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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. He was born and raised in Waycross, Georgia.

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Recent Articles

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Listen To Dr. Dog's New Album 'Critical Equation'

The Philly rock band release their 10th studio album Critical Equation on April 27, but you can hear the full thing now at opbmusic.

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Video Premiere: Jessica Boudreaux Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the Summer Cannibals frontwoman perform a song from her solo debut at Jackpot! Recording Studio in Portland.

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Song Premiere: John Craigie — 'Don't Ask'

Listen to a track from the trouble-making folk singer's new album "Scarecrow."

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Video Premiere: Caitlin Jemma - 'XXOO'

Watch the new video from the Eugene-based country soul troubadour.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Dungen

Watch the Swedish rock band perform "Häxan" among the creeping trees of the Woods Stage.

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Album Premiere: Gold Casio - 'SINNERS'

Listen to the new EP from the Portland-based glitter-pop outfit.

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Video Premiere: Máscaras Live From The Banana Stand

Watch a blistering performance from Portland instrumental psych rock band Máscaras.

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Song Premiere: The Duke Of Norfolk - 'Dylan Thomas / Bitter Bitter'

Listen to the new single from the Vancouver, Washington-based electric folk singer.

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Song Premiere: Leo London - 'Learned To Sleep Alone'

The Domestics singer's deeply personal solo effort is dripping with lo-fi melancholy.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Kaia Kater

Watch the Canadian roots musician's charming performance from Pickathon 2017.

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Haley Heynderickx Live At Kelly's Olympian

The Portland songwriter performs songs from her stunning debut record and chats with opbmusic's Jerad Walker.

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Long Play: The Helio Sequence - 'Keep Your Eyes Ahead'

The Portland band's record, "Keep Your Eyes Ahead," is turning 10 this year-- and so is opbmusic! We're celebrating both anniversaries by playing from the album throughout our broadcast on March 6.

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Song Premiere: Casey Neill & The Norway Rats - 'My Beloved Accomplice'

Listen to a new song from the veteran Portland musician whose new record, "Subterrene," comes out on March 23.

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First Listen: Haley Heynderickx, 'I Need To Start A Garden'

The burgeoning Portland songwriter counts John Fahey and Leo Kottke as inspirations.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Deer Tick

In this premiere, Deer Tick plays an acoustic version of "Card House" on the stage in the trees at Pickathon

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Meet Slingshot artist Nilüfer Yanya

A preternaturally talented young songwriter from London with a gorgeous and complex voice, Yanya is only playing her first handful of shows in the U.S.

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Long Play: The Clash - 'London Calling'

Feb. 7 is International Clash Day and we're celebrating by playing the band's 1979 classic "London Calling" all day throughout the broadcast.

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Watch: The Domestics Live At OPB

The Portland rock band plays songs from their new album, "Little Darkness," and recount their dramatic year.

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Mimicking Birds Live At OPB

Watch the atmospheric rock band perform songs from their new record, "Layers Of Us," and enter to win tickets to a special album listening party in Portland at the OMSI Planetarium.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Sunflower Bean

Watch the Brooklyn-based trio debut new material in the woods at Pickathon 2017.