KU News Release

Jan. 26, 2011
Contact: Marisa Bregman, Lied Center, 785-864-2722

Garrison Keillor to share ‘Stories from Lake Wobegon’ with Lied Center audience

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LAWRENCE — The Lied Center of Kansas and Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community will present an evening with Garrison Keillor, host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9.

In a solo performance, Keillor will present “Stories from Lake Wobegon” — entertaining anecdotes about his experience growing up in the Midwest.

Born in Anoka, Minn., Keillor graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1966 with a degree in English. While in college, he began broadcasting at the student-run radio station now called Radio K. Keillor’s professional broadcasting career started in 1969 with Minnesota Educational Radio. In 1971, he began hosting a morning show called “A Prairie Home Companion.” His distinctive, inviting voice is now heard each week by more than 4 million listeners on 590 public radio stations.

On July 6, 1974, “A Prairie Home Companion” debuted as a variety show in front of a live audience on a Saturday night. The show featured guest musicians and a cast performing elaborate comic skits. The commercial spots were also fabricated, comedic acts. In the second half of the show, Keillor performed a monologue called “The News from Lake Wobegon,” a fictitious town based on Keillor’s experience growing up in small-town Minnesota.

Since the first show, “A Prairie Home Companion” has broadcast live from almost all 50 states and abroad. It often features local celebrities. Along with radio, Keillor has found success in writing. He pens a number of articles and syndicated columns featured in newspapers and magazines including the New Yorker and the Atlantic Monthly. Keillor is also a best-selling author of more than a dozen books including “Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel,” “Love Me” and “Homegrown Democrat.”

Keillor has received numerous awards for his extensive repertoire, including a Grammy for his recording of “Lake Wobegon Days.” He has also received two Cable ACE Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was presented with a National Humanities Medal by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1994, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications. PBS’ acclaimed series “American Masters” honored Keillor by airing the documentary “The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes,” which follows Keillor through a year of taping “A Prairie Home Companion” and meeting his many fans throughout the United States.

Keillor has become a cultural icon of sorts, referenced in a variety of works including “The Simpsons” on television and in the book “American Psycho” by Bret Easton Ellis.

Kansas Public Radio is the media sponsor for this performance.

Tickets are on sale at the Lied Center ticket office, (785) 864-2787 or (785) 864-2777 TDD; Murphy Hall box office, (785) 864-3982; and online at lied.ku.edu. Tickets are $42 for the public and $21 for students and youth. All seats are reserved. Discounts may apply.

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