A Prairie Home Companion

2016-17 broadcast schedule

Our new season with host Chris Thile consists of new, live broadcasts and repeats.

Logo request form

Our graphic designers provide show logos that meet your specific needs and specs.

Custom graphics request form

Use this form to request custom graphics, such as social media cards and digital tune-in ads for your website.

Digital toolkit

Our new digital toolkit includes a wide variety of promotional information and assets, from how to talk about the new show and rebroadcasts, to our style guide, tune-in ads for your website, and ideas for engaging your audience.

The new toolkit includes a new Listening Party Kit, designed for listeners to host their own book club-style parties at home and enjoy the new season with family and friends! Find this new kit for your listeners on page 18.

Fundraising promos

Nine new fundraising promos, handoffs and cutaways are available on ContentDepot. This all-new selection of fundraising promos and handoffs are voiced by Chris Thile, plus APHC regulars Tim Russell and Fred Newman. (See Rundowns)

A Saturday Night Staple:

The only live music and variety show aired nationwide today, A Prairie Home Companion® is a Saturday night staple for radio audiences everywhere. The show features a unique blend of musical performances and comedy.

Beginning October 15, 2016, musician extraordinaire Chris Thile will take over for Garrison Keillor as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion. Chris' wide range of musical taste, paired with his vast network of famous and talented friends, will draw new, diverse talent to public radio. (Read Chris Thile bio)

The next version of A Prairie Home Companion will draw new, younger audiences while still engaging the 3.5 million weekly listeners. In fact, we're already seeing that. Chris' Super Bowl-inspired original song during his last guest host appearance, "Omahallelujah", became the most-watched clip on the show's YouTube channel, with over 300K views.

FY17 A Prairie Home Companion Station Package:

The show will continue to be aired live on Saturday nights and will showcase unparalleled guests and new digital content. We're committed to developing new opportunities to engage with your local audiences via social networks, and new fundraising and marketing tools. We'll make sure Chris Thile is a consistent presence on your station through weekly promos, voiced introductions for repeat shows, and through digital offerings.

The Opportunity:

  • Fresh, new approach to a classic show
  • Guest-driven, with big names/acts that break the public radio mold
  • Appealing to younger, more diverse audiences with increased social/audience engagement and eclectic musical guests/comedy

We know you have a lot of questions and we want to provide as many answers as we can. We've compiled a list of FAQ. If you have additional questions, or would like to pass along any comments, please don't hesitate to contact your Station Relations Representative.

A large and loyal core of Public Radio's 35 million radio listeners was built by a Saturday night appointment with Garrison Keillor. Today, nearly 3.5 million fans - 10-percent of all public radio listeners - enjoy APHC every week.

Over the past four decades, A Prairie Home Companion has won the hearts of the public radio audience. With a college grad rate of 65%, this is a smart, eclectic audience with an affinity for Americana music.

Chris Thile has a strong and established fan base, social media following and web presence, and impressive music industry contacts. Thile connects with a multitude of audiences, from folk and Americana, to classical, pop and alternative - he's a truly genre-bending personality and musician. As the new host, he creates a unique opportunity to welcome broader and younger audiences to A Prairie Home Companion, with musical guests and comedy sketches not typically associated with public radio.

Hosts

Chris Thile
Garrison Keillor

length

01:59:00

Number of Programs/Frequency

Ongoing, weekly

Program Feed Schedule

A Prairie Home Companion is available via ContentDepot. To get the program, stations must subscribe to A Prairie Home Companion in the ContentDepot. Episodes are made available live with subsequent file transfer at the following time:

ContentDepot Live Stream: Saturday 18:00-19:59 ET

Promo Access

All promos are available in the ContentDepot for automatic file delivery in one push at the start of each quarter. The most current versions will always be in A Prairie Home Companion ON-AIR PROMOS under “episodes”. Then former versions will live under “Promotional Materials”. In order to receive these promos automatically you will have to be subscribed to the A Prairie Home Companion ON-AIR PROMOS page in the ContentDepot. You may also manually download promos at your convenience from this page on the ContentDepot.

For custom promos, pre-recorded image spots and sample program scripts check out the On-air promos Page.

Program Website

www.prairiehome.org

Listener Inquiries

800.228.7123, phc@mpr.org

Tickets Information

Tickets to Prairie Home performances in St. Paul are available in person at the Fitzgerald Theater or through MPR or eTix, and tickets for tour performances are available through the individual venues. For ticket information and a schedule of upcoming shows, check the Prairie Home website.

Broadcast Rights

American Public Media partner stations must carry all programs in the series on the same day as the feed: live in Eastern and Central time zones; in all other time zones, if not carried live, the program must be broadcast with a start time no later than 6:00 p.m. local time. Repeat broadcasts must conclude prior to the feed time of the next Saturday broadcast. The program must be carried in its entirety, except in the case of fundraising weeks where the station has chosen not to preempt the program for fundraising purposes. On these weeks — a maximum of four per year — the stations may break into the program for pitching and delete a portion of the program, not to exceed 48 minutes total, for fundraising breaks.

*American Public Media reserves the right to broadcast A Prairie Home Companion on its owned and operated stations in any market.

Stations may use the fundraiser in place of the regular broadcast a maximum of four times within one year of the feed. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this series. See terms and conditions described in the American Public Media Service Agreement. Prior to carrying this series, stations must confirm carriage with American Public Media.

CDs and More

Listeners with questions about music they've heard on either broadcast of APHC can visit prairiehome.org or Public Radio Market at PRMS.org

Audience

Over the past four decades, A Prairie Home Companion has won the hearts of the public radio audience. At live broadcasts, the crowd is filled with GenXers along with their parents and grandparents. Garrison Keillor, who frequently signs autographs for hours after shows, has a large and loyal following across the country.

Chris Thile

Chris Thile

Beginning October 15, 2016, musician extraordinaire Chris Thile will take over for Garrison Keillor as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion. Chris' wide range of musical taste, paired with his vast network of famous and talented friends, will draw new, diverse talent to public radio.