Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture host. The music performances he hosts on KLCC air during Q; his interviews and features air during The Takeaway, The World and other programs. Previously, he spent seventeen years at Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, where he was music director and host of the daily music show Open Air. He is a nationally published author and photographer with three books to his credit, ranging from nature spirituality to major league baseball. He also works with National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones, regularly contributing words and photographs to the project “Celebrate What’s Right with the World.” He is an accomplished lyricist as well, with credits ranging from international recording artists Gypsy Soul to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre.

Ways to Connect

Photo by Ron Verzuh

  Photographer Ron Verzuh  presents Street Rhythms, an exhibit of street corner photographs taken across the globe, on display at the Downtown Eugene Public Library through December 20th. He speaks with Eric Alan about a photographic and personal journey that has included being an author, historian and head of the international solidarity program of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. 

  Kindista is a social generosity network that aims to assist people by connecting them through sharing. The first Kindista Holiday Market: Buy Nothing and Share Freely will be held on the Friday after Thanksgiving at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Eugene. Benjamin Crandall, co-founder of Kindista, speaks with Eric Alan. 

  Dr. Charlotte Peterson is a child psychologist whose new book is The Mindful Parent: Strategies from Peaceful Cultures to Raise Compassionate, Competent Kids. It integrates her findings from forty years of traveling the world exploring parenting strategies in indigenous cultures, particularly finding lessons in the Tibetan, Bhutanese and Balinese. She’ll be giving a talk at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Sunday, November 22nd, and speaks with Eric Alan in the KLCC studios. 

  This Saturday evening, November 14th, at the First Christian Church in Eugene, there will be a benefit concert for Womenspace to support their work against domestic violence, a concert which will also launch the new band Halie and the Moon. It’s a very different musical direction for vocalist Halie Loren, away from jazz and into acoustic poetic dream pop on their debut CD, Blue Transmissions Vol. 1 . Rachel Collins from Womenspace and Halie Loren visited the KLCC studios.



The Society for the Legitimization of the Ubiquitous Gastropod’s latest leader, S.L.U.G. Queen Markalo Parkalo, a.k.a. Mark Roberts, will preside over  S.L.U.G. Queen Markalo Parkalo’s 3rd Ball at the Vet’s Club in Eugene on Friday, November 13th. It’s a benefit for LILA, the Lane Independent Living Alliance, and is a masquerade ball featuring a wide variety of other entertainment and activities. Markalo Parkalo oozes into the KLCC studios to speak with Eric Alan. 

  “Mortal Sphere” is a multi-media presentation to be brought to life by vocalist Laura Wayte, sculptor Lillian Almeida, pianist Natalie Fortin, and saxophonist Idit Shner. It is inspired by reflections on childhood and society stemming from the path taken by Laura Wayte’s family out of partitioned post-World War II Germany, to avoid engineering secrets reaching Soviet hands. It will be performed in Beall Hall on the UO campus on Friday, November 13th. Laura Wayte and Lillian Almeida speak with Eric Alan in the KLCC studios. 

  The movie Forgotten Heroes: An Honor Flight Story, documents the journey of aging Willamette Valley veterans to Washington DC to visit the war memorials there. It will screen at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Tuesday evening, November 10th. Eric Alan speaks with Shawn Trotter, a team leader and guardian with South Willamette Valley Honor Flight.

  Alaskan artist Ray Troll uniquely combines art, science, music and fish. His exhibit The Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago opens at the Museum of Natural Cultural History in Eugene on Thursday, November 5th. He speaks with Eric Alan about one of Earth’s strangest prehistoric creatures, and sings about it too. 

  Artist Henk Pander has been one of Oregon’s  foremost artists for the past half century, since arriving from his native Netherlands. His vivid and intense work has ranged from depictions influenced by a childhood growing up under the Nazi occupation of his homeland, to official portraits of Oregon Governors Tom McCall and John Kitzhaber. In conjunction with the Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWalk in Eugene on November 6th, he’ll give the month’s Art Talk at the downtown Lane Community College campus at 6 p.m. He speaks with Eric Alan.

  Eugene native Elizabeth Rowe has gone on to national prominence as a flutist, including her current role with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where she holds the Walter Piston Principal Flute Chair. She has also held key positions within the orchestras of Baltimore, Washington DC and Fort Wayne, and currently teaches at both the New England Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center. She’s returned to her hometown for a week-long residency that includes performances at Beall Hall on Wednesday, November 4th, and with the Oregon Mozart Players on Saturday, November 7th.