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A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays 4pm, repeated Sundays 1pm

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Garrison Keillor went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969 on the 6:00-9:00 a.m. program called A Prairie Home Companion—named after the Prairie Home cemetery in Moorhead, Minnesota. It was after he began work on an article for the New Yorker magazine about the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, that he developed an idea for a radio show with musical guests, comedy sketches and commercials for imaginary products. On July 6, 1974, Keillor hosted the first live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion at the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalester College, Saint Paul. Producer Margaret Moos sold tickets for $1 for adults (50 cents for children) and the audience of 12 produced a total gate of something less than $8.
During its first 10 years, A Prairie Home Companion produced 477 live shows. On March 4, 1978, the show moved to The World Theater in Saint Paul, which at the time was boarded-up and expected to be demolished. The former World Theater, now the renovated Fitzgerald Theater, has been the program’s home base ever since.

Today, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by over 4 million listeners each week on over 580 public radio stations, and is heard abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Keillor remembers, “When the show started, it was something funny to do with my friends, and then it became an achievement that I hoped would be successful, and now it’s a good way of life.”
A consummate storyteller, Keillor is the internationally known author of fifteen books and a regular contributor to Time magazine, Atlantic Monthly and many others. He has won numerous awards, including a Grammy, two ACE Awards, and Peabody, and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.

Summer Compilation Schedule:

July 21
. Not really poetry or English Majors, but literature/books. Ruth Harrison script re: Moby Dick, Anna Karenina; GK sings "The Owl and the Pussycat;" Reading from Great Gatsby; F. Scott script, GK sings "Scott Fitzgerald" song; GK reads Longfellow; "Crossing the Bar," HGQ; Princess and Pea; GK reads Updike, etc.

July 28
MIX OF OCT 2011 SHOWS. Sailboat script re: SS Partnership, married couple on boat; Chess script; GK sings "The Fox" song; St. Paul script re: eating in St. Paul restaurant; Gillian Welch sings "White Rabbit"; John Lithgow in Guy Noir script; "Chet's Guitar," Steve Wariner.

August 4
KENTUCKY, TENNESSEE SHOWS. Louisville & Lexington & Knoxville & Memphis: Patty Loveless sings "Cold Cold Heart" and "Why Baby Why;" Guy Noir re: organic bourbon; Ruth Harrison hypnotizes Mr. Parker; Br'er Rabbit script; Bobby Ann Mason; ; Knoxville limericks; Ellen script re: poet is lovely; Roy Acuff and Sam Bush; Memphis movie script; Memphis Horns, Alvin Youngblood Hart.

August 11
BASEBALL COMPILATION. Pittsfield Baseball Tune, GK sings (short); Ketchup, Jim prefers baseball to soccer; Guy Noir save Wrigley Field from developers; Baseball poem by Donald Hall; Cowboy Waltz, Peter O. – on the Ken Burns "Baseball" doc; GK and PD, "Centerfield"; GK and Bob Edwards as baseball announcers; GK sings "Red Sox Song"; The Whippets Rag (Family Radio); Twins song in Powdermilk Break; GK sings "Hail MN, Win Twins"; "The Slugger," Andy Stein, GK talks with Louisville Slugger CEO; "The Catbird Seat," Dave Frishberg; GK’s song "Just Wait Until Next Year" – watching World Series; GK Reads Casey at the Bat.

August 18
ST. OLAF SHOWS. St. Olaf, State Theater show with St. Olaf Women's Choir.

August 25
CARS/ROAD TRIP COMPILATION. Guy's Shoes "Life is a Trip" album; "Keep on Truckin," PD; Rhubarb script re: car trip with Kerouac, John Wayne to Montana; Byways script with Gillian and David; Cowboys script, hitchhiking and picked up by Studs; GK homage to Jack Kerouac (with "Going Down the Road," The Wailin Jennys); "Cadillac Assembly Line," Mac Rice; "'48 Ford," Steve Wariner (truck, Ryman); SFX script (FN) re: car trips; Mom script, Duane take road trip to Ohio with parents (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).

September 1
COLORADO MIX. Colorado Springs, Loveland, Greeley & Durango.

September 8
CHOIR COMPILATION. Lots of great scripts incorporating choirs, plus music. Morris, MN with UofM Morris choir, Lives of the Cowboys meet choir on trail; Icelandic Choir, Bill Holm’s Choir Story w/National Song; St. Kate’s Women’s Choir; Plymouth Choir, Choirs script and College Medley re: graduating w/music degree; Plymouth Choir, Choir Story (overthrew conductor); Plymouth Choir, Death script re: singing angel in choir (in Iowa/Heaven); Plymouth Choir, Mary Jo song re: behind her in choir; Russian Chamber Chorus of NY; The Tudor Choir (Chte. Ste. M.), Pine Tree Bretheren script w/singing; Mormon Tabernacle Choir (’95); Cantus, Mouthwash script; Raul Melo sings Nessun Dorma with VocalEssence; Chanticleer; VocalEssence, Guy Noir with Philip Brunette/ church turned into bowling alley; VocalEssence sings "Choral Blues;" Durango Children’s Chorale; U of M Concert Choir, Songs of the Prairie w/choir and GK reading poetry; Maria Jette sings as church choir director, Nessun Dorma; Mono re: stranger in town who joined choir (Christmas); Choir monologue; Lutheran church choir sings Messiah

September 15
Live shows resume. Starting with our Annual Street Dance & Supper season opener from the Fitzgerald Theater!

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