Radio: The Night People

People who sweat out an ordinary, humdrum existence make up a world ever at war with "night people." This is the opinion advanced by a late-hour New Jersey disk jockey named Jean (after Victor Hugo's Jean Valjean) Shepherd, 33, whose burgeoning radio audience (estimated at 400,000) is largely a cult of Shepherd zealots.

For six months, soft-spoken Record-Spinner Shepherd fired off occasional jazz salvos 4½ hours a night, seven nights a week, for Mutual's WOR (blanketing 13 states). But Shepherd's main weapon against the "day people" was a wacky, stream-of-consciousness monologue, e.g., discussing...

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