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Growing up in the 90’s I started watching reruns of “The Wonder Years,” and I was drawn to the vivid narration that Kevin (the main character) gave during each episode. Little did I know that Christmas Eve ‘98 I would again find that style of narration in a feature film called “A Christmas Story.” It turns out that the creator of the feature film inspired the style of narration I fell in love with. Good ole Jean Shepherd! Over the last two decades I’ve poured over articles, listened to radio shows, and watched tv shows with the content or commentary that Shep creates. I feel a connection to this man and his work unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. Thank you for creating this podcast. Shep doesn’t get the recognition he deserves in popular culture today. He is more than the segment of a book that has gained America’s love and adoration. I’m glad you’ve helped chronicle his contributions during his life. He deserves to be well known. Excelsior!
When I got internet access almost the first thing I ever searched for was Jean Shepherd. I was recently searching again for more on him and found this amazing, flabbergasting collection. Thanks for doing this great thing for humanity! Excelsior!


By Joani47
I grew up in somerville NJ and my Dad worked at Johns Manville. He worked shifts and his shift changed each week when I was a kid so his sleeping patterns had to change each week. (I don't know how he did it beacuse he also built the house I grew up in during his "spare" time.When he went to sleep, he had a little radio in his bedroom and he listened to WOR and talk radio. I remember him listening to Jean Shepherd and chuckling as he fell asleep. As I get older, these things remind me of a very happy, peaceful childhood. Barry Farber was another of his favorites. I wonder if any of his radio broadcasts are on podcast? I love my ipod and Itunes.
Shep lives. Please post more.
As a kid, we listened to Shep every time radio reception would pick him up in Lapeer, Michigan. His broadcasts tended to tail off into static at 9:55 most nights and we would would be left with some improbable hero on the edge of disaster. Then my wife and I lived in New yor for several years and he became our nightly ritual. I have not heard him since the night he signed off, long ago. He is the greatest.
This podcast is the answer to a dream! Jean Shepherd was my best friend when I had none. And now, he can tell me a story at bedtime, just like he always did. True, some of his shows are available in CD sets and from Schmidtco, but nothing will ever come close to this unbelievably comprehensive collection of the late 20th century's finest humorist, and the last great radio performer. This is the best reason to have an iPod yet! There's not enough praise or money in the world for the worth of this podcast. Thank you thank you thank you! Flick lives!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting Jean Shepperd. What an American legend. These are truly amazing broadcasts. If you don't know who Jean Shepperd is, shame on you! Sit back, tune in and be amazed at his brilliant mind and funny stories! There will never be another like him!
I was glad to be able to return once again to the thrilling days of yesteryear, with a trumpet fanfare, Bahn Frei, and that voice, coming from the speakers once again. This past year has been a wonderful trip down memory lane as I was able to listen to these old Jean Shepherd shows. I started listening on WOR in the mid-60s and continued until I left the NYC area in 1972. This archive of shows is a vast treasure trove of news, trivia, and, most importantly, memories and Shep stories. I recommend these for anyone who was once a kid. Excelsior, you fatheads!
Shepherd's radio shows were the reason podcasting was invented, as far as I can tell. They originally ran for years (1956-1977) out of WOR in New York, and more than 30 years after the last show aired, they still seem amazingly current. People often compare Shepherd to Garrison Keillor. I'll agree that Keillor is the closest thing to Shepherd on the radio today, but the resemblance is really superficial. Keillor is mac and cheese comfort food, while Shepherd is spicy beef jerky smothered in sriracha hot sauce, These shows take up a huge amount of space on my iPod, but it's well worth it.
My father turned me on to this guy when I was 9. He was on after my bedtime, had my radio under my pillow, glued to each word. "The bear missed the train"...the "cheap" guitar music in the background, Every 4th of July, Ludlow Kissel....Mr Shepherd did this nightly 45 minute monologue 5 nights a week and I don't know for how many years. What everyone was addicted to in Christmas Story, was something I grew up with every night for years. His writings were outstanding, his monolgues were great.
These podcasts alone justify having my ipod. The humor I thought lost for the ages is now in my pocket.
For years I thought I would love to listen to Jean Shepherd again. I was not disappointed. Its amazing how current his shows are now even with the occasional mention of Joe Nameth.
This podcast is updated on a regular basis and offers humor and satire that you can find nowhere else. I first became a fan of Shepherd after watching the movie "A Christmas Story", then his books. Now I do not miss an episode of his radio show. It is so good to be able to experience this broadcasting as I was not around when it origianally aired. Thank you for posting this Podcast!
This is truly a great addition to podcasting. I was lucky enough to be able to pick up WOR in Boston at night and kept thinking WHO IS THIS GUY? A friend who never heard of Shep outside of 'A Christmas Story' listened to Ollie Hopnoodle and flipped out. Thanks to whoever did this!
Thank you for this! I missed the time he was actually on radio....i even missed the time he was still alive. But I love his radio show like crazy it's nice to have someone else choosing the shows and even seeming to have themes (like the first day of school, it being fall)....I end up hearing many I had never heard before. I enjoy his stories; They are exciting, nostalgic, poignant, funny, thought provoking, prescient and even comforting. I love his army stories the best so it's great for me to have someone else picking out ones I may not have gravitated to before. Excelsior, you fatheads!
This is the single most important podcast in the history of podcasting. Shep's observational humor and story weaving is as relevant today as it was forty years ago. Thank you for this essential piece of radio history. We can enjoy the great one all over again!
Before "Frodo Lives"? there was "Flick Lives." Before "I'm as mad as hell....."? there was the hurled invective. Before Garrison Keillor, there was Jean Shepherd. Tune in to hear it all and win your Brass Figlagee with Bronze Oakleaf Palm.