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Shep's History at Station

Last Update: 03-19-2017
WSAI - 1360 AM

Cincinnati, Ohio

July 1, 1949 - March 31, 1951 (2nd time)

This was Shep's second longest stay at a radio station, WOR being the longest, even though it was split between two times. (January 28, 1947 - January 10, 1948 and July 1, 1949 - March 31, 1951). It is also where he began to use "Bahn Frei" as his theme music, the details of which are covered below by Steve Glazer. In the first year his schedule varied in the 3:30 to 4:15 time period as the Shepherd Show. He also did a morning show, called Easy Listening from 7:00am to 8:00am, and an afternoon show at 1:30 called Party Line. See Steve Glazer's comments below. After his return he settled into the 11:00pm to 1:00am slot on weekdays. On Saturdays his show was 6:00pm to 6:30pm ad 10:00pm to 1:00am. His weekday schedule also showed times of 5:00pm to 5:30pm on 12/30/1949 and 6:00pm to 6:30pm on 8/20/1949. In December 1950 he was doing a Sunday show from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. On March 31, 1951 he was listed for the Saturday 10:00 to 1:00am slot, his last show on WSAI.


Audio Links:
• Sky Galley Rest. Opening Segment -
• Jean Shepherd Farewell -
• Bay Horse Ale and Bahn Frei - Shep on Larry King March 10, 1982 -
Links to Further Information:
• Images of America: Cincinnati Radio
• The Story of Shep's Theme - by Steve Glazer

Shep at WSAI

Courtesy: Randall Shepherd

Broadcasting on WSAI from Shuller's Wigwam

Courtesy: Mike Martini

Article about Leo Schuller - owner of Shuller's Wigwam

Courtesy: Steve Glazer

Sinton Hotel - WSAI studio location

Courtesy: Steve Glazer

June 25,1949
Cincinnati Enquirer - Shep returns to WSAI

Courtesy: Steve Glazer

July 24,1949
Cincinnati Enquirer - Prescient editorial comments re Shep

Courtesy: Steve Glazer

October 20,1949
Cincinnati Enquirer - Shep to broadcast from "suburban restaurant"

Courtesy: Steve Glazer

March 22,1950
Wigwam Ad (pre-Shep) Cincinnati Enquirer

Courtesy: Steve Glazer

April 07,1951
Billboard - Shep leaves WSAI

Courtesy: Steve Glazer

December 07,1966
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Courtesy: Steve Glazer

Sky Galley Restaurant