Nick and Helen Forster and eTown


eTown is a live radio music show with a social conscience.  It both entertains and inspires its audience. Created by Nick and Helen Forster, eTown's unique format features music and conversation with a wide selection of musicians, authors, poets, and policy-makers. eTown aims to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world, building community through music. 

Every weekly radio broadcast is taped in front of a live audience in Boulder, Colorado, or in other venues around the country. The show feartures performances from many of today's top musical artists as well as conversation and information about our communities and environment.

One of the show's most distinctive and popular segments is the weekly E-Chievement Award, which celebrates ordinary citizens who are accomplishing extraordinary acts of social change in their communities and beyond.  eTown is one of the most successful and widely distributed radio shows in the country, heard coast to coast  on more than 280 NPR, commercial and community stations.

eTown Founders and Hosts: Nick and Helen Forster

eTown host and co-executive producer Nick Forster’s professional music career spans 25 years, including his time as a member of the Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Hot Rize, as a sideman with popular artists like David Wilcox and Michelle Shocked, and as leader of the talented eTown house band, the eTones.

Rolling Stone Magazine calls Forster "an exceptional songwriter...unquestionably a virtuoso."  As eTown host, Forster deftly walks the line between musician and radio journalist, playing guitar, mandolin, or lap steel with world class musical guests and then engaging those artists in conversation live on stage. His warm, on-air wit, stellar guitar playing, strong vocals, and clear commitment to the planet help make eTown the unique show it is. 

eTown co-host and co-executive producer Helen Forster has extensive experience both on stage as a vocalist and actress and behind the scenes as a producer.  She has performed as a vocalist on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion and in concert across the country. For several years she was co-owner and co-producer of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, an annual music festival with international acclaim.

With her husband, Nick Forster, she oversees virtually all aspects of the production of each live taping of eTown and also contributes her skills as a writer.  A gifted editor, she is responsible for transforming the live two-hour eTown show into the 59-minute version heard each week on the air.

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