KHSU To Remain Above Average – June 21, 2011
KHSU PRESS RELEASE
June 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Prairie Home Companion will remain on KHSU
An 11th-hour phone call to KHSU from the network that produces “A Prairie Home Companion” has allowed the station to keep the show on the air.
The Saturday variety program was one of three shows slated for cancellation on July 1 in an effort to trim costs for the radio station.
“I received a call from American Public Media asking if there was room for us to reconsider,” says general manager Ed Subkis. He added that internet clipping services, like Google Alerts, may have played a part in the network reaching out, when news reports and public comments about the cancellation came to the attention of the show’s producers.
After discussion with American Public Media about the station’s finances and the amount of member support the program received, KHSU was able to negotiate a fee within its budget.
“Prairie Home” will continue on at its traditional time, broadcasting live from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
The show, hosted and co-written by humorist Garrison Keillor, has aired on KHSU off-and-on since 1985.
Because of the return of “Prairie Home,” some of the station’s previously announced new schedule will shuffle. “The Thistle and Shamrock” will move to Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m. before the local world music program “Ethnic Excursions.” “Beale Street Caravan,” which was to air at 3 p.m. Saturday will go on hiatus and may re-enter the late night line-up.
Other changes announced to KHSU’s program schedule will remain in place. “Mountain Stage” on Saturday afternoon and “The BBC World Service” on early weekday mornings will both be cancelled.
The music show, “American Routes,” will air at 1 p.m. on Saturdays. An earlier airing of NPR’s “Morning Edition” and a variety of talk and music shows will replace the BBC.
Other program shifts will affect weekend times. Complete details of all the changes can be found on KHSU’s website at khsu.org/program_changes.
KHSU broadcasts at 90.5 FM in the Humboldt Bay area and on repeaters in communities around Humboldt, Del Norte and Curry counties. KHSU is licensed to Humboldt State University.