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WHAT'S NEW...?

'TIS THE SEASON FOR NOSTALGIA DIGEST!
Looking for the perfect gift? For 43 years, Nostalgia Digest has been devoted to celebrating the Golden Age of Entertainment -- and the new Winter issue has something for everyone, including a cover story about one of radio's great comedians, the remarkable Jack Benny; articles about the careers of actors Frank Lovejoy and Paulette Goddard, the 85th anniversary of King Kong, television's greatest spy spoof, Get Smart, Lon Chaney Jr. and the Inner Sanctum, the radio show that brought Hawaii to America, a conversation with pretty, perky Peggy King; and much, much more! And 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 -- in addition, you'll find program listings for Carl Amari's Radio Theatre!

With the holidays upon us, it's a great time to subscribe to Nostalgia Digest for 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 and Books-a-Million stores…

RADIO: THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL

Speaking of great gifts: The Nostalgia Shop has hundreds of hours of classic old-time radio on compact disc, including some great seasonal collections featuring Jack Benny, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve, The Cinnamon Bear and many others--and they're all on sale! Click here to get in on the savings -- and the giving!

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--and the new Nostalgia Digest Podcast for December celebrates our sixth anniversary gets into the spirit of the season with Charles Dickens' immortal story A Christmas Carol -- and the many voices of Ebeneezer Scrooge! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months and you can hear the December 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, 2015 and 2016 CDs each contain 12 mp3 files, each one totaling over nine hours of Golden Age memories -- our new 2016 CD features our blockbuster Fifth Anniversary Podcast, featuring excerpts of our conversations with Bob and Ray's Bob Elliott, Chicago Cubs' play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes, celebrated comic-book artist Alex Ross and many others... in addition to podcasts devoted to Red Skelton, The Shadow, Groucho Marx, Dick Powell, Bea Benaderet, Chicago and World War II and others -- each one devoted to people, performers, topics and shows that we've featured within the pages of Nostalgia Digest! To get our Nostalgia Digest Podcast CDs for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and/or 2016, click here.

ALL THIS AND WORLD WAR II
Some of you know that this year, our Those Were the Days program is commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War II by featuring news and entertainment broadcasts that were heard originally back in 1942, America's first year in the War — and just as we're pleased for the chance to share this unique chapter in American history and radio history, we're also pleased to announce that we've joined forces with the good folks at accuradio.com to create a new online radio channel devoted to the music of World War II! We've gone through our music library to give listeners as complete as possible a look at the music America was listening to during the War years, from hit songs to love songs, from novelty numbers to patriotic tunes — and given our radio roots, we've also included some wartime messages from the Golden Age of Radio, featuring Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Edward R. Murrow and others! Click here to listen!

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 long-running internet show, Radio's Golden Age! We've posted nearly a hundred shows so far 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!

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's a list of our upcoming appearances for 2017 and 2018 (all appearances are in Illinois unless otherwise noted):

Monday, December 18, 7:00 pm: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Messenger Public Library, 113 Oak Street, North Aurora
Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 pm: Radio Goes to War!, Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington
Thursday, February 15, 2:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Av.e, Arlington Heights
Wednesday, February 21, 10:30 am: Heroes not he Air, Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park Ave., Streamwood

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 1,800-plus members and counting, so you'll be in good company!

And be sure to follow us on Twitter as well!