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  1. A Prairie Home Companion
    Weekly radio show with Garrison Keillor that has been broadcast for past 40 years.

    Note: You can listen to old shows on demand streaming audio by going to:

    If you want to download a show (like to put on your mp3 player), you can use the following url:
    This will download the June 28, 2014 show.

    To download other show dates, go to:

    and get the exact date for the show that you want, then
    modify the url (use above url ending in mp3 as pattern) in 2 places as shown in the following example. For example, to download the April 5 show (2014/04/05),
    use the following url:
    So you can use the following url as a pattern to download any show ( replace x with show date in proper format as shown in above examples.

    Previous URL ( doesn't seem to work anymore.
    Last edited by jimdagys; 22nd Apr 2016 at 09:52.
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    Thank you so much--been trying various time-consuming methods and streaming audio recorders, etc., for several years now. Time to download before he retires...
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  3. I tried the url recommended for download, but the only dates it work with are the ones given as examples. When I put another date it does not work.
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  4. Well, things always change.
    You can try this different one which seems to work now:
    So for example if you want to download April 16, 2016 use the following:
    Or for example if you want to download March 5, 2016 use the following:
    But I think Prairie Home Companion knows their days are soon over, and now they just let you download the show directly from their website. I am using Foxfire 25.0 and I now get this message when I go to their website - they say my browser/computer is too old and just click to download the show (see screenshot red circle).
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    Last edited by jimdagys; 22nd Apr 2016 at 13:24.
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    How far back does that go...I tried a show from 1999 and it didn't work.
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  6. How far back does that go...I tried a show from 1999 and it didn't work.
    It would take someone from Vermont to ask that kind of question.
    I'll give a description of how to download older shows, but it seems to take several hours to download one 2 hour show. Maybe someone here can pipe in with a faster easier method. Example given is for October 25, 1997 show.
    First download and install Orbit which you can get here:
    Then go to Prairie Home Companion website and click on "Listen to the whole show" (maybe right click) to download the
    (see screenshot)
    Open this file in Notepad and you should see this:
    Put the above in Firefox and download the
    Open that file in Notepad and look through you should find this (starts with rtsp and ends in rm):
    Start Orbit, open main screen from taskbar and enter above rtsp (file>enter new url to download).
    (see screenshot)
    It should start downloading and be in C:\Downloads
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    Last edited by jimdagys; 23rd Apr 2016 at 11:15.
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  7. Hi all ,

    Thanks to jimdagys .

    An other way , when got the link "rtsp:... .rm"
    ffmpeg -i "rtsp://" -acodec libmp3lame -f mp3 publicradio.mp3
    Cheers .
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  8. aazerty:
    1) Does it it take 2 hours to download via ffmpeg?
    2) When using ffmpeg, is there a way just to download the rm stream (not convert to mp3)?
    3) If so, what is the complete code to do that for the above example?
    4) Also, if I use ffmpeg to convert to mp3 (like the example you gave), what additional software do I need to get ffmpeg to convert to mp3?
    5) How do I install that software into ffmpeg?
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  9. Hi jimdagys ,

    ffmpeg -i rtsp://
    ffmpeg version N-71608-ga924b83 Copyright (c) 2000-2015 the FFmpeg developers
      built with gcc 4.9.2 (GCC)
      configuration: --enable-gpl --enable-version3 --disable-w32threads --enable-avisynth --enable-bzlib --enable-fontconfi
    g --enable-frei0r --enable-gnutls --enable-iconv --enable-libass --enable-libbluray --enable-libbs2b --enable-libcaca --
    enable-libdcadec --enable-libfreetype --enable-libgme --enable-libgsm --enable-libilbc --enable-libmodplug --enable-libm
    p3lame --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-libopus --enable-librtmp --en
    able-libschroedinger --enable-libsoxr --enable-libspeex --enable-libtheora --enable-libtwolame --enable-libvidstab --ena
    ble-libvo-aacenc --enable-libvo-amrwbenc --enable-libvorbis --enable-libvpx --enable-libwavpack --enable-libwebp --enabl
    e-libx264 --enable-libx265 --enable-libxavs --enable-libxvid --enable-lzma --enable-decklink --enable-zlib
      libavutil      54. 23.101 / 54. 23.101
      libavcodec     56. 35.101 / 56. 35.101
      libavformat    56. 30.100 / 56. 30.100
      libavdevice    56.  4.100 / 56.  4.100
      libavfilter     5. 14.100 /  5. 14.100
      libswscale      3.  1.101 /  3.  1.101
      libswresample   1.  1.100 /  1.  1.100
      libpostproc    53.  3.100 / 53.  3.100
    Invalid interval end specification ''
    Input #0, rtsp, from 'rtsp://':
        title           : A_Prairie_Home_Companion
        comment         : Minnesota Public Radio Minnesota Public Radio,2003
      Duration: 02:00:20.24, start: 0.023000, bitrate: N/A
        Stream #0:0: Audio: cook (cook / 0x6B6F6F63), 22050 Hz, mono, fltp, 20 kb/s

    1) Does it it take 2 hours to download via ffmpeg?
    _ Duration 2H for the video . Not for the download , witch can be different !

    2) Audio: cook <= I don't know witch codec to be used .
    That's why I choosed 'libmp3lame' as it is a standard .

    3) No codec more , it is inclued in ffmpeg

    4) additional software , no one

    5) Nothing

    Cheers .
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    Many thanks to jimdagys!

    I'm looking at the April 25, 1998 show, and there's no link to download the full show - neither of the above methods are working for it. This seems to be a problem with a lot of the 1998 shows - they're divided up into sections with no full show link. Does anyone have any advice?
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  11. Yes, I see that there is no "Listen to the whole show" link. There are 18 segment audio files, however. I noticed that some of the old shows don't even have the segment files links, just nothing. The Orbit link that "should" work for the April 25, 1998 show ( if following the pattern on above Oct 25, 1997 example) should be:
    but it doesn't work.
    I downloaded all 18 segment audio files. I don't know if all 18 will cover the entire minutes of the 2 hour show.
    I stored it in a zip file and you can download it here:
    I would send a complaint to somebody that maintains the archives. Maybe they can fix the website and that would help a lot of other people too.
    Note: Old show audio files are in the ra (Real Audio) format and play in VLC Media Player with no problem.
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    Thank you so, so much for that zip file, jimdagys - those clips contained exactly the parts of the show I needed!!!

    I'm working my way backwards saving the shows, I've got 2006-2016 so far using your methods, and I'm slowly working my way through 2005 with Orbit. I sent a message to PHC earlier this week asking if there were full show links for the 1998 shows, but so far no response.
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  13. feb 11, 2012 they went to 128 bit mp3. before that it is 64 bit. so the url changes eg
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  14. Are any of you able to download the October 11, 2003 show which was replayed again (and archived again) on March 26, 2005? I can't even get the link to open to listen.

    What I am trying to find is the episode where GK talks about at weddings they play a march at the end...not a fantasia, but a march. Anyone know where that is? I am hoping it's these episodes.
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  15. There is only one Prairie Home Companion show (out of thousands) that I thought was outstanding, and that is the only one that I long ago downloaded the audio and saved it in my email. They play a wedding march in this episode. If it is the one you want, that would be quite a coincidence.
    Link to audio (should play with vlc media player):
    Last edited by jimdagys; 27th May 2017 at 20:24.
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  16. THAT IS AMAZING!!!!! This is exactly the episode I am looking for. I have literally spent years looking for it off and on - and then you just happened to have it! Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!
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