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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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.

Pvt. Shepherd and some of his fellow soldiers receive a pass to go into town.  In this program from December 1, 1970; he tells us everything was going fine...until the Southern Comfort kicked in.

A West Coast listener sent in a notice for an auction at a Hollywood studio known for Western movies.  In this program from November 17, 1969; Shep goes over what's for sale and why it's an important part of modern history.

Reliving historic battles is a popular hobby for many history buffs.  In this program from November 17, 1971; Shep reads a story about a group of enthusiasts who even keep their rivalry going off the battlefield.

Shep is dusting off the old records in his office and finds one worth sharing.  In this program from November 10, 1972; he plays an ode to the Big Apple  performed by someone who hasn't been totally jaded by it...yet.

Shep spent a lot of time in late 1972 promoting his book, "The Ferrari in the Bedroom".  This week's show features a November 3, 1972, appearance on WABC-TV's "AM New York" hosted by John Bartholomew Tucker.

Everyone wants to give advice, but they're not always willing to take it.  In this program from October 27, 1971; Shep has tales of some of the professional advice listeners have sent him.

Shep recently visited the northern outpost of Nome, Alaska, for his upcoming television series.  In this program from October 1970, he shares some of the sounds and flavor of the community with his listeners.

Shep sometimes had to make the rounds of local talk shows to promote his work.  This October 13, 1972, edition of "The Joe Franklin Show" on WOR-TV features Shep talking about his upcoming appearance at Carnegie Hall.

A story about a Connecticut man renowed for his ability to break windows leads Shep to remember his own run in with shattered glass.  In this program from October 6, 1972; he explains exactly what happened.

What makes a joke "practical"?  In this program from September 22, 1969; Shep describes a joke played on his commanding officer that led to better times for his fellow soldiers.

A blood curdling scream coming from an office on Sixth Avenue brought back memories for Shep.  In this program from September 22, 1972; he tells the story of his trip to the dentist.

What's the easiest way for a soldier to get the rest of his company ticked off at him?  Shep tells listeners how he did it in this program from September 15, 1969.

Listeners in the Garden State are writing in to ask Shep to stop saying nasty things about where they call home.  In this program from September 8, 1969; he takes time to run down all of the good things New Jersey has to offer.

Parents beware!  In this program from September 1, 1967; Shep has advice for his younger listeners looking to really get under the skin of grown-ups.

Shea Stadium was one of the most sign-friendly ballparks in Major League Baseball.  In this program from August 25, 1972; Shep recalls some of the signs he's seen while attending Mets games.

Young Jean found a way to save fifteen cents each day by not taking the bus to school and hitching a ride instead.  In this program from August 18, 1972; he explains how that developed into a habit he couldn't kick even well into his adult life.

As the United States prepared to celebrate its 200th birthday, not everyone was in a festive mood.  In this program from August 11, 1975; Shep reads a letter from a group reminding him there are two sides to every story.

Shep once worked for a station owner who made it impossible to quit.  In this program from August 4, 1975; we hear how Shep achieved the impossible.

"Style" (July 28, 2019)

Jul 28, 2019

Sometimes it's not the end result of an action that is important.  It's if you take that action with style.  In this program from July 29, 1966; Shep shares some style tips for those throwing fits.

Voyeurism isn't limited to sexual situations.  In this program from July 21, 1972; Shep examines how we are all peeping toms in our every day lives.

Before the advent of interleague play, the thought of a Crosstown matchup in Chicago was limited to World Series play.  In this program from July 14, 1973; Shep explains the implications of that event and remembers the time The Old Man took him to Comiskey Park to see the Sox take on the Detroit Tigers.

Shep's early days in radio were filled with meager paychecks.  So when the station offered him tickets of a charity benefit that included a meal, he jumped at the chance.  In this program from July 7, 1964; he describes the scene at one memorable event held to benefit a local scout troop.

A listener asks Shep to recount his worst night.  In this program from June 30, 1975; he recalls the rainy night in a foxhole when a fellow soldier desperately needed a cigarette.

There's nothing wrong with embellishing things a little to make them sounds more important than they actually are.  In this program from June 23, 1966; Shep looks at how NASA used big words to impress the general public in the early days of the space program