A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

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KPBX 91.1
Sunday 6pm - 8pm
Saturday 3pm - 5pm
Garrison KeillorOn July 6, 1974, a radio host named Garrison Keillor gathered a few friends together to do a little variety show. It could be something a little like the Grand Ole Opry, but up in Minnesota. The very first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion had about a dozen people in the audience. Oh how it's grown.

Keillor and the cast of APHC celebrate the 40th Anniversary with a three-hour live broadcast airing July 5, from 3-6 p.m. in Spokane on KPBX. The program will be rebroadcast on the actual anniversary, July 6, from 6-9 p.m.

Special guests for the extended Anniversary Broadcast are friends who have appeared on the show over the last four decades, some of them from the very first show. A partial list includes Old Crow Medicine Show, Iris DeMint, Robin & Linda Williams, Butch Thompson, and members of the original Powdermilk Biscuit Band. 

“We intended the show to last for a year, or maybe two, but just as we were about to quit, the show started to draw an audience, fifty, a hundred, two hundred people coming to see it on Saturday night, and we kept going so we could figure out what we were doing right," Garrison Keillor says. "The formula is simple: a variety of music that appeals, radio actors who can do noir, or horror, or soap, strong writing, a Midwestern ethos, and the thrill of live radio. And a support staff to do the work. It isn't what I planned to be doing for forty years but luckily for me my plans went awry. It's a good show. People have grown up listening to it and now they are middle-aged and still like it.”


About the show:
A Prairie Home Companion
is a live radio variety show created and hosted by Garrison Keillor. The show runs on Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Central Time, and usually originates from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minn., although it is frequently taken on the road. A Prairie Home Companion is known for its musical guests, especially folk and traditional musicians, tongue-in-cheek radio drama, and Keillor's storytelling segment, "News from Lake Wobegon."
 
It is produced by Prairie Home Productions and distributed by American Public Media. A Prairie Home Companion is most often heard on public radio stations in the United States. The show has a long history, existing in a similar form as far back as 1974, and borrowing the name from a radio program in existence in 1969. It was named after the Prairie Home Cemetery in Moorhead, Minn., next to Concordia College.

About the host:
In 1969, Keillor hosted a morning radio program on Minnesota Public Radio, which was called A Prairie Home Companion. Five years later, he transformed the show into a live broadcast, borrowing the name from his earlier program. It is still going strong today after a brief hiatus from 1987 to 1989. A popular part of A Prairie Home Companion is Keillor’s weekly monologue set in the quiet, fictional Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon.

Keillor turned the show into a major motion picture directed by the late, legendary Robert Altman. In addition to writing the screenplay, he also appeared in the film alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, and Kevin Kline. 

In addition to his program, Keillor is a writer. His books include Happy To Be Here (1981), the best-selling Lake Wobegon Days (1985), Leaving Home (1987), We Are Still Married (1989), and WLT: A Radio Romance (1992). Most recently, he had two works of fiction published: Pontoon: a Lake Wobegon Novel (2007) and the children’s book Daddy’s Girl (2007). 

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