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eTown Logo Spot ColoreTown was conceived by Nick Forster when he was 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 music drew disparate groups together – and noticing the environmental degradation in parts of 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.

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eTown hosts Nick & Helen Forster

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 23 years later, eTown is still evolving and eTown’s audience is expanding. With weekly videos, a popular website, and even their own solar powered musical Town Hall, eTown is not just here to stay, it’s bigger and better than ever.