Minnesota Public Radio today announced that it is "terminating its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after recently learning of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him." Among other things, that means an immediate end to the production of a show that aired each morning on 91Classical, "The Writer's Almanac." Within hours, the show's website was replaced with a statement about Keillor's termination and episodes ceased to be available to public radio stations.
In its place, 91Classical will instead air "Sound Beat" at 7:30 a.m. each weekday.
"Sound Beat" is a production of the Belfer Audio Archive at Syracuse University. Each episode features a recording from the archive's collection and its backstory. Many episodes are about music, covering a variety of genres. Not all of the episodes are classical, but all of the audio can be described as "classic."
We will continue to air our other morning features on various subjects at their usual time: Bird Note at 6:30 a.m., StarDate at 8:30 a.m. and Composers Datebook at 9:30 a.m.