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.

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An image from "Adventures of Modernist Cannibals"

Painter and printmaker Enrique Chagoya talks with Eric Alan about his exhibition “Adventures of Modernist Cannibals,” currently at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Chagoya gives an artist’s talk in 115 Lawrence Hall on the UO campus on Thursday, October 15th at 6 p.m. 

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

Miguel Harth-Bedoya returns to conduct the Eugene Symphony on Thursday, October 15th as part of the symphony’s 50th anniversary season. He speaks with Eric Alan about the evening’s program, and how it relates to his global program to present the music of South American composers.   

Author, Register-Guard columnist and storyteller Bob Welch and Friends present a multi-media show called “My Oregon,” at the Florence Events Center on Sunday, October 18th, and in the Soreng Theater in Eugene on Thursday and Friday, November 5th and 6th. He speaks with Eric Alan about capturing and communicating Oregon’s magic. Includes music from Dale Bradley and Trio. 

Jan Eliot has spent the past twenty years drawing the syndicated comic strip Stone Soup.  The adventures of the messy matriarchal family have run in hundreds of newspapers, generated ten books, and helped earned Jan Eliot the Women Make a Difference Award at the International Women’s Forum. But all things must end, and she has decided to cease drawing the daily strip, although continuing to draw the Sunday one. The last daily strips will run the week of October 12th. She speaks with Eric Alan about the transition. 

Photo by Eric Alan

David Myles is a songwriter from Nova Scotia with extensive Canadian success. He has nine CDs out, including the latest one, So Far, which is his first release in the US. His music has influences that range from folk to jazz, vintage to modern. But his collaboration with rapper and producer Classified on a song called “Inner Ninja” won him a JUNO award for best rap song in 2013—now the best-selling rap song in Canadian history. He hosts a weekly radio show for the CBC, has a political science degree, and has studied in China.

Photo by Daniel Sheehan

Pianist Wayne Horvitz has created a new album inspired by the poetry of the late Richard Hugo, called Some Places are Forever Afternoon. He speaks with Eric Alan about the inspiration of place and the merging of creative forms, before performing live at the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene on Friday, October 9th.

Saxophonist Joe Manis has made a name for himself, not only in the world of jazz, but through performances and collaborations that have reached into the realms of classical and world music, and even comedy. He celebrates the release of his jazz trio CD The Golden Mean with a concert at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene on Friday evening, October 9th. He will appear that night in trio with George Colligan on the organ and Charlie Doggett on drums. He speaks with Eric Alan.

Photo by Jessika Kaiser

Violinist Bella Hristova visits the KLCC studios to perform a solo piece from her native Bulgaria, and to talk about her performance on Saturday, October 3rd with the Oregon Mozart Players, where she will be the featured soloist on Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major.” She has achieved international stardom before the age of thirty.   

Political cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Rall speaks with Eric Alan about his new graphic novel Snowden, which explores the motivations and dilemmas of Edward Snowden in his decision to reveal classified NSA documents. As part of Banned Books Week, Ted Rall will give a free illustrated talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, October 3rd at 2 p.m.

Cartoonist Dan Piraro has been drawing the award-winning Bizarro for 31 years. He will give an illustrated talk to begin Banned Books Week at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Sunday, September 27th at 2 p.m. He speaks with Eric Alan about hidden upside down birds, the inspiration of Alfred Hitchcock, and the future of comics in the digital age.