On Saturday evening 7/2 the final episode of "Prairie Home Companion" as we know it -- that is, featuring host Garrison Keillor and his Lake Wobegon stories -- will air after having been recorded 7/1 before a very lucky live audience at the Hollywood Bowl in LA.
Quoting from a news story linked from my ISP's home page:
....writer and humorist Garrison Keillor hosts his final episode of the old-style variety show "A Prairie Home Companion" after 42 years on public radio.
Keillor's farewell will include "Companion's" best-known segment, "News From Lake Wobegon," folksy reports from a fictional town where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."
"Companion" attracts three million listeners in the U.S., many more counting its Armed Forces Radio audiences worldwide. Keillor's final show airs Saturday night.
Wobegon leaves the show with Keillor, but the 73-year-old will keep it alive onstage, and he's working on a "Wobegon" screenplay.
"Companion" returns in October with new host Chris Thile.
Folks, Thile has guest-hosted the program a couple of times in the recent past, and personally I have to believe he will be nowhere near the draw. Just no comparison whatsoever -- as if anyone could replace Garrison Keillor.
It's all a little depressing, even though, as my husband reminds me, Garrison has a right to retire just like everybody else.
I know, but......
Doubtless I'll join countless others shedding a tear Saturday night at the passing of this precious piece of Americana, while wishing Garrison Keillor all the best in his future endeavors.