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.

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.

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. 

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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