Saturday, May 02, 2009

Still here! Tonight I added the 1175th show to the feed. It's looking like next February or so will be the end, when I have no more shows to share. After that, this whole collection from the JSP and shep-archives will remain online and available for a long time hopefully, at least until and the Internet Wayback Machine close their doors.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the work you are doing. I love these shows and thought that they were lost forever. Thanks to you they are not.

5/07/2009 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thank you so much for bringing Shep back into our world. I can't tell you how much I enjoy hearing these shows again.

5/09/2009 9:05 AM  
Blogger Harry W said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Amazing that these shows are still around. I remember listening to the "Gadzonka" two-parter as a kid in junior high, and I never thought I'd get to hear it again.

5/11/2009 12:21 PM  
Blogger optionshiftk said...

I truly thank you for doing this great service. Jean Shepherd is my hero, and I love listening to him.

5/11/2009 3:28 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

I listen to these shows every day, they are timeless. I can't thank you enough for all the hard work you've done here. It's so greatly appreciated and I just want you to know it. Man, you're the best. Charlie A.

5/18/2009 6:48 PM  
Blogger optionshiftk said...

I've downloaded every episode! My plan is to preserve them for future generations.

5/18/2009 9:29 PM  
Anonymous SeattleVet said...

Thanks for taking on this task! I have been catching up and have about 50 or so 'back' episodes left to listen to.

Biggest thrill was hearing my name (and friend's name) on the 'names' show from 1969. I had forgotten that we had sent in the postcards, and here, 40 years later I'm hearing my name on a podcast from a relatively small pool of shows (relative to what was broadcast).

I just found an error in the show dates, too...

The one listed as 1975 03 05 "You Never Know" had to have been from November 13, 1974, as the news snippet that was left at the end talked about the discovery of the bodies earlier that evening of the DeFeo family in Amityville.

Thank you for helping to preserve and distribute these classic shows.

5/19/2009 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listened to Shep with 4-12 friends in the early 60's. We all worked at the then just opened Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ. We just loved those evenings- like Shep's big human pyramid at Jomes Beach and his helicopter fly by as that prank progressed-- including the girl on an adjacent rooftop!

Then life moved on, although I searched ... year-after-year ... for remembrance CD's et al, but without any sign of Shep. Then along came the web and still no Shep until I spotted your Blog via my iPod Touch.

Like others have said in their own words; "Bless You" !

When I first discouvered your RSS feed, you were inactive. Last week I had to resync my pod , and
In the process I returned from memory to find your May/09 post.

All the best to you my unmet friend. Shep lives on in all our hearts.

Howie- Ottawa, Camada

5/21/2009 5:45 PM  
Anonymous TerriZ said...

Ever since I was a kid, listening to Jean Shepherd in the kitchen at 10:15 every weeknight, I've wanted to hear him again on the air. Thanks to you, we get his voice and thoughts again - making us laugh, cry, and think. What great work you're doing, thanks so very much! :)

6/04/2009 4:22 PM  
Blogger Buttermilk Sky said...

I sent Shep a poem by Ogden Nash called "A Tale of the Thirteenth Floor," and he read it on air with appropriate music. I would love to hear it again, if you ever come across it.

6/06/2009 12:01 AM  
Blogger ShepFan said...

Have you tried the "SEARCH SHEP'S WORDS BY TEXT!" widget in the right sidebar? Enter some of the poem's text, and search. If it's in the podcast's back episodes, it should show up in the search results.

The search technology is pretty cool. It "listens" to the show every night, and does a reasonable job of translating the speech to text, which can then be searched. It's not perfect, and Shep did like to mispronounce words or use esoteric ones, which reduces the accuracy a bit.

Still, I've found it a very valuable tool for finding old shows I like. I try and pick uncommon but simple words particular to the story, and I've had good luck.

Good luck!

6/06/2009 9:39 AM  
Blogger ShepFan said...

I want to acknowledge the kind thanks and encouragement many of you have expressed. Believe me, my reward is knowing that you all listen and enjoy.

It's true I have put a good deal of time into trying to eliminate duplicate shows and organize the source files from the presently-offline, and of course sticking with the mostly-daily uploads for 3 1/2 years. Still, I must give credit where it's due: Max Schmid, The Jean Shepherd Project,, and the shep-archives all preceded me and have donated endless hours to creating and/or archiving these files. Many thanks also go to the original fans who taped and preserved the shows we have today. As a fellow fan and fathead, I owe them a debt of gratitude for my personal enjoyment, as well as for the opportunity to pass these shows along in this new podcasting medium.

6/06/2009 9:56 AM  
Blogger Jon said...

I'm searching for a story by Jean Shepherd about being sent to Morse code school in the Army along with a cohort of other GIs who actually were already expert in it. They decide that rather than try to convince their superiors of what they already knew, to behavior as though they knew nothing and could learn nothing! Is anyone familiar with this episode and where I might locate it online or otherwise?

6/11/2009 6:59 PM  
Blogger ShepFan said...


6/12/2009 10:19 AM  
Blogger joeblow said...

Thank you thank you thank you, Shepfan!!! Flick lives! Shep lives!

6/21/2009 6:16 AM  
Blogger Groovin High said...

Like so many others, I stayed up past my bedtime on many a night, transistor radio under the covers, listening to Shep do his magic over the air. I loved the stories about being in the Army, and the ones about just being a kid, or about growing up in a steel mill town. Ocassionally Shep would get into a lecturing mood, and talk at length about one of his many fields of interest, airplanes, ham radio, morse code, dirigibles, and so many more. Another think that occured to me recently is how prescient Shep was. A remarable number of predictions Shep made have come to pass...pretty much everything having to do with the dumbing down of America, the rise of television, the fall of the book, the lack of true communication between people...Oh well, thanks so much for helping to make Shep available to a new audience.

7/03/2009 3:13 AM  
Blogger RICH said...

Do you have a recording of the WOR show from November 1965 on the "American Dream Sales Pitch" (possibly November 2, but not certain)? The Schmidco catalog of cassette tapes on says that the last 15 minutes of that day's show is "the greatest and most concise summary of the Shepherd philosophy" and "a mind-blower." It would sure be nice to get this particular show in a more modern format than cassette tape.

7/03/2009 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Is these a text index to all of the shows uploaded? I ask this because I have a collection of almost 1700 shows, most of which you've posted. If I had an index, I can find the ones that I have that you're not yet posted.


The Army code school show that you're after is June 7, 1973. (I think that Jean may have told the same story on an earlier show, but I can't find it)

7/17/2009 12:04 PM  
Blogger ShepFan said...


No, I don't have "American Dream Sales Pitch" of any date. "The Great American Dream" was on Shep's album, "The Declassified Jean Shepherd". And there's a 1976 show, "Self Help and The American Dream". That's as close as I can get.

Check out the Show Database at, you might find more info there.

7/28/2009 11:32 PM  
Blogger ShepFan said...

Anonymous (7/17/2009),

The text file of the uploaded shows I use is the the RSS file. Try downloading that and see if it has what you need.

Or, more simply, look at the GigaDial "Brass Figlagee" page. That has all the shows uploaded; perhaps you can cut and paste from there.

7/28/2009 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Terri Z. said...

Hi there - I wanted to write and let you know that this site is the best: I start every day by logging onto iTunes and downloading my daily Shep.

Unfortunately, it looks like something is broken, because I haven't been able to download for about 5 days. Help!!! :)

8/17/2009 8:09 AM  
Blogger ShepFan said...

Terri, thanks for the heads-up! It's all fixed now; sorry for the delay. The file for the podcast feed was missing a single '<'.

8/17/2009 8:42 AM  
Anonymous TerriZ said...

Dear ShepFan -
Thanks SO much, I can get my daily fix again.

8/18/2009 9:31 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

Wow... The things you can find on the internet!!! I just want to join the chorus of THANK YOUs. What a blast to be listening to these shows again.

My Dad worked for Sinclair and brought me an AM radio that sort of looked like a gas pump. It had to be the mid to last 60s. I found Shep almost right away and fell asleep every night listening to Shep on WOR.

9/30/2009 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you !!!!! I got out of the Navy in 1965 and was hooked on Shep at that time. I thought I would never hear his shows again. Thank you so much.

11/05/2009 6:15 PM  
Blogger Anthony Ryan said...

Just to reaffirm what I see other people saying here, thanks for this incredible gift, great for so many reasons, the sense of place of NYC in the 70's rockets me right back to my childhood, but also a reminder that the "American Scene" culturally and politically has always been absurd and how much we we could use Shep today.
Thank you.

11/23/2009 7:41 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

After discovering your site I have been listening on iTunes and pupuPlayer. Thank you for bringing these shows back! My brother and I used to listen to Shep every night on WOR when we were kids. I thought these shows were lost forever.


11/29/2009 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't thank you enough for archiving these files. I listen to them all the time and they are a great stress reliever. I was a kid in New York listening to Shep on WOR 710 with a transistor radio hidden under my pillow. Thanks again for this great gift to us all.


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