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Eric Teel

Director of FM Network Programming | Music Director | Host/Producer: JPR Live Sessions

Over 30-plus years in radio, Eric has drawn upon his extensive music knowledge to host programs in nearly every genre for commercial and public radio. He joined the JPR staff in 1996, hosting Siskiyou Music Hall from JPR’s Redding studios. In 2002, he moved to Ashland and took over as one of the hosts of Open Air. In addition to music, he’s put his journalism background to use reporting for NPR, managing JPR's award-winning newsroom, and producing feature-length public radio specials carried nationwide.

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and interviews.

After a failed attempt at structured music instruction at Washington State University, Eric earned his degree in broadcast journalism from WSU's renowned Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

Eric is a member of the Recording Academy, which each year presents the popular Grammy awards. He is also a regular contributor to NPR Music.

  • The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter joined us to talk about his stumbled into what is now a very successful music career, and shared a few songs from his new album The Ghost And The Wall.
  • The acclaimed jazz singer joined us from her home in Los Angeles to share songs from her new record called Come What May
  • Since their first visit to our basement studios back in 2016, Mipso have continued to impress with their beautiful harmonies. They returned a few times, and were watching as we constructed a new performance studio. Finally, they're in it.
  • The folk singer, banjo player, band leader and self-described 'artivist' joined us to talk about his new album Borrowed Time, and the social issues he focuses on outside of music.
  • Ahead of his first ever performance at Redding's Cascade Theatre, the 20-time Grammy winner joined JPR's Eric Teel for a wide-ranging conversation.
  • The long time Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter joined us to talk about her recent relocation to Nashville, and the tumultuous last couple of years that included a divorce, a tornado, and a rough bout with Covid-19. She also performed a few songs from her new album Mercy Rising.
  • Husband/wife duo Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean first met a little over ten years ago and quickly bonded over their shared love of old blues and jazz. With the band Ida Mae, they've managed to funnel those creative influences into a modern, exciting sound.
  • The Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter (aka Liam Duncan) assembled a few friends in his backyard to play us some tunes from the new record called Church of Better Daze.
  • Originally from Oklahoma, Parker Millsap has very quickly made a name for himself among the best players and songwriters in his new home of Nashville. He joined us for a remote session to share songs from his new album called Be Here Instead.
  • The Nashville-based singer/songwriter and fiddler joined us to talk about her powerful new album called Cycles, which focuses on the many ways that we destroy and rebuild as people, as families, and as a country.
  • The California-based singer/songwriter joined us to talk about his new album called See The World, as well as his desire for people to get out and enjoy what life has to offer.
  • The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter joined us to talk about her new album called American Quilt, and why the classic songs she chose for the record are so much a part of our collective musical consciousness.