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“One of the most popular public radio programs will begin a new chapter this fall as musician Chris Thile takes over for Garrison Keillor as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion, bringing a fresh approach to an audience favorite. Beginning on October 15, 2016, Thile will host a 30-week season, including live broadcasts, produced shows and repeats on public radio stations nationwide.” — Official announcement press release — American Public Media Prepares for Next Chapter of A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile as Host—
“That thing that [Garrison] created, like most truly great works of art, it’s immortal. … We’ll all keep using the template he created to tell each other stories and to escape from our daily cares, but also to celebrate the daily cares. That’s the real magic trick that Garrison performs week in and week out, to both relieve you from those cares but then also to celebrate them. That’s truly special. I want to make sure that we have that place every week, to keep doing that. Of course the show will change to reflect the fact that its new host is not a writer but a musician.” — Chris Thile in an interview with MPR News Chris Thile offers glimpse of the new Prairie Home
“Garrison created a template that I think is immortal. It doesn’t feel like any kind of constraint. It’s like a license. I feel like I have my license to go and make some good radio. … The prospect of getting to make things for people on a weekly basis … is beyond compare. It’s what I love to do.” — Chris Thile in an interview with the AP: Goodbye, Lake Wobegon: ‘Prairie Home’ is getting a new host
“I’m looking for people of any age who love laughing and love good music. Theoretically, the goal is to not lose anyone and to add a bunch of young people, and not because we’re all of a sudden going to make it cool and hip, but rather because young people like good things too. In no way do I wish to exclude the current audience. I’ve long been a part of that audience and I feel a serious kinship with them. You know, I’ve been on the show since I was 15, and there’s been no bigger part of the development of my audience than being on APHC.” — Mpls.St.Paul Magazine 5 Questions with Chris Thile