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July 9, 2007 | 1 Comment

Mr. Keillor,
Why does your summer touring schedual end 4th of July weekend? It's around the 4th that summer really starts. Is it because many people go on vacation and are too busy to listen? Or do you and the crew need a much-deserved break? Or does all of this nice weather draw all of the people from the Frozen Tundra, so you'd be doing shows for an empty auditorium at the Fitz?

Grace G.
Skaneateles, NY

I was driving down the West River Road in Minneapolis last Saturday, Grace, and turned on the radio and there was our show, a rerun from Tanglewood, and at 5 p.m. Central Daylight Time, this just seemed weird beyond belief. It's too sunny out, too wonderful, kids riding around on bikes, folks out walking. A show like ours ought to be on after dark, I think. At 5 p.m. in January, it makes perfect sense. I'd love to do a live show in the summer but do it around 9 p.m. The sun is going down, the air is cool, and after a day outdoors, people are ready to listen to something.

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Actually, I think that the shows are fine to do in the summer evenings...outdoors, of course. It would be "great", and a good summer time feeling would be invoked into the whole atmosphere.
However, I don't agree with you saying that you feel the show should be broadcast at night, after dark. I believe that Sunday afternoons are a perfect time for listeners of the show (like here in Germany). There are many people that stay home on Sunday afternoons, or meet with friends. The show brings back that "old-time" feeling, when friends used to gather around the radio and have a nice time.

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