WMU News

WMUK listeners to again hear tell of Lake Wobegon

Sept. 13, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- After a 16-year hiatus, "A Prairie Home Companion" will return Oct. 6 to the WMUK-102.1 FM, Western Michigan University's public radio station.

"This announcement is part of WMUK's 50th anniversary celebration," says the station's general manager, Floyd Pientka. "Without a doubt, 'Prairie Home' has been the one program our listeners have requested most for several years running. It's the right time to bring it back, and I hope fans of the program will be pleased."

The show will air Saturday evenings on WMUK from 6 to 8 p.m. Listeners accustomed to hearing the locally produced "Grassroots" in that time slot can still catch the popular music program Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon.

"A Prairie Home Companion" is a live, two-hour weekly variety program from Minnesota Public Radio and Public Radio International. Hosted by best-selling author Garrison Keillor, it showcases actors Tim Russell and Sue Scott, along with the sound effects of Tom Keith and the house musical ensemble, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Each program features Keillor's signature monologue, "The News from Lake Wobegon," an update from the little town where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking and all the children are above average." The show is currently carried coast-to-coast on more than 500 public radio stations, with a nationwide audience of nearly three million listeners.

Media contact: Jessica English, 616 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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