WMU News

Prairie Home Companion tickets available first to donors

March 20, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor comes to Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University for one live performance Saturday, June 21, beginning at 5:45 p.m. The program is presented locally by public radio station WMUK 102.1 FM.

Ticket order information will be mailed to 2003 contributors to WMUK the week of April 21. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the public May 5. WMUK's Spring Pledge Drive runs from March 29 to April 4. Members of the station's 102.1 Club and listeners who call in a pledge or mail in a donation by April 4 will automatically be placed on the ticket information mailing list.

"The staff at WMUK is extremely pleased to have this opportunity to present Garrison Keillor and 'A Prairie Home Companion' in Kalamazoo," says Floyd Pientka, station general manager, "It's the ultimate celebration of completing the station's new tower and broadcast studio renovations."

"A Prairie Home Companion" features the talents of Sue Scott and Tim Russell, "the man of many voices," with sound effects by Fred Newman. Fans can also count on keyboardist Rich Dworsky, who heads up The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and stories from Lake Wobegon, "the little town that time forgot and decades can't improve," from one of America's foremost humorists, Garrison Keillor.

Special musical guests scheduled to perform include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and founder of Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen, Barry Mitterhoff and Cindy Cashdollar.

The June 21 broadcast from Kalamazoo is co-presented by Minnesota Public Radio and WMUK, public radio for Southwest Michigan, and is produced by Prairie Home Productions. The broadcast from Miller Auditorium is sponsored by the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thomas.myers@wmich.edu

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