Tough Times in Lake Wobegone

American Public Media has been begging Garrison Keillor for years not to retire from the weekend Prairie Companion show – a novelty in that it is broadcast live, usually from the theater in Saint Paul Minnesota.

He was going to retire in a few months, but he just revealed he had a brain seizure during the show two weeks ago. There is some brain damage, but he plans to keep on doing the show until the agreed on date.

A long time ago, I created a poll asking people if they know the origin of the Prairie Home Companion program name. Outhouse was a popular plausible guess. My real guess was it was a reference to the Bible. Here is a hint – if you were looking for legendary guitarist Les Paul, he can be found there.

Real Origin

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3 Responses to Tough Times in Lake Wobegone

  1. Fred Stiening says:

    Wall Street Journal people picked up this topic

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/radios-existential-crisis-1466111586

    The article fails to grasp that NPR is not Public Radio and blurs NPR and APM, but in their defense few people understand how public radio is funded and operates. Until 2009, I was one of them

  2. briand75 says:

    I know of his name – He was always a bit NPR-ish for me however.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      One of the interesting aspects of public radio is how Garrison Keillor accidentally set off an avalanche of money going into Minnesota Public Broadcasting. Not everyone reading this has read the blog for 10 years. APM was created as a direct competitor to NPR with a frontal attack to get the CPB to defund NPR and divert the money to the land of the Democratic socialist labor party. NPR is slowly withering to just Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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