fiddler/singer Suz Slezak, whose love of traditional American and Irish folk music fused with Wax’s Mexo-Americana into a singular, energetic blend that captivated audiences and critics alike.

On December 7th at 10am, JPR's Classics & News Service is proud to kick off the Metropolitan Opera's 85th season of Saturday broadcasts with Puccini's La Boheme. This year, all broadcasts begin at 10am.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

The members of Lake Street Dive - named after an avenue of seedy bars in Olson's native Minneapolis - met in 2004 as students at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music. Powerhouse singer Rachael Price fronted the quartet and drummer Michael Calabrese filled out the rhythm section.

Beginning Sunday evening, January 3rd at 7pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will begin a new series of special programs called Shanghai Spring.

Every new album from Dar Williams represents her thoughts and feelings about both her own life and larger forces in the world. But her ninth studio record, Emerald, marks a particularly dramatic confluence between her experiences and broader contemporary culture—and what it means to be a songwriter at this moment in history.

Brother-sister duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, long known and lauded by those steeped in the American fiddle tradition, are joined by hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman. Together, they weave a tapestry of sound all their own, drawing on roots in bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and old-time traditions.

Not quite country, Americana, folk, songwriter or pop, Daniel Romano’s exquisite and expansive new album, If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ is pieces of each, but ultimately the work of a singular mind. Self-produced and largely self-performed in his hometown Welland, Ontario, a picturesque water town near Niagara, the album features Romano’s baritone croon and poetic hard luck storytelling set atop an expanded palette filled with sweeping strings, blasts of horn, stately piano, twangy pedal steel, an 808 drum machine and swaths of accordion.

Soleil Rowan

Like his trademark suit, David Myles’ music is timeless. Regardless of quickly passing trends and fads, it will persevere. From soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David’s only artistic constants are his always growing, shape shifting songwriting, and his exceptional ability to entertain. David effortlessly injects any song with his irresistible energy, which has led him to numerous collaborations, most recently with the Latin Grammy award-winning Alex Cuba on “In 1-2-3-4” —a simmering toe-tapper infused with the heart of Havana’s dance floors.

2015 Holiday Specials

Nov 2, 2015

This holiday season, JPR presents a big gift box of special programming for you. And now, to start unwrapping...

Classics & News Service
December
25th

Soleil Rowan

There are certain people in life who have such a unique energy that it demands to be shared. Whether he appears solo or with his full band, Daby Touré never fails to astound audiences with his ethereal voice, masterful guitar work and catchy original songs. He illuminates the darkest of concert halls with his joyful performances and infectious love of music. A marvelous lyricist, composer of accessible melodic hooks, endearing performer and virtuoso guitarist, Daby Touré reaches deeply into the hearts of listeners with his approachable and unique style of music.

Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro's performances incorporate elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Schubert’s Ave Maria and Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Soleil Rowan

The Catskill Mountains hid rock ‘n’ roll’s best kept secret for almost 18 years. Then in 2008, singer and songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe said goodbye to her hometown hideaway and moved to New York City to start Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. In the years since, the group has performed more than 600 shows, released two full-length albums and an EP produced by Randy Jackson (American Idol), and enchanted tastemakers ranging from The Wall Street Journal and LA Times to Glamour, USA Today, and The New Yorker.

Pages