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Media Contact: David O'Neill
Prairie Home Productions
Phone: 651-999-1095
E-mail: davido@prairiehome.us

February 6, 2009

LOVE IS ON THE AIR — A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION SEEKS ORIGINAL SONGS/POEMS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY BROADCAST

Tell that special someone what's in your heart — and win a prize, too.

(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) "How could we not have valentines on our February 14 show?" asks A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor. "No way. But which valentines to include? Good ones, of course, and ones that really persuade the Beloved that he or she is truly loved. So a contest is in order."

Write a valentine — either a poem or a song — and send it to APHC by noon (CT) on February. 13.

Here are the rules (please see full list of regulations at www.prairiehome.org):

Songs and poems (1) must be original and (2) must be addressed to a real person. (We'd like to know who that person is, but if you don't want us to say, we won't.)

Submit text of poems or songs (in MP3 format) at our Web site: www.prairiehome.org/valentines

Give us your phone number or e-mail address, and if yours is a winning entry, we'll notify you prior to showtime.

The best poems or songs will be used on the February 14 broadcast. Winning authors will receive a selection of: POEM (Professional Organization of English Majors) T-shirt; English Majors, a two-disc CD compilation; or Love Sonnets, Keillor's new collection of sonnets, to be published in spring 2009.

Tune in and listen with your sweetheart — or buy tickets for two and attend the show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

Cajun band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, trombonist Roswell Rudd and singer Heather Masse will be on hand, as will actress Sue Scott, Mark Benninghofen, sound-effects wizard Tom Keith and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. And as always, we'll catch up on the news from Lake Wobegon during Keillor's signature monologue.

Currently in its 35th season, A Prairie Home Companion is heard on more than 500 public radio stations nationwide, with a weekly audience that tops 4.3 million listeners. The program can also be heard on XM Radio, the Armed Forces Network Europe, the Far East Network, and in dozens of European cities via the Astra satellite network. The News from Lake Wobegon, is available via podcast/iTunes.

A Prairie Home Companion is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media. The show is sponsored nationally by General Mills, Inc. and by the Ford Company. Audio clips, scripts and more information on A Prairie Home Companion can be found online at www.prairiehome.org.

WHAT: A Prairie Home Companion's "Home of the Heart" Rhubarb Tour hits 16 cities beginning August 10, 2008

WHO: Garrison Keillor, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, singer Suzy Bogguss, sound-effects wizard Fred Newman

WHEN/WHERE:

Aug. 10 Bayfield, WI - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
Aug. 12 Lewisburg, WV - State Fair of West Virginia Grandstand
Aug. 13 Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fair Grandstand
Aug. 14 Bismarck, ND - Bismarck Civic Center
Aug. 15 Seattle, WA - Marymoor Park (Redmond, WA)
Aug. 16 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
Aug. 17 Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair Grandstand
Aug. 19 Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series
Aug. 20 Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Aug. 21 Ocean Grove, NJ - The Great Auditorium
Aug. 23 Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Fair Grandstand
Aug. 24 Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
Aug. 26 Santa Fe, NM - The Santa Fe Opera
Aug. 27 Salem, OR - Oregon State Fair, L.B. Day Amphitheater
Aug. 31 Hyannis, MA - Cape Cod Melody Tent
Sept. 1 Cohasset, MA - South Shore Music Circus


TICKET INFO: See links at www.prairiehome.org

ABOUT SUZY BOGGUSS: go to www.suzybogguss.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION: go to www.prairiehome.org, or contact David O'Neill at davido@prairiehome.us

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