South Dakota Public Radio gears up for Pledge Week

South Dakota Public Radio gears up for Pledge Week South Dakota Public Radio will be asking fans to support "Timeless Classics for the New Millennium" from Oct. 16 to 23 for SDPR's final pledge drive of the 1900s.

The network plans to take listeners up to and past Y2K with the classic programs that have made SDPR a favorite all across South Dakota.

The Pledge Week will include special editions of regular programming, wrapping up with a three-hour marathon of the irreverent (and sometime irrelevant) hosts of Car Talk from 9 a.m. to noon CT/8 to 11 MT Saturday, Oct. 23. This show defies description. It features mechanics and MIT grads Tom and Ray Magliozzi with a combination of real car advice, homespun philosophy, not exactly politically correct humor and an occasional look at current events. The one-hour show regularly airs at 9 a.m. Saturdays.

Classics with Owen Dejong offers the best music of the past millennium each weekday at 9 a.m. The South Dakota Forum Newshour features SDPR's award-winning news team with statewide reports every weekday at noon. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the news report is followed by a listener call-in show on everything ranging from gardening advice to hot topics in the state Legislature. Plus, the local news is included with national shows like Morning Edition (5 to 9 a.m.) and All Things Considered (4 to 6:30 p.m.) features like the weekend news shows, Arts Advocate, Marketplace, People's Pharmacy, Sound Money and more keep listeners informed.

The locally produced Jazz Nightly tunes in weeknights at 8 p.m. CT with host Dan Miller. National stars like Marion McPartland, Billy Taylor, Branford Marsalis and others add to the jazz schedule.

Other musical programs include opera, New Age, blues, folk, Dakota performances and more. Shows like A Prairie Home Companion (5 p.m. Saturdays and noon Sundays) and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour (7 p.m.) offer variety with lot of humor. Michael Feldman's Whad'ya Know combines humor with trivia.

They're all "Timeless Classics for the New Millennium."

For information about these or other South Dakota Public Broadcasting programs, call 1 (800) 456-0766 or visit the SDPB Web site (www.sdpb.org).

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