Founded by Nick and Helen Forster in 1991,
eTown is a live, music-based radio show recorded in front of an audience but with a new twist: every show included conversation or information about social and environmental issues. Launched on Earth Day 1991 (just a month before their wedding day), eTown quickly grew into a nationally syndicated radio program through NPR. The resulting mix of live music and commentary surrounding climate change, community and sustainability forever changed what was thought possible in broadcasting.
Music ran deep in the Forsters’ DNA. Nick began his career in Colorado at the Denver Folklore Center repairing guitars. There he met his future bandmates in Hot Rize, the award-winning bluegrass band that he’s been a part of for more than 40 years. Helen got her start in Telluride where she was an actor, singer and one of the early partners in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.