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Garrison Keillor Steps Down As Host Of 'A Prairie Home Companion'

The show has been credited with helping move radio storytelling from a thing of the past to a revived art.

By Samantha Crook | July 2, 2016

Radio personality Garrison Keillor is handing over his host spot on "A Prairie Home Companion" after this weekend's episode.

The show is known for Keillor's reports on the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, and has been credited with helping move radio storytelling from a thing of the past to a revived art.

"That's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the children are above-average," Keillor said during "A Prairie Home Companion."

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Keillor started hosting the show in 1974 and now attracts millions of weekly listeners. But despite its following, Keillor said it's time to step down.

"You don't want to wait until people are dropping hints, you know, like concrete blocks," Keillor told WCCO.

Musician Chris Thile, a member of the Punch Brothers, will be taking over. Thile has guest-hosted in the past and is expected to attract younger listeners to the program, which has a median audience age of 59

The new season of "A Prairie Home Companion" starts this fall.

This video includes images from Getty Images and clips from Minnesota Public Radio / 'A Prairie Home Companion.'

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