[32] He died in a hospital in nearby Fort Myers, Florida, in 1999 of natural causes. Shepherd improvised spoken-word narration for the title track on jazz musician Charles Mingus's 1957 album The Clown. Brilliant post. Jean Shepherd had two children, a son Randall, and a daughter Adrian, with his second wife Joan, but he publicly denied this, including in his last will and testament, executed some five months prior to his death. Sometimes, Shepherd would accompany the recordings by playing the Jew's harp, nose flute, or kazoo, and occasionally even by thumping his knuckles on his head. I read all his books years ago, even before "A Christmas Story" came out, but have never heard the radio shows, I look forward to listening to these a lot. "[30], Shepherd kept most of his personal life secret, from both his radio audience and most of his friends. "Radio Features Scheduled on the Airwaves Today". ", Ramblin' Jack Elliott on the YouTube and Online. On some of his broadcasts, he played parts of recordings of such novelty songs as "The Bear Missed the Train" (a parody of the Yiddish ballad "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen") and "The Sheik of Araby". "[37] In the Seinfeld season-six DVD set, commenting on the episode titled "The Gymnast", Jerry Seinfeld said, "He really formed my entire comedic sensibility—I learned how to do comedy from Jean Shepherd. "Phantom Author has Dizzy Hoosier Label". The Art and Enigma of Jean Shepherd by Eugene B. In late 1960 and early 1961, he did a weekly television show, Inside Jean Shepherd, on WOR (channel 9) in New York, but it did not last long. The particular version Shepherd used was a recording by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, with arrangement by Peter Bodge, released in April 1946 by RCA Victor-Red Seal. Throughout his radio career, he performed entirely without scripts. He used a somewhat similar format for the New Jersey Network TV show Shepherd's Pie. Bravo to y2karl and everyone on the web using their bandwidth to keep his legacy alive. [23] His final radio gig was the Sunday-night radio show Shepherd's Pie on WBAI in the mid-1990s, which had him reading his stories uncut, uninterrupted, and unabridged. [16] Shepherd, Theodore Sturgeon, and Betty Ballantine later wrote the demanded book, with a cover painted by illustrator Frank Kelly Freas, published by Ballantine Books. He also wrote a column for the early Village Voice, a column for Car and Driver, numerous individual articles for diverse publications, including Mad Magazine ("The Night People vs. All were narrated by Shepherd, but otherwise featured different casts. [7] From 1951 to 1953, he had a late-night broadcast on KYW in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[8][9] after which he returned to Cincinnati for several different shows on WLW. In 2005, Shepherd was posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, and in November 2013, he was posthumously inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame. [31] In 1984, he moved to Sanibel Island, Florida, with his wife Leigh Brown. Devane, James (March 19, 1953). An article he wrote for the March–April 1957 issue of MAD, "The Night People vs Creeping Meatballism", described the differences between what he considered to be "day people" (conformists) and "night people" (nonconformists). "3 More 'Resign' at WOR". [40], Shepherd's life and multimedia career are examined in the 2005 book Excelsior, You Fathead! This may well have not been true, but Shepherd's ink drawings do adorn some of his published writings, and a number of previously unknown ones were sold on eBay from his former wife Lois Nettleton's collection after her death in 2008. [citation needed]. Adams, Magee (July 1, 1949). Novelist Bergmann (Rio Amazonas) interviewed 32 people who knew Shepherd or were influenced by him and listened to hundreds of broadcast tapes, inserting transcripts of Shepherd's own words into a "biographical framework" of exhaustive research. (Opus Books, August 2013). After his military service, Shepherd began his broadcast radio career in early 1945 on WJOB in Hammond, Indiana, later working at WTOD in Toledo, Ohio, in 1946. He was the writer and narrator of the show Jean Shepherd's America, produced by Boston Public Television station WGBH for PBS, in which he visited various American locales, and interviewed local people of interest. Though he primarily spent his radio career playing music, New York Top-40 DJ Dan Ingram has acknowledged Shepherd's style as an influence. His last WOR broadcast was on April 1, 1977. Staff (October 27, 1977). He also wrote and narrated many works, the most famous being the 1983 MGM feature film A Christmas Story, which is now considered a holiday classic. His live shows were a perennial favorite[citation needed] at Rutgers to wildly enthusiastic standing-room-only crowds, and Fairleigh Dickinson Universities (he often referred to the latter as "Fairly Ridiculous University" on his WOR show). Humorist Jean Shepherd on his WOR radio program in 1968. His listeners besieged WOR with complaints, and when Sweetheart offered to sponsor him, he was reinstated. "Speculating in Sports". MetaFilter is a weblog that anyone can contribute a link or a comment to. He was also emcee for several important jazz concerts in the late 1950s. [10] After a stint on television there, he returned to radio. When Eugene B. Bergmann's Excelsior, You Fathead! Married four times, he lived in several New York City locations during his WOR days and for a time in New Milford (Bergen County), New Jersey, and in Washington (Warren County), New Jersey. [1] With a career that spanned decades, Shepherd is known for the film A Christmas Story (1983), which he narrated and co-scripted, based on his own semiautobiographical stories.[2]. Reviewer: harron68 - favorite favorite favorite favorite - March 7, 2013 Subject: Jean Shepherd, radio overview . [36], Shepherd's oral narrative style was a precursor to that used by Spalding Gray and Garrison Keillor. [35] His father was a cashier at the Borden Milk Company. Whitaker, John (November 19, 1946). Jean Parker Shepherd Jr. (July 26, 1921 – October 16, 1999) was an American storyteller, humorist, radio and TV personality, writer, and actor.He was often referred to by the nickname Shep. Allison, Jane (September 2, 1956). "New Series for Shepherd". Creeping Meatballism", March/April 1957), and introductions for books such as The America of George Ade, American Snapshots, and the 1970 reprint of the 1929 Johnson Smith Catalogue.[24]. Staff (March 6, 1953). "Scene is Changed on Election Night by Aired Returns". [2] The movie A Christmas Story is loosely based on his days growing up in Hammond's southeast side neighborhood of Hessville. That was when he started complaining about "too many commercials". Smith, Cecil (February 9, 1985). With a career that spanned decades, Shepherd is known for the film A Christmas Story (1983), which he narrated and co-scripted, based on his own semiautobiographical stories. "[39] On January 23, 2012 the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio) presented a tribute to Shepherd. Country - Paru le 12 février 2016 | X Select Records, Musique vocale (profane et sacrée) - Paru le 27 mai 2015 | Music Manager. [3] He began working in Cincinnati, Ohio, in January 1947 at WSAI,[4] later also working at Cincinnati stations WCKY[5] and WKRC[6] the following year, before returning to WSAI in 1949. "Sheperd, WOR May Again be Sweethearts". "New Station Planned with Farm Owners; To be Nation's Third". He confirmed the importance of Shepherd on his career. [citation needed] During a radio interview, Shepherd claimed that some shows took weeks to prepare, but this may have been in the planning rather than the writing of a script. . [26] Between 1971 and 1994, Shepherd became a screenwriter of note, writing and producing numerous works for both television and cinema, all based on his originally spoken and written stories. Listen to The Country Collection 1953-1962 by Jean Shepard on Deezer. His friend and WOR colleague Barry Farber marveled at how he could talk so long with so few notes. Early in his career, Shepherd had a television program on WLW-TV in Cincinnati called Rear Bumper. "Radio Highlights". Shepherd was a lifelong Chicago White Sox fan. [33], Shepherd maintained his interest in amateur radio throughout his life. All posts copyright their original authors. Jean Parker Shepherd Jr. (July 26, 1921 – October 16, 1999) was an American storyteller, humorist, radio and TV personality, writer, and actor. Country - Paru le 1 août 2012 | Vintage Masters Inc. 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