A nonprofit organization

eTown is a media and community organization dedicated to bringing people together through culture and conversation since 1991. Your support sustains eTown's national radio show/podcast and programs at downtown Boulder's eTown Hall as sources of connection and inspiration in CO...and beyond!



"Your show is one of the best on the radio - what a great combination you have with music and attention to social and environmental issues each week! Thanks a million and here's to your continued success!" -Linda Miller, Fort Collins, CO

"From entertaining performances to raising awareness of issues that affect the country and the world, eTown has always been a gold standard of excellence in providing the best of music, civic duty and awareness."
-Listener Michael Hirthe, Milwaukee, WI

"Your hour is a breath of fresh air. Thanks for keeping the music and smart talk alive."
-Listener Eric Boardman, Los Angeles, CA

"I feel part of a community when I listen because the hosts and guests have the same values and dreams for our environment and country. Thanks for making my Saturday afternoons so special via WETS (89.5)."
-Listener Ruth Ann Parker, Knoxville, TN

"I love to listen to eTown for their entertainment and music, but really appreciate the inspiring and motivating stories you share about ordinary people stepping out for change. It confirms that each of us are capable to make a positive difference in the world" - Beth Heckel, Loveland, CO

"Best show on Public Radio!"
-Listener Terry Bannon, Carbondale, CO

"In places where it is often difficult to find like-minded connections for social stimulation and growth, eTown has become like an old friend passing through sharing news, a new story and song. Thanks for being a window into a much bigger world, illuminating a community I may have never seen otherwise."
-Listener, Tim Robertson, Hannibal, MO


"With breathtaking features like the hundreds of solar panels on the roof, and conscientious details like glue-free, recycled tiles, eTown Hall allows many kinds of artistic work to integrate under one roof. eTown Hall strikes me as a mini musical mecca."
-Mike Gordon (Phish)

"It was great to be around people that are conscious about social issues and community, and the sort of stuff that is not always present in music."
-Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive)

It's always important to have landmarks for culture, and places that can be gathering centers for creativity, music and the arts. That's the vision of eTown.
-Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd and the Monsters)

eChievement Winners:

"After the eTown broadcast several people, including schools and local businesses, contacted me about donations or volunteering. I was most excited about being able to spread the word about how important it is to take care of our rivers as well as our environment and community. "
-19 year-old eChievement Award Winner Andrew Kersting, Grassroots Rogue River Clean-up Project, MI

"We received several key donations and saw an increase in web traffic resulting from the eTown broadcast. Then, when the show was re-broadcast, the donations again started to flow in, many times over what we got last year. Lots of people now will get their own wheelchair and a chance for a better life! God Bless."
-eChievement Award Winner Don Schoendorfer, Free Wheelchair Mission, Costa Mesa, CA

"We received multiple donations and heard from tons of people outside of Colorado who were specifically interested in starting a community kitchen like SAME in their areas because they heard us on eTown. We also had offers to volunteer-this is all great for us!"
-eChievement Award winners Libby and Brad Birkey, SAME café, Denver, CO

"I am in absolute appreciation of the experience with eTown… Thanks to what you choose to do - our world is a better place!" - eChievement Award Winner Della Rae, Lake Oswego, OR


eTown~ Music. Ideas. Community

eTown's mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience, through music and conversation, to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.

Background Statement

eTown was founded with the idea that music brings us together and that together, we can make the world a better place. For more than years, we have been combining some of the best music in the world with conversation about our communities and the health of our planet. In 1991, we were one of the first national media entities to regularly discuss climate change with scientists from NCAR or the Rocky Mountain Institute. We did this while presenting big names like James Taylor or Willie Nelson along with up and coming and lesser-known musicians from almost every musical style. As a result, eTown is now one of the most widely syndicated musical radio programs in the country, carried on roughly 300 stations, and our reputation as thought leaders and innovators is well known.

eTown was conceived by Nick Forster while 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.

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.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities


1535 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302


P.O. Box 954
Boulder, CO 80306

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Boulder County, CO, US





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