MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Radio host Garrison Keillor plans to transition out of hosting “A Prairie Home Companion.”

The 72-year-old told the Berkshire Eagle newspaper in Massachusetts that he wants to gradually turn over his hosting duties to mandolin player and singer Chris Thile.

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Thile hosted the radio show twice in February.

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Keillor has hosted “A Prairie Home Companion” for 41 years.

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The program airs on some 600 public radio stations and has a weekly audience of about four million listeners.