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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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opbmusic's Monday Mix: Wilco, Brittany Howard, Hustle And Drone

Listen to three standout songs added to the opbmusic broadcast this week.

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A British Band's Tribute To The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this month, we revisit the band's remarkable 2015 album, "The Race for Space."

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Song Premiere: The Color Study - 'Without'

Bend-based musician Scott Oliphant finds catharsis in a cacophony of horns, sing along choruses and ramshackle rhythms.

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Video Premiere: Jacob Miller Live From The Banana Stand

Watch Miller perform a new song live in The Iron Society barbershop.

Music | Arts | Entertainment | local | Sessions

Hop Along Live At Wonder Ballroom

The Philadelphia rock band perform songs from their masterful 2018 album, and lead singer Frances Quinlan chats with opbmusic's Jerad Walker.

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Song Premiere: Joaquin Lopez - 'Entrego'

Lopez's new song is inspired by the electro-pop that filled Portland's dance clubs in the late '80s and early '90s.

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Long Play: Rilo Kiley - 'More Adventurous'

The band's major label debut turns 15 this year and we're playing the whole thing throughout the broadcast on Tues., May 21.

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Video Premiere: Brette Irish Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the No Aloha lead singer perform an electric folk song from her 2018 solo album, "Capital Cities."

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opbmusic's Monday Mix: Summer Cannibals, Fontaines D.C., Esperanza Spalding

Listen to three standout songs added to the opbmusic broadcast this week.

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Video Premiere: Linus Kyle Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the lo-fi folk singer perform a previously unreleased song live in his North Portland home.

Music | NW Life | Arts | Entertainment | local | Sessions

bed. Live At Kelly's Olympian

The Portland rock band perform songs from their much-anticipated full-length debut "Replay" and chat with OPB's Jerad Walker.

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Song Premiere: Lost Lander - 'Borderline'

Listen to a mesmerizing new song from frontman Matt Sheehy's ambitious performance art project.

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Long Play: Modest Mouse - 'Good News for People Who Love Bad News'

This titanic rock release is turning 15 and we're celebrating the anniversary by playing the whole album throughout the broadcast on Tues., April 30.

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Video Premiere: Robin Bacior Live From The Banana Stand

The songwriter performs a gorgeous stripped-down version of "Eyelids" live from her living room.

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Video Premiere: Marisa Anderson Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the guitar virtuoso perform a beautiful song from her newest album, "Cloud Corner."

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Haley Heynderickx

After a breakout year, watch the folk singer's triumphant Oregon return recorded deep in the Pickathon woods.

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First Listen: Anna Tivel, 'The Question'

You don't just hear these stories, you can almost feel them.

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Song Premiere: TK & The Holy Know-Nothings - 'Tunnel Of A Dream'

Listen to a new ramshackle single from this impressive project fronted by songwriter Taylor Kingman.

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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.