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January 9, 2007

Cousin Faith's Show Goes National

From Business Wire:

"Fair Game from PRI with Faith Salie" Premieres Nationally This Week

Satirical News and Entertainment Show Available on Air, Online Weekday Evenings

MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Public Radio International (PRI) announces the premiere of "Fair Game from PRI with Faith Salie." The program has been piloting in select cities since November and is now available to PRI's 780+ affiliate stations nationwide for broadcast and online streaming.

Hosted by comedian and Rhodes scholar Faith Salie, "Fair Game" takes the day's news and entertainment stories, blows them up and puts them back together again--all in one glorious hour. Each evening Salie and her guests tackle issues like international espionage, the inner life of Robert Downey Jr. and why you sometimes need to punch a hawk to save a puppy. All that plus live music!

Recent guests include Grammy nominated hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco, former "Daily Show" correspondent and star of NBC's "The Office" Ed Helms, Senator Russ Feingold and former CIA head Tyler Drumheller.

"We like to say that 'every topic is our play thing,'" says "Fair Game" creator and Executive Producer Kerrie Hillman. "Whether we're covering politics or pop culture, we use humor as way to get a little closer to the truth."

Host, writer, producer Faith Salie enthuses over her role, "It's a gratifying experience to be able to combine substantive news with comedy, particularly in a medium like radio, where I will always sound younger than I am."

Here's what some listeners have to say:

  • I'm a 25-year-old grad student.... I absolutely adore "Fair Game." (Dallas)

  • Fun, fast, funny and fresh! Congratulations on waking up both ears. (Seattle)

  • Faith Salie carries the show in a way that is cool, sexy and smart.... She has "it." (Chicago)

  • Humorous political commentary with the sophistication of public radio. Keep it coming! (Washington, D.C.)

Melinda Ward, senior vice president of PRI Content, notes, "I am pleased that stations and listeners are so enthusiastic about the program. We have assembled an extraordinary group of young talented writers, producers and comedians, many of whom are new to public radio. I'm confident that 'Fair Game' will give younger listeners a reason to turn to public radio on air and online."

About Faith Salie
"Fair Game" is hosted by Faith Salie, a star of Bravo's improvisational sitcom, "Significant Others." She has appeared in numerous sitcoms and dramas from a memorable turn in gold lame on "Sex and the City" to reaching the arcane iconic status of a "tradable life form" for "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" fans. A pop-culture pundit on a variety of VH-1 shows, as well as a stand-up comedian, Salie has also written several shows for the Oxygen Network. "Fair Game" marks her first foray into public radio, where she is the co-creator, host and writer/producer of the show. While she's happy to see more women in comedy, she's still not sure if they should have the right to vote.

Woo! Go, cousin!

Posted by bonnie at January 9, 2007 5:29 PM

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