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Live from Here with Chris Thile is a Saturday-night destination for audiences everywhere. This variety show features a unique blend of musical performances, comedy and audience interaction. Acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile welcomes a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming talent to share the stage and create a beautiful listening experience.

Chris has built on the legacy ... with a new level of energy and talent providing an appeal to new listeners. I'm pleased with how well he channels the energy from the live audience into an engaging radio show. – Fred Vigeant, WITF


You know your audiences tune in to Live from Here wherever the weekend takes them—and this summer, we want to see where they're 'live from'!

Whether they're listening from home on a casual summer evening, or taking Chris Thile and company on their summer road trip, picnic, or spin around the lake, encourage them to share their photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #LiveFromHere, and tag your station and @livefromhereapm!

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Ongoing, weekly

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Live from Here is available via ContentDepot. Episodes are available live with subsequent file transfer Saturday 18:00-19:59 ET

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Fundraising segments and promos are available on ContentDepot.

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Video fundraisers:

  • "Julie Andrews": Chris Thile gets an unexpected visit from a special guest and sustaining member.
  • "Sound Effects": Fred Newman explains the benefits (and sound effects) of public radio membership.
  • "Local Affiliates" (updated): Chris Thile dedicates a song to public radio listeners across the U.S.A., with help from music director Rich Dworsky.


Use our one-sheet to strengthen your pitches and investment.

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Host Chris Thile

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Mandolinist Chris Thile is among the most highly acclaimed musicians of his generation.
It started when he was a toddler in Oceanside, California. His folks took him along for weekly visits to a pizza parlor in nearby Carlsbad, where he heard John Moore's band Bluegrass Etc., and where he would soon befriend siblings Sara and Sean Watkins, his future Nickel Creek bandmates.

The mandolin captivated the youngster. He started lessons with Moore, who wasted no time in getting the five-year-old on stage. "I was too young to be nervous." Chris recalls. I thought, 'Oh, this is what you get to do when you're five.'" Before long, the Thiles were driving bluegrass festival to bluegrass festival in the family camper. Chris was a soaking up music, jamming with other players, and winning championships.

By age eight, Chris had launched Nickel Creek with Sara and Sean Watkins. The genre-bending trio would go on to sell millions of albums and garner a boatload of honors, including a Grammy and a couple of IBMA Awards. In 2007, Nickel Creek called an "indefinite hiatus," although they reunited in 2014 and released A Dotted Line (Nonesuch Records).

Chris made his first Prairie Home Companion appearance in 1996. That broadcast showcased remarkable young artists. Chris, then 15, clearly fit the bill. Since that early APHC booking, Chris, recipient of a 2012 MacArthur "genius" grant, has certainly made his mark — and not only in bluegrass music. His mandolin concerto, Ad astra per alas porci, had its official premiere in 2009, with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with a who's who of musicians. His album Bass & Mandolin (Nonesuch) with Edgar Meyer won a Grammy, as did The Goat Rodeo Sessions (Sony Masterworks), when he joined forces with Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Yo-Yo Ma. And his Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 — music originally composed for violin — was released by Nonesuch Records in 2013.

In 2006, Chris formed Punch Brothers , with Chris Eldridge (guitar), Paul Kowert (bass), Noam Pikelny (banjo), and Gabe Witcher (fiddle). The group's recordings include Grammy-nominated The Phosphorescent Blues and a new five-track EP, The Wireless.

Beginning in fall of 2016, Chris takes over at the helm of A Prairie Home Companion, a public radio favorite since 1974. Garrison Keillor, the show's creator and host announced: "He is, I think, the great bluegrass performer of our time and he is a beautiful jazz player. There just isn't anything he can't do — and he is very enthusiastic about live radio."
"I grew up with the show, says Chris. "I take this opportunity, this job, immensely seriously and with great awe."

The show now known as Live from Here, continues the tradition of Saturday evening entertainment on public radio – in person, online, on the radio.
Chris Thile is married to actress Claire Coffee. The two, along with their young son, Calvin, make their home in Brooklyn, New York.

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Live from Here with Chris Thile is a two-hour live broadcast. There are two floating station breaks:

  1. The first break (1:00) is optional and happens between 0:25:00 and 0:35:00. Stations should listen for the netcue "This portion of our show brought to you by Fast A-F (then a brief description of the tune)".

Instrumental fiddle music will then play (no vocals) for a full 60-seconds. Stations may use this as a music bed for local announcements or may choose to not break away at all. There is no specific cue to return to the program, so the local operator should return to the program 60 seconds after the netcue.

  1. The second break (1:30) is automated and happens between 0:55:00 and 1:10:00. The netcue is "… is produced by American Public Media."

A CC3 will be sent for automated stations at this time. The music will quickly return to full level and continue at full level for a minimum of 90 seconds for the station break.  Stations may use this for music under, not break away at all, or break away for 90 seconds or less.  There is no specific cue to return to the program.

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Live from Here is heard by nearly 2.3 million weekly listeners:

Live from Here Audience:

  • 50% female, 50% male.
  • Median age of 59, with 47% between 35 and 64.
  • 67% hold bachelor's degrees or higher.
  • 43% have an annual household income of $75,000 or more.

Source: Nielsen Audio, Nationwide DMA data, Persons 12+, Sp17/F17

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 Live from Here 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.

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