Jeremy Petersen, longtime producer and host at OPB Radio, has been fired by Oregon Public Broadcasting.
According to a post on Petersen's Facebook page, he was called into a meeting on Jan. 28 and told he was being let go. Though he writes that there is "nothing particularly juicy or scandalous to say about it," Petersen adds that he was "immediately locked out of seven years' worth of digital music files and industry contacts."
Morgan Holm, OPB's senior vice president and chief content officer, declined to comment specifically on Petersen's removal, but said OPB's music department is "moving in a different direction," with increased focus on online content, including more video segments and in-studio performances.
Petersen began working at OPB in 2007, hosting In House, a weekly program showcasing a mix of local and national music. In 2012, the show moved to a daily, online streaming format.
Petersen's full Facebook note is below.
So, a funny thing happened to me last week. It wasn't literally funny, but it was funny in the way that we sometimes say rare and unexpected things are. It might be funny in the comic sense one day, but today it is not. Anyway, some of you might care about it, others not so much.
Minutes after posting a blog entry about the passing of Pete Seeger, I was called to a meeting and informed that I was being laid off from my job at OPB, where I'd been since June of 2007. There's nothing particularly juicy or scandalous to say about it, except to say that it came from out of nowhere and I was more or less immediately locked out of seven years' worth of digital music files and industry contacts (back up your stuff, people, preferably somewhere private and personal).
I'm not here to travel the easy road of bitterness-- but it is an... interesting feeling to be discarded from something that I worked so hard to build for so long from scratch. I put a lot into opbmusic. I've been a passionate (no doubt at times annoying) promoter and advocate. My work life and my life life have by necessity been inseparable. That's not a complaint, just a statement of fact. It's also strange that for the first time since January 2000, I don't have a show to host.
I also got a lot out of my time at OPB. I don't actually want to type out "dreams came true" on the page in front of me, but the truth is that some did. I've had too many amazing experiences to count these past few years, and more importantly, have had the chance to meet and work with scores of cool, enlightened, creative people. I wouldn't know most of you if it weren't for this job I've had (in part because roughly 627 of you have worked at OPB at one point or another while I've been there).
Let me add to all of that-- and this is not merely ass-kissing-- what a huge pleasure it's been to work with and around those of you who help make up the Portland music scene. I've thought hard about it, and I can't recall one negative interaction with a Portland musician. You're all so damned nice. Thank you for making my job easier. I'm a total homer.
I've been going over those things we're always told are truths over the past few days: "The only constant is change." "Things fall apart." "Life is a pigsty." (ok, so that last one's just a Morrissey song). In light of those mantras, I'm determined for this to be a launchpoint. Needless to say, if you happen to come across some radio/musical/media/PR/band/venue/label opportunity that you aren't for some reason snatching up for yourself, I'm in the market!
(This is turning into a novel. A boring one that couldn't get published, but a novel nonetheless.)
If you've had reason to email me at the old work address, now you know why it's bounced back. Please update my address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The rest of you, too. I seem to have a lot of time on my hands for a minute.
See you around,