Prairie Home Companion
A Prairie Home Companion is a live radio variety show created and hosted by Garrison Keillor. The show originates from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota and generally runs two hours on Saturday afternoons from 5 to 7 p.m. Central Time. The location of Fitzgerald Theater is 45 Exchange Street East. It is produced by Prairie Home Productions and distributed by American Public Media, and is most often heard on public radio stations in the United States. The program is also carried around the world by the American Armed Forces Radio Network as well as America One.
The Prairie Home Companion show has a long history. Keillor developed the idea for a radio variety show that had musical guests and commercials for imaginary products after researching the Grand Ole Opry doing an article for New Yorker magazine. On July 6, 1974, the first live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion took place. The program was named after the Prairie Home Cemetery in Moorhead, Minnesota, located next to Concordia College. The show was broadcast from St. Paul, Minnesota in the Janet Wallace Auditorium of Macalester College.
Music is a very strong feature of the Prairie Home Companion program. The show is a significant outlet for American folk music of many genres, especially country, bluegrass, blues and gospel, but the show also has guest performers from a wide variety of other styles of music including classical and opera and from a number of different countries.
Today, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by over 4 million listeners each week on over 580 public radio stations. 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." To see Garrison Keillor and a Prairie Home Companion Live is an experience to remember. Garrison Keillor and a Prairie Home Companion have many faithful followers nationwide so get your tickets early and see a legendary Minnesota show!
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