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On Sunday, April 12, Those Were the Days celebrated its 45th anniversary with a special live event at Chicago's Irish American Heritage Center, where a crowd of more than 400 people were entertained by TWTD founder Chuck Schaden, TWTD announcer Ken Alexander, members of our Those Were the Days Radio Players, special guests Rich Koz and Trace Beaulieu, surprise appearances by Chicago broadcasting legends Bob Hale and Wayne Messmer, and musical performances from Reginald Robinson, The Famous Brothers and the West End Jazz Band. Our sincerest thanks to these wonderful performers for a most memorable afternoon. Highlights from this event were presented on the May 2 broadcast of Those Were the Days An audio transcript of this four-hour show is available on a set of four compact discs by clicking here. (And to hear from three of the gentlemen who appeared at this special event, click here to enjoy our March and April 2015 Nostalgia Digest Podcasts.)

Our celebration of the 45th anniversary of Those Were the Days continues in the Summer issue of Nostalgia Digest, with three pages of pictures taken during our all-star anniversary event by photographer Don Pointer! The Summer issue of the Digest also includes a cover story about James Stewart, a fascinating look at the cultural changes that America brought to England during World War II... and the variety of articles about radio, television, movies, music and more that are a staple of every issue--not to mention the three-month schedule for our two weekly radio shows, Those Were the Days and Radio's Golden Age!

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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 April features a recent conversation with the founder and long-time host of Those Were the Days, Radio Hall of Famer Chuck Schaden! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months; to download the April 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):

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: Great American Songbook, 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
Wednesday, July 8, 7:00 pm: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., Brookfield
Thursday, July 16, 1:00 pm: Great American Songbook, Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave, Lincolnwood
Friday, July 24, 6:30 pm: Beginner's Guide, Fischer Farms, Grand Avenue, Bensenville
Sunday, July 26, 2:00 pm: Great American Songbook, Winnetka/Northfield Library, 768 Oak Street, Winnetka
Wednesday, July 29, 7:00 pm: Superheroes on the Air, Downers Grove Public LIbrary, 1050 Curtiss Street, Downers 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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