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 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.

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 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.

Shep has had trouble with rings throughout his life.  The Little Orphan Annie decoder ring is most notable, but in this program from March 4, 1966; he tells us about an even more tragic story involving the day he got his high school class ring.

Shep's Old Man was always in search of fame.  And in this program from February 25, 1972; he tells his listeners about the time his father became a local hero.

Shep notices there's a difference between certain kinds of establishments in the Midwest as opposed to those on the East Coast.  In this program from February 18, 1965; he notes drive-ins are totally difference concepts in the two areas.

PETA members beware!  In this program from February 11, 1966; Shep describes the time a co-worker in Cincinnati took him across the river to a cock fight.  Also, Shep reads one of his favorite fables from fellow Hoosier (or Boilermaker) George Ade.

The technologically advanced members of the Army Signal Corps come face to face with an old school method of communication.  Also in this program from February 4, 1965; Shep takes a ride on a decommissioned Navy Cruiser and learns some secrets of the engine room.

After being confined to base for weeks, the men of Company K are ready for some time in town.  In this program from January 28, 1965; Shep tells his listeners the extraordinary lengths he and his fellow soldiers went to in order to obtain a pass. 

Shep reads his audience an article from a magazine detailing life in a small South Dakota city.  Also in this program from January 21, 1972; he tells the secret to finding the best ghost towns in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.

For every saint, there's a sinner bottled up inside.  In this program from January 16, 1964; Shep recounts a neighborhood family who fled in shame when their son did good.

Whenever someone comes out with new technology, there is always someone else to come up with a reason to fear it.  In this program from January 7, 1971; Shep details some items we currently take for granted that were once cause for alarm.

As another year comes to a close, Shep wonders how mankind first recognized the end of the annual cycle.  In this program from December 31, 1975; he recreates the first New Year using his old friends, Og and Charlie

Shep rarely took calls from his listeners; but when he was a guest on other programs it was sometimes unavoidable.  In this segment from Long John Nebel's December 24, 1966, program on WNBC; Shep answers a few questions from callers. 

Jean Shepherd admired the poetry of Robert Service.  The themes of life in the Yukon provided a perfect segue into the holiday season.  In this program from December 17, 1965; Shep shares some of Service's poetry with his listeners.

Shep spent much of his time in the Army Signal Corps as a private.  But, he did eventually earn a stripe and as he tells us in this program from December 10, 1970; it came with some added responsibility.

Last week, Shep confessed to vandalizing wet cement outside his school when he was younger.  He continues his confessions of youthful indiscretions in this week's program.  Originally aired December 3, 1971; he describes how what seemed like a good idea at the time got out of hand.

A story about a hippopotamus destroying some freshly laid wet cement in Africa prompted Shep to confess a crime of his youth.  In this program from November 26, 1971; we learn where young Jean left his mark.

Shep isn't a big fan of talk shows, especially ones that take phone calls from listeners.  In this program from November 12, 1969; he gives us him impression of the various talk shows he hears when traveling.

"Computerized Prayer" (November 12, 2017)

Nov 12, 2017

Too busy to pray for yourself?  Don't worry.  In this program from November 12, 1974; Shep tells us about an evangelist who feeds your prayer requests into a computer and it does the praying for you!

"Pomposity" (November 5, 2017)

Nov 5, 2017

What makes man pompous?  In this program from October 29, 1969; Shep explores that question after receiving a very down-to-earth letter from a listener in prison.

"Stock Market" (October 29, 2017)

Oct 29, 2017

It's the anniversary of Black Tuesday, the day of the great stock market crash of 1929.  While Wall Street has recovered since then; in this program from October 29, 1974, Shep tells us how he's succeeded in the stock market be doing something out of the ordinary.

"Laying Wire" (October 22, 2017)

Oct 22, 2017

Shep and some of his fellow members of the Army Signal Corps are selected for a top secret mission.  In this program from October 22, 1974; we find out that it was nothing more than an experiment in laying wire.

"Four Day Pass" (October 15, 2017)

Oct 15, 2017

PFC Jean Shepherd finds himself with a four day pass and decides he's going to use it to go see his family in Indiana.  But something funny happened on the way to Hammond.  He describes the experience in this program; which originally aired October 15, 1971.

"Sex" (October 8, 2017)

Oct 8, 2017

A college student in England has come up with an organization to help other students resist the temptation of carnal desires.  In this program from October 8, 1965; Shep tells us about the so-called Anti-Free Love Society.

"Cars, Sex, and Football" (October 1, 2017)

Oct 1, 2017

Football season is in full swing and Shep has some tales from the high school gridiron.  Also in this program from October 1, 1965, we find out about a new car that doesn't tout the performance of its engine; but rather its sex appeal.

"TV Plot Ideas" (September 24, 2017)

Sep 24, 2017

Television producers are out of ideas and keep giving viewers the same show with minor changes to the concept.  In this program from September 24, 1969, Shep has some ideas for new shows viewers can actually relate to.