This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we're celebrating the 40th Anniversary of our very first show at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a festival and a special three-hour live broadcast. We'll have a host of rock'n'roll, blues, folk, soul, and country musicians on hand, plus, a few big sing-alongs, the Old Regulars of the Powdermilk Biscuit Band, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, an extra-wide version of The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon. Join us in-person, on the radio, and online for a whole weekend of family fun, stories, and songs!
"We intended the show to last for a year, or maybe two, but just as we were about to quit, the show started to draw an audience, fifty, a hundred, two hundred people coming to see it on Saturday night, and we kept going so we could figure out what we were doing right. The formula is simple: a variety of music that appeals, radio actors who can do noir, or horror, or soap, strong writing, a Midwestern ethos, and the thrill of live radio. And a support staff to do the work. It isn't what I planned to be doing for forty years but luckily for me my plans went awry. It's a good show. People have grown up listening to it and now they are middle-aged and still like it."