Radio dial: Utahn helped shape U.S. radio

Jepko's 'Nitecaps' was first nighttime network talk show

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  • PedroG Spokane, WA
    March 2, 2015 7:47 a.m.

    It's unknown how many folks were helped by this extraordinary radio show. This was groundbreaking at the time; opening up the world to a thing called 'All night talk radio'. It allowed professionals like Larry King and Jim Bohannon the night talk platform but also helped numerous listeners overcome boredom, loneliness, and even depression. Nitecappers sure helped my Mom. In my opinion, Mutual Broadcasting made a big mistake asking Herb Jepko to be more controversial or hit the road. But then again,in the 1930's, they thought TV was just a passing fad.

  • Ricki Passig
    April 25, 2009 12:12 a.m.

    To Dick Kastle,
    Are you the same Dick Kastle that was friends with the Passig family about 40 years ago? I've included my email address. Send me a line.
    Ricki Passig

  • Dick Kastle
    Feb. 6, 2008 11:00 a.m.

    It was a real pleasure working with Herb and the Nitecaps ... the conventions that Herb held are legendary even today. Herb was a giant in the industry and I will always deem it was an honor to work with him and have had the opportunity to be a part of the Nitecaps ... as recently as two weeks ago I was approached to "revive" the Nitecaps. After all these years ... people still rememeber when "we were Nitecaps ... nighty Nitecaps ....

  • mw
    Jan. 17, 2008 6:53 p.m.

    I am surprised no one has had any comments since Feb. 2007. My husband and I would sometimes have to travel across Montana late at night and "The Nitecappers" always kept us awake and amused. Loved and have always missed it. Now that is something I do miss from "the good ole days". Not mush else. Herb was wonderful.