Janeen Rundle (Director of Music Programs and Scholarships)
Janeen worked for Sony Music Entertainment for 14 years upon graduation from ASU in Business/Political Science. Her years with Sony Music involved marketing, sales, and promotion, based in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Portland. In 2004, she entered the field of finance and is presently a Sr. Loan Officer at Eagle Home Mortgage. Always an avid arts advocate and diverse music appreciator, from a radio DJ in college, to Sony Music and onto organizing and assisting community fundraising concerts and galleries such as: Alberta Street Fair, Iron Artist-S.C.R.A.P. TBA, Tribute to America at the Roseland, ArtHop on Alberta St, as well as, S.C.R.A.P. Art Gallery: Co-curator/Proprietor/Music Coordinator / Board advisor (School and Community Reuse Action Project.) As a co-founder of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, she continues to coordinate Music Education opportunities through OMHOF workshops, assemblies and scholarships to our underserved schools/communities and college scholarship opportunities to those pursuing musical studies. Janeen also serves as International Youth Exchange Counselor-Southeast Portland Rotary.
I first cracked the mike in 1975. As a working musician, I began to see that I was not cut out for a life on the road. I looked to radio as a way to live vicariously thru those that were willing to put up with the gypsy lifestyle. From Montana to Iowa down to Southeast Texas (Port Arthur, Janis Joplin’s home town) I learned the ropes until my big break came. In 1979 I won a national radio talent search and was hired in Seattle a month later. I have lived in the Northwest ever since. In the early 1990’s I moved to Portland to host the morning show along with my partner Tom Turner at KGON. We later moved to mornings at KKRH (Earth 105) in Portland. In 1999 Tom and I went our separate ways and I anchored afternoons at KBBT/Portland In 2000 the jewel in the Portland radio crown came calling and I was hired to host the afternoon show at KINK. In 2008, I moved to the KINK morning show along with Sheila Hamilton and “Dave and Sheila” garnered top 5 ratings until 2014. I then went back to KGON to man the afternoon show in 2015. Currently you can catch me afternoons on 106.3 The Valley in Medford (thevalley.fm) and Mornings at 101.7 The Adult Alternative in Bend (1017.fm) I also play drums in a Portland-based cover band The Poor Sports
Inessa programs the music for Portland Radio Project, a streaming online station which has intense focus on local and Northwest artists, as well as a current music with a global reach. She also is content producer for www.prp.fm, www.theinessablog.com.
The move from New York City and the dance and theatre world, to Portland in 1980 has allowed Inessa the chance to cultivate her art, culture, and music-world advocacy. The radio world presented itself to Inessa in the mid-80s with various stints spent at KGON (some of that time as a music director), to 107.5.The Beat and finally to KINK. Local music was always important from the very first days in the industry. But it was at KINK where she took over the local music reins, produced nightly on- air segments with local artists, and helped curate the local album annual release. Inessa studied classical piano from the age of 6 through private teachers. But there is no genre that escapes her interest, from classical, to jazz, to world and of course the rock idiom.
Bill Frith (Treasurer)
Since graduating from Willamette University in 1991, his Property & Casualty insurance career with Safeco and Liberty Mutual has focused on marketing and sales throughout Oregon. In those travels came a broad sampling of Oregon’s rich musical offerings from the big stage to the tavern corner next to the restrooms. While his music industry experience involves some radio DJ work (every show ended with The Yardbirds’ “Train Kept a-Rollin’” and a free beer to the 7th caller), Bill came from a family musical legacy and enjoyed the benefits of school music programs (choir, clarinet) and private music lessons (piano) to fuel interest and appreciation across all musical genres. With three children growing up in today’s school system, he is experiencing first-hand the impact of budget cuts and a diminishing focus on the musical arts among our youth. Well, that’s just not good, which is why he involves himself with OMHOF’s mission to celebrate Oregon musical legacy and promote youth music awareness and education. He is also learning how to play the blues harp.
J. Michael Kearsey (Secretary)
J. Michael Kearsey began his professional music career in high school bands in Western Massachusetts, continued playing and expanding his genres adding Folk music and jazz to his American Rock’n’Roll interests as he obtained a History degree at Beloit College. He moved to Boston with college mates Jim and Tom Goodkind, forming Under Milkwood with pre-Cars vocalist, Ric Ocasek. Moving to Portland Oregon in 1972, he was a founding member of UPEPO, a Jazz/Latin/Rock group that performed all over the West Coast for 11 years. He produced the their sole LP, International Ties. In 1982 he formed the Rockin’ Razorbacks and produced the first of two LP’s, Rockin’ Razorbacks and More Love Less Attitude. In 1989 he joined the Brothers of the Baladi, playing bass, producing 8 of their 12 CD’s. He has also produced three CD’s for Howard Crosby (Bing’s nephew) as well as Blues and Jazz CD”s for Lee Blake, Reunion Jazz Quartet, The Millionaires and his own CD’s: Suite for the Columbia Gorge and Silverthaw. As a composer he has provided scores for five OPB programs including, Oregon Portraits I and Oregon Portraits II, OPB’s most successful fund raising programs to date. Offstage, Michael has been an active member of the Portland’s music community as the Vice President of the Portland Music Association, board member of the Portland FolkMusic Society, board member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and a 35-year member of NARAS. As a concert promoter he produced over 300 shows of contemporary Folk Music for his Berkshire Snow Productions that included Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, John Gorka and Dougie MacLean. He has been a feature writer for the Oregonian, music editor of the Portland Scribe, columnist for Positively Entertainment and the Southeast Examiner and broadcaster on his KBOO weekly Jazz show, “Sound for Sore Ears,” which could be heard every Monday night for 11 years. He is currently working on a third personal CD, Between the Seasons.
Alex Steininger got his start in music in 1995, writing about both local and national bands for the America Online magazine ChipNet. Making several connections with indie and major record labels, when AOL ceased ChipNet in 1997, Alex Steininger co-founded the online magazine In Music We Trust with life long friend Ryan O’Neill.
In Music We Trust Magazine soon found an audience with like-minded music fans; In Music We Trust covered all genres, leaving no sound untouched, which resonated well with its readers, especially during the dawn of the world wide web. In Music We Trust managed to gain the attention of Billboard Magazine following it’s launch, which reviewed the website, stating that they were champions of the little guy.
While still doing In Music We Trust Magazine, in 1999 Alex was hired to work at N.A.I.L. Distribution (National Alliance of Independent Labels) heading up their marketing department, working alongside artists and indie labels to coordinate their marketing efforts at retail. That same year, Alex started In Music We Trust PR, and picked up his first two PR clients courtesy of Cavity Search Records: King Black Acid and Helio Sequence. Many other clients followed after.
In 2001, Alex started another chapter in the In Music We Trust empire, launching In Music We Trust Records with the debut solo record from former Crackerbash/Jr. High front man, Sean Croghan. That year also saw Alex move to Burnside Distribution, accepting the title of Marketing Director and Label Liaison, again working alongside artists and labels, and retail stores, to better represent the Burnside catalog at both local and national retail outlets.
In 2003, CD Baby offered Alex the job of Vice President of Business Relations, and Alex moved over to CD Baby.
While Vice President of Business Relations at CD Baby, Alex secured deals with Amazon.com, Ryko Distribution, and Super D, a one-stop distributor, for CD Baby’s catalog. The Ryko Distribution deal saw Alex heading up CD Baby’s umbrella label group, with it’s first release a live album from Reel Big Fish. The Amazon.com deal would make each CD Baby title not available on Amazon at the time available for sale. The Super D deal allowed CD Baby’s clients, who didn’t have distribution deals in place, to stock and special order their titles at retail. All three deals helped with CD Baby’s rapid growth.
After four and a half years at CD Baby, all while still doing In Music We Trust Magazine, PR, and the record label, Alex left CD Baby in 2007 to focus on In Music We Trust full-time. The following year he added another division to In Music We Trust, launching In Music We Trust Management. He hasn’t looked back since.
Deer Lodge’s Ezra Meredith obtained a degree in recording/engineering, and soon thereafter began to work at Jackpot! Studios alongside Larry Crane. He later founded Deer Lodge in 2003. As the founder of Deer Lodge, Portland, Oregon’s only recording studio, record label, live venue, and private bar (since 2003), Meredith has recorded a slew of local and national artists, including Fernando, Luther Russell, Lewi Longmire, Michael Dean Damron, Drunken Prayer, and many others. He later founded Deer Lodge Records, releasing records by Drunken Prayer, Hearts of Oak, Sarah Gwen, Countryside Ride, Meredith Brothers, and more.
Besides engineering, mixing, producing, and releasing records for artists and bands, Meredith and Deer Lodge has created community, a proud, focal point of the Deer Lodge. Whether it is Deer Lodge’s spring and summer backyard intimate house performances, which bring together artists and the local community of music fans, inviting over local and touring bands for conversation and drinks in the garage converted into a replicate of a dive bar, or spinning old school country and psychedelic records, Meredith has submerged himself in music and, more importantly, Portland’s music scene.
With over twenty years of recording experience, and a laundry list of record credits, Meredith’s Deer Lodge, which Willamette Week voted “Best of Portland” in 2015, is a throwback to the community-driven, humble origins of Portland’s music community.
Andrea Wynn Stellar (Director of Membership & Volunteers)
If you’ve been at most any kind of music event over the last 35 years, you’ve probably seen Andrea Stellar there. A native of Portland, Andrea has been here watching it grow and helping it foster in one way or another. She worked first hand with many-many rock bands as a server/bartender at Key Largo along with working at Jazz De Opus back in the 80’s and early 90’s. Since then, she’s volunteered her time over the years at many events, especially for the Oregon Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Snow Cap, Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland Bible Church Food Pantry, and coordinated a few Cascade Blues Association fundraising events – as well as been a vested volunteer with many OMHOF events. Andrea likes to help where there is music; she immensely supported Buko TV video crew for several OMHOF Award Ceremonies and while supporting several interviews at the Blues Festival. Andrea is a stalwart supporter for Oregon music!
Randy has been a music advocate for over 35 years. After graduating from Madison High in 1972 and attending George Fox University for a year he developed an interest in recording. He started a small studio in his basement, recording for local college students. Always behind the scenes helping promote concerts, volunteering at music festivals, including 21 years with the Monterey Jazz Festival. Board of director experience includes Clark County Association of Realtors, Washington Realtor Association, Realtor Foundation board and the Regional Multiple Listing Service board. Randy has been a full time Realtor for the past 18 years in Vancouver and is a broker with Windermere Stellar. Married (Sheri) with two children, three step children and a granddaughter.
Geoff has been involved with music education since 1999. He has designed and taught curriculum for group classes including university outreach programs, parks and rec programs as well as private instruction. Since 2007 he has been involved with the management and staffing for the Camp Amp program hosted by Hillsboro Parks and Rec. For the past 15 years Geoff has been active in the Portland music scene. In addition to extensive songwriting, recording and performing experience, he has licensed music to film and television. He is also part owner of Five Star Guitars, a music retail chain in Oregon specializing in instruments, lessons and repairs for instruments and amplifiers.