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WHAT'S NEW...?

'TIS THE SEASON FOR NOSTALGIA DIGEST!
For 44 years, Nostalgia Digest has celebrated the Golden Age of Entertainment -- and we're beginning our 45th year of publication with the new Winter 2019 issue! There's a cover story about the famous feud between Jack Benny and Fred Allen, articles about the classic movie Casablanca, the radio career of the great John Barrymore, the king of Hollywood stunt riders, the very first television musical, Leonard Maltin's examination of silent movie stars who moved to television... 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!

Whatever the season, whatever the reason, a subscription to Nostalgia Digest makes a great gift for a friend, a loved one... or for you... 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…

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 the holiday season in a most unusual way--with the help of radio's outstanding theatre of thrills, Suspense! 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, 2016 and 2017 CDs each contain 12 mp3 files, with each disc totaling over nine hours of Golden Age memories -- for instance, our new 2017 CD features our conversations with celebrated artist Drew Friedman Mystery Science Theater 3000 star Frank Conniff, Chicago television legend Bill Jackson... in addition to podcasts devoted to The Lone Ranger, Edgar Bergen, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson,A Christmas Carol on radio 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, 2016 and/or 2017, 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's a list of our upcoming appearances for 2018 and 2019 (all appearances are in Illinois unless otherwise noted):

Monday, November 26, 2018, 11:00 am: Radio Goes to War, Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive, Tinley Park
Friday, December 14, 2018, 1:00 pm: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Waukegan Public Library, 128 North County Street, Waukegan
Thursday, January 10, 2019, 2:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook
Sunday, January 20, 2019, Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror in the Golden Age of Radio, Antioch Public Library, 757 North Main Street, Antioch
Sunday, February 10, 2019, 2:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Westchester Public Library, 10700 Canterbury Street, Westchester

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.)

 

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 seventy-five years ago — 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 an 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! We've been adding past editions of our long-running internet show, Radio's Golden Age! We've posted over a hundred shows so far from our Radio's Golden Age series and plan to post mom ore in the months ahead. Click here to listen and subscribe to our channel!

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 1,900-plus members and counting, so you'll be in good company!

And be sure to follow us on Twitter as well!