A word or thirty from the sponsors of public radio’s enduring Saturday-evening staple, Commercial Radio features the best bits (and questionable marketing strategies) of many Lake Wobegon establishments. In addition to missives from longtime supporters such as the Catchup Advisory Board and the American Duct Tape Council, special messages from the Minnesota Diminishment Clinic, the Professional Association of English Majors, and many others peddle unique wares and unexpected services. Combining catchy slogans, memorable jingles, sometimes-seamless segues to product promotions, and the spirited aural antics of Tom Keith, this first-ever collection of sponsor ads is a true treat for aficionados of A Prairie Home Companion, which attracts more than three million listeners every week. All tracks are recorded from live broadcasts.
Garrison Keillor is America’s favorite storyteller. For more than 35 years, as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, he has captivated millions of listeners with his weekly News from Lake Wobegon monologues. A Prairie Home Companion is heard on hundreds of public radio stations, as well as America One, the Armed Forces Networks, Sirius Satellite Radio, and via a live audio webcast. Keillor is also the author of several books and a frequent contributor to national publications including Time, The New Yorker, and National Geographic, in addition to writing his own syndicated column. He has been awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities. When not touring, he resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.