Sundays with Shep

Sunday - 6 AM & 6 PM

A weekly program dedicated to Hammond’s legendary radio raconteur, Jean Shepherd. He’s best known these days for writing and narrating “A Christmas Story.” From the 1950s through 1970s, Shepherd hosted a nightly radio broadcast – usually an extemporaneous monologue – that was and is unlike anything else on the radio. Ryan Priest digs into the Shepherd radio archives every week for a captivating hour from the master storyteller.

Ways to Connect

As the world marks the 30th anniversary of the end of World War II, Shep reads a letter from one of the first soldiers to enter Japan following that country's surrender.  In this program from August 12, 1975; he details the awkwardness of coming face to face with a defeated country.

When does fashionability override functionality?  In this program from August 5, 1975; Shep looks at how sunglasses have become a symbol of the human ego.

Finding a cool drink of water was sometimes impossible for the men of Company K.  But, in this program from July 29, 1975; Shep recalls the time something special happened at the Lister bag.

The U.S. Army is developing a breed of "super dog" for use in war efforts.  In this program, from July 22; 1971; Shep remembers a neighbor who tried to do something similar.

Young Shep earned extra money delivering the Chicago Tribune to his neigborhood.  In this program from July 15, 1970; he tells his listeners about honing his skills folding and throwing the newspapers.

Young Jean is trying to impress a girl again.  In this program from July 8, 1974; he describes the lengths he went to to get to know Helen Kubelik.

Asking a girl to the prom created some anxious moments for young Shep.  In this program from July 1, 1966; he describes the process of being chosen as someone's date to the big dance...and the harrowing circumstances of the event itself.

The Old Man came home with a surprise for young Jean one summer day.  In this program from June 24, 1965; he describes his disappointment in finding out what it was.

Jean Shepherd was a licensed pilot who became fascinated with aviation at an early age.  In this program from June 17, 1965; he describes some of his early brushes with flying machines.  One of them nearly proved fatal.

There's an age where birthdays become awkward.  For young Jean Shepherd, it was 10.  In this program from June 10, 1965; he remembers the fantastic surprise he got from his Aunt Min.

During his early days on New York radio, Shep's program received a lot of criticism from listeners.  But there was one who encouraged him to hang in there despite the onslaught.  In this program from June 3, 1961; he talks about his special relationship with George Kaufman.

Shep has gotten his hands on some sales literature for the defunct Hudson Motor Car Company.  In this program from May 27, 1975; he shares some of the finer points of the Hudson Terraplane.

After his stories about growing up in Hammond, Shep's most requested tales come from his days in the Army.  In this program from August 1966; he tells a live audience at the Limelight Cafe about his first experience on the rifle range.

"Myths" (May 13, 2018)

May 13, 2018

Are the centers of golf balls really filled with explosive material?  In this program from May 13, 1966; Shep gets to the bottom of some childhood myths.

Shep learned a lot working at Inland Steel.  Not only about the industry, but also about life as a millworker.  In this program he tells a live audience at the Limelight Cafe about some of the cars steelworkers drove.  Also in this program from August 1966; he introduces us to one of the lesser known White Sox.

Shep was a voracious reader throughout his life and he credits that to a special field trip in third grade.  In this program from April 29, 1976; he remembers his first visit to the Hammond Public Library.

The world is becoming more conservation minded.  In this program from April 22, 1970; Shep reflects on the very first observance of Earth Day.

Cabin fever has gotten the best of young Shep and his friends.  In this program from April 15, 1970; he describes how the gang built a fantastic model airplane...only to see tragedy strike on its maiden voyage.

It's that moment when it all comes together for us.  In this program from April 8, 1976; Shep describes that "A-Ha" Experience.  He also explains the Indiana High School basketball tournament to his East Coast audience.

It's National Patent Medicine Week and in this program from April 1, 1967; Shep tells his audience at the Limelight Cafe about the time he and his friends stumbled upon a cabinet full of cure-alls in an abandoned house.  There were some side effects.

While flipping through the channels, Shep stumbles upon an old Dracula film.  In this program from March 25, 1977; he recalls some of the myths surrounding the character as well as memories of a trip through the Black Forest.

Ernie the Barber was a bit of a legend in Hessville.  But his notoriety had little to do with his work cutting hair.  In this program from March 18, 1975; Shep explains what really made Ernie famous.

History isn't just something learned by reading books.  In this program from March 11, 1975; Shep tells his listeners about learning about the Civil War by talking to a woman who was alive when it was being fought.

Shep has had trouble with rings throughout his life.  The Little Orphan Annie decoder ring is most notable, but in this program from March 4, 1966; he tells us about an even more tragic story involving the day he got his high school class ring.

Shep's Old Man was always in search of fame.  And in this program from February 25, 1972; he tells his listeners about the time his father became a local hero.

Shep notices there's a difference between certain kinds of establishments in the Midwest as opposed to those on the East Coast.  In this program from February 18, 1965; he notes drive-ins are totally difference concepts in the two areas.

PETA members beware!  In this program from February 11, 1966; Shep describes the time a co-worker in Cincinnati took him across the river to a cock fight.  Also, Shep reads one of his favorite fables from fellow Hoosier (or Boilermaker) George Ade.

The technologically advanced members of the Army Signal Corps come face to face with an old school method of communication.  Also in this program from February 4, 1965; Shep takes a ride on a decommissioned Navy Cruiser and learns some secrets of the engine room.

After being confined to base for weeks, the men of Company K are ready for some time in town.  In this program from January 28, 1965; Shep tells his listeners the extraordinary lengths he and his fellow soldiers went to in order to obtain a pass. 

Shep reads his audience an article from a magazine detailing life in a small South Dakota city.  Also in this program from January 21, 1972; he tells the secret to finding the best ghost towns in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.

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