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Dan Plaster

"I love sharing and talking about music," says Dan Plaster, who started as a fill-in host on KLCC radio shortly after arriving in Eugene in 1990. Plaster's own show, The Front Porch, began in 2000 as a hour-long program on Saturday evening. Two years later, it was expanded to three hours on Sunday afternoon. "I play contemporary Americana: bluegrass, country, rock-and-roll, gospel, R&B, and soul," he says. "I call it, 'everything twangy.'" After high school in Davenport, Iowa, and a degree in drafting, Plaster moved to Austin, Texas, to check out the blues scene. "The big touring groups come to Austin," he explains. Plaster worked for architects in Austin until a late-80s building bust prompted a move to Jacksonville Beach, Florida, where he met Holly Steer, now his wife, and researched his next move. "Eugene is one of those cities where architects bunch up," he says. Following their marriage in '93, he and Steer trained as foster parents and raised three infants over a period of five years. "I enjoyed working with kids," says Plaster, who took classes at LCC, began as a volunteer with the DHS Child Welfare Program, and was hired 16 months later in his current job as a social service assistant.

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photograph and story by Paul Neevel

Eugene Weekly / 16 October 2008

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