|"Prairie Home Companion" tops 3 million|
|Diane Rehm, 2.4 million listeners (S. Voss)|
Old hosts die hard in public radio. When 73-year-old Garrison Keillor retires as host of “A Prairie Home Companion” next month, he’ll leave more than 3 million weekly listeners loyal to a show that began more than 40 years ago.
- (David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/Zuma Press).
Public radio is facing an existential crisis. Some of the biggest radio stars of a generation are exiting the scene while public-radio executives attempt to stem the loss of younger listeners on traditional radio.
At the same time, the business model of NPR—the institution at the center of the public-radio universe—is under threat: It relies primarily on funding from hundreds of local radio stations, but it faces rising competition... More