"A Prairie Home Companion" without Garrison Keillor
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    "A Prairie Home Companion" without Garrison Keillor

    I've heard talk of Garrison Keillor retiring, but it hasn't happened yet. But he wasn't there this past Sunday as I drove home from church or as I fixed and ate lunch (WFAE does it live and then after the rerun of "Wait! Wait!"). It just wasn't the same. Without Keillor's voice, it just doesn't seem like the same show. I know it had the funny sound effects and music that may or may not be good depending on my particular taste, but if the man does retire they should just do reruns.

    I've never listened to the whole show but I do like what I hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vchimpanzee View Post
    I've heard talk of Garrison Keillor retiring, but it hasn't happened yet. But he wasn't there this past Sunday as I drove home from church or as I fixed and ate lunch (WFAE does it live and then after the rerun of "Wait! Wait!"). It just wasn't the same. Without Keillor's voice, it just doesn't seem like the same show. I know it had the funny sound effects and music that may or may not be good depending on my particular taste, but if the man does retire they should just do reruns.

    I've never listened to the whole show but I do like what I hear.
    According to this article, it is only the second time he has used a guest host.

    http://www.startribune.com/entertain...284012921.html

    This time it is for two weeks and both guest hosts are members of Nickel Creek.

    I'm surprised there haven't been more guest hosts. I thought Keillor had a serious heath problem like a heart attack a few years back. What did he do then?

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    Keillor is apparently "on tour" in California through this week with his one man show. Longtime musical guest Chris Thile is stepping into his shoes.

    http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/07/thile

    When I tuned in late last weekend, I thought our local station had taken a bad feed or put on the wrong show.

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    That's an interesting subject. Can a show survive without its founding host? The man around whom the show was created?

    The thing about Garrison is he's mainly a story teller, not a musician. When they've used musicians as fill-in hosts, the character of the show changes. So using Sara Wadkins or Chris Thiele as fill-in hosts is not necessarily a good idea. What they need to find is a story-teller who's also a musician. There are quite a few who can do that, but they probably don't live in St. Paul.

    Garrison keeps talking about retiring. He mentioned it a couple years ago. The problem with building a show around a dominant host is that when that host leave, the core of the show is gone. Consider "Seinfeld" without Jerry. There are lots of interesting characters, but he was the focus. So they could do a show like PHC, as they did in the late 80s when Garrison left the first time. They started a show called "Good Evening," which I think may have been hosted by Noah Adams. Like Garrison, Noah was a story-teller. He was best known to the NPR audience as the host of All Things Considered, but he loved music, and made a good host for a couple years, until Garrison came back. So it's really a challenge for the show and the staff at this point. But I'd recommend that if they want a musician as a host, to find someone a little older, and with more of a story to tell. Chris & Sara are to focused around their music.

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    In Keillor's case in particular, yes the show is in trouble without him because the show is so centered around his talents. I suspect they'll try and replace him, and it might work out OK. But it seems more likely that it would fail.

    Most other shows are not nearly so dependent on their hosts. You might think about Diane Rehm and Terry Gross, but I think Susan Page and Dave Davies do a very good job when they substitute.
    "Its music what makes a radio station, and at Live FM, we play the last music around."
    After receiving that copy, I quit the VO industry.

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    I suspect they'll try and replace him, and it might work out OK. But it seems more likely that it would fail.
    Some shows can survive a change in host. All Things Considered and Morning Edition have. This show is different. The part that might be hardest to retain in the character that being in Minnesota brings. It's core to Garrison, and it's felt in the show. When they take it on the road, it's a different show. So they may try to replace Garrison, but I imagine they'll still need to do the show in St. Paul. Even with a different name, as they did with "Good Evening." It might be a good idea for them to launch another show to get folks prepared for the next phase. Just my two cents as an outsider.

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    ANYTHING without Garrison Keillor would be an improvement over what's there now. I would rather listen to dead air. He is the living definition and patron saint of self-absorbed twits.

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    There's another show that was built around a man named Garrison but a funny thing happened: He left and about 60 years later, the show's still going strong!

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    Don't remember anybody named Garrison from 60 years ago. Are you thinking about Dave Garroway? He was one of the early hosts of the Today Show.

    It survived because it wasn't "built around him." He was just the host. He made it an interesting show for sure, but so did those who came after him.
    Last edited by JimTexBell; 05-21-2015 at 03:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimTexBell View Post
    Don't remember anybody named Garrison from 60 years ago. Are you thinking about Dave Garroway? He was one of the early hosts of the Today Show.

    It survived because it wasn't "built around him." He was just the host. He made it an interesting show for sure, but so did those who came after him.
    AACKK! I wanted it so bad, I just had to make it happen. I really liked it too. It's the story of my life(not frozen). I get a notion in my head and the facts refuse to get in the way. Of course it's Dave Garroway, which starts with "G" that rhymes with "T" and that stands for trouble!

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