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.
The show won't be the same without Keillor, and it will be interesting to hear/follow the selection process for successor now to 2013. My two cents: Though Sara Watkins can sing and is compelling musician, not an appropriate choice as new host (was not impressed with her hosting skills). Would love to see the selection process head in the direction of a broadcast savvy humorist.
Don't know what my husband and I will do on Saturday nights after listening for 30 years!
I agree on the hurmorist host.