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Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Midnight Citizen Special — “Jean Shepherd Christmas Foibles”

1:03:44 — A December 24, 1974 recording of Jean Shepherd reading from his story “Duel in the Snow, or Red Ryder Nails the Cleveland Street Kid” — which inspired the film “A Christmas Story” — on his WOR New York radio show. Plus some extra Shep goodies to keep you company this holiday season.

Special thanks to for providing this audio, by the way.

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posted by Mike at 10:44 pm filed in Uncategorized  


  1. I hadn’t ever heard Shep narrate the Red Ryder story either; thanks, Mike! I have heard a show that’s called Flick’s Tongue–it’s on one of the pages of Jean Shepherd shows–and I think it’s even funnier than the actual movie A Christmas Story. There’s also a great one about his first day of kindergarten when his teacher insisted his name must be Eugene and she got him all confused. What a fascinating storyteller he was.

    Cheers and Merry Christmas and such,

    Comment by Shambles — December 23, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

  2. Thank You so Much!!! I grew up watching A Christmas Story 🙂 What an amazing treat!!

    Comment by Carrie Michel — December 23, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

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