For nearly 30 years, Garrison Keillors A Prairie Home
Companion has transported audiences to the mythical town of
Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, where all the women are strong, all
the men are good-looking and all the children are above-average.
Garrison Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota, in 1942. His career
in radio began at college radio station KUOM/Minnesota, where he
worked as an announcer. In 1969, Keillor joined the staff of Minnesota
Public Radio and embarked on a career as a professional writer.
Keillor was writing an article for The New Yorker about
radios long-running Grand Ole Opry when he created A Prairie
Home Companion, a weekly show devoted to music and Keillors
witty, increasingly popular writings. A Prairie Home Companion
debuted on July 6, 1974. By the 1980s, Keillors low-key musings
about the folks in Lake Wobegon had made the program a fixture of
public radio stations.
Keillor ended A Prairie Home Companion in 1987 but utilized
a similar format two years later for his American Radio Company.
Finally, in 1992, he returned the show to Minnesota and revived
the name A Prairie Home Companion. Today, the show is broadcast
on over 500 radio stations, to an audience of some three million
Garrison Keillor was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1994.
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