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!
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".
Fridays at 8 a.m. & 5 p.m.
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 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.
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.
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.
Top Three Songs or Artists in Music: Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks), September Gurls (Big Star), She Said She Said (John Lennon)
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.
Tuesdays at 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.
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)
Thursdays at 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.
About: I am originally from Ohio, but Oregon has been my home for just under half of my life. By day I am a corporate tax attorney; by night a music lover, who can’t get enough live music. I started DJing at my college radio station at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania and quickly fell in love with the process of picking playlists to create an experience for the listener. After many years off the air, it was awesome to be back digging through the OPBMusic library to put together weekly playlists and talking about the local music happenings. I continue to get out and hear as much live music as I can and am constantly searching for amazing new music to add to my playlists.
Top Three Songs or Artists: Ani Difranco, Harry Chapin, and The Beatles
Saturdays at 8 a.m. & 5 p.m.