“Companion” draws in three million listeners within the U.S., a lot more counting its Military Radio audiences worldwide. Keillor’s final show airs Saturday night.
“Companion” returns in October with new host Chris Thile.
Keillor’s farewell includes “Companion’s” best-known segment, “News From Lake Wobegon,” folksy reviews from the imaginary town where “all of the women are strong, all of the males are attractive, and all sorts of youngsters are excellent.”
Wobegon leaves the show with Keillor, however the 73-year-old could keep it alive onstage, and he’s focusing on a “Wobegon” script.
FILE – Within this June 24, 2016, file photo, “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor rehearses using the band at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. Some 18,000 fans in the Hollywood Bowl is going to be moved to Lake Wobegon, Minn., Friday night, This summer 1, as author and humorist Keillor hosts his final episode from the old-style variety show “A Prairie Home Companion” after 42 years on public radio. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Bald eagle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Some 18,000 fans in the Hollywood Bowl is going to be moved to Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, Friday night as author and humorist Garrison Keillor hosts his final episode from the old-style variety show “A Prairie Home Companion” after 42 years on public radio.