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Garrison Keillor


Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor's retrospective will celebrate the good times 

Garrison KeillorOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Garrison Keillor, one of America's most beloved radio hosts and acclaimed humorists, will appear at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall.

The show, Garrison Keillor: A Brand New Retrospective, is a personal narrative of 70 years of music in a man's head. It will relive the good times and the music that came with them: hymns, jingles, Tchaikovsky, pop tunes, limericks, rock 'n roll, Beethoven, love sonnets, rags, blues and rousers. Appearing with Keillor will be guests Rich Dworsky on piano, singer Christine DiGiallonardo and Rob Fisher, also on piano.

Tickets, which are $45 and $35, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or online at

Keillor was born Gary Edward Keillor on Aug. 7, 1942, in Anoka, a suburb of St. Paul, Minn. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English in 1966. That's where he also began his broadcasting career, working at the student-operated radio station. 

In 1969, Keillor went to work for Minnesota Public Radio. On July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul. There were about a dozen people in audience. 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.

"When the show started, it was something funny to do with my friends, and then it became an achievement that I hoped would be successful, and now it's a good way of life," Keillor states on the Prairie Home Companion website.

Keillor is the host and writer of not only A Prairie Home Companion but also The Writer's Almanac, also heard on public radio.

He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Love Me and Homegrown Democrat. His latest, which came out in 2012, is Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny.