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'Christmas Story' author developed following here as storyteller

If humorist Jean Shepherd had listened to his Cincinnati radio bosses, would he have ever written "A Christmas Story?" Shepherd started as a disc jockey on three stations here in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and each fired him for talking too much between records. Sometimes more than once. "I developed my style here, but it wasn't easy," Shepherd told The Enquirer in 1982, a year before his movie about Ralphie wanting a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas was released. The holiday favorite, which stars Peter Billingsley as Ralphie, ranks among most critics' top 10 Christmas movies of all time

Copyright: 2012 news.cincinnati.com - All rights reserved

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1951
Broadcasting on WSAI from Shuller's Wigwam

Courtesy: Mike Martini


November 18,1983
Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker in "A Christmas Story," Jean Shepherd?s 1983 holiday classic airing on TNT today.


November 18,1983
Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) tells Santa he wants a Red Ryder BB Gun in "A Christmas Story."