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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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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."

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Video Premiere: Smokey Brights - 'Blame It On Me'

Watch the Seattle-based duo perform an acoustic version of their song "Blame It On Me."

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From The Pickathon Woods: Michael Nau, Rasheed Jamal, WAND And More

Despite the audience's fatigue and the sun beating down, both veteran and newer acts brought the eclectic (and dusty!) weekend to a wonderful close.

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From The Pickathon Woods: Glam Rock, A Cajun Party And Soulful Crooning

The Pickathon Music Festival celebrates its 20th year this weekend. See reviews and photos from Saturday's shows, including Haley Heynderickx, Jamila Woods, Sunflower Bean and more.

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Pickathon 2018, Friday: Scenes From The Woods

The Pickathon Music Festival celebrates its 20th year this weekend, with a four-day event in Happy Valley, Oregon. See reviews and photos from Friday's shows, including Built to Spill, DakhaBrakha, Caleb Klauder and more.

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Song Premiere: Lorain - 'Rose Window'

Listen to the first single from the Portland folk rock band fronted by songwriter Erik Emanuelson.

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Video Premiere: The Minders Live From The Banana Stand

Watch Martyn Leaper of The Minders perform a stripped-down, backyard acoustic version “It’s Gonna Breakout.”

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Watch: Dr. Dog Live At Revolver Studios

The psych-rock quintet perform songs from their new record "Critical Equation" live at Revolver Studios in Portland, Oregon.

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Video Premiere: Fanno Creek Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the group perform “No Name,” recorded live at the Banana Stand house in Portland, Ore.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Dinosaur Jr.

Watch and listen to this sonic assault by Dinosaur Jr. recorded at the 2017 Pickathon Woods Stage.

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Video Premiere: Natasha Kmeto Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the electro-soul musician perform “Love On High,” recorded live at North Star Ballroom in Portland, Ore.

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Video Premiere: Genders Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the rock band perform “Never Belonged To You,” recorded live at a house show in Portland, Ore.