'A Prairie Home Companion' set to return to WGCU radio Sept. 15

Tom Keith, from left, Tim Russell, Sue Scott with Garrison Keillor at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center during a live radio broadcast of the Garrison Keillor Prairie Home Companion Show, January 23, 2010.

Tom Keith, from left, Tim Russell, Sue Scott with Garrison Keillor at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center during a live radio broadcast of the Garrison Keillor Prairie Home Companion Show, January 23, 2010.

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.

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