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Big Top, Big Heart

Even as host of Tent Show Radio, I consider myself a late-arriving guest participating in a canvas tradition pegged to the hard work and volunteer efforts of people long predating me. I always say I find it easy to brag on the tent because I was a ticket-buying fan long before I ever set foot on the canvas-draped stage.

I use the term “canvas” specifically, as it is a critical part of the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua tradition. Last year it became clear that a new tent was needed. Longtime supporter Don Funk has stepped forward to make a remarkable matching commitment that will add two dollars to every one dollar donated for a limited time. The details are here.

Thank you to Don and all of those who have pitched in to pitch the new tent. Nothin’ like the scent of fresh canvas.

New Book Now Available for Pre-Order

It will be released November 27, but you can pre-order a signed copy now.

From the Top_small

 

From Scandihoovian Spanglish to snickering chickens, New York Times bestselling author and humorist Michael Perry navigates a wide range of topics in this collection of brief essays drawn from his weekly appearances on the nationally syndicated Tent Show Radio program. Fatherhood, dumpster therapy, dangerous wedding rings, Christmas trees, used cars, why you should have bacon in your stock portfolio, loggers in clogs—whatever the subject, Perry has a rare ability to touch both the funny bone and the heart.

Tent Show Radio Podcasts

 

If you’re new here because of Visiting Tom, I’m pleased to let you know that although typing is my main job, we have a few other things going on as well. For instance, this Saturday I’ll be joining my band beneath a beautiful blue tent overlooking the Apostle Islands.
I’ve also been privileged to host Tent Show Radio for the past two years, and I’m happy to say that you can now listen to Tent Show Radio pretty much whenever you wish. In addition to listening on your radio or streaming the show in real time you can go back in time and listen to that Ruthie Foster, or Nanci Griffith, or Greg Brown, or Arlo Guthrie or any other guest one more time (as of now, nearly all shows are archived for one year – some variance depending on contractual obligations). Just go here, scroll down to the show of your choice and click on the player.
And if you missed one of Mike’s ‘Backstage Monologues,’ why, you can just dial it up whenever you like…he did a number of them about his cannon-shooting neighbor Tom (the subject of Mike’s current book) but he also talks about being a Dad, remembering his Irish grandma, and whatever else comes to mind.
Of course you can also listen on the beautiful radio (or stream) in real time. List of stations and times right here.

How Cool Is That?

This weekend on Tent Show Radio it’s Rickie Lee Jones…and listening to her sing got me to thinking about what it means to to be cool. For those of us who aren’t particularly cool, there is hope. From the monologue:

I do think you can be temporarily cool. I’ve been cool a couple of times. It usually doesn’t last more then ten seconds, usually until I shut my seatbelt in the door, or realize I had my t-shirt on backwards. As a matter of fact, the second I start feeling cool, I check my fly.

My all-time record for being cool was six minutes. I was at this deal…

Tune in for the rest…

Tent Show Radio Archives Now Available

 

We’re happy to announce that you can now listen to Tent Show Radio pretty much whenever you wish. In addition to listening on your radio or streaming the show in real time you can go back in time and listen to that Ruthie Foster, or Nanci Griffith, or Greg Brown, or Arlo Guthrie or any other guest one more time (as of now, nearly all shows are archived for one year – some variance depending on contractual obligations). Just go here, and look for this:
And if you missed one of Mike’s ‘Backstage Monologues,’ why, you can just dial it up whenever you like…he did a number of them about his cannon-shooting neighbor Tom (the subject of Mike’s next book) but he also talks about being a Dad, remembering his Irish grandma, and whatever else comes to mind.
Of course you can also listen on the beautiful radio (or stream) in real time. List of stations and times right here.

A Stream Full of Tent Show Radio

Well, this is good news. I’ve just received word from Tom up there at the Big Top Chautauqua tent that Tent Show Radio can now be streamed pretty much any old time you like. Shows will be uploaded the first Friday after the original air date, and will be available online for one year (So far all shows are available…occasionally the artist may decline permission for streaming).

Several shows are online already and can be heard here. It continues to be my privilege to introduce that acts on air and to contribute a monologue over each intermission (included in the stream). Over the last several monologues I’ve been talking about my neighbor Tom and our attempt to weld up a brush hog.

Of course if you wanna listen in real time, you’re always welcome to dial in one of these stations.