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  This October begins a new chapter for one of the most popular public radio programs, as musician Chris Thile takes over for Garrison Keillor as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion, bringing a fresh approach to an audience favorite.

WKSU airs original A Prairie Home Companion broadcasts on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Sundays, hear an archival program featuring now retired host Garrison Keillor from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Karen Clarke Selected as Kent State’s Senior Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Affairs

Nationally honored strategist aims to dramatically advance Kent State’s reputation, distinction

WKSU announces the retirement of award-winning reporter/producer Vivian Goodman on Oct. 31. During her two decades with the station, Vivian has been a classical music host, a news anchor and a reporter focusing on the arts and, more recently, Northeast Ohio’s expanding food culture with the weekly “Quick Bites” feature. Other stand-out work has been Goodman’s multiple trips covering the Cleveland Orchestra on international tours, the “Mean Kids” series on bullying and several pieces on race relations in Northeast Ohio.

Following a national search, Wendy Turner has been selected to serve as the new executive director and general manager of WKSU, Kent State University’s award-winning NPR-affiliated radio station. Turner currently serves as vice president of digital and technical operations at Chicago Public Media. She will begin her new role at WKSU on Oct. 31, 2016.

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