A Prairie Home Companion

  • Hosted by Chris Thile

A Prairie Home Companion is a live radio variety show now hosted by Chris Thile. (2018: Now called Live from Here with Chris Thile)

Chris Thile
Credit Devin Pedde

The new chapter of this listener favorite features both well-known and up-and-coming musical talent, humor with sketch comedy and spoken word, and a funny Song of the Week.

It is produced by Prairie Home Productions and distributed by American Public Media.

A Prairie Home Companion has a long history since original host Garrison Keillor created the show in 1974. The show is primarily recorded at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, MN, although it is frequently taken on the road.  The show's name is borrowed from a 1969 program, and is an homage to the Prairie Home Cemetery in Moorhead, MN next to Concordia College.

Program Changes for January 2018

Nov 30, 2017

Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

Legendary author, humorist, and radio host Garrison Keillor broadcast his acclaimed radio program live from Spokane on May 14, 2016 in front of a sold-out INB Performing Arts Center.

Listen to the entire show and see videos of highlights at priairiehome.org

Don Hamilton / Hamilton Photography

Back in 1984, Garrison Keillor visited Spokane and came by the KPBX studios on 2319 N Monroe Street. Photographer and SPR supporter Don Hamilton remembers it well; he documented the event with his camera.

During the Fall 2014 Pledge Drive, Don came by with a large print of the A Prairie Home Companion host standing in the performance studio.

Before showing staff the image, he crawled around the grand piano to get a photo of the same area of the same room, to show how much things have changed. And how much the room has stayed the same.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a dripping faucet!
Fred Newman is best known to the KPBX audience as Garrison Keillor’s go-to man for every sound effect humanly possible. But he also travels the country with his own One-Mouth Show.

Fred shared his uncanny ability to recreate sounds at the Bing Crosby Theater Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. He also told stories of his past -- how a fly impersonation kept him in a college class, and growing up in Georgia hearing stories from the best.

Spokane Public Radio

More than 5,000 fans of Garrison Keillor's weekly radio program gathered for the thrill of being part of an internationally broadcast radio program. Keillor and company took the stage of the Star Theatre at the Spokane Arena at 2:45 p.m., warming up the crowd for fifteen minutes before the satellites began to send the show to approximately 4 million listeners.

The event was a centerpiece of SPR's 30th Anniversary of broadcasting throughout the Inland Northwest.