eTown is a nonprofit, nationally syndicated radio broadcast, multimedia and events production company. Our mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation in order to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.
For nearly 25 years, eTown has produced musical, social and environmental programming to uplift and inspire listeners around the world. We attract today’s top artists and combine them with champions of social responsibility and environmental sustainability. The eTown community comes for the music, and stays for the message.
The shows are recorded in front of a live audience, in our solar powered theater, eTown Hall, which also serves as a social and environmental hub for community events. From film screenings to panel discussions, concerts, educational programming, fundraisers and more, eTown Hall attracts a vibrant community of engaged citizens.
eTown was conceived by Nick Forster while on tour in Eastern Europe with Sam Bush & Friends in 1990. Nick, a veteran touring musician with the band Hot Rize and others, had fallen in love with live radio after being a guest on Prairie Home Companion, the Grand Ol’ Opry and the WWVA Jamboree. After seeing how the power of music could draw disparate groups together – and witnessing environmental degradation in Eastern Europe – Nick was convinced that there could be a radio show that combined live music with conversation about how we live together on this increasingly fragile planet.
Back in Boulder, Nick enlisted his wife, Helen, to help get eTown started. Helen, a veteran performer and singer (and former partner in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival), jumped right in, and the first eTown show was recorded on Earth Day in 1991. Just a few short months later, eTown was launched on NPR and fans all across the country discovered this one-of-a-kind program.
Now, more than 24 years later, eTown is still evolving, with an ever-expanding audience and impactful message. With weekly broadcasts, video content, and even our own solar powered concert hall in downtown Boulder, eTown is not just here to stay, it’s bigger and better than ever!
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Nick & Helen ForsterNick Forster eTown host/co-founder Nick Forster is no stranger to the world of music. He began his career as a professional musician more than 30 years ago. He is a founding member of the world renowned bluegrass band, Hot Rize. He is also an accomplished record Producer, session musician and touring sideman. Nick is the…