A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 10am
  • Hosted by Chris Thile

If you showed up on July 6, 1974, at the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalester College in Saint Paul and plunked down your $1 admission (50 cents for kids) to attend the very first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, you were in select company. There were about 12 people in the audience. But those in attendance thought there were worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon, so Garrison Keillor and the APHC team went on with the show for another 42 years.

Beginning in the fall of 2016, Chris Thile will takes the helm of this public radio favorite from Garrison Keillor, the show's creator and longtime host. Garrison says of Chris, “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.”

Recorded live Saturdays, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by 3.5 million listeners each week on nearly 700 public radio stations, online, and on the American Forces Networks, SiriusXM Radio, Radio New Zealand. In addition to new programs with new host Chris Thile, we will also continue to hear encore presentations of APHC's classic programs with Garrison Keillor.

Mandolinist Chris Thile is among the most highly acclaimed musicians of his generation. By age eight, Chris launched genre-bending trio Nickel Creek with Sara and Sean Watkins, garnering a boatload of honors, including a Grammy and a couple of IBMA Awards. Chris, at the age of 15, made his first Prairie Home Companion appearance in 1996 on a broadcast that showcased remarkable young artists. In 2006, Chris formed Punch Brothers, a Grammy-nominated group.