The host of ''Prairie Home Companion'' discusses the release of his radio show on DVD

November 26, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

With his radio show debuting on DVD — A Prairie Home Companion: 30th Broadcast Season Celebration — the man hose voice is better known than his face reflects on success from Lake Wobegon.

You’re not a taskmaster after all this time?

The secret of longevity is to surround yourself with people more talented than you. I feel a big relief when other people steal the show.

Watching the sound effects guys is amazing.

They’re very intense. You have to use a lot of physical force to make a chicken cluck or dog bark.

Why does your dry humor work so well?

Jokes are like electric prods — you poke people and they jump, but that’s not what they crave from radio. They’re looking for a familiar voice and a friend.

What’ll be the biggest visual surprise?

People are surprised I’m taller than they thought. They have a clear idea in their minds of what I should look like.

Which is?

Well, they’re too polite to say.

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