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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Two different updates on Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion" on Public Radio Delmarva, is recovering very well from a recent stroke. According to a recent New York Times article, he shows no signs of slowing down, or postponing the start of a new season of his long-running radio show. He told the Associated Press he feels guilty about all the sympathy and concern he's received in recent days: "You get a lot of potted plants that you're not really entitled to. Just because a guy, you know, spent four days on monitors doesn't entitle you to a big pot of black-eyed susans. They should go to people who have real problems."

Well, his sense of humor is certainly intact. He described his stroke symptoms at the time as something like a combination of four martinis and a visit to the dentist's office. He also said he's gotten a lot of advice from friends to call it a day, retire, but says he's not ready to do that. "Work is what I do," he said.

That being said...another article in the Minneapolis-St Paul Star Tribune indicated that he might only do the show for a couple more years. He said he'd like to see the show continue as more of an acoustic-music showcase, with him as producer. What? No more "News from Lake Wobegon?" No more "Adventures of Guy Noir," and "The Life of the Cowboys?" Unthinkable.

The new season kicks off Saturday, September 26 at 6 PM live from the Fitzgerald Theater, and of course you can hear it right here on WSCL 89.5 FM and WSDL 90.7 FM, with a repeat Sunday at noon on WSDL 90.7 FM.


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