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Minnesota Public Radio to Present On-stage Performances and Live Broadcasts Throughout the 2009 Minnesota State Fair

August 6, 2009

St. Paul, Minn. — Friday, Sept. 4 is MPR Day at the Fair

(St. Paul, Minn.)--August 6, 2009--Minnesota Public Radio will sponsor live broadcasts and on-stage events every day of this year's Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 27-Sept. 7. Hosts from MPR News, The Current and Classical MPR will be on hand to present political leaders and local music stars, all while getting a chance to mix with fair goers.

Friday, Sept. 4 is MPR Day at the State Fair. MPR News' Gary Eichten will interview Senator Al Franken and Garrison Keillor during a live Midday broadcast from Carousel Park, along with a live performance by choral group Cantus and local hip-hop group Heiruspecs.

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand will round out the day.

MPR Broadcast Booth:

All broadcasts and performances will be held at the Minnesota Public Radio booth, at the corner of Judson and Nelson, unless otherwise noted.

Tune in:

MPR News can be heard on stations statewide, including KNOW 91.1 FM in the Twin Cities The Current can be heard on KCMP 89.3 FM in the Twin Cities and KMSE 88.7 FM in Rochester Classical MPR can be heard on stations statewide, including KSJN 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities MPR's Web site, www.mpr.org, will simulcast all live broadcasts

Daily schedule:

Thurs, Aug 27 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: MPR News' Midday live broadcast with Gary Eichten 3-6 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with musical guest Haley Bonar and host Mary Lucia 6-10 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat

Fri, Aug 28

9-11 a.m.: The Dale Connelly Show live broadcast 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Radio Heartland live performances with Dale Connelly 3-6 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with musical guest Jeremy Messersmith and host Mary Lucia 6-10 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat

Sat, Aug 29

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: "Tales of the Road: Highway 61" book signing with MPR News' Cathy Wurzer 3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with hosts Steve Seel and Jill Riley 7-10 p.m.: Radio Free Current live broadcast with David Campbell

Sun, Aug 30

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: The Splendid Table book signing with Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift 3-6 p.m.: The Current live broadcast host Barb Abney 6-8 p.m.: The Local Show live broadcast with David Campbell and musical guests Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles

Mon, Aug 31

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: VocalEssence live performance with Classical MPR's John Birge 3-6 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with musical guest Halloween, Alaska and host Mary Lucia 6-10 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat

Tues, Sept 1

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: The Big Trombone Show live performance with Classical MPR's John Birge 3-6 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with musical guest Chris Koza and host Mary Lucia 6-10 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat

Wed, Sept 2

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Copper Street Brass Quintet live performance 3-6 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with musical guest P.O.S. and host Mary Lucia 6-10 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat

Thur, Sept 3

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Minnesota Opera live performance with Classical MPR's Mindy Ratner 3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with musical guest Mark Mallman and host Mary Lucia 7-10 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat

Fri, Sept 4: MPR Day at the State Fair!

Location: Carousel Park:

11 a.m.-Noon: Midday live broadcast with Gary Eichten and guest Senator Al Franken Noon-1 p.m.: Midday live broadcast with Gary Eichten and guest Garrison Keillor 2-3 p.m.: Cantus live performance with Classical MPR's Alison Young 4- 5 p.m.: Heiruspecs live performance 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Jeff Horwich and The Smarts in the MPR NewsQ Tent

Location: MPR Booth:

3-6 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mary Lucia 6-10 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat

Location: Grandstand:

7:45 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion live performance (recorded for broadcast)

Sat, Sept 5

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Copper Street Brass Quintet live performance 3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with host Barb Abney 7-11 p.m.: Radio Free Current live broadcast with David Campbell

Sun, Sept 6

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Copper Street Brass Quintet live performance 3-6 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with host Bill DeVille 6-8 p.m.: The Local Show live broadcast

Mon, Sept 7

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Midday live broadcast with Gary Eichten 3-6 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with musical guest Brother Ali and host Mark Wheat

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