JUNE 23, 1997
Garrison Keillor, right, with his Prairie Home Companion staff.
Garrison Keillor's popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, will be performed live from Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery this Saturday as part of the Summer Festival on the Green series. The Hopeful Gospel Quartet and lap-style slide guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps will be featured.
The award-winning variety show is heard by almost two million listeners on more than 350 public radio stations and will air locally on KUOW-FM (94.9) on Saturday at 5 p.m. and be rebroadcast on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Keillor, 54, began his career in radio at the University of Minnesota and then went to work for The New Yorker. While writing an article about the Grand Ole Opry in 1974, he was inspired to create a live variety show for radio and A Prairie Home Companion was born.
A storyteller and homorist, Keillor has received a Grammy Award for his recording of Lake Wobegon Days. He was recently inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which called him "contemporary radio's most inventive humorist." Keillor has authored several books, hosts another radio show, and is a contributing writer to several publications.