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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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.

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.