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WHAT'S NEW...?

THE STARS COME OUT IN NOSTALGIA DIGEST!
For 44 years, Nostalgia Digest has celebrated the Golden Age of Entertainment -- and the new Autumn 2018 issue has a little bit of everything, including a cover story about the radio adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, articles about Marlene Dietrich, satirist Stan Freberg, actor John Carradine, the comedy of Olsen and Johnson, a War amputee who became an Oscar winner, a few moments with The Honeymooners' Joyce Randolph... 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 September takes a special look at the legendary movie team of Laurel and Hardy... and their very rare radio appearances! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months and you can hear the September 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 -- for instance, our 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.

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, September 17, 1:00 pm: Radio Goes to War, Helen Plum Library, 110 W. Maple Street, Lombard
Monday, September 17, 7:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Elk Grove Village Public Library, 1001 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village
Monday, September 24, 10:30 am: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Hillside Public Library, 405 N. Hillside Avenue, Hillside
Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Avenue, Clarendon Hills
Thursday, October 4, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror in the Golden Age of Radio, Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross Street, Wheaton
Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Bridgeview Public Library, 7840 W. 79th Street, Bridgeview
Friday, October 26, 2:30 pm: Radio Goes to War, Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg
Sunday, November 4, 2:00 pm: Radio Goes to War, Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Drive, Oak Brook
Thursday, November 8, 2:00 pm: Radio Goes to War, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park
Thursday, November 8, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Bensenville Public Library, 200 S. Church Road, Bensenville
Friday, November 9, 2:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Waukegan Public Library, 128 North County Street
Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 pm: Radio Goes to War, Eisenhower Public Library, 4613 N. Oketo Avenue, Harwood Heights
Wednesday, November 14, 2:00 pm: Radio Goes to War, North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Des Plaines Avenue, North Riverside
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 pm: Radio Goes to War, Itasca Community Library, 500 W. Irving Park Road, Itasca
Thursday, November 15, 10:30 am: Radio Goes to War, Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst
Sunday, November 18, 2:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, LaGrange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Avenue, LaGrange
Monday, November 26, 11:00 am: Radio Goes to War, Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive, Tinley Park

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 back in 1943, 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 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! 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!

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!