Shorty Shehan was the star of a tv show that aired over WISH television
in Indianapolis, Indiana called "Hillbilly Heaven" around 1955. A kind
of modest fellow, they said he was "...the one with the pea brains
and the big feet."
"Hillbilly Heaven" was aired every Saturday afternoon after the weekly
college football or major league baseball game of the day. Shorty was
featured on the show with his band called the "Pioneers".
Shorty was joined by Bill Brosch, the program director for WISH at the
time. He was also on the radio version of the show for years with Shorty
over WISH also. The radio show aired every day at 1:35pm and got the most
mail of any show on the air at the time on WISH.
Shorty shared the stage at times with folks such as Rex Allen, Pat Buttram,
Carolina Cotton, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jimpin' Bill Carlisle and Bill Monroe.
He also appeared on such shows as the Grand Ole Opry, the Renfro Valley Barn Dance,
and the Dover Jamboree.
Shorty was a member of the Brown County Jamboree cast every Saturday night
when it was owned by Bill Monroe after he was done playing records each week.