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

February 24, 2010

GARRISON KEILLOR ANNOUNCES A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION'S 2010 TALENT CONTEST

Bands that can get a crowd dancing will duke it out on APHC's April 17th broadcast from Newark, New Jersey.

(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) — A Prairie Home Companion has announced this season's talent competition — a battle of the bands. But not just any bands. APHC is looking for bands that know a thing or two about bringing an audience to its feet and dancing.

Groups with at least three players are invited to submit their most lively, toe-tapping, foot-stomping, get-folks-off-their-duffs-and-dancing tunes for a chance to showcase their skills on APHC's April 17th live broadcast from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Here are the specifics and submission guidelines:

• For this contest, "band" is defined as a group of three or more members. There is no limit to the number of people in the band, as long as there are at least three. Vocals are optional.

• Contestants will be judged on ability to make people want to get up and dance, so keep it up-tempo.

• Enter the piece you will perform if your band is chosen. List the names of everyone in the band and what instrument he or she plays. This will be the lineup that will, if chosen, perform on the show. Sorry, no personnel substitutions.

• Songs/instrumentals may be originals or covers of previously published works; there are no copyright restrictions for this performance.

Your act must be self-contained; APHC will not provide any accompanying musicians.

• All finalists chosen to appear on the April 17th broadcast will receive round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for the nights of April 16th and 17th in Newark, New Jersey. All participants must be available from Friday morning, April 16tth, until Sunday morning, April 18th.

• Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on Monday, March 8, 2010.

• Digital entries will be accepted at www.prairiehome.org. If digital is not an option, you can send a CD instead. Mail to: Battle of the Bands submissions
APHC
611 Frontenac Place
St. Paul, MN 55104

NOTE: Mailed submissions will not be returned.

Filling out the submission form offers no guarantee of participation in the program. You must be 13 or older to submit information to American Public Media. The personally identifying information you provide will not be sold, shared, or used for purposes other than to contact you about your audition.

Currently in its 36th Anniversary season, A Prairie Home Companion has made Minnesota's way of life and the fictional small town of Lake Wobegon part of American popular culture. The show is heard on close to 600 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. Garrison Keillor's signature monologue, 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 Ford. Audio clips, scripts and more information on A Prairie Home Companion can be found online at www.prairiehome.org.

WHAT: A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor presents this season's talent contest — a battle of the bands

WHEN: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 5:45 p.m. (broadcast live 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102

FOR MORE INFORMATION: go to www.prairiehome.org, or contact David O'Neill at 651 999-1095

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