Out with Prairie Home Companion, in with the Chris Thile Show

Chris Thile speaks during the Q&A following a screening of
Chris Thile speaks during the Q&A following a screening of "Inside Llewyn David" at the Walter Reade Theater on December 11, 2013 in New York City.
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Chris Thile made an emotional speech to public radio listeners Saturday, at the beginning of the show that until last week was called A Prairie Home Companion. He started the program by addressing the scandal surrounding his predecessor, Garrison Keillor

Minnesota Public Radio — which is part of American Public Media, the company that owns KPCC —  has severed ties with Keillor over allegations of inappropriate behavior.

"This is of course, heartbreaking news," Thile said. "As I've said many times on the air, Prairie Home Companion has always been a source of refuge and inspiration for me, personally. I really did tune in every Saturday as a kid. And like millions of us, I would not be the person I am today without Prairie Home. Today we are in the middle of a national movement, which I believe represents progress. We're recognizing the harmful power imbalance that women have had to endure for so long in our culture."

A Prairie Home Companion currently has the working title of the Chris Thile Show. Everything associated with Keillor has been removed.

The show rebroadcasts Sunday night at 6 p.m. 89.3 KPCC.