Creative Content Producer
Paul started at CapRadio in 1987 as a jazz host. He moved into the news department in 2001 to serve as the station’s first Arts Editor. Later came a transition to Senior Producer, then Senior Editor for Innovation.
In 2015 Paul returned to the music department to serve for six years as Managing Editor, Music and Arts, overseeing CapRadio’s classical and jazz formats and streams.
In his current role as Creative Content Producer, Paul brings high level technical and artistic knowledge and skills in support of CapRadio’s audio content production across all formats and platforms.
Paul helped develop CapRadio’s award-winning documentary unit The View From Here, exploring such topics as food insecurity, family caregiving and adults with autism through the intimate lens of first-person storytelling.
In 2006, Paul co-produced Dina's Diary, featuring Carmichael resident Dina Howard and her emotional journey through a year of breast cancer treatment. The powerful program continues to air on radio stations across the country.
From 1996 to 2002 Paul wrote and produced ten one-hour documentaries for NPR’s weekly series Jazz Profiles, hosted by singer Nancy Wilson. Erroll Garner, Paul Desmond, Mel Tormé, and Quincy Jones are among the subjects he profiled. His show on vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson was part of Jazz Profiles’ Peabody Award season of 2001.
Paul has also produced shorter features for NPR on The Monterey Jazz Festival, Dave Brubeck and Ansel Adams, Moby Grape, Eric von Essen, and composer Avner Dorman’s collaboration with the Stockton Symphony.
July 19, 2017
Bay area vocalist Sandy Cressman loves Brazilian music. Her sensitive, studied approach has won praise from Brazilian musicians and has earned her invitations to perform in that country. This week Cressman performs in Sacramento, supporting a new CD.
May 26, 2017
There are many styles of music featured at the Sacramento Music Festival. But traditional, New Orleans-style jazz has been always been at the festival’s core. We asked musicians from different generations what attracts them to traditional jazz.
April 14, 2017
This weekend the Joe Gilman Quartet will commemorate jazz great Dave Brubeck's famous recording "Time Out" with a concert featuring all of the selections that appeared on the groundbreaking album. Gilman helps explain what made the record so unique.
April 6, 2017
CapRadio's Managing Editor for Music and Arts Paul Conley previews upcoming concerts in the month of April.
December 1, 2016
Making a career as a jazz singer is tough, but when you're the son of one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time, the challenge comes with unfair but inevitable comparisons. Thankfully James Tormé inherited what he calls his dad's "circuitry."
October 28, 2016
Classical music conductor, composer and professor Henrik Jul Hansen has died at his home in Sacramento. A family friend says Hansen – who founded and conducted the Gold Country Chamber Orchestra - died last week at the age of 62.
October 21, 2016
Teenage jazz sensation Joey Alexander took time out from his 4-night, sold out engagement at the Mondavi Center in Davis to perform for and answer questions from an audience made up entirely of his peers at Arden Middle School in Sacramento.
September 1, 2016
Classical content coordinator Cale Wiggins responds to five questions about his job as the curator of CapRadio's distinctive mix of classical music.
August 17, 2016
Legendary jazz vibraphonist and composer Bobby Hutcherson reflects on his life and career in these excerpts from a 2001 documentary for NPR's Jazz Profiles series, hosted by singer Nancy Wilson and produced by CapRadio's Paul Conley.
May 26, 2016
It's been a long road to recovery for many arts organizations following the Great Recession. Symphony orchestras were among the most affected groups. But attendance during the 2015-16 at our region's big three, Stockton, Modesto and Sacramento is up.