No really, this is it. He plans to transition out over the course of the next year, eventually handing the reins over to musician Chris Thile. However, the creator of the beloved fictional Minnesota told the Assoicated Press he plans to take a few things with him, including his “News from Lake Wobegon” dispatches. The 72-year-old has hosted the program since its inception nearly 40 years ago. Still, “Prairie Home Companion” remains a vital force on the airwaves, attracting around 4 million listeners each week. Keiller is planning a 30-city farewell tour, starting next week.