Garrison Keillor is planning to retire, the Star Tribune says:
"A Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor said Wednesday that he is "not counting on doing it [hosting the show] more than a couple more years." He added that he would like to see the show continue with more of a musical focus, and that he would love to serve as that show's producer.
No, he's not, the Associated Press says:
A couple of friends "made a serious attempt" to get Keillor to retire, he said. "They gave me a beautiful sales pitch. They drew a lovely picture of what it would be like, and I could work on writing books and I could write at my own speed, and I could travel, except I travel now," Keillor said.
Keillor was unavailable to comment to MPR today.
It sounds to me like he's undecided at this point; trying various ideas on for size. It seems natural to think about what you want to do with the rest of your life at a time like this. I think that pretty much everyone does it, but when he thinks out loud, it gets reported.
It's up to him what he wants to do next. He's earned it. But if he really thinks PHC is just a live musical variety show, he doesn't have much insight into its success.
Before long, he'd be doing one show a month at the Cedar Cultural Center and broadcasting live over KFAI.