A fond farewell to Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion

Tom Hinde

Garrison Keillor, 73, signs-off tonight as the host of Prairie Home Companion. The first Prairie Home Companion was performed in 1974 and has continued, with brief interruptions, ever since. The radio program featured a variety of skits, comedy, music and of course the News from Lake Wobegon, the fictional subject of Keillor's weekly monologue.

For 42 years, Prairie Home Companion and Keillor's monologues turned radio from a medium some considered to be old-fashioned into a new form of art for new generations to enjoy. His final performance as host airs tonight on NPR radio stations at 5:00 p.m. The show was recorded last night at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA.