Sunday, December 13, 2009

Here come the last bunch. The end is in sight.

This last group are either undated episodes, or files that needed some repair. January 10th will be the last regular daily podcast. On that day I'll upload about 20 short files (rather than make everyone wait a day for another 60-second bit). I started on January 23, 2006, so we will end just short of three full years from the beginning.

Thanks to all those who offered words of support, a big thanks to those who came before me who actually produced and preserved these files, and of course I'm thankful to Jean Shepherd for entertaining us for all those years.

33 Comments:

Blogger Sam said...

You have done something of inestimable value! I'm sure it was of inestimable hard work, too, but know that you have my most sincere gratitude!

12/14/2009 10:02 PM  
Anonymous brunner said...

i got hooked over the summer and have listened like a addicted upwards to 4 shows a day. thank you. im tearing up knowing that the end is coming but hell, im jus gonna start from the beginning. keep your knees loose!

12/18/2009 4:15 AM  
Blogger Morton's Toe said...

thanks, for doing this, a sped fan of 45 years

12/20/2009 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to thank & commend you for doing this. I have some of his albums, but love to hear old radio like this. We watched his movie for about the 15th consecutive year last night, and it never gets old. Much obliged for your efforts!

12/26/2009 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Christmas season and Army Shepherd shows. I was stationed in New York City in the Army from 1961 to 1963. And once I discovered Shepherd's shows on WOR, I'd try to listen to him as often as possible.

I recall one phrase especially about what "fun" there was being stationed in the Army. "Let's go down to the PX for a Mars bar." :)

The world NEEDS another Shep. And it ain't Garrison Keel-over. :)

12/31/2009 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Terri in NJ said...

You are wonderful and amazing; your dedication to preserving these radio shows is utterly appreciated. I can never thank you enough for helping me re-live all those wonderful nights spent listening to Shep...he never gets stale, and enlivens every day with his warmth.

1/04/2010 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this mean your website will cease to exist? I just became aware of your site again a few weeks ago and so have been recording them to EP mode videotape. But I don't think I can get them all recorded by January 10th. Is there a possibility that you will still have the web site running anyway?

I have a few things in common with Shep. I started my own AM radio station out on the farm in South Dakota when I was in grade school. I never did get my ham license. Couldn't be proficient in code. So I opted to go the air anyway with a small AM station to broadcast to the neighboring farms. Later on I did get into radio as a DJ and engineer.

And I worked for the first full time successful talk station here in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, WLOL back in the 1970s. And I was a classical music announcer in my last radio gig.

One thing Shepard never mentions, as far as I know, is that WOR was a huge Mutual Broadcasting System flagship station. For instance, the Boston Blackie radio show was broadcast and recorded in the WOR studios.

Wonder why Shep never mentioned anything about old time radio being produced there at WOR?

And if you do close this website, where could I otherwise record Shep shows from the internet?

And is there a website that has details of WOR Mutual, etc!

Thank You So Very Much!

1/09/2010 7:57 AM  
Blogger ShepFan said...

Don't worry, the recordings will continue to be available for the foreseeable future, which I hope will be a very long time. All the files, including the podcast feed, are hosted on archive.org, which is also the home of the Internet Wayback Machine, and they should be around for a long time. This website is hosted by Google, which is also not going anywhere soon.

1/09/2010 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ShepFan, thanks a million! :) I have been diligently recording the shows to slowest mode videotape most of the weekend. Good use of the VCRs. No audio dropout. Blessings upon you and your kindly Mitzvah heart. :)

I'm the radio guy, of course. And I want to add ironically that I also was in the Signal Corps like our beloved Shep. Here's a short true story.

I was just completing some advanced Army Reserve (AR) training in my signal MOS, which was a 31V. And so I was sitting in my home office hoping that I'd get another writing assignment from a particular magazine or that my AR company might call me for some extra duty at a warm place since it was a snowy day in February.

Wow! Cosmic forces at work! No kidding. I got a call just then from the unit clerk at my AR school company tell me I was going to Fort Gordon, the Signal School for the Gulf War.

And what at 3-month stateside adventure that was. Just how all we 31V senior NCOs got called up is another real-life Shep experience. It turns out that apparently some clerk in the Pentagon wrote in longhand for "31V" reservists to be called up. If the clerk had written more legibly, the Pentagon''s real need for all the AR 31C "Charlie wiredogs" called up to lay down field phones and the like would have been fulfilled. Yep, the "C" looked like a "V" so orders were cut for 31Vs. :)

My 31V MOS is a techy fixed and field radio operations soldier. And so ALL the 31V (Victor) senior NCOs were called up to the astonishment of the CSM at Fort Gordon. Since most of us were cross-trained, we would up teaching the Signal School privates and E4s how to dig trenches for wire, string wire, set up antennas and all that jazz.

And we were all sent back home three months later.

1/10/2010 6:33 AM  
Blogger Lockhart said...

Thank you so much for your effort in locating, preserving and repairing these great shows and making them available to new and old audiences. This is one of the most important audio projects on the whole Web. I have the whole archive on my iPod so I never have to go anywhere without thousands of Shep shows to listen to.

I wish I had some kind of Official Prize to award you. Maybe some kind of brass thing. With some kind of decoration, maybe. It's right on the tip of my tongue! Excelsior, you Fathead!

1/14/2010 11:32 PM  
Blogger P-Dub said...

This morning I noticed the short files and found my way over to this site to see what was going on. Congrats on the long run. Thanks to you I have an enormous collection to listen to and share. But what blew me away was noticing my own show listed here as "similar". I can think of no greater honor than to be so considered. Best of luck with future endeavors. And thank you.

P.W. Fenton

1/15/2010 2:30 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you! I am from northern new jersey and the advertisements are so cool to hear, some of those places are still around. You have done an amazing job preserving some historic contents. Your efforts and deication are appreciated!

1/20/2010 10:15 PM  
Blogger darkcrash said...

Shepfan...THANK YOU for your gargantuan efforts. I came across your site completely at random, while searching for something else. Unbelievable. I am utterly flummoxed at this miraculous find. And the first podcast I listened to on iTunes? "Ernie The Barber" -- a show I had preserved on cassette along with a handful of others. Hadn't heard it in many, many years. Still just as funny. I can't thank you enough for this treasure trove.

1/22/2010 1:19 AM  
Blogger BloodyL said...

Keep your knees loose ShepFan, thanks for your dedication. :)

1/28/2010 6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words cannot express how much I appreciate your hard work in preserving these great shows. I can remember how much I looked forward to listening to those live Limelight broadcasts every Saturday night. It is so wonderful to hear them again! Thank you so much.

1/31/2010 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You did a wonderful thing.
Thank you for doing it.

Excelsior !

2/16/2010 3:53 PM  
Blogger Scott Sackett said...

Thanks for posting all these!! I came across Jean thru A Christmas Story and A Carousel of Progress. After some searching on the web, I found this podcast.

I grew up in the wrong area (and too late) to hear these first hand, but thanks to you, I now have the run on my iPod and I'm working my through them slowly.

This podcast was a big reason why I bought the big iPod! Thanks again!!

2/18/2010 10:41 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Shep's broadcasts were a treasure and a real art form. I never get tired of hearing them again.

2/19/2010 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Dennis in Seattle said...

All of those Shepherd broadcasts are gold. Thanks for all you've done for Jean Shepherd fans.

2/24/2010 6:30 PM  
Blogger Jarhead said...

Words can not express the joy I have finding your podcast and this site - it has returned sooo many happy memories listening to Shep into the hours of the night on W.O.R. His stories fired my imagination and my drive to see things from a different side of life.

Thank you - thank you

2/26/2010 6:01 PM  
Blogger nate said...

Thanks for all the work you did in posting these. Strangely enough, if you go to the podcast in iTunes it says there are 301 episodes going back to 4/09 but obviously there are a lot more than that, as you see when you subscribe.

3/06/2010 10:43 AM  
Blogger Mike DeLong said...

Yesterday I finally caught up with the podcast, and I've heard the last episode at last.

Thank you so much for collecting and posting these. They've improved my quality of life substantially over the course of the last four or five years.

All good things, as they say.

3/08/2010 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a box of cassette tapes of Shep. I would be happy to send them to you to see if there are any that you do not yet have on this feed. Please email me if you would like me to send them along. jbarry@brainworks.com

4/06/2010 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Todd said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

10/31/2010 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Shep fan here.

I listened to him on WOR in NYC when I was young. Climbed into bed, turned off the light, pulled the covers over my head and put the transistor radio in my ear for the 10:15-11:00 pm broadcast. Loved every minute of it.

Recently found out that www.shep-archives.com closed, but THANK YOU for keeping the Shep collection alive!

And as he used to say, and has been repeated many times... Keep You Knees Loose.

12/10/2010 9:55 PM  
Anonymous 70's Time Traveller said...

Just wanted to say THANKS! And bravo! I really enjoy Shep, and you've done a fantastic thing, organizing all these shows, removing duplicates, mapping them all to the podcast feed, and all the other work involved.

It's like a time-capsule (hey! Shep did a show on a time capsule in the 70's!), allowing us to zip right back and see the 60's and 70's all over again, through this thick-glassed porthole of electronic signals. Really cool, really appreciated.

May your troubles be few and those few be sewn into triumphs. Excelsior!

4/25/2011 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listened to JS while at the Univ. of Rhode Island in the 60's and 70's from WGBH out of Boston. What a great pleasure to hear him again,

7/14/2011 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,
are you the same Brass Figlagee that has posted all these amazing episodes at The Internet archive? If so, I can't help but notice that 1960 Volume 1 is not available there. Was it ever posted there? Will it be? Thanks for all the GREAT listening!

1/07/2012 2:53 PM  
Blogger ShepFan said...

The Internet Archive is the back end for this podcast, so yes, that would probably be me. I don't know what you mean by "1960 Volume 1," but all the files I have are in this podcast. I count 29 shows labeled 1960. If you're having trouble downloading them, please respond here. Thanks!

1/07/2012 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Shep Fan,
Thanks for responding.
At this link you'll find the total contents for the holdings at The Internet archive for all things Shep:

http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Jean%20Shepherd%22%20AND%20subject%3A%22brass%20figlagee%22

Scrolling down one sees that the third listing reads "1960pt2", while the next reads "1960pt3." Scrolling through all the rest of the hodings there is no listing for a 1960pt1. Likewise, since 1960 pt2 starts in june of 1960, I'm wondering if there may have been a 1960 pt. 1 with shows fron January-May 1960 at one time.
Excelsior!

1/09/2012 12:47 PM  
Blogger ShepFan said...

No worries--everything I have is in there. There is no 1960pt1, though there is a "JeanShepherd196003261stSatShowLast65min" folder which should have been named "1960pt1". Call it a newbie goof that would have been more confusing for subscribers if I'd fixed it at the time.

1/11/2012 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you again Shep Fan. Now if I could just figure out the derivation of the word 'Marty!'
Excelsior to all fatheads everywhere.

1/11/2012 10:26 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the time and interest that you had to get this done. I appreciate it and had begun to think no one would ever resurrect any of his shows. I began listening as a kid in the 50s and throughout school, stayed up to listen on my transistor and earplug. I guess i listened long before i had any idea what he was talking about , but loved the stories. In my 60s now, i can click on a show i downloaded to a drive and fall asleep thinking it is 1960 again. And i remember many of them, i listened every night for many years until i went to college, i guess.

3/29/2012 9:26 PM  

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