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I try to listen to Prairie Home Companion every week, there is something about radio variety shows that appeals to me, for that matter just audio entertainment … music, stories … sounds in general, natural or man-made. I can only think it’s because it allows more use of the imagination than watching a movie … I always fall asleep watching a movie.

As a kid I would seek out radio shows like CBS Radio Mystery Theater and The Herb Jepko Nitecap Show. The Nitecap Show was just people calling in to talk about nothing, kind of a lonely hearts club. I would also listen to the Carol Burnett Show on the radio, it was on Sunday nights after my bedtime, I could get the UHF channel 25 TV station on my trusty little transistor radio next to my bed!

Anyway, tonight PHC is being broadcast from the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Garrison usually talks about the history of the theatre and town he’s performing in, I look forward to that. He brings in local musicians, tonight Bettye Lavette is one, I’m a big fan of hers. And with Guy Noir Private Eye and The News from Lake Wobegon it’s like listening to Radio Mystery Theater and the Nitecap Show all over again.

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Here’s a link to the June 14, 2008 Prairie Home Companion from Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.

Here’s a link to the November 26, 2005 Prairie Home Companion from MSU Concert Auditorium in East Lansing.

Here’s a link to the December 15, 2001 Prairie Home Companion from Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. In August of 2001 I sold my spare ticket to see Gillian Welch at the Ark to Jo Serrapere who performs on this PHC show. My brother could not meet me so I sold the ticket to the first person I found looking for one. She asked how much? I said $25 and explained that’s less than what I paid and unfortunately she would have to sit next to me. Before the show started we had a very interesting conversation where I found out that she was a singer/songwriter musician.

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