Minnesota Public Radio Announces 2016 State Fair Live Broadcasts and Performances

Minnesota Public Radio today announced its 2016 State Fair booth activities and MPR Day lineup.

MPR State Fair programming highlights:

• Chris Thile, new host of A Prairie Home Companion, makes his inaugural visit to the Great Minnesota Get-Together on Friday, Aug. 26. He'll be the featured guest on the MPR News live broadcast of "Almanac," which will air on Twin Cities Public Television later that evening. Check tpt.org/almanac for details. Then, during the 4 p.m. hour, Thile joins The Current's live broadcast with Mark Wheat.

• Friday, Sept. 2 is MPR Day at the Fair. Grab something on a stick and a cold beverage and enjoy a variety of events at the Carousel Park Stage, including an MPR News live broadcast with Tom Weber featuring two quiz shows: a weather quiz show with state climatologist and meteorologist Mark Seeley as well as a special quiz show with Garrison Keillor.That evening, MPR Day wraps up with Garrison Keillor's "The Minnesota Show." Tickets are $27/$35 and MPR members receive a $2 discount. Tickets are available online at etix.com or by calling (800) 514-3849. MPR members may call MPR Member Audience Services at (800) 228-7123 to receive the discount promotion code.

• Saturday, Sept. 3, The Current's Music On-A-Stick, featuring Weezer. Tickets are $35/$45. Tickets are available online at etix.com or by calling (800) 514-3849.

• On Sunday, Sept. 4, join The Current for a Rock-the-Cradle pop-up event, featuring family-friendly activities. MPR Broadcast Booth. Visit mpr.org/statefair for schedule updates and more details.

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, KMSE 88.7 FM in Rochester, WSCN(HD2) 90.9 FM in Duluth, KCMP 103.9 FM in Austin, KGRP 107.3 FM in Grand Rapids, KCMP 97.5 FM in Hinckley, KCMP 95.3 FM and 105.1 FM in Mankato, and 93.5 FM in Saint Peter. Classical MPR can be heard on stations statewide, including KSJN 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities. All live broadcasts will be simulcast at mpr.org.

Daily Schedule:

Thursday, August 25
9-11 a.m.: MPR News live broadcast with Kerri Miller
12-1 p.m.: Classical MPR performance by The Cedarwood Duo, hosted by Julie Amacher
3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat and Reina Del Cid live in the 4 p.m. hour

Friday, August 26
12-1 p.m.: MPR News live broadcast of Almanac with Cathy Wurzer: Chris Thile and Kevin Kling
3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat and Chris Thile live in the 4 p.m. hour

Saturday, August 27
3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Oake and Riley in the Afternoon

Sunday, August 28
10-11 a.m.: The Current's Kid's Dance Party hosted by Mac Wilson, followed by a live presentation from the creators of the Brains On! Podcast

Monday, August 29
12-1 p.m.: Classical MPR live broadcast of an ensemble from the Minnesota Orchestra, hosted by Steve Staruch
3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat and Davina and the Vagabonds live in the 4 p.m. hour

Tuesday, August 30
9 a.m.: MPR News live broadcast, hosted by Tom Crann
10 a.m.: MPR News live broadcast, hosted by Tom Crann and guest Dr. Jon Hallberg
12-1 p.m.: Classical MPR live broadcast of Minnesota Opera singers, hosted by Mindy Ratner
3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat and guest TBD

Wednesday, August 31
1-2 p.m.: Classical live broadcast of an ensemble from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, hosted by Lynne Warfel
3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat and guest The Twilight Hours live in the 4 p.m. hour

Thursday, September 1
11 a.m.-Noon: MPR News live broadcast with Tom Weber
3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat and Pokey Lafarge live in the 4 p.m. hour

Friday, September 2, MPR Day
9 a.m.: MPR Member appreciation gifts (while supplies last), Carousel Park
11 a.m.: MPR News live broadcast: Tom Weber and Mark Seeley bring you the State Fair Weather Quiz, Carousel Park
Noon: MPR live broadcast: Garrison Keillor hosts a special quiz show, Carousel Park
2- 3 p.m.: Classical MPR live broadcast of Cantus and the Copper Street Brass Quintet, hosted by John Birge
4- 5 p.m.: Live recording of The Current's Local Show with Andrea Swensson
7:45 p.m.: "The Minnesota Show" with Garrison Keillor, Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

Saturday, September 3
3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Oake and Riley in the Afternoon
7 p.m.: Music on a Stick with Weezer, Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

Sunday, September 4
9 a.m.- noon Rock the Cradle Pop Up presented in partnership with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Monday, September 5
3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat and Dem Atlas live in the 4 p.m. hour.

Published 2016-08-02