Live From Here With Chris Thile Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

"We simply cannot continue to make the show we want to make and host Live from Here the way it was intended."

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<i>Live From Here With Chris Thile</i> Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

American Public Media’s popular radio variety hour Live From Here With Chris Thile has been canceled, according to an announcement posted on the show’s social media accounts.

“It has been a joy to connect with you in person, on the radio, and online,” the statement reads. “However, as gatherings have become increasingly complicated, we are sad to announce that we will no longer be producing Live from Here. This past week’s broadcast was our final new show. COVID-19 has deeply impacted live events, from Broadway to concerts. With that uncertainty, we simply cannot continue to make the show we want to make and host Live from Here the way it was intended.”

The lively variety show has been running for three years now and has been recently operating as a series of virtual livestreams from inside musicians’ and various guests’ homes due to the pandemic. Thile, the Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer from both the Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, took over as host in 2016 when the show transitioned from the long-running A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor, who was later released from all his ties with public radio after sexual misconduct allegations.

“Not one live broadcast has gone by where I didn’t thank my absurdly lucky stars for your wide open ears and hearts,” Thile wrote in a statement on his own Instagram. Read the show’s full statement below. Further down, revisit a full Punch Brothers concert from 2012 via the Paste archives.

Live from Here has always been about bringing people together. It has been a joy to connect with you in person, on the radio, and online. However, as gatherings have become increasingly complicated, we are sad to announce that we will no longer be producing Live from Here. This past week’s broadcast was our final new show. COVID-19 has deeply impacted live events, from Broadway to concerts. With that uncertainty, we simply cannot continue to make the show we want to make and host Live from Here the way it was intended. We are happy to say that we are going out on top – the show has never been better, thanks to the irrepressible genius of Chris Thile, our spectacular house band, the guest artists who have graced our stage in person and virtually, and the team making it all work behind the scenes. We have loved every minute of bringing you along for our shared moments of discovery, entertainment, creativity, and surprise. We thank you all with all our hearts for coming together with us.

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