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WHAT'S NEW...?

NOSTALGIA DIGEST BRINGS THE SUMMER
Just in time for beach-reading and family vacations, the new Summer 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest features a cover story about George Burns and Gracie Allen, in addition to articles about the great Edward G. Robinson, legendary songwriter Johnny Mercer, memories of eating at the Automat, a few moments with actress Charlotte Rae and much, much more--and of course, each issue of the Digest contains the three-month schedule for our weekly radio show, Those Were the Days, listing the shows we play each week and the order in which we play them!

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

By the way, we're pleased to announce that Nostalgia Digest is now in more than 400 stores in North America, including select Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, and Hastings Bookstores.

IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT RADIO'S GOLDEN AGE
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 317 shows, this particular series has come 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.

MY TUBE IS YOUTUBE…
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!

THE NOSTALGIA DIGEST PODCAST

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 August discusses a legendary writer whose work was a fixture in Golden Age Hollywood: Ernest Hemingway! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months; to download the August 2016 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 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 ten 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.

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.

LIBRARY BOOK-INGS

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:

Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 pm: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 43rd Street, Stickney
Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Steger Village Community Center, 3501 Hopkins Street, Steger
Thursday, September 15, 7:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Berwyn Public Library, 2701 Harlem Avenue, Berwyn
Sunday, September 18, 1:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Tinley Park Historical Society, 6727 174th Street, Tinley Park
Monday, September 19, 10:00 am: Radio and The Great American Songbook, Huntley Area Public Library, 11000 Ruth Road, Huntley
Thursday, September 29, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror in the Golden Age of Radio, Palos Park Public Library, 12330 Forest Glen Blvd., Palos Park
Sunday, October 2, 2:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror in the Golden Age of Radio, Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook
Thursday, October 6, 6:30 pm: Heroes on the Air, Eisenhower Public Library, 4613 N. Oketo Avenue, Harwood Heights
Sunday, October 9, 2:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Lisle Public Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle
Thursday, October 20, 6:30 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Bridgeview Public Library, 7840 W. 79th Street, Bridgeview
Sunday, October 23, 2:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, 110 W. Maple Street, Lombard
Monday, October 24, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Elk Grove Village Public Library, 1001 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village
Wednesday, October 26, 2:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Westmont Public Library, 428 N. Cass Avenue, Westmont
Thursday, October 27, 2:00 pm:Lights Out, Everybody, Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich
Thursday, October 27, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett
Friday, October 28, 10:30 am: Lights Out, Everybody, Wauconda Area Library, 801 N. Main Street, Wauconda
Sunday, October 30, 2:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Dundee Township Public Library, 555 East Barrington, East Dundee

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.)

 

A "FACE" FOR RADIO

If you're a member of the Facebook community, we invite you to join our Nostalgia Digest Facebook group. It's a chance to meet some like-minded listeners and get news, information, and pictures pertaining to Nostalgia Digest and our various radio shows Those Were the Days and Radio's Golden Age. We're at 1,500-plus members and counting, so you'll be in good company!

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