"Live From Here" to Cease Production
American Public Media has announced that it is ending production of Live From Here, the successor program to A Prairie Home Companion, heard Saturday evenings at 5:00pm and Sunday afternoons at 1:00pm on KWGS 89.5 FM.
While no new shows will be created, APM will allow stations to broadcast repeats of Live From Here for the next several months. During that time, Public Radio Tulsa will evaluate programs to replace Live From Here.
On Tuesday, June 16th, APM's Vice President of Distribution and Underwriting released the following to member stations:
I’m sending this note to share some important news with you. As a result of COVID-19, the current economic climate has pushed us to make some challenging decisions. After much consideration American Public Media has made the difficult decision to end production and national distribution of Live from Here. Live from Here, previously A Prairie Home Companion, has and always will hold a spot in the hearts of public media listeners. After a 44-year run it was an incredibly complex decision to sunset this program. We are grateful to the entire Live from Here team and Grammy award-winning host Chris Thile for their exemplary work over the last few years in reimagining this legacy radio variety show. Thank you for your support of the program over the years. 2020 has proven both a challenging and transformative year, forcing us to re-evaluate resources and consider different opportunities. American Public Media remains committed to working with stations and audiences in shaping new products and services for the public radio network, and we look forward to charting that course with you.