The beloved historian of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota says farewell this weekend after 42 years on public radio. Garrison Keillor, host of a Prairie Home Companion, shares the final news from his imaginary home town this Saturday, July 2 at 7:00 pm, with an encore at 1:00 pm on Sunday the 3rd.
CBS Sunday Morning recently broadcast an excellent Jane Pauley interview with Garrison about his career.
The final broadcast of the season takes place at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. It’s a duet singing show, with Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, Heather Masse, and Christine DiGiallonardo all along to join the host on time-honored American ballads, British Invasion romps, country-western weepers, and Broadway classics, guaranteed to send Garrison off to radio retirement in style. Plus: the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, with L.A. tales and sound effects straight from rush hour on the 101; pianist and music director Richard Dworsky guides the band (Bernie Dresel on drums, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and guitarist Chris Siebold) through surf melodies and sun-drenched rock’n’roll instrumentals; and one last update on the News from Lake Wobegon, the little town that time forgot, and the decades cannot improve.
Following a summer hiatus of encore broadcasts, new episodes of A Prairie Home Companion will be heard over Public Radio 89.5 when its new host, Chris Thile, debuts on October 15.