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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.

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Recent Articles

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Long Play: Fruit Bats – 'The Ruminant Band'

This modern classic is turning 10 and we're celebrating the anniversary by playing the whole album throughout the broadcast on Tues., March 26.

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Song Premiere: Layperson - 'Somebody Already Knows'

Songwriter Julian Morris finds his voice with a soulful new release from his solo project.

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Song Premiere: Ages and Ages - 'Nothing Serious'

Listen to the new sun-kissed single from the band's forthcoming album, "Me You They We." Plus, new tour dates!

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Song Premiere: Lenore — 'Thick Skin, Tender Heart'

Listen to the band's new single which is also featured in an upcoming Duplass Brothers film debuting on Netflix this weekend.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: The War And Treaty

Watch the duo's gritty rock-n-roll soul performance in the woods.

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Anna Tivel Live At Type Foundry Studio

The songwriter's forthcoming release, "The Question," is one of the most anticipated albums of 2019. Watch her perform new songs live.

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Video Premiere: Kelli Schaefer Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the powerful singer's band set the room on fire with this rendition of "Moonstruck."

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Song Premiere: Deathlist - '8 Eyes'

Listen to the first release from Portland artist Jenny Logan's new album, "A Canyon."

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Black Pumas

Watch the Austin-based psychedelic soul outfit charm the Pickathon crowd with this slow burner.

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Video Premiere: Nick Delffs - 'Redesign'

Watch the playful new music video from the Boise-based artist whose gorgeous 2017 solo release is being issued on vinyl in February.

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Album Premiere: bed. - 'Replay'

Three years ago this Portland band began work on a shoegaze masterpiece. Then, life happened. Hear it now for the very first time.

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Album Premiere: Miss Rayon - 'Eclipse'

Listen to the post-punk outfit's debut record.

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Song Premiere: Megan Diana Feat. Korgy And Bass - 'Viceroy'

Listen to the vocalist cover Mac DeMarco with a little help from the rhythmic duo Korgy and Bass.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Jen Cloher

Watch the Aussie rocker perform "Analysis Paralysis" live from the woods at Pickathon.

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Song Premiere: Seance Crasher - 'Haymaker'

Listen to the slightly funky but entirely sexy pop song from the Portland band's forthcoming album, "Gentle Cycle."

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Song Premiere: Maiah Wynne - 'Sleep'

Listen to the first single from the young Portland-based songwriter's ambitious new album.

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Song Premiere: Pool Boys - 'Millennial Morse Code'

The rock outfit merge beautiful harmonies with dissonant guitars on their debut single.

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Song Premiere: Boreen - 'Lovely'

Portland songwriter Morgan O'Sullivan finds solace in routine in this stunning new song.

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Long Play: The Minders - 'Hooray For Tuesday'

The Minders are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut record with a vinyl only reissue. We're playing the whole album throughout the broadcast on Tues., Oct. 16.

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Video Premiere: The Duke Of Norfolk Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the Vancouver, Wash. folk musician perform an informal living room version of "As The Heralds Revere You."