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Trial Balloon: October 21, 2009 Archive

Neighbors!

Posted at 5:40 AM on October 21, 2009 by Dale Connelly (24 Comments)

Radio Heartland has tickets to a concert by Chris Smither and Loudon Wainwright III at the Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday, October 31st.
We'll take names until 1pm this afternoon.

Enter the drawing.
Obey the rules.
Best of luck.

You may have heard that there are new programs coming to Radio Heartland, starting Monday, November 2nd. Nothing against our faithful electronic friend JASPER, but the biggest difference you'll notice during these new hours will be the sound of people talking inbetween pieces of music. Real humans!
I am thoroughly delighted.

On yesterday's blog, Joanne asked for more information. We're going to try to concentrate the added shows into blocks, so between 10 am and 3 pm on weekends, and from 6 to 8 pm weekday evenings, you can expect to hear fresh voices. The schedule is on our Radio Heartland homepage.

Specifically, Joanne wanted to know more about The Thistle and Shamrock with Fiona Ritchie. The show originates in Scotland, honors Celtic traditions but looks towards the future by recognizing new artists and innovators. The show wins devoted fans wherever it is heard, yet no station in Minnesota carries it currently.
You can hear recent programs in the series by going to the program's website.

Mountain Stage has never been carried on any MPR station, even though I think it is fantastic. There is also has a page online that includes audio from past episodes for this program, which comes from West Virginia. If you look down the list of performers, it reads like a day's playlist on Radio Heartland.

Likewise with American Routes and Nick Spitzer. MPR listeners are already familiar with this program from the many years it has graced our news and information stations and The Current. Radio Heartland will present American Routes at 11 on Saturday morning and at 6pm on Tuesday. And yes, the program's website has an extensive archive.

And then there's A Prairie Home Companion, which needs no introduction, and explanation is impossible. We're going to try something a little different with this legendary show - putting it on Wednesday evening at 6 and repeating the previous week's episode on Saturday afternoon at 1. On the rare chance that you've never heard it, a portion of Garrison's formidable oeuvre is always within reach.

Sometimes I feel like the Dale Connelly Show exists in a radiophonic version of a new subdivision and mine is the only occupied house. All around me there are empty shells, carefully monitored by a faithful computer, keeping the light and heat on, waiting for people to move in.

Finally, there will be neighbors!

During a time when new families were settling in our area at a regular pace, I tried to bring a fresh home-baked apple pie to the door whenever I noticed a moving van in the driveway. Most people were grateful. Some seemed puzzled and a little bit afraid. Everyone either ate the pie, fed it to the dog or threw it out and then told me how delicious it was.

What do you do when somebody new moves in next door or down the street?


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