Maria Kelly’s first radio gig was as a substitute volunteer jazz host at JPR in 1994. Her personal warmth and extensive knowledge of diverse music genres soon earned her a spot as Open Air host.
Maria has also worked on the JPR Development team, organizing fundraising events and working with local businesses to underwrite programming on JPR. Nurturing her love for live music, Maria began producing benefit concerts for JPR at various Southern Oregon venues. Her experience producing live concerts led her to become producer of Southern Oregon University’s award-winning One World Concert Series, a position she held from 2001 through 2007.
Maria now books the great concerts presented at Redding's historic Cascade Theatre and dreams of the day the Holly Theatre opens in Medford. She has recently returned to radio, hosting Open Air weekday afternoons.
A daily mix of music that crosses boundaries and borders, from the latest in indie rock and pop, to AAA and Americana, plus the best of blues, jazz, world music, alt.country and more. Each weekday, the show explores the close connections between genres, blending exciting new tracks from recent releases with classic cuts from JPR's extensive library.