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.
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.