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    Prairie Home Companion is going to be renamed.

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    Words cannot express my sadness about the sorry situation with Garrison Keillor, one of my longtime heroes. He has done so much for American folk music and culture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianWilliam View Post
    Prairie Home Companion is going to be renamed.

    Suggestions?
    How about. 'Thile, Better Not Look Twice at Anyone But Your Home Companion.'
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    Who's getting busted for "looking twice"?

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    Anyway, I suggest the "mandolin mystery hour"

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    Oops, missed that one!........and I had only turned the television off for a couple hours..........

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    In hopes of continuing an interesting topic without violating the Cafe guidelines...

    I think Chris has enough momentum developed by now to survive a name change for the program. Branding means a lot, but maybe not so much after hosting the show for this long. I'd go for something like "New Chautauqua Companion" but maybe that's too obscure.

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    ... I'd go for something like "New Chautauqua Companion" but maybe that's too obscure.
    I saw "Chautauqua" and my mind flashed "Zen and the Art", and maybe it's more obscure than that........but I really like it!

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    The show we get after PHC is Big Top Chautauqua, I don't think using a name similar to an existing program that has been on for decades would be very classy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foldedpath View Post
    ... I think Chris has enough momentum developed by now to survive a name change for the program. Branding means a lot, ...
    Well... I never liked the original name anyway. (heresy!)

    I stopped listening sometime in the 1980s because it seemed like there was too much chit-chat and not enough music.

    And once I finally had enough and left, I never went back to re-visit it to see if it had changed... figured it would be just more of the "same 'ol, same 'ol".

    So if anyone else out there has had a similar experience with Prairie Home Companion, a name change would be a *good* thing, might bring in some new listeners.

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    Nothing endures forever. I'll miss Keillor's unique perspective on humor, not so much his singing...

    PHC seems to have proved it can survive without him, and we mandolin-heads are all crossing our fingers that a renamed show with Thile as MC can succeed. But when I remember PHC in its heyday, sending out 50-page gift catalogs with Lake Woebegone and Powdermilk Biscuits memorabilia, I hope we don't get our hopes up too high that the new show, whatever it's called, will reach those levels. A strong comedy and music variety show, without the "alternative universe" vibe of the old PHC -- perhaps something along the lines of Mountain Stage with comedy skits.

    Let's hope. Public broadcasting is gonna have to fight to stay alive, for many in government don't want to keep subsidizing it. Perhaps it'll all end up on satellite radio somewhere; dunno.
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    American Musical Companion (AMC) ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philphool View Post
    American Musical Companion (AMC) ?

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    AMC Pacer.

    Instant word-association, for me, anyway. Could just be a geezerette thing though... I would imagine that a lot of younger people probably never heard of that car.

    I never owned one, but used to see a lot of them on the roads for a while.

    Yes, I know, AMC made other models besides just the Pacer, but that model sticks in the memory better because it was so different.




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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    -- perhaps something along the lines of Mountain Stage with comedy skits.

    Let's hope. Public broadcasting is gonna have to fight to stay alive, for many in government don't want to keep subsidizing it. Perhaps it'll all end up on satellite radio somewhere; dunno.
    Maybe we can call it "Hee Haw" What might happen, though, is it sort of morphs back into what the Grand Ol Opry used to be. Like Keillor or not, it was that "alternate universe" that kept it from becoming a regular variety show. It had a unique vibe that will disappear. Thile's version is sort of a Hipster Old Time Hour right now, but the music is so good it works well. Let's just hope it survives somehow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlieshafer View Post
    Thile's version is sort of a Hipster Old Time Hour right now...
    That's the best name I've heard so far.

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    The decision to rename the program and erase the brand is silly, in my opinion. If it must be done to appease some entity, I suggest "A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile" which follows the host-change format of other programs.

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    If I read it right they cancelled all contracts with Keiller and his company. That would probably include the names of the shows his company owned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL277z View Post

    Instant word-association, for me, anyway. Could just be a geezerette thing though... I would imagine that a lot of younger people probably never heard of that car.
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    Yep. I thought about that association, but figured nobody would really remember the car. I forgot that a lot of you are about as old as I am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    If I read it right they cancelled all contracts with Keiller and his company. That would probably include the names of the shows his company owned.
    If Keillor and his company owned the name and the show, and "they" cancelled all contracts, then the end has come. What company would own the new show and name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudmister View Post
    If Keillor and his company owned the name and the show, and "they" cancelled all contracts, then the end has come. What company would own the new show and name?
    Whatever company they decided to sign a contract with. It won't be the same show but it might be the same people with a show of a different name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudmister View Post
    If Keillor and his company owned the name and the show, and "they" cancelled all contracts, then the end has come. What company would own the new show and name?
    Presumably, Minnesota Public Radio will own the new show and name. Remember, the "home" of PHC has been the Fitzgerald Theater, which is described on its web site as:

    "The Fitzgerald® Theater is committed to programming that reflects the audience and mission of Minnesota Public Radio®. This 1,000-seat theater acts as MPR’s largest broadcast studio. Our staged productions commission authors, artists and radio hosts to create intellectually stimulating programs that delight and enlighten our vast public radio community. The Fitzgerald Theater is St. Paul’s oldest theater and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010."

    So MPR either owns the Fitzgerald or has a very close association with it. It's where Chris has been commuting for many of his shows. So it should be a fairly seamless transition, if all MPR is doing is changing the name of the show, and the home venue remains the same.

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    The Fitzgerald Theater is owned by MPR. It was purchased in 1980 and restored in 1986 as a place to broadcast PHC from. They own the venue.
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