DJs

David Christensen

Program Director, opbmusic

David Christensen is Program Director of opbmusic, OPB's online and multimedia music service. He previously worked as the Music Director for OPB Radio, and hosted the jazz and world music program Eclecticity. He has a BA in Communications from Oregon State.

opbmusic was launched in 2007 with a 24-hour music channel, website and local music coverage, and studio sessions. (Watch more than 200 sessions at opbmusic.org.) opbmusic also sponsors community events including an annual day party during Music Fest Northwest.

Top Three Songs or Artists: Talking Heads, especially Speaking in Tongues; Paul Simon, Graceland; third place too difficult to narrow down!

Arya Imig

opbmusic host

About: Born in India, grew up in Portland from age of 1, I've been a life long fan of radio. I used to pretend I had my own radio station when I was a kid and do fake station i.d.s at the top of every hour. I love exposing people to new music and reminding them of their old favorites, as well as keeping people informed about what's happening with artists they love and mentioning other facts people might not know.

Top Three Names or Titles in Music: Bob Dylan, Phoenix and U2

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. & 11 p.m.

Rebecca McKillip

opbmusic host

About: I'm from Portland. Born and raised! I've been DJing at OPB since February 2011. Since middle school, I've exchanged mix tapes and CDs with friends and even some people I've never even met. It seemed natural to do the same on the radio, weekly. I started out in radio as a Sophomore at the University of Oregon, hauling my CDs across campus to KWVA 88.1 FM at 2am on Tuesday nights. I gradually got a better spot on Wednesdays from 4-6 PM. My show was called "Music Your Mother Hates" and I actually had fans! Their extensive library, complete with sliding bookshelves, did wonders for my music knowledge and appreciation. When I moved back to Portland, I DJed for PRA (Portland Radio Authority) for about 6 months. I've been DJing on Fridays at opbmusic for about a year and a half and I absolutely love it!

Top Three Names or Titles in Music: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elliott Smith.

Fridays at 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.

Arthur Lee

opbmusic host

About: I was born in Guam but was raised in Portland, OR since I was 8. I lived in LA for about 10 years but moved back to Portland a couple of years ago to get away from the madness that is LA. While there, I was working at a recording studio in LA and Weird Al Yankovic was recording "Smells LIke Nirvana" there. I ordered lunch for him. Also, I got to work at the public radio station, KCRW in LA. I worked as one of the web-video producers for Morning Becomes Eclectic and got to see so many cool bands and meet a lot of great musicians and people. I will never forget that experience. I'm a musician myself and I'm constantly trying to get inspiration from any kind of music that I can listen to. I'd like to, in some way, get that music out there for people to hear, and also provide the same kind of inspiration that I get, to other people.

Top 3 Names or Titles in Music: - 1. U2 - "Achtung Baby"  /  2. Modest Mouse - "The Lonesome Crowded West"  / 3. Miles Davis - "Kind of Blue".

Sundays at 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.

Erin Leonard

opbmusic host

About: I moved down from Seattle about 5 years ago, and we own a house up in St Johns now. I started DJing back in college. I love music, and I thought it was exciting to get to hear the pre-release records before most people could get their hands on them. It's also a great way to learn about new music. I'm currently very proud of releasing our first EP with my band, The North Wind, which we self recorded, produced and even screen printed by hand!

 Top 3 Names or Titles in Music: David Bowie, Radiohead and Pinback

Tuesdays at 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.

Francis Storr

About: I'm from the UK, but have been in Portland since October 2010. When I was at university in the UK, I went to see The Almighty, a band I was really into. I decided to skip a day of lectures and hang around outside the venue to see if I could get my albums signed. I met the band, who were wonderfully friendly and invited me to see their soundcheck. Feeling as though I had nothing to lose, I asked them if they'd play my favorite track for me, and they did. One of my favorite bands, playing my favorite track, just for me.

I'm a huge music fan, and DJing exposes me to so much more music than I'd otherwise hear.

Top Three Names or Titles in Music: Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and The Wildhearts

Wednesdays at 8 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Adam Coulter

opbmusic host

About: Born in Hollis, NH, I came to Portland to study Architecture. I grew up with a great flea market in town and collecting records became an obsession early on.  Then, I got into the archives at my first college radio station.  Seeing piles of vinyl strewn across a room with unbelievable gems all over.  I wanted to share these new finds with friends and others.  Collecting and sharing has always been my driving force. Maybe the coolest thing I've ever done was digging for records in Durban, South Africa before a world cup soccer match.

Top Three Names or Titles in Music: 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.

Jan Epstein

opbmusic host

About:Originally from southern California, I went to college in San Francisco. Moved to Portland from Sacramento 9 1/2 years ago, mostly 'cause my wife and I wanted to live somewhere progressive, hip, genuine and beautiful, and we felt it was waiting for us here. And we were right!

Every 3-4 years I go on some sort of medical mission overseas (in real life I'm an operating room nurse). 2 years ago I was in Bangladesh, and the room I was staying in had intermittent wi-fi. I never travel without music and portable speakers, so when i had the signal I could listen to opbmusic in Bangladesh via my iPod touch. That was pretty cool.

And I have a Triumph Bonneville. The coolest thing ever.
 
I'm a crazy music fan and I've been into opbmusic for about 4-5 years.Its the station i'd been waiting all my life to find. I listen mostly via HD radio. I called in sick to go to the Sadies opbmusic session about 3 years ago at Mississippi Studios and struck up a conversation with Jeremy Peterson, who told me most of the dj's were volunteers. The rest, as they say..
I've stuck with it cause I love being around so much music. It's a buzz to play music for kindred souls and music freaks. And cause they haven't kicked me out yet.
 
Top Three Songs or Artists in Music: Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks), September Gurls (Big Star), She Said She Said (John Lennon)
 
Mondays at 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.

Matthew Casebeer

opbmusic host

About: I was born in Salem, OR. I lived in Los Angeles for 10 years but came back to Oregon in mid-2009. After living in a major metro, my wife and I wanted to live in a bigger city than my home town, and I wanted to immerse myself in the vibrant Portland music scene. I sought out opbmusic and started DJing in March 2010.I have always loved radio. I volunteered for KNRK during high school, hosted a music show for my 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). The behind-the-scenes production always fascinated me, and once I started being able to speak into microphones and choose music to play to the masses I was hooked. I create playlists constantly, so being a DJ at opbmusic comes naturally and is extremely enjoyable and satisfying. Having a voice on opbmusic continues to give me a thrill and helps me discover great new music.


Top Three Songs or Artists: Radiohead, Doves, Guster

Mondays at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Mike Baden

opbmusic host

Like many native Oregonians, I grew up with a deep appreciation for music locally and beyond. I’ve always loved going to shows, discovering new music, sharing mix tapes with friends and putting together playlists for parties. In 2001, I moved to New York City, where I spent the majority of my twenties. I earned a degree from a design school, worked in advertising and publishing, and explored all the distractions I could. Upon returning to Oregon, I began working in radio (behind the scenes & without a microphone). With a thirst for independent radio and a desire for local music, I was quickly turned on to opbmusic. In March of 2013 I joined the awesome group of DJs you see on this page. I love that I get to share new music, unearth the old and connect with our 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)

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