‘Live From Here with Chris Thile’ has ended over MPR cuts
Variety radio show Live From Here with Chris Thile will no longer be producing new episodes. The show made the announcement in a statement on social media, writing, "COVID-19 has deeply impacted live events, from Broadway to concerts. With that uncertainty, we simply cannot continue to make the show we want to make and host Live from Here the way it was intended." Here's the full statement:
Live from Here has always been about bringing people together.
It has been a joy to connect with you in person, on the radio, and online. However, as gatherings have become increasingly complicated, we are sad to announce that we will no longer be producing Live from Here. This past week’s broadcast was our final new show. COVID-19 has deeply impacted live events, from Broadway to concerts. With that uncertainty, we simply cannot continue to make the show we want to make and host Live from Here the way it was intended.
We are happy to say that we are going out on top – the show has never been better, thanks to the irrepressible genius of Chris Thile, our spectacular house band, the guest artists who have graced our stage in person and virtually, and the team making it all work behind the scenes. We have loved every minute of bringing you along for our shared moments of discovery, entertainment, creativity, and surprise. We thank you all with all our hearts for coming together with us.
Chris Thile also posted a message "for anyone out there who has made Live from Here a regular part of their listening lives":
And again I say AHOY!!! This message is for anyone out there who has made Live from Here a regular part of their listening lives. Not one live broadcast has gone by where I didn’t thank my absurdly lucky stars for your wide open ears and hearts. Over the weekend, I was informed that American Public Media will no longer be producing the show. While this news fills me with sadness, I understand the decision, as my extraordinary teammates and I conceived of Live from Here as a celebration of live, collaborative audible art, and there’s just no telling when it could be that again.
Speaking of my teammates (both on-air and behind the scenes), nothing you’ve heard over the last four seasons would have been possible without their boundless ingenuity, and inexhaustible drive. I’ve been in awe of them every step of the way, and will forever be grateful to have shared the stage AND the office with them.
Though it turns out this past episode of Live from Here was our last new show, I know we’ll have many, many more music-filled evenings together by and by, and I’d like to propose a toast: to all you listeners out there. Thank you. It’s time for this noise-maker to follow your lead.
Love y’all, stay safe!
The end of Live From Here comes as show producers Minnesota Public Radio revealed they'd be cutting jobs and ending two shows, as Bring Me the News reports. In a statement, MPR wrote, "we’ve made the difficult decision to reduce our staff by 28 people. In addition to our previous actions including cutting executive pay by 20% to 35%, and implementing voluntary separations and furloughs, we are cancelling FY21 merit pay increases for all employees, combining some departments and teams, selectively reducing work hours and making changes to internal operating systems to reduce costs. We are also ending a podcast – The Hilarious World of Depression – and we will end national production of Live from Here."
As it was unable to broadcast from NYC's Town Hall during coronavirus, Live From Here had been airing "At Home" editions, the most recent (and final) of which happened on Saturday with Rufus Wainwright, The War and Treaty, Lady Midnight, Hawktail, Becca Stevens, Eve L. Ewing, and Lulu Miller.
Over the years, Live From Here hosted Paul Simon, Pixies, Trey Anastasio, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Dave Hill, Real Estate, Andrew Bird, John Prine, Sufjan Stevens, and tons of others. We're very sorry to see it go. Watch some video clips from the show's run below.