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About the Author

Humorist Jean Shepherd 1921-1999, creator/narrator of the holiday movie favorite A Christmas Story and author of numerous other works of fiction and television, had a long and stellar career on radio and was heard most days during the period of 1955-1977 on WOR radio in New York, a clear-channel station heard along the Eastern seaboard and points west. Shepherd s radio work was both unique and transitional in the development of today s talk radio. Shepherd could talk, and talk he did, touching his listeners intimately as if speaking to an audience of one. Shepherd was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Shepherd, best known as creator and narrator of the perennial film favorite A CHRISTMAS STORY, was an early developer of talk radio. The eight programs included here were prepared for syndication in the format of his long-running New York-based program: commentary, often insightful, sometimes genially cynical, on human nature and culture, mixed with middle-brow pop philosophy, storytelling, nostalgia, and just plain goofiness. A natural raconteur, he riffs humorously on loose topics such as "Fate," "Public Relations," and "Playing the Tuba." But many of his references are dated and will be obscure, and some of his attitudes may seem equally dated. If newcomers wonder what all the fuss was about, however, old-time fans will feel like Linus rediscovering his blanket in middle age. W.M. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • Series: Classic Radio Humor
  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Radio Again (May 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978997301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978997304
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Bacon on January 4, 2009
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At thirteen I would huddle by the radio, lights out, waiting for 10:15 PM and WOR at the ready: the music began and so did a great 45' of how to look at the crazy world.

My wife got me many of these for Christmas this year, and I listen to them in the car. The problem is that I have to pull off the road sometimes because I am laughing so hard at the things I had forgotten--there are some great pieces here and some great moments.

The only thing I miss is that sort of "Ahhhh..." you used to get at the end of the music at the close of the show.

Well worth the price!!!!

Only regret? You don't get many of the older ones--I guess they weren't keeping tapes. So, these tend to be more mid-60's kinds of things.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Mclean on March 4, 2009
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Jean Shepherd: Life Is (Classic Radio Humor) I found Jean Shepherd's radio show quite by chance one night back in the '60s and tuned in nightly ever after. From the classic theme music of "Bahn Frei" through the commercials and musings eventually came a wonderful story of life mostly real, sometimes imagined (like the story of the "Flying Dutchman" airplane he built that crash-landed in one telling but sailed off never to be seen again in another). Often you didn't realize you were listening to the night's story until you were hooked. I've ordered this set and have no doubt it will occupy many more enraptured nights. If you're interested in more Shepherd, [...] has a great 3 DVD mp3 collection of his shows (529+ hours and very reasonably priced) spanning his career and [...] is the de facto official Shepherd website with lots of information, downloads and links.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Josef Herzog on April 10, 2009
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I love a good story and Jean Shepherd can tell one. But after the hopla of it all you realize that if you didn't know about the time period these took place you would swear that he was alive and well today. The more things change the more they stay the same should be the key phrase of all these recordings. The same things that were prevellent n the 60's you will find are still going on today. There worth a listen and if you do you'll see what I mean.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Z. Queal on January 30, 2010
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I purchased a set of three of these Audio CD's for my Girlfriends Father for Christmas one year. He seemed to love them! He works as a Nationwide Claims Adjuster in my area and has tons of road time. He pop's a disk in, in the morning and has fun driving all day. 10/10 for this one!

(this is an identical review for all three products that I purchased!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James L. Stanfield on December 4, 2012
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I started listening to Ol' Shep when I was 11 and he was holding forth at the old Lamplighter in New York. I was in Texas but I rigged an antenna just for the purpose. He is a fine commentator on the human condition. Sadly, we lost him in 1999. He is certainly worth a listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan P Kalish on September 26, 2013
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Great shows and very clean recordings. One complaint - the commercials were edited out. I would have preferred to hear the commercials of that time.
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By N. V. Anden on November 30, 2012
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Forty-five minute bursts of Shep's views on, well, everything. The publisher has done an excellent job of grouping shows, which are individually titled, into collections with a theme. In this case the theme is Life and Shep had a lot to say about that.
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