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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It's a radio poetry slam.  In this program from June 28, 1968; Shep reads poems from T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, and Kenneth Patchen...all set to the soundtrack of "2001: A Space Odyssey".


Is there a better way to record your personal history than writing it in a diary?  In this program from June 21, 1968; Shep recalls the play, "Krapp's Last Tape," in which the title character records on audio tape.

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Looking to impress his date, Private Shepherd takes her to an exclusive club and orders a classic cocktail.  In this program from May 27, 1964; Shep recalls the ramifications of his very first martini.

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Shep learned CW Code at a young age as he became involved in amateur radio.  In this program from June 7, 1973; he explains how he hears code every day...even on the streets of New York.

Why do humans embrace being scared?  In this program in May 31, 1966; Shep weighs in on thrill seekers from skydivers to horror movie buffs.

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Never refer to a Sousaphone as a tuba.  In this program from May 24, 1973; Shep explains the difference.

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A listener follows up on Shep's recent show about racing cockroaches.  In this program from May 17, 1968; Shep goes into some of the inherent dangers of owning a stable of prize bugs.


During a college appearance in Colorado, Shep has lunch in a dining room named in honor of one of the country's most notorious cannibals.  In this program from May 10, 1972; we hear his stories along with Shep's other brushes with cannibalism.

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When asked about who influenced his writings, Shep doesn't bring out the list of the usual authors.  In this program from May 3, 1976; he explains how his style of story teller got its roots when he was in kindergarten.


When the usual games get old and stale, it's time to think outside the box.  In this program from April 26, 1972; Shep describes the game he and his friends created in the alleys of Hammond.

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Everyone has a wardrobe malfunction at inconvenient times.  In this program from April 19, 1972; Shep remembers the time he had to help a stranger get his zipper up at an important function.

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Shep is going stir crazy being stuck on base.  In this program from April 12, 1972; he describes the scene when a fellow soldier tells him the chaplain might be able to get him a pass.

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Shep receives a letter from a young listener wanting to know why he should learn to read since everything is on television these days.  Also in this program from April 5, 1976; we learn about a Texas town known for its fistfights.

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If you're looking to impress the target of your affection, you must have a plan.  In this program from March 29, 1977; Shep details his preparation for the perfect tryst.

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A Jersey Devil is more than just a hockey player.  In this program from March 22, 1977; Shep explains the legend of the Garden State's mythical monster.

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What's it like to spend a week frozen in a block of ice?  In this program from March 15, 1969; Shep describes what happened to him during an unforgettable radio stunt.

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Shep has some trivia from around the world for his audience.  In this program from March 8, 1972; he shares memories from his travels and talks about a friend's encounter with a kamikaze pilot aboard a Navy aircraft carrier.  

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Young Jean and the gang take up the sport of kings...if you're royalty on Cleveland Street.  In this program from March 1, 1973; we hear about Shep's foray into cockroach racing.

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Shep's inner coward comes out when he's presented with the chance to own a piece of baseball history.  In this program from April 23, 1973; he tell us what he failed to buy and how that came back to haunt him.

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Are condominiums just housing developments?  Or are they something more insidious?  In this program from February 16, 1976; Shep is in Florida looking at the people who live the condo lifestyle.

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What is the human body actually worth?  In this program from February 1972, Shep recalls some of the information he once learned in a physiology class.

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Who was a better representative of the average working man?  Ralph Kramden or Archie Bunker?  In this program from February 2, 1973; Shep compares the two popular blowhards.

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Shep shares one of his favorite stories from Hoosier author George Ade.  Also in this program from November 26, 1974; Shep has a way to help New Yorkers to adjust to life outside of the city.

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There was more to the Land of Oz than most people realize.  In this program from January 19, 1976; Shep quizzes listeners on one of his favorite childhood books.

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Digging around the WOR archives has led to some discoveries about the station's past.  In this program from January 7, 1974; Shep demonstrates what the station sounded like when it first went on the air.

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Not all hobbies take up a lot of space.  In this program from January 5, 1976; Shep discovers a man whose collection can be kept on a notepad.

When friends give Shep the gift of an "adult" radiator ornament, he wonders what to do with it.  In this program from December 29, 1972; he ponders the possibilties and pitfalls of regifting.

As part of his effort to promote his book, "The Ferrari in the Bedroom," Shep made a number of appearances on other radio shows.  He visited Alex Bennett on WPLJ-FM on December 22, 1972 to talk about the book, life in New York City, and even take a few phone calls.

Young Jean and his buddies built the mother of all model airplanes.  In this program from December 15, 1972; Shep details the Flying Quaker from assembly to take-off.

What caused a Hammond streetlight to mysteriously explode?  In this program from December 8, 1972; Shep makes a confession.