Contact: David O’Neill
Prairie Home Productions
Take "The News from Lake Wobegon" Wherever and Whenever You May Roam
American Public Media Offers Podcast of Garrison Keillor’s Popular Monologue from A Prairie Home Companion
(St. Paul, Minn.) February 12, 2007—American Public Media™ today announced its new podcast of the popular "The News from Lake Wobegon" segment from A Prairie Home Companion®—the two-hour, live, weekly variety program, hosted by bestselling author and National Humanities Medal winner Garrison Keillor.
A Prairie Home Companion is produced by Prairie Home Productions and distributed nationwide by American Public Media.
"The News from Lake Wobegon" is Garrison Keillor’s signature monologue from "the town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve." Each week, Keillor shares with listeners the latest news and views from the little town where, above all else, "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."
Audiences will be able to obtain information about accessing "The News from Lake Wobegon" podcast on www.prairiehome.org and in the A Prairie Home Companion e-mail newsletter. The podcast will also be listed on iTunes and other major podcast directories.
A Prairie Home Companion is currently carried coast-to-coast on more than 580 public radio stations, with a nationwide audience of over 4 million listeners each week. The program is also broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio. Overseas, it can be heard on American One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. A Prairie Home Companion is underwritten by Toyota and Select Comfort.
Keillor has written more than a dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Love Me and Homegrown Democrat. He has been honored with numerous awards for his contributions to radio, television and literature, including the National Humanities Medal in 1999, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 2006 marked the release of the movie version of A Prairie Home Companion. The film was written by Keillor and directed by the late Robert Altman. Later that year, Keillor opened Common Good Books, an independent bookstore located in the historic Cathedral Hill area of St. Paul.
American Public Media also makes the following full programs available as podcasts: The Writer’s Almanac,® Marketplace,® Marketplace Money,® Marketplace Morning Report,® Being,® The Splendid Table,® Weekend America,® Marketplace Tech Report, The Story™ (co-produced with North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC) Sound Opinions SM (co-produced with Chicago Public Radio®), Word for Word®, and American RadioWorks® documentaries.