A Prairie Home Companion
Airs Saturday, 6-8 p.m.
and Sunday, 12 noon-2 p.m.
A Prairie Home Companion is a live radio variety show both created and hosted by Garrison Keillor since 1974. The show usually originates from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, although it is frequently taken on the road. A Prairie Home Companion is known for its musical guests, tongue-in-cheek radio drama, and Keillor's storytelling segment, News from Lake Wobegon. A Prairie Home Companion is one of the last remaining shows to honor the singer-songwriter tradition.
When A Prairie Home Companion originally aired more than three decades ago, it was hardly the show we know today. It was originally broadcast as a morning show from 6-9 a.m. on Minnesota Public Radio. In 1978 it moved into what is now the Fitzgerald Theater. In 1987, Keillor married and the show went off the air for two years and returned under a different format called The American Radio Company of the Air. The new format was recorded in Brooklyn and reflected New York lifestyle rather than the country folk life of A Prairie Home Companion. In 1992, the show returned to its former location and format for good.
A Prairie Home Companion has seen good days and bad days at Lake Wobegon, yet it lives on as one of nation' sthe last remaining live variety shows with an audience.
A Prairie Home Companion is produced by American Public Media. For more information, visit http://prairiehome.publicradio.org.