Michael Perry The New Tent Show Radio Host

(Big Top) Humorist and author Michael Perry has been named the new Tent Show Radio host. Perry will make his hosting debut with the January 1st airing of the 18th season premiere of the Big Top Chautauqua produced radio program.

Tent Show Radio, which debut in 1994, is a weekly variety series showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. Tent Show Radio is heard every week on listener-supported radio stations, such as Wisconsin Public Radio, across the country, and the world on the Internet. Each week features a different live performance from Big Top Chautauqua's summer season of concerts and musical productions.

"I've long enjoyed attending shows at the Big Top Chautauqua. In fact, in Truck I wrote several pages about a Greg Brown show my wife and I saw at the Big Top," said Perry. "Between the live music of the Blue Canvas Orchestra and guests ranging from Joan Baez to Willie Nelson, I'll share my thoughts on things like cheap cereal, Cheesehead Spanglish, and the smell of tromped grass. I'll also provide strikingly original comments along the lines of: 'Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome [insert music star name here].'"

Michael Perry is a humorist and author of the bestselling memoir Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, and the essay collection Off Main Street. Perry has written for Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, Outside, Backpacker, Orion and Salon.com, and is a contributing editor to Men's Health.

His essays have been heard on NPR's All Things Considered and he has performed and produced two live audience recordings (I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow). Perry lives in rural Wisconsin, where he remains active as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder. He can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com.

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