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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

Music | local | NW Life | Arts

Song Premiere: Small Leaks Sink Ships - 'Sympathetic Resonance'

opbmusic | Aug. 16, 2017 9:30 a.m.

Listen to the Portland band's contribution to a new anti-Islamophobia compilation.

Music | local | NW Life | Arts

Song Premiere: Anna Tivel - 'Illinois'

opbmusic | Aug. 11, 2017 11 a.m.

Listen to the striking new single from the folk singer's new album, "Small Believer."

Music | local | NW Life | Arts

opbmusic Playlist: Oregon's Total Solar Eclipse

opbmusic | Aug. 10, 2017 1:21 p.m.

Don’t look directly at our eclipse playlist. It might blind you.

Music | local | NW Life | Arts

Cataldo's New Record Is A Keeper

opbmusic | Aug. 8, 2017 noon

Matthew Casebeer of opbmusic chats with Seattle songwriter Eric Anderson about his long-running project's latest release.

Entertainment | Music | local | NW Life | Arts

Pickathon 2017, Saturday: Scenes From The Woods

opbmusic | Aug. 6, 2017 7:49 a.m. | Happy Valley, Oregon

The temperatures may have dipped ever so slightly Saturday, but the fire that is the Pickathon lineup didn't let up. See photos and reviews from Saturday's shows.

Pickathon 2017, Friday: Scenes From The Woods

opbmusic | Aug. 5, 2017 7:15 a.m. | Happy Valley, Oregon

Pickathon artists and fans took on the Northwest heatwave with a jam-packed day of shows. See photos and reviews of Deer Tick, Charles Bradley, Big Thief, the Last Artful, Dodgr and more.

Music | NW Life | Arts

Mondo Cozmo’s Wild Ride: From Landscaping To Lollapalooza

opbmusic | Aug. 1, 2017 10:18 a.m.

Two years ago, Josh Ostrander was working two landscaping jobs and contemplating giving up on music. Now, he's releasing his major label solo debut.

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

Pickathon Woods Stage: Dan Deacon

opbmusic | Aug. 1, 2017 8 a.m.

Watch Deacon kick off a dance party of absolutely epic proportions.

Music | local | NW Life | Arts

Watch: Small Skies Debuts Trippy New Video For 'Faces'

opbmusic | July 26, 2017 11 a.m.

Watch the Portland electro-pop outfit's trippy new video.

Music | local | NW Life | Arts | Sessions

Watch: Portugal. The Man Performs From Their New Album Live At OPB

opbmusic | July 25, 2017 10:45 a.m.

The Portland pop band is back with an epic new album. Watch them perform a stripped-down acoustic session in our studios.

Music | local | NW Life | Arts

Song Premiere: Small Souls - 'Existential Midlife Crimes'

opbmusic | July 21, 2017 10:30 a.m. | Portland

Hear the first single from the Portland folk rock duo's sophomore release.

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

Watch: Jeff Tweedy's Intimate Acoustic Set At The Pickathon Woods Stage

opbmusic | July 18, 2017 9 a.m.

Watch the Wilco frontman perform "One Wing" at Pickathon 2016.

Music | Arts | Sessions

Hurray For The Riff Raff Live At OPB

opbmusic | June 28, 2017 2:10 p.m.

The lively folk rock band perform songs from their new record The Navigator, and frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra chats with opbmusic's Laura Hardin.

Music | local | 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.

Music | local | NW Life | Arts | 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.

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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.

Music | local | NW Life | Arts

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.

Music | local | NW Life | Arts | 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.

Music | local | 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.