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WHAT'S NEW...?

JOLSON, CHAPLIN, TIPPI AND MORE IN NOSTALGIA DIGEST!
For 43 years, Nostalgia Digest has been devoted to celebrating the Golden Age of Entertainment -- and the new Autumn issue has something for everyone, including a cover story about "The World's Greatest Entertainer," Al Jolson, articles about Inner Sanctum, the films of Otto Preminger, Charlie Chaplin and the comedy stars of 1917, a tale of Chicago and World War II, a conversation with Tippi Hedren (star of The Birds), 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!

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…

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 November talks with Carl Amari about his new book--and the joy of producing new-time radio! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months and you can hear the November 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.

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 are our upcoming appearances for 2017 (all appearances are in Illinois unless otherwise noted):

Friday, October 20, 2:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror From the Golden Age of Radio, Indian Trails Public Library, 355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling
Tuesday, October 24, 10:30 am: Lights Out, Everybody, Niles Public Library, 6960 W. Oakton Avenue, Niles
Tuesday, October 24, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Winfield Public Library, 0S291 Winfield Road, Winfield
Wednesday, October 25, 11:30 am: Lights Out, Everybody, La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Avenue, LaGrange
Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview
Thursday, October 26, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Prospect Heights Public Library, 12 N. Elm Street, Prospect Heights
Tuesday, October 31, 11:30 am: A Beginner's Guid to the Golden Age of Radio, Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 N. Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove
Monday, December 18, 7:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Messenger Public Library, 113 Oak Street, North Aurora

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!

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