Just when fans of "A Prairie Home Companion" are starting to get out of the house, or at least do something constructive at 6 on Saturday evenings, along comes "Good Evening," the new offering that Minnesota Public Radio hopes will capture the hearts and ears of "Prairie" loyalists.

"Evening" is a live variety show, hosted by Noah Adams, that will originate at the World Theatre in St. Paul, Minn. -- the former home of "Prairie Home" -- and air at 6 p.m. Saturdays, starting this week on WETA-FM (90.9). As it did in preview programs last year, the show will feature literary types reading from their literary-type works, a cast of regular characters, and a variety of music and comedy. Adams' background includes five years as a host on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" plus 10 years in various other positions with that show.

The new show is not a "Prairie" clone. Alison Circle of Minnesota Public Radio makes it clear that "Noah is not Garrison Keillor." Circle insists that "Evening" will have an identity of its own, though she admits it is after "Prairie's" old audience.

And it's already showing signs of capturing a significant portion of that audience. "We had about 170 stations signed to carry the show even before its first broadcast," Circle says. " 'Prairie Home Companion' had 275 at its height, and 120 is considered doing well."

Circle says the response to the preview shows was very good. "The audience was eager to like Noah."

"I want it to be intelligent, good-natured and entertaining," Adams says of his new venture. "I'll be happy if it's 10 percent as successful as 'Prairie Home Companion.' "

For those who won't part with "Prairie," WETA will continue to broadcast reruns of the show each Sunday at 1 p.m.

'Feed's' Year of Skewed News If you can't get enough of WHFS-FM's (99.1) "Daily Feed," the station is marketing a 90-minute year-in-review tape to listeners. "The Daily Feed" is a satirical look at the news of the day. Sort of. Actually, it's a blend of satire, editorial comment and occasional unrestrained diatribes -- pretty hard to pin down.

The tape is chock full of items about the headliners from the past year -- Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Ed Meese, Oliver North, Ed Meese, Gary Hart, Ed Meese and a bunch of others.

The yearly "Feed" is available for $10 from Dryden Clarke Audio Programmes Inc., 1012 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006. "The Daily Feed" is in its seventh year on WHFS.

Les Carpenter Joins WMMJ If you were alert and listening to WMMJ-FM (102.3) yesterday morning, that was Les Carpenter you heard doing drive-time duty. "He's a real solid addition to our staff," said Alan Ginsburg, general manager of the station. "We need someone with personality to do that drive-time slot, and we feel Les is familiar to Washington listeners and a real pro."

Carpenter, most recently of WWRC-AM (980), has also worked at WGAY-FM (99.5) and WJMD (now WLTT-FM 94.7).

"We're accomplishing what we want to at MMJ," Ginsburg said. (The station was bought by Cathy Hughes' Almic Broadcasting in October.) "We feel we've got the kinks out. The sales are picking up and we feel our format is tighter than WASH {97.1 FM, WMMJ's main competition}, but that's a matter of opinion."

WCXR's Classic CD Hit A New Year's charity note: We mentioned that WCXR-FM's (105.9) "Classics Vol. I" compact disc had sold out its first pressing and that a second order was on the way. That second order has come and gone already.

The second shipment, received in area stores Dec. 24, was sold out in less than an hour.

Phil McConnell, compact disc buyer for the Waxie Maxie's chain, said the first pressing of the WCXR CD was the No. 1 seller for the time the chain had it in stock. McConnell said one store manager picked up 60 units, took them to his store and reported them sold within a half hour.

The promotion raised $11,200 for the Salvation Army's Christmas welfare programs. The station plans to release "Classics Vol. II" in the spring.

Cancer Society Honors Rehm And congratulations to WAMU-FM's (88.5) Diane Rehm, who was saluted recently by American Cancer Society's Washington chapter for "exemplary support of cancer control programs in the nation's capital."