Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is the backdrop for a story Garrison Keillor tells pretty frequently.
In 1974, the New Yorker magazine dispatched him to document the Grand Ole Opry. The show was moving out of the decaying "Mother Church of Country Music" and into new digs near Opryland. The experience changed his life. Within months, he was creating his own radio variety show. And 43 years later, Prairie Home Companion still airs every Saturday night, though now with a new host.
WPLN's Blake Farmer spoke to Garrison Keillor, who is performing at the Ryman this weekend to celebrate the venue's 125th year.