Remembering Tom Keith, Dayton: votes don’t add up for Viking stadium, mining battle heats up in Wisc.

There are a number of memories of Tom Keith emerging after his passing this weekend. He was known nationally as the sound effects man on A Prairie Home Companion, and he also co-hosted The Morning Show on Minnesota Public Radio for 25 years.

Tom was one of radio’s great clowns. He was serious about silliness and worked hard to get a moo exactlyright and the cluck too and the woof. His whinny was amazing — noble, vulnerable, articulate. He did bagpipes, helicopters, mortars, common drunks, caribou (and elands and elk and wapiti), garbage trucks backing up, handsaws and hammers, and a beautiful vocalization of a man falling from a great height into piranha-infested waters — Garison Keilor.

Midday looks back at the life and career Tom Keith.

Guests

Tim Russell: Cast member of A Prairie Home Companion

Sue Scott: Cast member of A Prairie Home Companion

Dale Connelly: New Director for KFAI. Co-host of The Morning Show

Mike Pengra: Producer for ‘The Morning Show’

Garrison Keillor: Creator and host of A Prairie Home Companion

Tom Keith, a showman but not a showoff

Tom was not a prima donna or a showoff, which was ironic given that he had such showy talents. His name was known to millions as one of the last surviving radio sound men, but he was not terribly interested in increasing his profile (MPR News).

MN Today has an exhaustive collection of stories about Keith here.

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