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Lake Wobe-here!

Public-radio program sets up makeshift studio to broadcast from Blossom.

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If you ask Sue Scott, it's more than just folksy charm that appeals to listeners of NPR's A Prairie Home Companion. She should know; she's provided a character voice on the long-running program for 16 years. "I always thought the small-town appeal was what kept people interested. But it has nothing to do with that," says Scott. "It's more about harkening back to the early days of radio and variety shows. We don't have that anymore."With a home base in St. Paul, Minnesota, host Garrison Keillor and crew will broadcast the show tonight from Cuyahoga Falls, where they'll perform two hours' worth of satirical skits like "Guy Noir, Private Eye" and "The Lives of the Cowboys." They'll also mix in folk, bluegrass, and gospel music, and top it off with Keillor's News From Lake Wobegon, about a fictitious town "that time forgot and the decades cannot improve." The same formula has worked since the program first aired in 1974. "It's radio. You don't have to dress up for it. You can be cooking. You can be driving. It's accessible," says Scott. "You use your imagination to fill in the blanks." Showtime is at 5:45 this afternoon at Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Tickets are $26 to $60. Call 330-920-8040 or visit www.livenation.com.
Sat., June 21, 5:45 p.m., 2008

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