After 40 years, Garrison Keillor will step away from the microphone as host of A Prairie Home Companion.
He will be replaced by Chris Thile, the talented frontman of the Punch Brothers and member of Nickel Creek. He will act as only the second permanent host on the live radio show that has been airing since 1974. Although rumors have been swirling for months that Keillor would soon retire from the show, the 72-year-old finally confirmed the news in a recent interview with the Pioneer Press.
According to Vulture, Thile will join Keillor as a co-host until taking over full-time in 2016. During the transition, Keillor will also continue his work as a writer and executive producer for the show. Thile has previously appeared on the popular radio show as both a performer and guest host in recent years. Keillor has spoken publicly about his support and excitement about the show’s new host.
“Chris is my man,” Keillor told Pioneer Press, ”and I’m eager to stay home and read books. But of course, I’ll do whatever needs to be done to assure an easy transition — sing, dance, do ‘Guy Noir,’ talk about my hometown, whatever is required.”