The tales of triumph and tragedy from the farming community of Lake Wobegon where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the children are above average, is inspired by Minnesota’s Stearns County. Stories from the Lake are good for a few more years, but 68-year-old Keillor has indicated that his retirement may be imminent.
Keillor has hinted at retirement in previous times and indeed, in 1987 quit A Prairie Home Companion, only to return some two years later with a new touring production called American Radio Company of The Air. He returned to A Prairie Home Companion a few years on.
The show is broadcast from almost 600 public radio stations to over 4 million people each week.
A Prairie Home Companion was created by Garrison Keillor in 1974 and in 2009 he celebrated the show’s 35th anniversary.