Prairie Home Companion

Each week, 2.6 million listeners from nearly 600 public radio stations, online, on the American Forces Networks, SiriusXM Radio, Radio New Zealand, and KPRG in Guam, tune into A Prairie Home Companion live radio show. Started in 1974 by Garrison Keillor and the APHC team, A Prairie Home Companion produced close to 500 live shows during their first 10 years. Broadcast initially at the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the show eventually moved to The World Theater. After 40 years in business, with only a minor break in the action, the show is still broadcast live from the fully renovated and renamed Fitzgerald Theater with Chris Thile at the helm.

Thile is a mandolinist and a highly acclaimed musician who made his first appearance on APHC in 1996. Thile, then 15, made his first mark in bluegrass music on the show. His accomplishments extend beyond the scope of bluegrass to include Ad Astra per alas porci, his mandolin concerto, Bass & Mandolin (Nonesuch) with Edgar Meyer, a Grammy-winning album, and The Goat Rodeo Sessions (Sony Masterworks), a collaboration with Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Yo-Yo Ma. Thile's enthusiasm for live radio keeps listeners coming back for more.

Incredible live performances are scheduled each week from an array of unique musical guests. Some are well-known, while others are just beginning their careers. With a bit of comedy and spoken word, Thile composes and performs a unique new song each week. Other regular performers include the musical director of APHC, Rich Dworsky; fiddler Brittany Haas; guitarist Chris Eldridge; vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz; drummer Ted Poor; radio personality and voice actor Tim Russell; and bassist Paul Kowert, among others.

Interested listeners can search for broadcast times on their local radio stations or tune into SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s NPR Now channel, Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. Central Time, and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. You can also watch a live stream of the show every Saturday, from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Central Time on Podcasts are also available to download. If you want to attend a live show, tickets can be purchased in advance at The Town Hall in New York City, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Keller Auditorium in Portland, and of course, the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Check for additional live show locations, as dates and performances are subject to change.

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