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The Morning Show (Minnesota Public Radio) was a morning drive-time radio program produced in St. Paul, Minnesota and broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio's KCMP and other stations of the MPR network.

The show began as A Prairie Home Entertainment, first aired in 1969 on Minnesota Educational Radio with host Garrison Keillor and engineer/sidekick Tom Keith, known on the air as "Jim Ed Poole".[1] Keillor parodied the then-classical music playlist MPR by playing pop music. The initial deviation from the classical playlist was the Beach Boys' "Help Me, Rhonda."[1]

Keillor's good natured sense of humor is credited with allowing him to expand the non-classical playlist. However, efforts by classical music purists to remove The Morning Show from the MPR network continued until the mid-1980s.

Keillor's success with A Prairie Home Companion and his writing career led him to leave The Morning Show in 1983. Dale Connelly joined Jim Ed Poole as co-host.

The program was best known for offering an eclectic selection of recorded music and "commercials" for fantastic products and interviews with imaginary characters.

The program also featured live in-studio performances by local and nationally-known musicians.

On October 15, 2008, Keith announced his intention to retire on December 11. The Morning Show was discontinued after a final live performance at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul that morning.

On December 12, Connolly, began producing an online and HD radio service for MPR centered on The Morning Show's playlist. It is called "Radio Heartland."[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Kim Ode, Fans in mourning for MPR's 'Morning Show', Star Tribune, December 9, 2008, Accessed December 10, 2008.

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