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Tiny Desk Contestants From Our Region


NPR just announced the winner of its Tiny Desk Concert Contest, Minnesota violin player Gaelynn Lea. 

Bands and solo acts from across the country entered the contest, including some notable entries from our music-rich region

Several of the regional entries have played sessions in our studio, hosted by JPR FM Program Director Eric Teel.  Eric gets to be the interviewee this time, as he tells us of the area musicians who took a shot at the Tiny Desk, with music samples galore.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.
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 conversations.