WKU welcomes public radio host Keillor

Mitchell Grogg

WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series continued Tuesday night with a performance by “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor, called “A Brand-New Retrospective.”

The title referred to Keillor turning 70 years old this past summer, Keillor said at the beginning of the performance.

The show also featured piano accompaniment by Rich Dworsky and Rob Fisher.

Keillor sang duets with singer-actress Christine DiGiallonardo.

“I just like to sing duets with…a younger woman, and a talented woman,” Keillor said after the show.

David Lee, Potter College of Arts and Letters Dean, said the show was a good opportunity for the university to contribute to the community.

“Part of the advantage of having a university in your midst is for events like this to take place and folks in the community do have the opportunity to come be a part of that,” Lee said.

But for the students who came, it was a great experience, particularly for Nashville sophomore Anna Lee McFadden.

“I have been a long-time Garrison Keillor fan; listened to ‘Prairie Home Companion’ for ever and ever, as long as I can remember,” McFadden said.

“I love the music,” she said. “I love the stories.”

Keillor called the event a “pleasant evening of duets and little reminiscence.”

He also mentioned the importance of the current generation passing its wisdom on to the future.

“You want to leave the next generation with an example of courage,” he said. “They shouldn’t be cowed into thinking that there are only narrow opportunities for them.”