February 4, 2010 (Broadcast February 6)
The Fitzgerald Theater

Saint Paul, MN

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GK: Erica Rhodes is with us who has been named my replacement as host of A Prairie Home Companion. Congratulations. I'm sure you're going to do a terrific job.

ER: Thanks. I think I will, too.

GK: When do you start?

ER: We're in negotiations about that right now. My people are talking to the network — they're still pretty far apart as far as money and the length of the contract and so on. Who my music director will be. Who my sidekick would be.

GK: So it's going to be a whole new show. (LONG PAUSE) I guess so, huh. New band? No news from Lake Wobegon?

ER: We're going in a different direction. The numbers just aren't there. They used to be there but they aren't there anymore.
GK: Numbers?

ER: Men 18-35 earning more than a hundred grand a year. You're not pulling in those people.

GK: And you think you can.

ER: I know I can. I have ever since I was eighteen. (SUGGESTIVE POSE)

GK: Have you ever emceed a radio show before?

ER: No. Why?

GK: Just wondering. Well, if there's anything I can do to make it easier for you, don't hesitate to ask.

ER: I frankly don't think it's going to be that hard. We're thinking of adding a laugh track.

GK: Well, good luck to you.

ER: Thanks. And thanks for all the great memories of entertainment. All those years. Wow. I hope you'll keep in touch. Don't be a stranger. Write.
GK: You want me to write for your show???

ER: Write letters. Let us know what you're up to. Maybe you could come back as a guest sometime. If you get nostalgic.

GK: Well, thanks.

ER: And if there's a life time achievement award for radio, I think that you should definitely be considered.


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