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BOB ELLIOTT: 1923-2016
We recently received the sad news about the passing of Bob Elliott, who passed on February 2, 2016 at the age of 92. For forty years, he was one-half of the illustrious comedy duo known as Bob and Ray, whose dry deadpan wit was a huge inspiration to a generation of humorists. In addition to his many contributions to comedy, Bob was also a good friend to Nostalgia Digest and to Those Were the Days; in 2013, listeners sent cards and notes of greeting to Bob in honor of his 90th birthday and in 2015, he was kind enough to participate in TWTD's 45th anniversary celebration with a recorded greeting.

We had occasion to speak with Bob Elliott about his career on numerous occasions, but the first time was when we spoke for the Spring 2006 Nostalgia Digest. That issue is out of print, but you can read the original article here.

The new Winter 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest 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!

It's a great year-round gift… and you can get a subscription--for yourself or as a holiday gift--when you click here!

By the way, we're pleased to announce that Nostalgia Digest is now in more than 500 stores in North America, including select Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, and Hastings Bookstores.

Some six years ago, Bill Bragg of yesterdayusa.com asked if we might be interested in creating a program for his internet-only radio station. We gave it some thought and in March of 2010, Radio's Golden Age made its debut. In the ensuing years, we've been heard on two other internet stations, talkzone.com and 1640radio.com. On March 27, 2016, after six years and some 316 shows, we're bringing this particular series to a close, as we look to pursue new opportunities--while continuing to host Those Were the Days every Saturday.

However, even though this March marks the end of new RGA programs, the show will live on! See below for details--and thanks to all of you who've listened to this show over the past six years.

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 December celebrates the holidays with a look at the radio career of an American legend who has become synonymous with the season--the great James Stewart! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months; to download the December 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, each one totaling over nine hours of Golden Age memories -- and our new 2014 CD features a conversation with Harpo Marx's son Bill Marx and a career-spanning interview with Those Were the Days announcer Ken Alexander, 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 Lucille Ball, Rudy Vallee, Fibber McGee and Molly, Lum and Abner, Agnes Moorehead, Hollywood's Greatest Year... and much more! To get our Nostalgia Digest Podcast CDs for 2012, 2013 and/or 2014, 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 upcoming appearances for 2016:

Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 pm: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Rolling Meadows Public Library, 3110 Martin Ln, Rolling Meadows
Wednesday, February 24, 2:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst
Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 Raymond Avenue, Oak Lawn
Friday, March 4, 7:00 pm: Heroes On the Air, Schaumburg Public Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg
Monday, March 14, 7:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Avenue, Clarendon Hills
Thursday, March 24, 7:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Prairie Trails Public Library, 8449 Moody Avenue, Burbank
Thursday, March 31, 7:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Addison Public Library, 4 Friendship Plaza, Addison
Thursday, April 7, 11:00 am: Radio and The Great American Songbook, LaGrange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Avenue, LaGrange
Thursday, April 7, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror in the Golden Age of Radio, Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge
Monday, April 11, 6:30 pm: Heroes on the Air, 4955 135th Street, Crestwood
Monday, April 18, 12:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Indian Trails Public Library, 355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling

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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