The Mississippi River Delta Restoration Coalition is co-sponsoring the October 12 broadcast of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” from the restored and newly reopened Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. The Saenger was one of many historic buildings severely damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005; its reopening is an example of how the Delta region is still working to fully come back from challenges to its local environment and economy like major storms and the Gulf oil disaster.
The $52 million redevelopment, restoration and reopening of the Saenger also highlights the importance of a healthy Mississippi River Delta, as the region’s wetlands and barrier islands are essential to protect the people, wildlife and local economies of Louisiana.
“A Prairie Home Companion,” began broadcasting from Minnesota in 1974 and now has a weekly national audience of 4 million listeners. Local public radio station WWNO, 89.9 FM is hosting the broadcast, which is live at 5 pm Central on Saturday. Tune in to wwno.org to listen live.