Past SPR Events

Spokane Public Radio

More than 5,000 fans of Garrison Keillor's weekly radio program gathered for the thrill of being part of an internationally broadcast radio program. Keillor and company took the stage of the Star Theatre at the Spokane Arena at 2:45 p.m., warming up the crowd for fifteen minutes before the satellites began to send the show to approximately 4 million listeners.

The event was a centerpiece of SPR's 30th Anniversary of broadcasting throughout the Inland Northwest.

Don Hamilton / Hamilton Photography & Studio

At 3 p.m. on June 27, all 2800 people inside the Spokane Opera House sat silently. The stage manager pointed, the "On Air" light hanging from a lamppost gleams from a semi-darkened stage.
Rich Dworsky tinkled on a piano, clarinetist Butch Thompson blew an embellishment, and Garrison Keillor sang, "I smell the lilacs, I look around for you." And thus the live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion beamed from downtown Spokane to the world.