Jean Shepherd, 78, the prolific radio raconteur whose easy...

Deaths Elsewhere

October 17, 1999

Jean Shepherd, 78, the prolific radio raconteur whose easy storytelling style earned comparisons to fellow Midwesterner Mark Twain, died early yesterday. Mr. Shepherd, described by media critic Marshall McLuhan as "the first radio novelist," died in a hospital near his home on Sanibel Island, Fla. Mr. Shepherd spent 21 years on 50,000-watt WOR-AM in New York City, attracting a large following along the Eastern seaboard.

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