Like many native Oregonians, Mike grew up with a deep appreciation for music locally and beyond. He's always loved going to shows, discovering new music, sharing mix tapes with friends and putting together playlists for parties. In 2001, Mike moved to New York City, where he spent the majority of his twenties. He earned a degree from a design school, worked in advertising and publishing, and explored all the distractions he could. Upon returning to Oregon, Mike began working in radio (behind the scenes & without a microphone). With a thirst for independent radio and a desire for local music, he was quickly turned on to opbmusic. In March of 2013, Mike joined the staff at opbmusic where he loves that he gets to share new music, unearth the old, and connect with his community.
Top Three Songs or Artists: Prince, The Cure, and Beastie Boys (Others: Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Phil Spector, Nina Simone, Velvet Underground)
Thursdays at 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.
Matthew was born in Salem, OR. He lived in Los Angeles for 10 years but came back to Oregon in mid-2009. When he and his wife arrived in Portland, he wanted to immerse himself in the vibrant local music scene. So, he sought out opbmusic and started DJing in March 2010. Matthew has always loved radio. He volunteered at KNRK during high school, hosted a music show for his college radio station (KSCR, Los Angeles), worked for a few commercial radio stations in Los Angeles (KBIG/KOST), and volunteered at a nonprofit station in Santa Monica (KCRW). Fascinated by the behind-the-scenes production, he was hooked once he started speaking into microphones and choosing music to play to the masses. Having a voice on opbmusic continues to give him that thrill and helps him discover great new music
Top Three Songs or Artists: Radiohead, Doves, Guster
Tuesdays at 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.
Originally from San Antonio, Michael received his BFA in Theatre at Emerson College in Boston. It was there that he first explored DJing with the WERS show, Women in Music. After co-writing and producing two successful plays in Boston, Michael moved to NYC. He performed in various nightclubs and theatres, doing everything from hosting karaoke and open mic nights and variety shows to performing in burlesque, comedy acts and plays. He received his MA in Media Studies from The New School and began a career as a producer for the fashion photo studio, Studio W26. Michael also co-created a sketch comedy troupe, Gender Offenders, focusing on issues of marriage equality, gender/sexuality and other contemporary issues in America. In 2009, Michael’s comedy-drag-rap show, Chic’Speare and Sasstronica, performed at the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots at the famed Stonewall Inn. In 2010, he moved to Portland with his partner, where today he continues to produce photo shoots at Nike World Headquarters.
Top Three Songs or Artists: Antony and the Johnsons, Aimee Mann, and Morrissey
Wednesdays at 8 a.m. & 5 p.m.
A native of Hollis, NH, Adam grew up with a great flea market in town and collecting records quickly became an obsession. Early on, he wanted to share his new finds with friends and others and he found an outlet for that passion at his first college radio station. To this day, collecting, sharing, and hunting for records is his driving force. In fact, maybe the coolest thing he's ever done is digging for records in Durban, South Africa before a World Cup soccer match. Adam moved to Portland to study architecture.
Top Three Songs or Artists: Gilberto Gil, Hank Ballard and "On the Road to Freedom" by Alvin Lee and Mylon Lefevre
Host of Atlas Bugged Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Although born and raised in Ohio, Oregon has been Nikki's home for almost half of her life. By day, she's a corporate tax attorney. However, by night, she's a rabid music lover who's constantly going to local shows. Nikki started DJing at the college radio station at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania and quickly fell in love with the process of picking playlists and sharing music with listeners. After many years off the air, Nikki realized that she missed that process and was excited to join the staff at opbmusic where she digs through the music library each week.
Top Three Songs or Artists: Ani Difranco, Harry Chapin, and The Beatles
Saturdays at 8 a.m. & 5 p.m.
Arthur was born in Guam but raised in Portland, OR. As an adult, he lived in LA for almost a decade. While there, he worked at the recording studio where Weird Al Yankovic recorded "Smells Like Nirvana." He ordered lunch for Mr. Yankovic. Also while in LA, Arthur worked at the public radio station KCRW. There, he was a web-video producer for Morning Becomes Eclectic. A professional musician who currently plays in several Portland-based bands, Arthur is constantly trying to get inspiration from all kinds of music. At opbmusic, he tries to provide that same kind of inspiration to listeners.
Top Three Songs or Artists: 1. U2 - "Achtung Baby" / 2. Modest Mouse - "The Lonesome Crowded West" / 3. Miles Davis - "Kind of Blue".
Fridays at 8 a.m. & 5 p.m.
A lifelong music lover, Jeff has worked professionally with companies like ABC/Disney, Entercom (KNRK/KGON), Gibson Guitars, Rose City Radio (KXJM) and Clear Channel (KRVR), Jeff also co-founded First Octave, a fund dedicated to supporting music and arts education in Portland public schools. Since 1998, the program has raised over $750,000 in funds and in-kind contributions to Portland's underserved and underrepresented students.
When he is not playing with music on the radio he can be found going to concerts, riding his motorcycle, travelling or doing something active in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.
Top Three Songs or Artists: Elvis Costello (My Aim is True), Nirvana (Smells like Teen Spirit), X (LA), Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin).
Francis is originally from the UK, but has been living in Portland since October 2010. Although he was already a huge music fan, his love for music was cemented while he was at university in the UK. Francis had tickets to see one of his favorite bands The Almighty. That day, he spontaneously decided to skip a day of lectures and hang around outside the venue to see if he could get his albums signed. The plan worked. He met the band, who were wonderfully friendly and invited him to see their soundcheck. Feeling as though he had nothing to lose, he asked them if they'd play his favorite track. They did.
Top Three Songs or Artists: Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and The Wildhearts
Mondays at 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.