A still-shot from A Prairie Home Companion film


In July 6, 1974 a radio phenomenon was born. A Prairie Home Companion, a variety radio show that highlights folk, bluegrass, blues, and gospel music as well as comedy skits, was started at the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalaster College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The audience at the first show was 12 people, all of whom paid $1 to view the show, $0.50 for kids. Although the first audience of A Prairie Home Companion was small in the first 10 years of production the cast aired close to 500 shows. From A Prairie Home Companion's start in 1974 until 1978 the radio variety show was broadcast from several different theaters. Then, on March 4, 1978 A Prairie Home Companion received its home at the World Theater in Saint Paul. Although it has gone under several renovations and remodels and a change of name from the World Theater to the Fitzgerald Theater, A Prairie Home Companion is still broadcast from the same spot.

In 1987, the radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion went off the air for a brief hiatus while the shows host and creator Garrison Keillor got married and spent time abroad. Two years later, Garrison Keillor returned to radio hosting The Radio Company of the Air. This show however was not in Garrison Keillor's home Minnesota but rather was broadcast from Brooklyn Academy of Music because of this change in location, the show lost some of its most famous "skits" including the Lake Wobegon monologue that was one of the best parts of the former Prairie Home Companion. After two seasons with the new more "sophisticated" format that reflected the shows New York listenership, Garrison Keillor and the entire show moved back to Minnesota and the World Theater.

Currently A Prairie Home Companion is run out of the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota but does lots of traveling. The A Prairie Home Companion cast has broadcast from almost all 50 states, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany and Iceland. A Prairie Home Companion is heard by 4 million listeners weekly on 590 Public Radio Stations and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. In 2006 A Prarie Home Companion was turned into a movie featuring, Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep, Lindsey Lohan, Lily Tomlin, and Woody Harrelson.

Garrison Keillor commented about the show, "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". An evening with Garrison Keillor is said to be very entertaining, so don't miss out on seeing Garrison Keillor live. To view the Prairie Home Companion schedule for the Prairie Home Companion Tour, check out our site to where you'll find amazing deals and Prairie Home Companion tickets that you and your entire family can enjoy!

 


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