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It may be hard to believe, but Those Were the Days has been on the air since May 2, 1970, when Chuck Schaden started what for many listeners has literally become a lifelong love affair with the Golden Age of Radio. This spring, Those Were the Days celebrates its 45th anniversary with a gala celebration of sounds from the past--and you're invited to join us on Sunday, April 12, 2015 for a special live event at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Avenue in Chicago), with proceeds going to benefit radio station WDCB, the radio home of Those Were the Days for almost fifteen years.

For this special event, we'll be joined by Chuck Schaden, TWTD announcer Ken Alexander, and members of our Those Were the Days radio players. Also scheduled to appear are Chicago television legend Rich Koz (perhaps better known as Svengoolie) and Trace Beaulieu from the Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000! (Think about it: Svengoolie and Dr. Clayton Forrester… together at last!) Plus, we'll have music from The West End Jazz Band, pianist Reginald Robinson, and the comedy-bluegrass hybrid of The Famous Brothers--and we're planning a surprise or two as well! Tickets are only $25 apiece (or two for $45) and seating is limited so you'll want to act quickly! Click here to get your tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime (well, once in 45 years) event--and we look forward to seeing you there! (And to hear from two of the gentlemen on our guest list for this special event, click here to enjoy our March 2015 Podcast.)

Our celebration of the 45th anniversary of Those Were the Days continues in the Spring issue of Nostalgia Digest, with a full-color cover image of JACK BENNY and some memories from our first four-and-a-half decades! The Spring issue of the Digest includes our Necrology for 2014 and the variety of articles about radio, television, movies, music and more that are a staple of every issue--not to mention the complete three-month schedule for our two weekly radio shows, Those Were the Days and Radio's Golden Age! It's a perfect way to celebrate the best of the Golden Age of entertainment and the 45th anniversary of the radio show that led to its creation 41 years ago!

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By the way, we're pleased to announce that Nostalgia Digest is now in more than 600 stores in North America, including select Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, and Hastings Bookstores.


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 March is devoted to two of the performers who are scheduled to take part in Those Were the Days' upcoming 45th anniversary celebration: pianist Reginald Robinson and the man known as Svengoolie, Rich Koz! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months; to download the March 2015 Podcast or to get our past Podcasts, click here or check us out at iTunes.

And if you missed our early Podcasts, you get the first two dozen Podcasts on compact disc. Our 2012 and 2013 CDs each contain 12 mp3 files, each one containing over nine hours of Golden Age memories -- and our new 2013 CD features conversations with Bob and Ray's Bob Elliott, award-winning comic book artist Alex Ross, comedian Robert Klein, and Jack Benny's daughter Joan, in addition to podcasts devoted to people, performers, topics and shows that we've featured within the pages of Nostalgia Digest--including Danny Kaye, Sherlock Holmes, The Great Gildersleeve, Henry Morgan, Kay Kyser, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, science fiction on radio and much more! To get our Nostalgia Digest Podcast: 2013 CD, 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! We had a wonderful time in 2014 talking about our favorite subject and we'll have more such engagements coming up in 2015 (all of them in Illinois unless otherwise noted):

Monday, March 30, 7:00 pm: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Elk Grove Public Library, 1001 Wellington Ave, Elk Grove Village
Thursday, April 9, 6:30 pm: Beginner's Guide, Midlothian Public Library, 14701 Kenton Ave, Midlothian
Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror During the Golden Age of Radio, Itasca Community Library, 500 West Irving Park Road, Itasca
Thursday, May 7, 6:30 pm: Beginner's Guide, Bridgeview Public Library, 7840 West 79th Street, Bridgeview
Thursday, May 21, 1:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Lisle Public Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle
Thursday, June 4, 7:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin
Thursday, June 11, 6:30 pm: Great American Songbook, Midlothian Public Library, 14701 Kenton Ave, Midlothian
Monday, June 29, 6:00 pm: Great American Songbook, Crestwood Public Library, 4955 135th Street, Crestwood
Wednesday, July 1, 7:00 pm: Great American Songbook, Palatine Public Library, 700 N North Court, Palatine
Sunday, July 5, 2:00 pm: Great American Songbook, Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove

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).



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