one of the staples of am radio, WOR-AM, 710 on the dial in nyc, has passed away.
to a radio station, being purchased by the conglomerate clear channel is a fate worse than death.
john gambling in the morning for near 85 years on the radio is certainly notable.
in the late 50s and early 60s, and generations before, radio was once a big factor in our lives. portable radios became popular, and with the advent of the tiny transistor and earphones, they would fit under any pillow.
my 2 favorite radio programs were, and still are, monologist humorist jean shepherd's nightly half hour shows in the late 50s -early 60s, on WOR, followed by the midnight to 6am talk show, long john nebel.
shep was the finest monologist ever. night after night he, with nary a note, spun, the most fantastic and believable yarns, with a great deal of truth mixed in. each show ended with his cadence speeding, trying to fit in more and more.... shep's works did not translate well to public broadcasting or film. a notable jean shepherd formance was 'the clown' with charles mingus in the album 'the clown.'
i have heard 6 hour long john hows with not 1 commercial interruption.
john went down the dial to wnbc, and they cut him up and quartered him. it just wasn't the same.
they began a tradition with me. to this day, there is always an am radio playing somewhere in the house whenever i go to sleep, but there will never be another jean shepherd, long john nebel, nor will it be tuned to wor-am
LINKS TO SHEP ARCHIVES
thanks to an organissimo forum contributor, pete c., we now have links to a multitude of shep programs.
gene shepherd broadcast archives