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Every Saturday, it's our pleasure to share classics sounds from the Golden Age of Radio on our Those Were the Days program, and every December, we wish we had more time to explore the classic seasonal sounds from the past… and this year, thanks to our friends at WDCB, we're getting more time — specifically, Christmas morning! We hope you'll join us on Saturday, December 24 from 1 to 5 pm CST for our regularly schedule TWTD show… then join us on Sunday, December 25, from 8 am to noon for a special Christmas Day/first night of Hanukkah edition of TWTD with a mixture of seasonal comedy and drama and a melange of marvelous music! Be sure to listen to us live every Saturday (and also on Christmas morning) at wdcb.org!

A season of tree-trimming, gift-giving and resolution-making is upon us and the new Winter 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest invites you to get into the spirit of the season with a special cover featuring EVE ARDEN — Plus, you'll find articles about William Powell, Myrna Loy and The Thin Man; the career of Henry Fonda; the voice of Marian Anderson, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 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, Books-a-Million, and Hastings Bookstores.

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.

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!


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 January features our conversation with "The Vermeer of the Borscht Belt," artist/illustrator Drew Friedman, who discusses his new book about the pioneers of the comic-book industry and his affection for the forgotten figures of show business! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months and you can hear the January 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.

BILL FLORIAN: 1932-2016
Bill Florian, a Chicago radio pioneer who started WNIB-FM with his wife Sonia and ran the classical music station for more than 45 years, died on December 7, 2016. Long-time listeners to Those Were the Days will know that WNIB was the radio home of our show from 1975 until the Florians sold the station in early 2001.

In a statement on Facebook, TWTD founder and longtime host Chuck Schaden remembered, "In 1975, the Florians gave me the opportunity to bring my Those Were The Days program to WNIB (after WLTD changed formats) and that's where the program stayed — for 25 great years — until the sale in 2001. In all those years they only gave me two programming limitations: 'Better not play any more Amos 'n' Andy shows, we wouldn't want to offend anyone' and 'No vintage cigarette commercials except those that were part of the comedy, as in the Jack Benny Lucky Strike spots with the Sportsmen Quartet.' And when TWTD moved to the College of DuPage station in February 2001, they permitted us to simulcast my first two shows on WDCB so 'NIB listeners would know where we were moving. They were a class act, but often tried hard to conceal it. I'll never forget their important role in the history of Those Were The Days.

On July 8, 1995, Chuck Schaden devoted a four-hour Those Were the Days program to the 40th anniversary of WNIB, featuring some of the station's distinguished voices, including Dick Buckley, Jay Andres, Marty Robinson and current TWTD announcer Ken Alexander. To hear that program, 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! Here are our upcoming appearances for 2017 (all appearances are in Illinois unless otherwise noted):

Sunday, January 29, 2:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Indian Prairie Public Library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien
Sunday, February 12, 2:00 pm: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Winnetka Public Library, 768 Oak Street, Winnetka
Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 pm: Songbook, Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, Riverside
Wednesday, March 15, 10:30 am: Beginner's Guide, Poplar Creek Public LIbrary, 1405 S. Park Avenue, Streamwood
Wednesday, March 22, 2:00 pm, Songbook, Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst
Thursday, March 23, 6:30 pm: Beginner's Guide, Bridgeview Public Library, 7840 West 79th Street, Bridgeview
Thursday, March 30, 7:00 pm: Songbook, Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Avenue, Flossmoor

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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