Will new MPR ‘resident’ be Garrison Keillor’s successor on ‘A Prairie Home Companion’?

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Kevin Kling, “that other, far less famous Minnesota storyteller, humorist, and author,” has been hired by Minnesota Public Radio for a three-year residency, prompting speculation that he’s being groomed to take over “A Prairie Home Companion” after Garrison Keillor retires. Jason Zabel writes:

This new set-up with Kling, who already provides commentary for NPR’s All Things Considered, now features Kling on Minnesota radio more frequently, as part of the residency involves some very Garrison-esque duties: “On the air, Kling will deliver exclusive commentaries that feature his personal stories with a timely take on current events.”

The Star Tribune wrote of Kling in a profile a several years ago that “Kling is transcending his stature as a long-beloved Minnesota storyteller” and describes a career built on “telling strong sense-of-place stories about ice fishing, 1960s Twin Cities suburbia and riding the Lake Street bus. But six years after surviving a near-fatal motorcycle crash, his tales have moved from hilarious nostalgia to something weightier and more spiritual.” || Earlier: Keillor says he’s leaving “Prairie Home Companion” in 2013 || Related: Kling spins some tales

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=648865389 Lynn Bettis

    Thanks for this information. I’ll have to check out Kevin Kling. I love Garrison Keillor and would miss the guy terribly on Prairie Home Companion, but I do want Garrison to enjoy retirement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell

    Kling’s duties may be “Garrison-esque,” but he certainly isn’t. In fact, he’s brilliant. I hope this is the plan, because then I won’t feel the need to dive for the “off” switch the second I hear that abominable piano run, hopefully before I hear that even more abominable voice, and waaaaay before I have to hear the screechy voices of the supporting actors, or the horrid Police-Academy-level human sound effects, or any of the several endlessly repeated bits that make up each show. Is that ketchup commercial really any funnier the billionth time you hear it?