“Individuals are able to such magnificence. I purpose to deliver a few of it to you on the radio each Saturday. And I am as thrilled as ever to say, coming to you reside from New York Metropolis, welcome to ‘City Corridor,’ ” stated mandolinist Chris Thile, who took over the present in October 2016.
As he opened the present at New York’s City Corridor theater, Thile addressed the controversy that led to MPR ending all contracts with Keillor on Wednesday.
“Earlier than we start the present at this time I need to take a second to deal with one thing which you’ve got in all probability heard about by now, which is MPR is severing ties with Garrison Keillor over allegations of inappropriate conduct.
“That is, in fact, heartbreaking information,” he went on, the theater hushed. “As I’ve stated many occasions on the air, ‘A Prairie Residence Companion’ has all the time been a supply of refuge and inspiration for me personally. I actually did tune in each Saturday as a child, and like tens of millions of us, I might not be the individual I’m in the present day with out ‘Prairie Residence.’
“At this time we’re in the midst of a nationwide motion which I consider represents progress. We’re recognizing the dangerous energy imbalance that ladies have needed to endure for therefore lengthy in our tradition. My honest hope is that with consciousness will come enchancment.
“As for this present, I would like it to be a spot for us to collect round, hear nice music, chuckle collectively, mirror and achieve respite from our weekly troubles,” he stated, simply earlier than saying the brand new identify to loud applause.
The present was scheduled to be the primary of three broadcasts from the historic theater in midtown Manhatten.
Keillor introduced Wednesday morning that he had been fired from MPR, and the community adopted quickly after with a press release that it was ending its contracts with Keillor and his personal media corporations after studying of allegations of inappropriate conduct from somebody who labored with him on “A Prairie House Companion.”
MPR stated it will finish rebroadcasts of “A Prairie House Companion” episodes Keillor hosted, rename the present now hosted by Thile and cease distribution and broadcasts of Keillor’s present “The Author’s Almanac.”