Devon Allman and Duane Betts of the Allman Betts Band in Studio A (photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)
The word "travel" is nothing new to WFUV's evening host and assistant music director Eric Holland - after adventures including co-hosting a bilingual radio show in Japan and programming a classic rock station in Honolulu, he's seen it all. With these exotic endeavors behind him, Eric is home at last in New York and WFUV.
After growing up in Massachusetts, Eric attended Ithaca College, where his radio career took flight. Following graduation, Eric spent time behind the microphone at rock stations like WAQY in Springfield, MA and WKGB in upstate New York. Then wanderlust reared its head, sending him crisscrossing the country to explore national parks and cities, including Charleston, SC, New Orleans, Memphis, Austin, Denver, San Diego, San Francisco and, eventually, Honolulu -- where he settled down for a few years as Program Director/Afternoon Host at KKLV. After this consciousness-expanding quest, he ended up back in Massachusetts, where he continued on air at WZLX and WBOS and taught classes at Emerson College, where he later received his Master of Arts.
In Boston, Eric found that his thirst for travel still lingered. He flew off to Tokyo, Japan and co-hosted a radio program called Henna Communication, which featured popular music from all over the world. In the fall of 2007, Eric returned to the states. This time, Brooklyn was his destination. New York is where he found WFUV, and it proved to be a perfect match for him.
"It's brilliant to be able to draw on all the different genres in the FUV music library and carry on the spirit of independent, free-form radio. It's also a pleasure to be able to work with some of the best DJs I've ever heard."
Comfortable in front of the camera too, Eric was the music reporter on NY1-TV from 2012 to 2017. He currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and his cat, Black Sabbath, surrounded by his record collection and in striking distance of the city’s live music venues. He enjoys crossword puzzles, playing chess, and riding his bicycle on the west side path or in Central Park. He still travels when he can, including a trip to the Chilean side of Tierra Del Fuego to hang out with two different kind of penguins!