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Published 12/4/2003
National Radio Personality to Visit Owens Community College, Tuesday, Feb. 24

Garrison Keillor (a.k.a. Guy Noir) Nationally known writer and radio personality, Garrison Keillor will bring his satirical remarks and humorous antics to Northwest Ohio as he visits Owens Community College on Tuesday, February 24.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the College's Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo.

"Owens Community College is honored to welcome such a well-respected and distinguished radio personality as Mr. Keillor to Northwest Ohio," said Amanda Uhle, Owens Operations Manager for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. "Individuals attending the event are in for a perfect mix of intellect and laughter."

Keillor began his radio career while attending college at the University of Minnesota. Following graduation, he went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969. Five years later, Keillor hosted his first broadcast of the now famous radio show "A Prairie Home Companion". Since its inception the program's popularity has grown immensely, and now is heard by 2.6 million listeners on more than 450 radio stations as a nationally syndicated show. American military forces as far away as Europe and the Middle East can hear the show's humorous skits and advertisements for fake products.

Aside from "A Prairie Home Companion", Keillor hosts a daily five-minute radio program entitled "The Writer's Almanac" and is a frequent contributor to "Time" magazine. He is the author of 11 books, including "Lake Wobegon Days", "The Book of Guys", "The Old Men Who Loved Cheese" and "Wobegon Boy".

Keillor is a Grammy Award winning artist for his recording of "Lake Wobegon Days" and was honored with two ACE Awards for cable television. In addition, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Radio Hall of Fame at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications. His honors include recently receiving the National Humanities Medal by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tickets prices, which range from $10 to $50, are on sale now. For more information regarding tickets, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS, or 1-800-585-3737. Individuals can purchase tickets by accessing the website www.ticketsplus.net

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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