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Spring is here (or almost here, anyway) and we're celebrating with the new Spring issue of Nostalgia Digest, with a cover story about the wonderful screen partnership of WILLIAM POWELL and MYRNA LOY, articles about DORIS DAY, the television success of GEORGE GOBEL, the World Champion Chicago Cubs, our Necrology for 2016 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!

A subscription to Nostalgia Digest brings you a year's worth of great reading… 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.

Some seven 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.

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 long-running internet show, Radio's Golden Age! We've posted over fifty shows so far (totaling more than a hundred hours of entertainment) and plan to post most (if not all) Radio's Golden Age shows in the months ahead. Click here to listen and subscribe to our channel!


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--and the new Nostalgia Digest Podcast for May features our conversation with a legend in Chicago television, the mayor of Cartoon Town, Bill Jackson! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months and you can hear the April Podcast (or get our past Podcasts) by clicking 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, 2013, 2014 and 2015 CDs each contain 12 mp3 files, each one totaling over nine hours of Golden Age memories -- and our 2015 CD features our conversations with Digest founder Chuck Schaden, Chicago Cubs announcer Pat Hughes, ragtime piano virtuoso Reginald Robinson, and Rich "Svengoolie" Koz, 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 James Stewart, Bing Crosby, The Lux Radio Theatre, Radio's African-American Pioneers... and much more! To get our Nostalgia Digest Podcast CDs for 2012, 2013, 2014 and/or 2015, click here.

BILL FLORIAN: 1932-2016
Bill Florian, a Chicago radio pioneer who started WNIB-FM with his wife Sonia and ran the classical music station for more than 45 years, died on December 7, 2016. Long-time listeners to Those Were the Days will know that WNIB was the radio home of our show from 1975 until the Florians sold the station in early 2001.

In a statement on Facebook, TWTD founder and longtime host Chuck Schaden remembered, "In 1975, the Florians gave me the opportunity to bring my Those Were The Days program to WNIB (after WLTD changed formats) and that's where the program stayed — for 25 great years — until the sale in 2001. In all those years they only gave me two programming limitations: 'Better not play any more Amos 'n' Andy shows, we wouldn't want to offend anyone' and 'No vintage cigarette commercials except those that were part of the comedy, as in the Jack Benny Lucky Strike spots with the Sportsmen Quartet.' And when TWTD moved to the College of DuPage station in February 2001, they permitted us to simulcast my first two shows on WDCB so 'NIB listeners would know where we were moving. They were a class act, but often tried hard to conceal it. I'll never forget their important role in the history of Those Were The Days.

On July 8, 1995, Chuck Schaden devoted a four-hour Those Were the Days program to the 40th anniversary of WNIB, featuring some of the station's distinguished voices, including Dick Buckley, Jay Andres, Marty Robinson and current TWTD announcer Ken Alexander. To hear that program, 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 2017 (all appearances are in Illinois unless otherwise noted):

Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 pm: Heroes on the Air, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd, Stickney
Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 pm: Heroes on the Air, Midlothian Public Library, 14701 S. Kenton, Midlothian
Thursday, June 1, 1:30 pm: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights
Tuesday, June 27, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror in the Golden Age of Radio, Berkeley Public Library, 1637 Taft Avenue, Berkeley
Thursday, June 29, 1:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Mt. Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson, Mt. Prospect
Thursday, July 6, 7:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge
Thursday, July 13, 7:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross Street, Wheaton
Sunday, July 23, 2:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Bensenville Community Public Library, 200 S. Church Road, Bensenville
Thursday, July 27, 2:00 pm: Great American Songbook, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook

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.)



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 1,600-plus members and counting, so you'll be in good company!

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