Southwest Florida will once again be able to tune into WGCU Public Radio 90.1/91.7 FM to hear the latest news from Lake Wobegon, "A Prairie Home Companion," thanks to a sponsorship by Shell Point Retirement Community and listeners and members of WGCU-FM.
According to WGCU General Manager Rick Johnson, the show’s annual price tag of $22,000 became cost-prohibitive and the station decided to stop airing the program.
“That’s when we started hearing from our listeners,” said Johnson in a news release announcing that a listener-sparked campaign has raised money to keep the show on the radio.
In the past month, 47 listeners made a contribution to save "A Prairie Home Companion," according to Johnson, including a donation from Shell Point Retirement Community that put contributions over the requirement.
The new season of A Prairie Home Companion premieres at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, and will be carried by WGCU-FM.
WGCU is a member-supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University.