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.

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When we think of glamour, our minds often picture the New York woman.  In this program from December 9, 1967; Shep wonders why women from Goshen, Indiana or Appleton, Wisconsin can't be glamorous.

Shep believes that society will not be judged by the books it reads, but by the games it plays.  In this program from December 2, 1970; he looks at some of the board games being advertised just in time for Christmas.

A pass to the USO resulted in an afternoon with a local family.  In this program from November 25, 1967; Shep describes the scene inside a typical rural Missouri home during Sunday dinner.

Thanksgiving in the Army meant some soldiers got a pass to visit their family...and others had to stay behind.  In this program from November 18, 1967; Shep tells us which camp he was in.

There are delusions of grandeur and there's the desire for grandeur.  In this program from November 11, 1974; Shep explores the how wanting to look bigger than we actually are impacts modern man.

People have odd addictions.  In this program from November 4, 1975; Shep tells his listeners about a friend who can't get enough Cream of Wheat.  He even tries to order it in five star restaurants.

Shep knew a number of late 20th Century literary figures personally.  One of them Jack Kerouac.  In this program from October 21, 1969; Shep reflects on the life of Kerouac on the evening of his death.

Shep played Sousaphone in the Hammond High School Marching Band.  But with that came some professional hazards.  In this program from October 21, 1967; he describes the social order of the typical band.

Shep has an idea for a new national anthem.  In this program from October 14, 1974; he tells us what number should replace "The Star Spangled Banner".

Monsters aren't just creations of science fiction movies.  In this program from September 30, 1969; Shep discusses some everyday monsters nobody seems to be frightened by.

An article in the New York Times causes Shep to wax romantically about the island of Montecristo.  But it's infested with poisonous snakes.  In this program from September 30, 1971; he remembers his own run-ins with snakes while fishing in Michigan.

Shep gets a surprise while voicing a commercial for a snack cake.  In this program from September 17, 1969; he tells his listeners what was being edited in an adjoining booth.

Shep recently spoke to a group of high school students and asked them what story they wanted to hear.  In this program from September 16, 1967; he shares their request with his audience at the Limelight Cafe.

Personlized license plates are all the rage and a listener sent Shep a list of the wacky tags he saw on a trip to California.  In this program from September 9, 1975; he shares a few of them.


It's time to think about shopping for new back to school clothes, but will your new wardrobe look as good on you as it does on the models in the catalogs?  In this program from August 26, 1967; Shep tells a live audience at the Limelight Cafe about his shopping struggles.  Also, did his underwear doom his baseball career?

Shep had a number of interesting jobs during his early days in radio.  In this program from August 19, 1975; he recalls the stint he had portraying a singing chicken.

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.