Garrison Keillor says he’s done

21 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Garrison Keillor says he’s sure this time: Just 1 more season as ‘Prairie Home Companion’ host.

ST. Garrison Keillor, the 72-yer-old host of the popular public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” has reiterated his intention to retire from the program in the fall of 2016. Keillor told the Associated Press Monday he is definitely hanging it up after one more season, which will see him sharing the hosting duties with musician Chris Thile – who will eventually take over the program full time.

Keillor also takes summer bus tours for live shows, and his 30-city “America the Beautiful” cross-country tour, billed as his farewell tour, starts next week. “I have a lot of other things that I want to do. But of course, I’ll do whatever needs to be done to assure an easy transition.” Thile told Mandolin Cafe he has “tremendous respect” for A Prairie Home Companion, which Keillor has hosted for 41 years.

Keillor said his final show as host will be in July 2016, from the Tanglewood auditorium in Massachusetts, one of Keillor’s favorite locations for broadcasts. The Minneapolis Star Tribune noted Keillor had “announced an upcoming retirement so many times that he could be called the Brett Favre of broadcast radio.” But he insisted Monday that his decision was solid. Keillor said that means retiring his weekly monologue, “News from Lake Wobegon,” a homey recounting of the doings of Norwegian bachelor farmers and other Lake Wobegon residents, along with his sketches about hard-boiled detective Guy Noir and hapless modern-day cowboys Dusty and Lefty. “I’ve been everywhere, and I’ve seen very little. Keillor said he has finished writing a Lake Wobegon screenplay, about a young man who returns for his father’s funeral and reconnects with a high school girlfriend. “It’s got a funeral, it’s got a big Fourth of July parade, and it’s got, you know, two people taking each other’s clothes off,” he said. “Everything we look for in a movie.”

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