Valerie Ing

Northern California Program Coordinator | Classical Host

Valerie Ing’s history with JPR goes back to the stone age, when she volunteered to answer phones during the 1981 fund drive. She was still a teenager when she hosted her first music program on the airwaves, and while getting her degree at SOU, she was JPR’s Student Chief Announcer and the station’s first volunteer in the news room. After graduating, Valerie’s adventures included living on islands in Greece & Alaska, but she came back to the State of Jefferson in 2002 as JPR’s Northern California Program Coordinator.  As the sole staffer of the Redding studio where she hosts Siskiyou Music Hall, Valerie is the unofficial foreign ambassador of JPR. Valerie often serves as mistress of ceremonies at the Cascade Theatre, writes a music column for anewscafe.com, and plays second base on the Dirty Dozen co-ed softball team. She used to play bass in a punk rock band, drove a school bus for a few years and can cook Thai food like nobody’s business. Valerie adores her family, which includes husband Eddie, two teenagers and Casper the friendly white Westie.

Happy Camp Evacuations Expanded
2:45 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Friday: Northern California Fire Update

The Oregon Fire, burning north of Weaverville
Jed Medin via Facebook

  UPDATE | Friday 2:45 p.m. 

Increased fire activity on the Happy Camp Complex has led the Siskiyou County Sheriff to extend the area of mandatory evacuations near the town of Happy Camp (detailed below). 

Gusty winds and high temperatures led to significant fire growth Thursday, causing spot fires and increasing the size of the Happy Camp Complex by more than 12,000 acres to a total of 44,549 acres. 

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Evacuation Advisory Lifted In The Applegate
10:16 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Southern Oregon Wildfire Update

Old Blue Mountain Fire
Justin Corns Oregon Dept of Forestry via www.rogueweather.com

UPDATED | Friday 9/22 10:16 a.m.

An evacuation advisory in the Applegate has been lifted by fire officials, who say significant progress has been made fighting the Old Blue Mountain Fire burning three miles from Applegate between the towns of Gold Hill & Rogue River. A roadblock on Foots Creek Road was also removed on Thursday.

The 99 acre fire is the largest of eight fires sparked by lightning Monday evening in Jackson and Josephine counties. 

More Storms Forecast for Tuesday
1:00 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

August 5th Update: Wildfires Rage On, Evacuations Still in Effect

Fireside Village, Hat Creek's only restaurant, burned over the weekend, along with numerous residences.
Todd Westlund

UPDATED | Tuesday 1:00 pm 

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"A community is not the sum of its problems"
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

"Inside Out" Art Project Reflects Redding's Heart

Jared Capello & Janelle Fite help paste portraits from a boom lift at the Cascade Theatre

A recent Gallup poll named Redding as America’s third-most miserable city to live in. When nearly 500 residents were asked about their housing, job satisfaction, emotional and physical health and more, the city ranked 187th out of 189 communities polled.

Now, a local artist has brought to Redding a global participatory art project called Inside Out.  She hopes the project’s startling approach to humanizing the urban landscape can help Redding get its groove back.

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And Your Little Dog, Too!
6:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Behind The Curtain At The Wizard Of Oz

The Scarecrow (Brian Bisetti), Dorothy (Jana Leard), the Tinman (Ryan Nemanic) and the Cowardly Lion (Matthew Goodman), from the Cascade Theatre's current production of The Wizard of Oz.
Michael Burke

The Cascade Theatre in Redding is halfway through the two-week run of its annual spring musical. With almost 8,000 tickets sold already, the Wizard of Oz is poised to become the biggest grossing production the theater has ever presented. But it’s also one of the most complicated. Valerie Ing went behind the curtain with the show’s creators to find out about the technical magic that went in to putting together the production.

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Recordings
11:27 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Raindance

Credit Wikimedia Commons

I read somewhere recently that music flowed from Franz Schubert’s pen as naturally as rain falls from the clouds. Such a fitting analogy. Not just because he was one of the most prolific composers in history, but also because he used rain and water so often in his lieder (poetry written by others that he set to music). He’s not the only one, of course.

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History
5:45 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Redding Congregation Recalls "The Wright Time"

Members of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding breaking ground on their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed church in 1960
Shasta Historical Society

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed over a thousand buildings during his long career.  Only ten were houses of worship, and one of them was the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding. A team of Shasta County historians has produced a film documenting how the church convinced the man who was designing the Guggenheim Museum to take on their commission.

But the  film is less about the famous architect, and more about "the little congregation that could,"which ended up using its own members to build a Frank Lloyd Wright landmark.

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9:30 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Century-old Music Mystery Solved

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Musicologist Walter Clark locates long-lost opera by Spanish composer Enrique Granados
Century-old Music Mystery Solved Musicologist Walter Clark locates long-lost opera by Spanish composer Enrique Granados Walter Clark searched for two decades for the original version of the opera "Maria del Carmen" by Enrique Granados. RIVERSIDE, Calif.
9:42 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Violinist Pays A Huge Price For Failure To Declare Instrument

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Well this doesn't seem right. The Canadian Border Services seized an antique violin from the concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra for failing to declare the instrument when flying back into the country. They held on to the instrument for several weeks, and fined him a pretty outrageous sum. It's kind of like someone taking my microphone away.
One of Canada's most prestigious violinists is battling the Canada Border Services Agency in Federal Court after he was fined $120,000 for failing to declare nearly half a million dollars in musical instruments. Yosuke Kawasaki claims when he was crossing the border into Canada in 2012 the CBSA wrongfully seized his $385,000 violin and three bows worth $90,000, $6,800 and $2,000 each.
More Studies Made On Kids & Classical Music
3:11 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

The Mozart Effect ... Revisited

Credit Flattop341 / http://www.flickr.com/photos/flattop341/1657626179/

Remember when the original Mozart Effect study came out in the '90s that claimed exposing babies to classical music (even in the womb) would make them smarter? That study has been expanded, but according to a recent article in The Guardian, it's really hard to measure. Read all about it here.

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11:09 am
Tue January 7, 2014

By The Numbers: The World Of Classical Music

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Want to take a stab at who the busiest conductor was over the past year? Or the top female in classical music? The folks at BachTrack have been compiling the stats on classical music over the past year, and some of it's pretty fascinating. Well, it's more fascinating than fantasy football league stats! Check it out.
For the fourth year running at Bachtrack, we've taken a look through our extensive database of classical music, opera and dance events worldwide, and drawn together a few of the most interesting statistics to emerge from them all.
3:40 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Simon Rattle, Davies, Hough Receive Rare Honors

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Three prominent classical musicians, including conductor Sir Simon Rattle, composer Peter Maxwell-Davis & pianist Stephen Hough were recently honored with awards from Queen Elizabeth II.
The outgoing Berlin Philharmonic conductor has been appointed to the Order of Merit in Britain's New Year's Honours List. The OM is restricted to 24 living individuals at any given time. Rattle is the first musician of his generation to be included.
Leon Berliner 1935-2013
12:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Leon Berliner Takes His Last Bow

Leon Berliner in his cd library
Credit North Coast Journal

Jefferson Public Radio lost a longtime listener, supporter, underwriter and friend when Leon Berliner passed away December 15th. But if he were here today, he’d tell you he left this world exactly when he wanted to:  just in time to wish Beethoven a happy birthday.

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Joining the 1/10th of 1%
4:24 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Acing the ACT: Backstage With Logan Ryan

Senior Logan Ryan behind the spotlight at an rehearsal of "Bye Bye Birdie" at Redding's University Preparatory School.
Credit Valerie Ing/JPR

A standout teen behind the spotlight.

 

Redding’s University Preparatory School has only been around for about 10 years, but it’s already ranked by US News & World Report as one of the best high schools in the nation.

Now the school has another feather in its cap…one of its students has just aced the ACT. The ACT is a really challenging test that high school kids take to see how well they’re cut out for college.

JPR’s Valerie Ing went behind the scenes of a high school play to find out more about what it means to get a perfect score on the ACT.

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Recordings
4:43 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Music That Goes Bump In The Night

What I’ve always loved about my line of work is setting a mood. As a DJ, there’s nothing more satisfying than creating just the right soundtrack to make the moment complete, whether I’m spinning discs on the radio, playing tunes at a wedding, or just putting together the background music for a family celebration on my iPod. It’s more than just lining up all the popular hits for a particular demographic. It’s finding the right music to transport listeners to a particular place and time and emotional situation.

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Siskiyou Music Hall

JPR's classical music for the afternoon, including a mix of favorites from the standard repertoire plus a healthy dose of lesser-known composers and pieces.  Each day includes a featured work at 2pm (when we give a bit more extensive background on the composer and piece) and our locally produced aural history series As It Was is heard each afternoon at 1pm.

Music Review
2:30 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year

Ella Fitzgerald's Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year is an anthem to Spring.

Spring can really hang you up the most, you know? But that doesn't stop me from loving this season of growth, rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, re-everything, and crazy, crazy weather. Oh how I love spring. 

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Recordings
3:30 pm
Sun September 25, 2011

Kids & Classical Music: The Absolutely Totally Completely Unscientific JPR Poll

The Genesis Of The Idea:

A while back I read about an informal poll conducted by Britain’s Classic FM that piqued my interest. They asked kids to let them know who their favorite classical composers were. I’ll share the top ten with you in a moment. I thought it might be fun to conduct our own completely unscientific research to see what kids in the JPR listening area prefer, compared to those across the Atlantic.

How We Conducted Our Unscientific Poll:

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