published Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

'Prairie Home,' 'Car Talk' leaving WUTC

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    Sara Watkins reacts as Garrison Keillor tells a story during a performance of "A Prairie Home Companion" at Memorial Auditorium in this file photo.
    Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Two popular National Public Radio programs that air on WUTC-FM 99.1 — "A Prairie Home Companion" and "Car Talk" — are being replaced because of budget constraints, officials said.

Making the changes will save the station about $50,000, said UTC spokesman Chuck Cantrell. The yearly programming budget for the public broadcasting station is $300,000, he said.

"Music City Roots," which features bluegrass, folk, country and rock music from the Loveless Cafe in Nashville, will replace "A Prairie Home Companion" Saturdays at 6 p.m., he said. "Ask Me Another," a comedy show that features trivia, riddles, jokes and mystery guests, will replace "Car Talk" in the 10 a.m. Saturday time slot.

On Sundays at 6 p.m., "The Vinyl Cafe," in which host Stuart McLean tells stories about Dave the hapless operator of a small town second-hand record store, will replace a repeated "Car Talk" episode on the schedule.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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