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Old 09-22-2011, 01:03 AM
 
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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Jean Who?
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:42 PM
 
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Shepherd was a NYC radio talk show host. No guests, no call-ins, just a guy telling stories for a few hours a day. You probably know him as the writer and narrator of the A Christmas Story movie. The character Ralphie is a fictionalized version of Shepherd's own childhood.

I've been listening to the old shows a lot lately. The Shep-A-Day podcast posts a couple of shows every day. I like hearing his stories, but I have to fast forward whenever he starts playing the kazoo.

http://tomwsmf.com/podcasts/shepaday.rss
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:59 AM
 
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For shame, sir!

The Kazoo is the best part.
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:08 PM
 
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Thanks for the compliment
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:30 PM
 
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Default As a 12 year old

kid i used to listen to JS every night on was it WOR or WMCA radio in New York back in 1974. Something calming and entertaining about the show. I loved the classical horse-racing opening instrumental theme song
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:03 PM
 
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It was WOR. I grew up in NYC and didn't listen to Shepherd, but I always knew his voice. He did a lot of commercial voice-overs in the area. And, of course, "A Christmas Story." It's only lately, through podcasts, that I've gotten into his radio shows, and I've also read a couple of his books now.

I especially like hearing the old commercials on his shows. Really takes me back with the old Pallisades Amusement Park jingle. Ride the coaster, get cool in the waves in the pool, you'll have fun, so COME ON OVER. Dum de dum dum dum.
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:06 PM
 
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i watch Christmas Story every year and everytime now I thought as a young boy comes flooding back and incidents that occurred. Never heard his radio progem tho.
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Old 10-22-2011, 03:18 AM
 
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As a radio humourist, Jean Shepherd was a sometimes-unsung giant at his best and a sniffing, spoiled-brat pedant at his worst.

As a radio historian, observer, and commentator, he was a pompous ass who had his head up there about half the time. He once introduced a book of nonpareil Vic & Sade scripts by including a slap at Fred Allen that was gratuitous at best and ignorantly churlish at worst. Anyone who could find the need to elevate Vic & Sade (who need no elevation---their work, that which survives, stands beautifully on its own) by dismissing Fred Allen as having nothing more than "his phony Chinese accent when he was playing a detective," deserves dismissal himself.
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