BPR is pleased to announce our newest staff member, operations coordinator and announcer Éowyn Fain. Éowyn comes to BPR with a wide-ranging background as a podcast editor, radio station DJ and technical director and co-executive producer of ATV Beats, a music video series featuring live sessions of up-and-coming artists.
Beginning this weekend, you’ll hear Éowyn as the local host on BPR Classic joining listeners for programs like World Café and Folk Alley. Éowyn will also join BPR operations coordinator and announcer Land Deer during weekday programming, including evening classical and jazz on BPR Classic.
“I’ve always loved NPR for its empathetic, human approach to storytelling and news reporting, and working at an NPR station has been a dream of mine since early high school,” said Fain. "I’m still somewhat in shock that I landed my dream job, but it feels a little more real every day, and I’m so excited and grateful to be here!”
Éowyn plays a significant role along with Land Deer in BPR’s newly created operations department, which manages critical behind-the-scenes work in ensuring the smooth delivery of programming and content you hear every day on BPR News and BPR Classic. Éowyn will also assist in engineering live recordings and providing technical support to staff and external content producers.
“I am excited to have Éowyn join our newly formed Operations Team,” said BPR Director of Technology Jason Reed. "I look forward to the many improvements to our organization that Éowyn and Land will bring. Strengthening BPR’s processes and procedures will improve our service to the community.”
Éowyn grew up in Georgia, moved to DC for college and joined her mom in Asheville following graduation. She says she's been a public media fan since she was a kid.
“I grew up watching shows on PBS, and my mum and I listened to public radio every morning on the drive to school,” Fain said. “Now that I’m an adult, I turn to public media to stay updated on current events without having to sort through the clutter of more commercial sources, and because it’s a comfort that it’s remained consistently good all these years.”
Éowyn graduated magna cum laude from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in Audio Production. She got involved in WVAU as a freshman, hosting a weekly live music show called Peanut Butter Jams, playing a new themed or narrative mixtape each week and sharing interesting stories about the artists.
“I had a blast running my show and cultivating an audience of friends and family,” said Fain. "I still hold a lot of love for the station and the wonderful people I met through it.”
When Éowyn is not immersed in audio and broadcasting, she enjoys making music with friends (she plays guitar, bass and flute), painting, reading sci-fi novels and taking care of her plants and cats.