Garrison Keillor Retires From A Prairie Home Companion

Jun 20, 2016

A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor will host his last show on July 2.

A public radio legend is about to give up his Saturday night gig.  Garrison Keillor retires as host of A Prairie Home Companion, from American Public Media, this summer, marking the end of an era that that featured Guy Noir, Private Eye; the cowboys Dusty and Lefty; and the “News From Lake Wobegon.” Keillor, 73, will bow out of the Saturday evening variety show that has entertained millions of public radio listeners over four decades.

But he will continue to host The Writer’s Almanac, heard every weekday morning at 9:00am on WPSU-FM.

The final edition of A Prairie Home Companion can be heard Saturday evening, July 2 on WPSU-FM.

On the following Saturday, July 9, WPSU will offer a new program, Mountain Stage, from NPR. Recorded in front of a live audience, Mountain Stage features performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues, and country to indie rock, synth pop, world music, alternative, and beyond. 

“Garrison Keillor has been an icon for public radio and his retirement is richly deserved”, says WPSU-FM Station Manager Greg Petersen. “While the ‘Chatterbox Café’ may be gone, the tradition of great music on Saturday nights will continue with Mountain Stage.” 

Starting July 9th, host Larry Groce will bring musicians from a variety of genres to WPSU-FM on the public radio music show Mountain Stage.

For more than 30 years, Mountain Stage with host Larry Groce has been a vibrant home for live music on public radio. This two-hour show will give you a front-row seat for concerts by a wide variety of performers, including both established stars and emerging artists in many genres. Mountain Stage is recorded in front of a live audience at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, West Virginia, and occasionally travels to other concert venues around the country. It is distributed by NPR to more than 150 public radio stations nationwide.

Tune in for Mountain Stage starting Saturday, July 9 at 6:00pm, and keep listening to Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, heard every weekday morning at 9:00am on WPSU-FM.