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WHAT'S NEW...?

SUMMER'S HERE, AND NOSTALGIA DIGEST IS GOING BACK TO THE BEACH!
Ten years ago, Nostalgia Digest published its first-ever Swimsuit Issue, offering our Golden Age take on an established publishing tradition — and this Summer, we're heading one more onto the beach for an anniversary celebration with our all-new, all-vintage Swimsuit Issue, featuring a full-color cover photo of ELIZABETH TAYLOR and more than a dozen Golden Age stars dressed for fun in the sun… and if you'd rather read it for the articles, we've got some great ones, about Abbott and Costello, actor Paul Muni, singer Helen Forrest, Simpsons star Harry Shearer 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 and Books-a-Million stores…

A SUMMER SOLSTICE SWIMSUIT ISSUE CELEBRATION!
And if you're in the Chicago area on Wednesday, June 21, we invite you to join Nostalgia Digest publisher Steve Darnall at Chicago's fabulous Book Cellar (located at 4736-38 N. Lincoln Avenue) at 7:00 pm, as we celebrate the longest day of the year with a Summer Solstice Swimsuit Issue celebration! We'll look back at the Golden Age of Hollywood glamour, share some images from the new Swimsuit Issue of Nostalgia Digest... and there may even be a song or two. It'll be like a day at the beach except with less sand in your food. To learn more about The Book Cellar, 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!

IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT RADIO'S GOLDEN AGE
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.

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 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!

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 June looks at some of the many shows that brought Hollywood's biggest films and biggest stars (including John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Claire Trevor, William Powell and Myrna Loy) into our homes… via radio!! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months and you can hear the June 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.

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 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.)

 

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

And be sure to follow us on Twitter as well!