Eva Walker wants to expose listeners to the underrepresented voices of the many Northwest communities of all backgrounds and genres.
Eva Walker wants to expose listeners to "the underrepresented voices of the many Northwest communities of all backgrounds and genres." KEXP

Seattle native Eva Walker, the charismatic vocalist/guitarist for rising rock band The Black Tones, will take over as host of KEXP's local-music show Audioasis on September 8, the Seattle radio station announced this morning. Walker succeeds Sharlese Metcalf, who ran the popular program—which airs every Saturday from 6 pm-9 pm on 90.3 FM and at kexp.org—for 10 years. Metcalf will occasionally fill in on Audioasis, but her main focus moving forward will be on expanding and improving KEXP’s Community and Education work.

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In a press release, Walker said:

I believe in discovering, listening and experiencing music as much as possible. I’m beyond excited to start at KEXP as the host of Audioasis. It’s a big responsibility, because Audioasis is the window through which so many are introduced to local music. I want listeners to hear the real Northwest, the underrepresented voices of the many Northwest communities of all backgrounds and genres, not just what they're used to hearing. I have a big love for Seattle music - from Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy James - and can’t wait to discover even more, learn and grow with the KEXP audience

Look for a wide-ranging interview I conducted with Walker and Love Battery's Kevin Whitworth on Slog in the near future.