by Cathy P. Ross
Jun 28, 2013
08:28 AMCulture Cat
On Second Thought . . .
In 2011 at 68, radio host Garrison Keillor announced to the AARP Bulletin that he would be retiring in the spring of 2013. “When I was younger, I was all in favor of it, and now that I’m at that age, I’m not sure,” he said. “I sure don’t want to make a fool of myself and be singing romantic duets with 25-year-old women when I’m 75. But on the other hand, it’s so much fun. And in radio, the lighting is right.” Do you detect a bit of hedging? Sure enough, Keillor had a change of heart, and is still going strong. He continues to do “A Prairie Home Companion” every week, and this summer he’s taking the show on the road from coast to coast.
Keillor began his career at Minnesota Public Radio in 1969; and in July of 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion,” a satire about life in his fictional boyhood home of Lake Wobegon, Minn. The folksy show’s cast of oddball characters, skits and Keillor’s captivating storytelling garnered an adoring cultlike following with 4 million listeners still tuning in to more than 600 stations every Saturday night. Keillor also reaches almost a million listeners a day via poetry readings on “The Writer’s Almanac.”
The “Radio Romance Tour” stops at Ives Concert Park in Danbury on July 25 with Keillor and a full cast in tow. He describes it as “two hours of duet singing, absurd improv with sound effects, Guy Noir Private Eye, poetry, outright foolishness, and, the News from Lake Wobegon,” of course.
For tickets and further information, call 800/745-3000 or visit ivesconcertpark.com.On Second Thought . . .