Friday, March 30, 2007

A few updates for listeners!

First, you may have noticed that the airdates have been jumping around a bit lately. Don't worry--I'm going through the Jean Shepherd Archives, culling all the duplicates I can (some of them don't have the same name or date!) and finding shows I missed the first time through. My intention is to add them in a way that current, semi-daily listeners will see them as the usual nightly episode, but new subscribers will see the shows in their original, more-or-less chronological order. Holidays, special events, seasonal shows, and so on are the exceptions.

One other update: the hosting service at is having technical issues, and I can't currently add nightly shows. They're aware of the problem, and I'll resume adding a show a night to the podcast as soon as possible. I'll limit it to one show a night, so daily listeneners shouldn't miss any episodes. So, finally, my one-show-per-day streak is broken. Oh well. We're still going strong, and have lots more material to share. A few of the podcast sites, like Yahoo, are having trouble, and make it look like we've stopped somewhere along the line. Not true; we have another two years to go, at least. Hopefully the Jean Shepherd Project will return with their promised new material before then, and we'll have even more Shep to pass along!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing these Shep shows with me. They make me feel young again!

4/09/2007 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Walt Guyll said...

I was fifteen years old when I lucked upon a stack of old Playboys. I thereupon entered a period of intense study.  I wish every teenager could have the same access to such a fine education.  Among other things I learned what books to read, which albums to buy and how to choose the stereo system on which to play them.
Thanks to Playboy I also read my first Jean Shepherd story, and I will always be grateful.
Through your website I had my first opportunity to listen to Shepherd's broadcast.
I will always be grateful.

4/23/2007 2:26 PM  
Blogger Oppy said...

Question: do you have a listing of the date each show has been added to your collection? I've downloaded many shows over the last 4 months and would like to find out which shows may have been added after I passed the area in the listing where the new one now resides.

Loved Shep when I was younger. Especially the shows where the listener would put the radio in an open window and Shep would do things a touch crazy and then let the listeners know in a later program the comments he received. I remember especially the night he sounded like he was making out and a dorm mother in an upstate New York girls college went nuts because "I heard a man in here!".

5/28/2007 10:03 AM  
Blogger ShepFan said...

Hi oppy,

Sorry for the delayed response; vacation and home renovations have kept me very busy.

I don't understand your question. When you say "collection" do you mean the podcast, or my personal collection? I don't have date information on latter.

My original intention with the podcast was to present Shep's surviving shows in chronological order, with the exception of holiday and seasonal shows. To the best of my knowledge, (though I did have to do one cleanup pass a few months back) there are no duplicates in the podcast. I'm currently adding shows in chronological order. Any shows I have that aired before October 1969 will show up as holiday or seasonal shows.

Perhaps you're talking about the shows I re-ordered in the podcast? There were some shows that I found after I'd passed their date in the chronology. I added them one at a time to the nightly podcast, and left them there for at least a week. Later, for the benefit of new listeners, I changed their release dates so the shows would appear in chronological order to the new folks, and still look fine for existing listeners.

If that's what you're concerned about, you're fine unless you took an extended break without running your podcast software. The change should be invisible to everyone who is staying somewhat current. Older listeners will see the shows in their original, podcast order, and new listeners will see them without chronological breaks (again, special shows aside).

If you're at all concerned you missed a show, or if you want to have the "final" ordering here's a power-user tip. You must be using iTunes for this to work. (I don't have any experience with other podcatcher software). In iTunes, under Podcasts, highlight The Brass Figlagee. Choose Unsubscribe, then choose Subscribe. The shows you've already downloaded will remain, and the podcast feed will be re-synchronized. This should give you the latest ordering, as well as reveal any shows you might have missed.

Also, the podcast began on 1/23/06, and all the old episodes will always remain. Be sure you got all the podcasts going all the way back!

6/28/2007 12:18 PM  
Anonymous An appreciate fan said...

Thank you so, so much for all the work you put into the podcast.

I knew Jean Shepherd through A Christmas Story and then his books and always wished I could have heard his radio shows.

I have a question about the Podcast artwork. I love the pic you have on the home page and use that for the artwork for the podcast, but I have to add it by hand for each new episode. Could you add the artwork to the podcast? )Or do you know how I could tell iTunes to just use that artwork for all new eps? I'm a little out of my depth here.)

7/25/2007 9:30 PM  
Blogger ShepFan said...

Hi, and welcome!

I'm very happy to hear whenever someone's enjoying hearing Shep again. I wish I'd met him; he was a brilliant man.

Fred McDarrah took that picture, and it's my favorite off all the pictures I've seen of Shepherd. He's in front of the microphone, yet he's also far away, plumbing the depths of human foibles and channeling his insights back to his listeners.

Sure, I could add the artwork to the new episodes. It's a simple matter to select all the Shep MP3s in iTunes, Get Info, and paste the artwork in one time for all the files. I just have to remember to do it! I'll be checking the 1970 shows for duplicates and uploading them in the next ten days or so, so I'll start then. I don't know when or if I'll have enough free time to go back and re-upload all 550 files I've already done. I'd like to, but I can't promise it'll be any time soon.

I thought I saw the artwork on my color iPod when I first started doing this, but I haven't looked for a long time. But you're right, it doesn't show up when you play the shows in iTunes. Soon it will.

7/26/2007 1:20 AM  
Blogger nerinossa said...

I'll limit it to one show a night, so daily listeneners shouldn't miss any episodes

7/23/2008 3:24 PM  
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4/16/2009 9:26 PM  
Blogger ShepFan said...

Mitch wrote:

If you have the same content as the shep archives then why am I still struggling to fond all the WOR airchecks? What gives? I used to be able to browse and find find exactly what I was looking for (army, flick, etc.) - now I can't find [anything]... Am I missing something, or am I just being a Fathead?


It's all here up to March 1975, which is 1160 files, and still going. Most of those are WOR air checks.

What are you doing to access the podcast? Once you have downloaded the files and imported them into your MP3 software (iTunes makes this especially easy) , you'll see all the titles, "WOR" in the MP3 tags of all the WOR airchecks, and more.

4/16/2009 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Mike Glodo said...

Man. Thank you so much. Did not discover him until I moved to NJ in the '70s. Wonderful.

4/04/2010 11:28 PM  

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