'Prairie Home,' 'Car Talk' leaving WUTC

'Prairie Home,' 'Car Talk' leaving WUTC

October 3rd, 2012 by Barry Courter in Local - Breaking News

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/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.