Paul Gerardi

Open Air Host

Paul Gerardi knew that he was headed for a career in radio when, during his first ever on-air shift at the University of Central Florida’s student radio station in September 1979, an Army Sergeant walked into the studio to inform him that Hurricane David was approaching and the radio station was needed to dispense emergency information to evacuees housed on campus. After an off-the-cuff interview, Paul stayed at the radio station for the next three days. The idea of being of service to others had taken hold for good.

Over the years, Paul has worked in the Florida radio markets of Orlando and West Palm Beach, the Virginia radio markets of Norfolk and Richmond, and even did island radio on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He has been a Music Director and On-Air Host for a wide spectrum of formats, including Progressive Rock, Country Music, Traditional Jazz and Folk/Roots music. Paul also spent seven years as a Traffic Reporter for Metro Networks, both in the studio and as an airborne reporter.

In addition to Open Air, Paul co-hosts JPR’s The Folk Show.

Rich Orris

Kristian Matsson is an indie folk singer/songwriter and guitarist who performs under the stage name of The Tallest Man on Earth. Born in 1983 in Dalarna Sweden, he first broke into music as a member of the group Montezumas. Matsson struck out on his own in 2006, using his stage name, with a five song self-titled EP. Four full-length recordings and one more EP followed. He has been compared stylistically to Bob Dylan in vocal and songwriting skills. His sound is also reminiscent of Nick Drake and Laura Marling.

The New Basement Tapes is a group of musicians brought together by T Bone Burnett to write music to Bob Dylan lyric’s created during the Basement Tapes era. To fully understand the new, we start with the story of the old.

It’s a wonderful thing to experience a creative soul at work. To watch a painter’s brush strokes slowly change a blank canvas into multi-layered image, and see that happen over and over again with a different beautiful result each time. To see a sculptor’s hands mold ugly lumps of nondescript clay into delicate pieces of art that are both stunning and useful, or listen to a musical project with a many faceted sound structure.

Best Albums Of 2013

Nov 26, 2013

JPR music hosts take a stab identifying standout recordings of 2013.

Don Matthews | Classical Music Director & Host First Concert

Beautiful Melancholy

Nov 1, 2013

I have been listening to music for as long as I can remember. My father was an accordion player of Italian folk songs and American country music since before I was born, and through the early years of my life there was always music and sing-alongs around the kitchen table with friends and family.