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We're pleased to announce that due to overwhelming demand, we're SOLD OUT of the Autumn issue of Nostalgia Digest! There may still be some copies available in stores (including Chicago's Book Cellar), but effective immediately, we're beginning all new subscriptions with the upcoming Winter 2016 issue, which features a cover story about the great Jimmy Durante, in addition to articles about Ingrid Bergman, John Wayne, Captain Kangaroo, Christmas and the Swing Era, a few moments with Dick Cavett and much more--and of course, each issue of the Digest contains the three-month schedule for our two weekly radio shows, Those Were the Days and Radio's Golden Age!

To get a subscription--for yourself or as a holiday gift--click here!

By the way, we're pleased to announce that Nostalgia Digest is now in more than 600 stores in North America, including select Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, and Hastings Bookstores.

Did you know that Nostalgia Digest has its own YouTube channel? It's true--and it's getting bigger by the day! The latest news is that we've started loading past editions of our internet show, Radio's Golden Age, which is now in its sixth year on the internet. We posted the very first show of the series earlier this fall, with plans to post most (if not every) Radio's Golden Age show in the months ahead. Click here to listen and subscribe to our channel!

On Sunday, April 12, Those Were the Days celebrated its 45th anniversary with a special live event at Chicago's Irish American Heritage Center, where a crowd of more than 400 people were entertained by TWTD founder Chuck Schaden, TWTD announcer Ken Alexander, members of our Those Were the Days Radio Players, special guests Rich Koz and Trace Beaulieu, surprise appearances by Chicago broadcasting legends Bob Hale and Wayne Messmer, and musical performances from Reginald Robinson, The Famous Brothers and the West End Jazz Band. Our sincerest thanks to these wonderful performers for a most memorable afternoon. Highlights from this event were presented on the May 2 broadcast of Those Were the Days An audio transcript of this four-hour show is available on a set of four compact discs by clicking here. (And to hear from three of the gentlemen who appeared at this special event, click here to enjoy our March and April 2015 Nostalgia Digest Podcasts.)


At the beginning of 2012, in response to many requests, the Nostalgia Digest Podcast made its debut at this site! Devoted to people, performers, topics and shows that have been featured in the pages of Nostalgia Digest magazine, the Nostalgia Digest podcast lets you take the fun and memories of the Digest anywhere you go! Our Nostalgia Digest Podcast for November looks at a new book about the radio show where the elite met to eat, Duffy's Tavern! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months; to download the November 2015 Podcast or to get our past Podcasts, click here or check us out at iTunes.

And if you missed our early Podcasts, remember that you can always get a year's worth of Podcasts on compact disc. Our 2012 and 2013 CDs each contain 12 mp3 files, with each disc totaling over nine hours of Golden Age memories -- and our new 2013 CD features conversations with Bob and Ray's Bob Elliott, award-winning comic book artist Alex Ross, comedian Robert Klein, and Jack Benny's daughter Joan, in addition to eight other podcasts, each one devoted to people, performers, topics and shows that we've featured within the pages of Nostalgia Digest--including Danny Kaye, Sherlock Holmes, The Great Gildersleeve, Henry Morgan, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar and much more! To get our Nostalgia Digest Podcast CDs for 2012 or 2013, click here.


Over the last year, thousands of old-time radio fans have turned out to hear Nostalgia Digest publisher and Those Were the Days host Steve Darnall talk about the Golden Age of Radio, sharing some stories and sound clips from some of the era's most memorable stars and shows! Here are our remaining appearances for 2015:

Thursday, October 29, 6:30 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror During the Golden Age of Radio: Aspen Drive Public Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills
Friday, October 30, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 pm: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Winfield Public LIbrary, 0S291 Winfield Road, Winfield
Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Prospect Heights Public Library, 12 N. Elm Street, Prospect Heights

Hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods before too long! (And if you'd like to book Steve Darnall to give a presentation to your group, click here.)



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