‘Prairie Home Companion’ gets new name

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Chris Thile performs during his debut episode as host of "A Prairie Home Companion" in October 2016 at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn.

Public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion has a new name: Live From Here.

Minnesota Public Radio had terminated its contracts with former PHC host Garrison Keillor last month after allegations of “inappropriate behavior” surfaced. In doing so, MPR gave up legal rights to the Prairie Home name and archived content created by Keilor, the network said in a statement.

Host Chris Thile shared the show’s new name during its opening segment Saturday night. “My hope is that this name captures the energy and enthusiasm that is really at the core of this show,” Thile said in a statement. “‘Live from Here’ is about people making beautiful things and sharing them with our audience in real time. The fact that the show is live — where anything is possible — is part of what makes it so special.”

MPR sibling American Public Media became the show’s sole owner in fall 2016, according to MPR.

6 thoughts on “‘Prairie Home Companion’ gets new name

  1. Terrible replacement name. A camel, for sure. As you may recall, a camel is a horse designed by a committee. “It’s Showtime Folks!” would have been my choice. My choice says it all: energy that comes with the fact that the show is done in real time before a real live audience. Shucks. I sure wish I had been a member of that “camel committee.”

  2. It’s still going to be PHC in the minds of the demographic that listens. What’s really needed is a content change. There’s less and less reason to listen. Every guest produces more lugubrious music than the last, like it’s their one and only chance to “be serious.” They still haven’t found their niche. And it’s like almost everyone leaves their brain at the door when they go on air. None of the anticipation for the antic mind that Keillor had. (But then I’m only 2 months younger that Keillor and perhaps I’ve aged out of the intended audience. I’m just too lazy to change the station, but the idea keeps recurring.)

  3. I feel violated and sickened at heart by what Minnesota Public Radio has done to Garrison Keillor. Such a draconian reaction to a misdirected back pat seems entirely unwarranted.

    Sandra is right – it is always going to be PHC in the minds of those who have been listening over the years.

    Home Defense Hardware and all that!

    “Live From Here” is a frivolous and misleading name when you tune in and discover the station is airing a re-run! The deception doesn’t sit right.

    Remember the “Singer Who Used to be Prince”? We now have “The Show That Used to be A Prairie Home Companion”.

    • You are right Aht, PHC will stay forever and everywhere…
      As an international-Turkish dude who came here at the age of 25 and I run into the PHC on a Saturday afternoon while listening to the radio in NY. My american friends always make fun of me for my being big fun of Keillor and the program. But I don’t care. I respect his intelligence and his heart!

  4. So sorry for the “old folks” who cannot give up PHC name. They must be old timers like Kellior. Give it up! His droning voice, off pitch singing, and trying to harmonize with guest will not be missed. I am 70 and love the drive, enthusiasm and sometimes quirky stuff….put on some really, unbelievable gifted musicians, poets, comedians, etc. Keeps me young! Keep up the good work Chris!

  5. By the way your public channel has mistreated Garrison Keillor bye conveniently and summarily kicked Garrison’s can down the road. This quick fix to save face for your program makes me sick. Garrison Keillor is the show, and you so cheaply make the attempt to morphe another pretender to the throne is a joke. To reprimand Keeler would have been more appropriate, not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. You don’t realize what you’ve done by firing Keeler

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