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

For the past twenty-five years, the Sugar Beets have been one of this region’s most eclectic and popular bands, and they will be hosting a 25th anniversary Silver Ball at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Saturday, October 24th, as well as releasing an album of live material, called Live and 25.

Photo by Eric Alan

Dar Williams returns to our listening region with a concert tonight, October 20th, at the Jaqua Concert Hall of the Shedd Institute in Eugene. She’s touring behind her new release, Emerald—her first independent release after a long tenure with Razor and Tie Records. She’s also been busy with other creative and social projects, writing and teaching on subjects as diverse as what allows towns to prosper, music movements in a capitalist democracy, and of course, songwriting. She visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.


A conversation with Dr. James Braxton Peterson, who will give the UO’s annual Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on Thursday, October 22nd, entitled “A Song, A Slogan and a Service: Dispatches from the Movement for Black Lives.” It begins a year-long focus on themes of justice by the Oregon Humanities Center. Dr Peterson hosts “The Remix” podcast on WHYY in Philadelphia, and is an MSNBC commentator. He also founded Hip Hop Scholars, Inc., and is Director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University. 

Wild Child, Live at KLCC

Oct 15, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

The band Wild Child from Austin, Texas, is touring behind their brand-new CD Fools, their third release. Their sound has earned them attention in places as diverse as NPR, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and a Purina Cat Chow commercial. Before performin in full seven-piece electric form at the WOW Hall in Eugene on Thursday, October 15th, they’re came by the KLCC studios in acoustic quintet form for songs and conversation. 

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.