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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


Phoebe Bridgers Live At OPB

The LA songwriter plays songs from her darkly funny debut album, 'Stranger In The Alps.'

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Courtney Marie Andrews

Watch Courtney Marie Andrews perform a beautiful country folk song called 'Irene' on the Woods Stage.

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Gaelynn Lea Live At OPB

The winner of the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest stops by our studios to play new songs and chat with OPB's Jerad Walker.

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Public Service Broadcasting Digs A Little Deeper On 'Every Valley'

The British rock band, famous for using archival audio to build complex history-themed concept albums, tackles the rise and decline of the Welsh coal industry.

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Album Premiere: Far Lands - 'Oh, What An Honor / Oh, What A Drag '

Listen to the debut album from Portlander Andy McFarlane's project, Far Lands.

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Song Premiere: Taylor Kingman - 'My Lover's Bed'

Taylor Kingman destroyed his voice in his last band. Now he's striking out solo with a new sound.

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Video Premiere: Lenore - 'Heavy Eyes'

Watch the (slightly creepy) single shot video for "Heavy Eyes" from Portland's Lenore.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Tank And The Bangas

We kick off a new season of videos from the Pickathon Woods Stage with a joyful performance from Tank and The Bangas.

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Slow Dancer Live At OPB

Australia's Slow Dancer unfurls a soulful folk sound in our studios and chats with opbmusic's Jerad Walker.

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Video Premiere: Those Willows - 'Know More'

Watch the new Rube Goldberg machine-inspired video from Portland folk-pop band Those Willows.

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Long Play: Blur - 'Blur'

We're celebrating the 20th anniversary of Blur’s self-titled album by playing songs from the record throughout the broadcast at opbmusic all day -- Tuesday, Oct. 3.

opbmusic's Monday Mix: Autonomics, Jamila Woods, Michael Nau

This week it's a fast-paced rocker from a Portland band, a collaboration from a Chicago R&B singer with Chance the Rapper, and some soulful low-fi crooning from rural Maryland.

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Holiday Friends Perform Live At OPB

The Astoria, Oregon, rock band plays songs from their new record "Night Terrors" and chat with opbmusic's Jerad Walker.

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Filthy Friends Perform Live At OPB

The rock supergroup, fronted by Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker and R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, take over the OPB studios.

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Song Premiere: The Hague - 'Bear'

The Portland punk rock outfit release their new single on Sep. 15, but you can hear it right now at opbmusic.

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opbmusic Playlist: Vietnam

A mult-part Vietnam War documentary is set to debut on PBS this month. From Alice In Chains to Bob Dylan, listen to songs inspired by the conflict.

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2017 Newport Folk Festival Broadcast Schedule

opbmusic is airing live performances recorded at Newport Music Festival on Labor Day weekend. Click here for a complete schedule.

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Deer Tick Live At OPB

The Rhode Island rockers perform a batch of new songs in an acoustic session at OPB and chat with Jerad Walker.

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Song Premiere: Matt Vondy - 'All With You'

Hear the first release from Battleme frontman Matt Drenik's forthcoming solo project.

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opbmusic Session: Joan Shelley Live In Marquam Park

The folk singer performs two gorgeous songs under the forest canopy of Portland's Marquam Park.