Garrison Keillor to retire in spring of 2013

In an interview with the AARP Bulletin Keillor names his planned retirement date. When asked if he plans to “scale back,” Keillor responded:

“I am planning to retire in the spring of 2013, but first I have to find my replacement. I’m pushing forward, and also I’m in denial. It’s an interesting time of life.”

A flurry of chatter and dismay erupted in mid-January when it was announced that Keillor would step aside as host for the Jan. 15 performance at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, instead appearing as a guest.

Speculation immediately began that this was a precursor to retirement for Keillor, who has hosted the show since he created it in the 1970s.

I’ll be working on a more in-depth story for tonight – stay tuned.