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Return with us now for sounds of variety radio

Garrison Keillor's American Radio Company of the Air, a two-hour stageproduction broadcast live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, continues this weekend with a Saturday night program. The 6-8 p.m. show, broadcast on 89.7 (WUSF-FM), is heralded as a return to those radio days of yesteryear. In fact, it's the first radio variety show broadcast from the big burg in 35 years. Featured on most of these Saturday programs are regulars Keillor (Prairie Home Companion), Bob Elliott (The Bob and Ray Show and father of Late Night with David Letterman guy under the stairs Chris Elliott), Ivy Austin (Broadway's

Raggedy Ann and a principal artist with the New York City Opera), Paul Binotto (Starlight Express) and Richard Muenz (lead singing roles in the New York City Opera's Merry Widow and The Pajama Game). Special guests for this week's show are Eileen Farrell, who began her radio career, on CBS, in 1941 and has since appeared with many orchestras.

She's also recorded a series of albums. Loonis McGlohon, a composer whose songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Woody Herman and others, will also be featured. American Radio Company of the Air will be broadcast most Saturdays through June 9.

- CHRISTINE M. HOLSTEN

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