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Out of Place in Texas

November 3, 2003 |


Dear Mr. Keillor,
In your online diary, you described your most unfortunate experience with your show's Oklahoma City audience. You mentioned that the show does not play well in Oklahoma or Texas—that it favors a more Northern audience. I am a former resident of that Oklahoma metropolis, and an even unhappier current resident of its fellow Diamond on the Trophy Buckle of the Bible Belt: Dallas. And, as a resident who DOES screech with pleasure as I listen to your show every week—I plead with you—please tell me the locations of these happy places where your show does play well! I am thinking, that if we were armed with a list of your Top 10 audience cities, my husband and I might be able to relocate to where Our People are. They are certainly not here in Dallas.
— Ears pricked in anticipation,
Shannon & Joe

Dear S&J,
The show plays well in many places, including the Northwest, New England, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Nashville, Colorado, Chicago, Ohio—I could go on. But probably if you feel out of place in Texas, it’s because you need to become a Republican.

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