Garrison Keillor, creator and host of A Prairie Home Companion, recently announced his intention to retire in the spring of 2013 in an article in AARP magazine.
Over the past couple years, Garrison Keillor has talked about the eventual retirement, but this is the first instance of him setting a date. Keillor intends to find a replacement host for the program over the next two years, a topic he's joked about frequently on the program. This January, bluegrass singer-songwriter Sara Watkins acted as guest host.
Meanwhile, the program continues with a compilation show this weekend, and the spring run of shows picks up March 26 at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. You can hear A Prairie Home Companion every Saturday at 5 p.m. on Classical MPR.