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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 Broadway star and multiple Tony Award nominee joined us to talk about how he first discovered his love of music and performing, and to perform a few tunes for us live. His debut EP called Guarantee is out now.
  • Toronto singer Elise LeGrow joined us to perform some tunes from her upcoming album, a follow-up to 2018's incredible Playing Chess.
  • The Long Beach-based singer/songwriter has made a powerful statement of protest on her new album Woman In Color.
  • The singer joined us from her home near Nashville to share some wonderful live tracks with her full band including one U.S. broadcast debut! She talked with JPR's Eric Teel about new motherhood, her popular online cooking series, and the work being done by her foundation.
  • Inspired and influenced by the beauty and relative isolation of Eno State Park near her Durham, North Carolina farmhouse, singer/songwriter H.C. McEntire's new album Eno Axis is a powerful collection of songs that deal with aspects of falling in love.
  • New York duo Gracie and Rachel joined us from their home in Brooklyn to recreate some of the beautiful tunes from their album Hello Weakness, You Make Me Strong. They also talked about the 'arranged marriage' that initially brought them together in high school, and how they've managed the close proximity brought on by the pandemic.
  • The Nashville husband-wife duo joined us to share songs from their new album called Dandelion.
  • Singer/songwriter Drew Holcomb of Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors joined us from Nashville to talk about his online approach to reaching fans during the pandemic, as well as his fantastic new album called Dragons.
  • To say Katie Pruitt hit big in 2020 is a major understatement. Her well-crafted and self assured debut album Expectations landed on many best-of lists.
  • Long time friends Liz Longley and Barnaby Bright (aka Nathan and Becky Bliss) joined up for a special holiday-themed JPR Live Session to perform songs from their new holiday albums.
  • The singer/songwriter, violinist, and bandleader of Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards joined us from San Francisco to talk about her pop-leaning new album Bitter Better.
  • The award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter has been spending time in his home of Toronto during the pandemic. He shared a few beautiful performances of tunes from his new album called Without People.