A Very Shepherd Christmas - Stories From Jean Shepherd's New York City Radio Show
Jean Shepherd is best known for his classic semi-autobiographical film 'A Christmas Story', but 20 years earlier, he was already a familiar voice to radio listeners in New York City. Shepherd hosted a late-night show on WOR for 21 years, and each night was packed with the same storytelling and clever insights that became the inspiration for 'A Christmas Story'.
These radio recordings show Shepherd's Christmas stories in their first forms — some of which had recently been published in Playboy magazine and some of which made their debut on his radio show. These stories were included in his books In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters, but it was his on-air readings and live shows at the Limelight in Chelsea that would eventually lead to the creation of a new Christmas classic 20 years later.
The story of the Red Ryder BB gun and "You’ll shoot your eye out!" from 1972:
Shepherd's childhood friend Flick gets his tongue stuck to the telegraph pole from 1968:
- Harry Shearer’s two part program from 2000, shortly after Jean Shepherd’s death, which focuses on the history and legacy of Shepherd's NYC radio show
- Take a tour of the original, restored house from A Christmas Story!
- And try to forget about the musical version
Update: An earlier version of this article listed the character as "Scut Farkus", but a reader wrote in to tell us that it's actually spelled "Farkas". Even though the spelling is "Farkus" on both IMDB and the website for the Christmas Story House and Museum, Jean Shepherd used the spelling "Farkas" in his book 'Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters'. A small detail, but a fun piece of trivia!