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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.

  • Oliver Wood, Chris Wood, and Jano Rix joined us from Nashville to share some fantastic live performances of music from their new album called Kingdom In My Mind.
  • Despite meeting many years earlier, the Troy, New York indie folk-pop duo didn't officially form until 2012, and hit big with their debut album Love We Are We Love, with NPR, American Songwriting, and No Depression all singing their praises.
  • The Nashville singer/songwriter joined us from her childhood home in Nebraska to share music from her powerful new album called Building.
  • A look back at the day live music stopped from JPR Music Director and JPR Live Sessions host Eric Teel.
  • The New Jersey singer/songwriter joined us from a farm in a small town called Red Bank to share a few songs and talk about the special meaning behind the title of her new album Truth In The Mud.
  • Lead singer and songwriter Raul Malo joined us from Nashville to talk about the band's 30 year history, and their decision to release an all Spanish-language album for the very first time.
  • This will be the third year for NPR's Student Podcast Challenge, and this year they are adding an exciting element to the initiative: college students.
  • The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter recently returned to music after a six year hiatus. She talked to JPR's Eric Teel about her return, and how she doesn't think the burnout that led to her calling it quits in 2014 will be an issue this time around.
  • Members of the eclectic folk/bluegrass/jazz ensemble Twisted Pine joined us from their separate pandemic locations to chat about their new album called Right Now, and how their sound has evolved from traditional bluegrass to the territory they currently occupy.
  • Singer Eric Earley from Portland's Blitzen Trapper joined us from his home to share a couple of songs from the band's brand new album Holy Smokes, Future Jokes.
  • Singer/songwriter John-Robert's debut EP is called Bailey Barely Knew Me. Originally from Virginia, John-Robert now resides in Los Angeles, and joined us for a chat about his YouTube proficiency, and how he's converted his online popularity into a budding musical career.
  • Rebecca and Megan Lovell have come a very long way since their days in The Lovell Sisters - the bluegrass/roots band they performed in with their sister Jessica. As Larkin Poe (the band name is a nod to one of their ancestors), the sisters have continued to grow and expand their sound into the world of blues and blues rock.