Nick Forster

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BornMay 16th, 1955
  • Founder
  • Executive Director of the non-profit, eTown

Nick Forster (born May 16th, 1955) was born in Beirut while his father worked for The United States State Department. Nick Forster is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit, eTown. He is also a member of the contemporary bluegrass band, Hot Rize.

In the mid-70's, Nick's music career brought him to Colorado where he met Tim O'Brien (musician), Pete Wernick & Charles Sawtelle. The three men would would then go on to form the band Hot Rize[1].

In 1991, Hot Rize earned a Grammy nomination[2] and took home the Entertainer of the Year Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association[3]. After this, the band members collectively decided to pursue other projects.

Around this time, Nick came up with a concept of a radio show that would bring people together through music and also discuss important current events with a special emphasis on environmental issues. This concept was then put into motion and is now the radio variety program, eTown.

eTown is a 501c3 non-profit broadcast organization. Based in Boulder, Colorado, eTown is a nationally syndicated multimedia, podcasting and events production company. The eTown radio broadcast can be heard on National Public Radio, Community radio stations, and commercial radio. The program has a variety show formats featuring live musical performances, interviews with musicians, authors, and other public figures.


  1. "Hot Rize: So Long of a Journey". Relix Media. 2018-11-27. Retrieved 2022-01-24.
  2. "Hot Rize". 2020-11-23. Retrieved 2022-01-24.
  3. "Hot Rize". IBMA. Retrieved 2022-01-24.

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