Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture reporter. The interviews and performances he hosts air on KLCC as local inserts during programs including The Takeaway, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and The World . 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. He has served on the board of the Lane County Cultural Coalition, and is a founding board member of Cerro Gordo Land Conservancy. 

Ways to Connect

Ten years ago, Mason Williams was the featured performer for the first event at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Now he returns as a guest at the theater’s 10th anniversary gala on Saturday, May 20th. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about his career, including the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, his instrumental hit “Classical Gas,” his art projects and a new movie he’s in with Tom Hanks and others. 

Socio-Political comedian W. Kamau Bell is the host of the show United Shades of America on CNN, the author of the new book The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell, the host of three podcasts, and star of the stand-up special and comedy album Semi-Prominent Negro. He’ll bring his stand-up comedy show to the Hult Center in Eugene on Friday, May 19th; he speaks with KLCC's Eric Alan from the CNN studios. 

Photo by Eric Alan

The Delgani String Quartet will close their second season with a performance called Evolving Elements, featuring the percussive side of string quartet music.

Over seventy artists, musicians, and dancers will explore the theme of “Marginalized Voices,” in the Platform Festival at the EMU on the UO Campus on Saturday evening, May 6th. Brad Garner and Amanda Baca speak with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the meaning of the theme, and how those creative voices will speak to it during the free festival. 

Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the role of the arts in the community, including why art is vital within education, and where the boundaries of social commentary should be within public art.  Mayor Vinis guest hosts Lane Arts Council’s First Friday Art Walk on May 5th.

Photo by Eric Alan

The band Las Cafeteras blends elements of traditional Son Jarocho Afro-Mexican folk music with the roots of East Los Angeles streets, in a socially conscious and highly danceable way. They’ve just released a new album called Tastes Like L.A., Before performing at the WOW Hall in Eugene on Thursday, April 20th, they came by the KLCC studios for songs and celebration, in a set hosted by Eric Alan. 

Ira Glass has been a master storyteller for over twenty years, as host and creator of This American Life. In an in-depth interview with KLCC’s Eric Alan, he shares his thoughts on what makes for a compelling story, including examples ranging from the power of unstoppable delusions to what it’s like to discover that your mother is secretly running guns into Africa.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Across a Barrier of Fear is a one-woman play by Sharon Whitney, featuring Jane VanBoskirk.

Author Garth Stein has inspired millions with his book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, about a dog obsessed with car racing and believing he’ll be reincarnated in human form. The book is the focus of this year’s Newport Reads program. Garth Stein will appear at the Newport Performing Arts Center on April 19th, and at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on April 22nd. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan. 

My Last Continent is a novel by Midge Raymond—a love story stretching from Antarctica to Eugene, where the book’s protagonist Deb Gardner lives and teaches.

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