A Prairie Home Companion started production in 1974. Live every Saturday night, A Prairie Home Companion features comedy sketches, music and Garrison Keillor’s signature monologue, "The News from Lake Wobegon."
One of America’s most beloved radio hosts and acclaimed humorists, Garrison Keillor (host, producer) was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, and began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1966. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969 and on July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul. Today, some 4.3 million listeners on close to 600 public radio stations coast to coast, and beyond, tune in to the show each week. Keillor has been honored with a Grammy, ACE and George Foster Peabody awards, the National Humanities Medal and election to the American Academy of Arts & Letters. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days, Leaving Home, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, Pontoon, Homegrown Democrat and Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny (Viking). He is the host of the daily program The Writers Almanac and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems: American Places (Viking).