About: I grew up in a tiny farming town in Nebraska (Arlington, pop 1,243) where my best friend and I spent hours listening to the transistor (Wolfman Jack!) and practicing to be radio reporters describing an improbable winning TD punt return or an unfolding natural disaster, or both. My family moved to Oregon in 1977. (I missed the Trail Blazers' championship parade by a few weeks.) The first big show I ever saw was The Police in 1981 at the old Memorial Coliseum. (Obligatory hipster nod: The Police were still good at that point.) I graduated from OSU in 1988, started working at OPB the same year, and after living in the Willamette Valley for many years moved to Portland in 2011.
My DJ and radio experience began at KOAC, the Corvallis studios of OPB Radio. I started as an evening and weekend announcer, but moved more and more into music, hosting classical programs, Oregon Symphony broadcasts, the jazz program Kind of Blue, and a nightly world/jazz/folk program called Eclecticity (try saying that quickly). I became the senior announcer, and then Music Director for OPB Radio.
In 2005 I had the chance to start planning for an all-music service from OPB to stream online and broadcast on HD Radio. The new service would be focused on the Northwest, with a public radio "triple-A" format, and 24-hour programming. Everything from the website to the technical side to the music library itself had to be built from scratch. opbmusic formally launched in 2007 with our first on-air host (Jeremy Petersen) and first show (In House), the first version of the website, and not long after, our first studio session. (Laura Veirs was the guest.)
This summer marked the 5-year anniversary for opbmusic, capping a big year for us. We've seen continued strong growth in listenership, great studio sessions, the best dayparty yet during Music Fest NW, and the start of our monthly free shows at Mississippi Studios, PDX/Rx. Everything we do is supported both by the talents of opbmusic's terrific team of volunteers -- our DJs, video shooters and editors, photographers, writers and interns -- and by the listeners who support the station. Thanks!
Ear-Worm Song of the Moment: I'm listening to "Twin Peaks" off the new Genders EP and I can't stop. Also "Big Love" by Matthew E. White.
Top Three Songs or Artists: Talking Heads, especially Speaking in Tongues; Paul Simon, Graceland; third place is a hundred-way tie.
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