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Garrison Keillor says retirement looms in 2013

The host of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" gave the retirement date in an interview for the AARP Bulletin's online books column released Wednesday.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Garrison Keillor is dropping more hints that retirement may be on the horizon.

The host of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" told the AARP Bulletin he plans to retire in 2013. But the 68-year-old says he has to find his replacement first. Keillor says he's pushing forward but also is in denial about retirement.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, Keillor says he'll be 70 in the spring of 2013 "and that seems like a nice round number."

Keillor suffered a minor stroke in 2009 but was back on air three weeks later. He created the show in 1974. It's now broadcast on nearly 600 public radio stations and heard by more than 4 million people each week.