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Jerad Walker


Jerad Walker is the Music Director at opbmusic and a journalist whose stories have appeared on NPR Music and NPR's Morning Edition. He moved to Portland, OR from Washington, DC, where he worked on both music production and programming at NPR affiliate WAMU. There, he also contributed to the news broadcast as a features reporter. Jerad received an MBA from American University and an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia. He was born and raised in Waycross, Georgia.

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Recent Articles

local | Music | Arts | Sessions

Boone Howard's New Music Breaks Old Habits But Keeps Its Edge

opbmusic | June 22, 2017 11:45 a.m. | Portland

Portland's favorite sound guy plays from his new solo record and chats with opbmusic's Matthew Casebeer about his evolution as a songwriter.

local | Music | Arts | NW Life | Pickathon Woods Stage

Watch: Patrick Watson's Powerful Pickathon Woods Stage Performance

opbmusic | June 20, 2017 7:45 a.m.

Watch the Canadian songwriter perform an absolutely haunting rendition of "Lighthouse" at Pickathon 2016.

local | Music | Arts

Song Premiere: Nick Delffs' 'Somewhere Wild'

opbmusic | June 16, 2017 8:45 a.m.

Listen to a new song from the former Shaky Hands frontman's album, Redesign, out on July 21st.

local | Music | Arts | NW Life

Video Premiere: The Domestics - 'Beauty Contest'

opbmusic | May 18, 2017 3:32 p.m.

The popular Portland rock band release their latest video and announce a new album.

local | Music | Arts | NW Life | Sessions

Live At OPB: Point Juncture, WA Plays Tracks From New Double Album

opbmusic | May 11, 2017 1:45 p.m.

The Portland rock band play songs from their ambitious new double album and chats with opbmusic's Jerad Walker in front of a live studio audience.

Music | Arts | Sessions

Jay Som Live At OPB

opbmusic | May 5, 2017 11:32 a.m.

The Oakland rock band, fronted by prodigious talent Melina Duterte, perform songs from their sophomore release, Everybody Works.

local | Music | Arts | Sessions

Kelli Schaefer Live At OPB

opbmusic | April 26, 2017 12:53 p.m.

Watch an in-studio performance from one of Portland's most captivating singers.

local | Music | Arts | NW Life

Song Premiere - Sam Densmore - 'Up All Night'

opbmusic | April 12, 2017 1:30 p.m.

Listen to a warm and wistful song from the veteran Portland songwriter's forthcoming release, Open Marriage.

Music | Arts

Long Play: Radiohead - 'OK Computer'

opbmusic | April 3, 2017 9 a.m.

We're celebrating OK Computer's upcoming 20th birthday by playing songs from the record throughout the broadcast at opbmusic all day -- Tuesday, April 4.

Music | Arts | Sessions

Austin Sessions: Holly Macve

opbmusic | March 31, 2017 3:14 p.m.

The Irish-born, English-bred singer channels the ghost of Hank Williams in the Texas shade.

Music | Entertainment | Arts | SXSW 2017

SXSW Friday: 4 Bands We Loved

opbmusic | March 24, 2017 noon

Some of our favorites from St. Patrick's Day at SXSW in Austin, Texas

Music | Entertainment | Arts | SXSW 2017

SXSW Thursday: 4 Bands We Loved

opbmusic | March 23, 2017 1:43 p.m.

Highlights from a full night of music at SXSW Music Festival in Austin

Music | Entertainment | Arts | Sessions

Austin Sessions: Conor Oberst

opbmusic | March 22, 2017 4:41 p.m.

Conor Oberst and his band play songs from his new record, Salutations, at Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas

Music | Entertainment | Arts | SXSW 2017

SXSW Wednesday: 4 Bands We Loved

opbmusic | March 22, 2017 2 p.m.

Highlights from Wednesday night in Austin, Texas

Music | Nation | Entertainment | Recreation | Arts | SXSW 2017

SXSW Tuesday: 4 Bands We Loved

opbmusic | March 21, 2017 5 p.m.

Take-home notes from SXSW Music Festival in Austin's first full day of music

local | Music | Arts | NW Life | Pickathon Woods Stage

Pickathon Woods Stage: Thee Oh Sees

opbmusic | March 21, 2017 8 a.m.

Watch a wild performance from the Bay Area psych rockers recorded at the Pickathon Woods Stage.

Music | Arts

Watch Spoon, Lizzo, and Black Joe Lewis live from SXSW

opbmusic | March 16, 2017 11:48 a.m.

Six bands play the VuHaus Day Stage at SXSW in Austin. Our live stream starts at 10 am PT on Friday.

Music | Entertainment | Arts

SXSW 2017

opbmusic | March 16, 2017 12:07 a.m.

Notes and photos from SXSW 2017

local | Music | Arts | NW Life

Listen To Previously Unreleased Elliott Smith Song From 'Either/Or' Reissue

opbmusic | March 10, 2017 7:45 a.m.

Hear a rare alternate version of the song 'Bottle Up and Explode.'

local | Music | Arts | NW Life

Song Premiere: Bart Budwig - 'Goliath Got Stoned'

opbmusic | March 1, 2017 11:45 a.m.

Eastern Oregon's cosmic country troubadour returns with a new album in April. Listen to the first single right now exclusively at opbmusic.