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770 AM & 98.7 FM - New York, NY 1955-1977

Shep's radio career on WOR in New York began in 1955 and lasted until 1977. Although it lasted 22 years, it wasn't always a happy relationship. He continually butted heads with management over commercials, refused to play by the rules, and often complained about feeling like an outsider.

For many years Shep was broadcast on both WOR-AM and WOR-FM. Due to new FCC regulations, the FM simulcast was discontinued after July 29, 1966

General

Studio 3

24th Floor

1440 Broadway

Timeline
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Carteret NJ Transmitter Deep late night thinking from Jersey
Show Preparation How was it all put together...
Pre-Recording Not every show was live!
Syndication of Shows  
Notes of Interest  
Limelight Shows "Live at the Village Limelight"
Behind the Scenes Shep's Engineers and other people he spoke with in the control room
Station ID's Shep had a unique way of doing a simple station ID
The "I, Libertine" Hoax The book that wasn't . . . until!
The Sweetheart Soap Story How to get fired doing a commercial
WOR Schedule
Weekday Shows
Week of April 20, 1955 to May 13, 1955 Weekday Shows - WOR New York - Mon - Fri 11:15pm to 11:30pm
(Source: NY Times Radio Listing
June 14, 1955 to December 2, 1955 Weekday Shows - WOR New York - Times varied starting as early as 3:00pm. Listing mostly show him in the 5:30 to 5:45pm time slot and ending in the 4:45 to 5:00pm time slot. This 15 minute segment was referred to as "Drive East" in the listings.
January 16, 1956 to August 17, 1956 Weekday Shows - WOR New York - 12:30am to 5:30am
Birth of the "Night People"
On August 17th Shep was pulled off the air and did not return until his Sunday show on September 2, 1956.)
February 13, 1961 to February 7, 1964 Weekday Shows - WOR New York - 11:15pm to 12:00mid
(Mentioned in 2-21-62 and 4-26-63 Shows and 1963 article "King of the Night People")
February 10, 1964 to
 May 4,1973
Weekday Shows - WOR New York - 10:15pm to 11:00pm
Sometime during December 1970 and January 1971 there were 2 shows per night. One at 9:15 and the other at 10:15. It's probable that one was live and the other was a rerun of a previous broadcast.
(On the 4-3-71 show he announces a time change to 10:15)
May 7, 1973 to
January 4, 1974
Weekday Shows - WOR 710 New York - 11:15pm to 12:00mid
January 7, 1974 to April 1, 1977 Weekday Shows - WOR 710 New York - 9:15pm to 10:00pm
(According to Herb Squire, the last radio shows, in 1977, were extended from 45 minutes to 50 minutes  because WOR was cutting back the news from 15 minutes to 10 minutes, and needed to fill the 5 minutes remaining and later they cut the news back to 5 minutes).
Saturday Shows
February 26, 1955 to January 21, 1956 Saturday Afternoon - WOR New York - Times vary:
2-26-55 4:30 to 5:45 P.M. Premier



3-5-55 4:30 to 6:15 P.M.
3-12-55 4:30 to 6:15 P.M.
3-19-55 4:30 to 6:15 P.M.
3-26-55 4:30 to 6:15 P.M.
4-23-55 4:30 to 6:15 P.M.
5-14-55 3:30 to 6:15 P.M.
6-4-55 3:30 to 6:00 P.M.
6-11-55 3:30 to 5:30 P.M.
12-3-55 3:00 to 5:55 P.M.
1-7-56 4:30 to 5:45 P.M.
1-14-56 3:30 to 5:45 P.M.
1-21-56 3:30 to 5:30 P.M.
January 7, 1956
to August 11, 1956
Saturday Evening - 12:30 am to ??
July 27, 1957 to March 19, 1960
Saturday Morning - WOR New York - 10:15am to 12:00 noon According to a radio schedule for 9-2-1957 in the Gettysburg Times the show was called "Excelsior, with Jean Shepherd"
March 26, 1960 to September 16, 1961 Saturday Afternoon - WOR New York - 12:15 to 2:00
January 6, 1968 
to December 25, 1971
Saturday Evening - Post Limelight Studio Shows - 55 minutes (10:05-11:00? or 11:05 to Midnight?
Limelight Shows
Feb 15, 1964 to
October 16, 1965
"Live from the Limelight" -  WOR 710 New York - Saturday Nights 10:05 to Midnight
October 23, 1965 to December 30, 1967 10:30 to Midnight (Limelight shows ended December 30, 1967 according to Herb Squire who was one of the engineers at the time)
Sunday Shows
January 8, 1956 to September 11, 1960 Sunday Shows - WOR 710 New York - 9:05 to 1:00am (as of 3-26-60 9:05-1:00)
September 18, 1960 to October 30, 1960 Sunday Afternoon Shows - WOR 710 New York - 12:15 to 4:00pm
November 6, 1960 to February 5, 1961 Sunday Afternoon Shows - WOR 710 New York - 12:15 to 2:00pm
The show was shortened to allow a Philadelphia Concert series to air.
Photos

1958 photo
courtesy John Kiesewetter


March 23, 1975 Ad
 
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2-14-64 Limelight

2-11,12,13-1964

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Timeline
Timeline
  Date Event
Notes February 26, 1955
Saturday
Start of Saturday Shows on WOR 710 New York - 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Notes April 20, 1955
Wednesday
Start of 11:15pm to 11:30pm weekday shows.
Notes June 14, 1955
Tuesday
First of the weekday afternoon 15 minute "Jean Shepherd Show". 5:30 to 5:45pm
Notes December 2, 1955
Friday
Last of the weekday afternoon 15 minute "Jean Shepherd Show". 4:45 to 5:00pm
Notes January 7, 1956
Saturday
First of Saturday Nite Shows on WOR 710 New York - 1:am to ??
Notes January 8, 1956
Sunday
First of Sunday Shows on WOR 710 New York - 9:05pm to 1:00am
Notes January 16, 1956
Monday
Start of Weekday Shows on WOR 710 New York - 12:30am to 5:30am
Notes January 21, 1956
Saturday
Last of Saturday Shows on WOR 710 New York - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Notes August 11, 1956
Saturday
Last of Saturday Nite Shows on WOR 710 New York - 1:00 am
Notes August 13, 1956
Monday
Shep's scheduled last show - until...
Notes July 27, 1957
Saturday
First Saturday show in the 10:15am to Noon time slot
Notes March 26, 1960
Sunday
First Saturday show in new time slot of 12:15pm to 2:00 pm
Notes September 11, 1960
Sunday
Last of Sunday Shows on WOR 710 New York - 9:05pm to 1:00am
Notes September 18, 1960
Sunday
First of Sunday Afternoon Shows on WOR 710 New York - 12:15pm to 4:00pm
Notes October 30, 1960
Sunday
Last of Sunday Afternoon Shows on WOR 710 New York - 12:15pm to 4:00pm
Notes November 6, 1960
Sunday
First of Sunday Afternoon Shows on WOR 710 New York - 12:15pm to 2:00pm
Notes February 5, 1961
Sunday
Last of Sunday Afternoon Shows on WOR 710 New York - 12:15pm to 2:00pm
Notes February 13, 1961
Monday
First night back on weekdays - 11:15pm to 12:00mid
Notes February 7, 1964
Friday
Last show in 11:15 to Midnight timeslot
Notes February 10, 1964
Monday
First show in 10:15pm to 11:00pm timeslot
Notes December 11, 1965
Saturday
Last of the 2 hour Limelight Shows - (10:05 - Midnight)
Notes December 18, 1965
Saturday
First of the 90 minute Limelight Shows - (10:30 - Midnight)
Notes August 1, 1966
Monday
FM broadcasts stop
Notes December 30, 1967

Last "Limelight Show"
Notes May 4, 1973
Friday
Last show in the 10:15 - 11:00 time slot
Notes May 7, 1973
Monday
First show in the 11:15 - 12:00 midnight time slot
Notes January 4, 1974
Friday
Last WOR weekday show in the 11:15 to midnight time slot
Notes January 7, 1974
Monday
First WOR weekday show in the 9:15 to 10:00pm time slot
Notes April 1, 1977
Friday
Last WOR Show
Credits
Special thanks to Lowell Thelin for his endless hours searching NY Times microfilm for a large portion of the New York time schedules.
The NPR information was provided courtesy of Art Silverman.
The information regarding his Cincinnati radio days was extracted from a posting by Jack Rothwell on the Old Radio Network.