‘A Prairie Home Companion’ Celebrates 40 Years


A Prairie Home Companion

Forty years ago, the radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion and host Garrison Keillor held the first show at Macalester College. In total, twelve people attended. But apparently, those twelve managed to spread the word. Today, the show is broadcast out of The Fitzgerald and  is heard by 4 million people on more than 600 different public radio stations.

Over the years, the show has moved to New York City and back, has been broadcast from all around the world and been host to a variety of performers.

To celebrate its 40 years and all of its accomplishments, the show will hold a festival July 4 to July 6 at Macalester and a special three-hour broadcast on July 5. The festival will feature rock ‘n’ roll, blues, country, folk and soul musicians all performing throughout the day. Event grounds open at 11 am and close at 10 pm. Two ticketed events will be featured, one on Friday and one on Saturday. The first is 40 Songs, 40 Years, a concert celebrating the music of the show.

Tickets are available here. The Saturday night event is the live three-hour broadcast with Keillor. Tickets are sold out.

Photo via: WITF



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Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal is a student at the University of St. Thomas majoring in Communication and Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She was born in California and has lived in four states since then, finally landing in Minnesota (maybe not for good). She loves to travel and studied abroad in London and Ireland last year with another planned trip to Argentina this upcoming year. She hopes to continue her travels after graduation without the excuse of class credit. She is an avid reader who enjoys anything she can get her hands on, from literature classics to popular trilogies. She enjoys writing in all forms, contributing to not only Minnesota Connect but also St. Thomas’s student-run online news source TommieMedia and the School of Social Work’s Perspectives.

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