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Garrison Keillor ends his reign as host of A Prairie Home Companion this weekend.

The program, being broadcast on Saturday July 2 is actually a tape of a performance made the night before (July 1). Ironocally, the last show is coming out of Los Angeles, not St. Paul or Minneapolis.

It is fitting that the goodbyes would take place on this July Fourth weekend. Makes us recall how our July Fourth was changed in 1997 when Charles Kurault in more than a mere coincidence died on America’s birthday.

We have always enjoyed PHC  with Keillor at the helm. But we still recall how hard his first goodbye hit us in 1987, and how we became a bit more guarded thereafter upon his return from that departure.

This time the goodye seems for real.  Saturday nights will not be the same.

We now search for alternatives. It might be Keillor’s replacement – Chris Thiel, but he is a young 35 and appears to have tastes and sensibilities that appeal to others. So, as Garrison Keillor moves on, so might we.

We remain in search of Lake Wobegon. We’ll keep you advised of what we find during the course of our journey.

In the meantime, listen to a wonderful Keillor goodbye at Tanglewood -especially from 2 hours in as the live radio show ended. He performed for another 75 minutes.

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