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Garrison Keillor, creator and longtime host of the popular "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show, says he means it this time: He's retiring.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Keillor said he plans to step down as host after next season, following four decades of entertaining listeners with his baritone voice and folksy comedy sketches about Lake Wobegon, his mythical Minnesota hometown "where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average."

All Things Considered, NPR's flagship evening news program, is expanding its lineup of hosts: Ari Shapiro and Kelly McEvers will join veterans Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish on weekdays, and Michel Martin will become the new host of the weekend show.

We're happy to offer two special benefits for KOSU members during the 2015 Fall Membership Drive (taking place between Wednesday, April 8 to Wednesday, April 15).

1. Pledges of $60 ($5/month) will be eligible for a new KOSU t-shirt.

For the new membership drive, we're offering a new t-shirt focusing on our new campaign Crazy Smart Radio. The t-shirt are off-white (technically, it's called 'oatmeal.') and comes in your choice of extra small, small, medium, large, XL, XXL, and XXXL.

Some of you may be able to stretch your contribution to KOSU a little further thanks to your employer.

Many employers in Oklahoma have some form of matching contribution program, including:

KOSU welcomed Mairead Todd to the KOSU Membership team on February 23.

Mairead is an Oklahoma City native, with a bachelor's degree in Media Arts from the University of Oklahoma and a master's degree in TV, Radio and Film from Syracuse University. She spent several years working for various non-profits in the Oklahoma City metro area and market and audience research at PBS in Washington, D.C.

After four years in the nation’s capital, she moved back to Oklahoma with the goal of getting involved in public media.

The Spy and KOSU will launch a new music show this Sunday at 8 p.m. that will continue our Sunday late afternoon / evening tradition of shows featuring the genres of country, Americana, roots, and red dirt music.

Tumbleweeds All the Way Down will showcase American roots music - country, blues, and folk. If it sounds like blood, sweat, heartbreak or alcohol, you will hear it here. The first episode features songs by Lyle Lovett, Whiskeytown, Patti Page, Sturgill Simpson and many more.

KOSU welcomed Emily Wendler to the KOSU broadcast team on February 4. Emily is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio with degrees in Geology and Journalism from the University of Cincinnati and a graduate degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism from the University of Montana. She is a radio storyteller who excels in the development of investigative and explanatory pieces and in the analysis of data to tell stories. Emily will be based at the KOSU studios in Oklahoma City and her initial focus will be the future of education in our state.

Joe Wertz

The 2015 legislative session kicks off today with the fifth State of the State Address from Governor Fallin starting just after noon.

KOSU’s Michael Cross got a chance to sit down with the Governor to get an idea of the subjects of the speech.

The legislative session is scheduled to run through May 29.

KOSU will be airing the State of the State Address in its entirety today, thanks to our partners at OETA starting at 12:30 p.m.

When KOSU and The Spy teamed up in August 2012, KOSU station director Kelly Burley said that The Spy was providing "a vibrant venue for music genres that are completely underserved in our state."

With that in mind, The Spy and KOSU will launch three new music shows this week that will either take listeners on a new musical journey every week, celebrate new music and artistic endeavors in Oklahoma, or showcase funk, soul, and afrobeat.

KOSU will air Governor Mary Fallin's second and final inaugural address on Monday, January 12 beginning at 11:30 a.m. from the south steps of the state Capitol.

Gov. Fallin and other statewide officials will take their oaths of office and there will be guest performances by 11-year-old Edmond singer Olivia Kay and operatic soprano Leona Mitchell.