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WHAT'S NEW...?

NOSTALGIA DIGEST CELEBRATES 40 YEARS--AND YOU'RE INVITED TO THE CELEBRATION!
In December 1974, Chuck Schaden published the very first Nostalgia Newsletter and Radio Guide, a six-page document created as a place to list the schedule's for Chuck's many old-time radio shows! Over the years, the monthly six-page Newsletter evolved into the 64-page quarterly Nostalgia Digest that we publish today--and with the new Autumn 2014 issue, we celebrate our first 40 years of chronicling the Golden Age of Entertainment, with some fun facts from our first four decades and a special essay from Digest publisher Steve Darnall! This 40th anniversary issue of Nostalgia Digest includes our first "wrap-around" cover, featuring radio's most beloved hero, The Lone Ranger--in addition to the articles about radio, television, movies, music and more that are a staple of every issue--and a complete three-month schedule for our two weekly radio shows, Those Were the Days and Radio's Golden Age!

To get a subscription--for yourself or as a gift--click here!

BUT WAIT--DIDN'T WE SAY SOMETHING ABOUT A CELEBRATION…?
Indeed we did! You're invited to join Nostalgia Digest founder Chuck Schaden and current publisher Steve Darnall on Thursday, October 2, as they come together at Chicago's Book Cellar at 7:00 pm for a special look back at four decades of Nostalgia Digest! The Book Cellar has carried the Digest since 2006 and we're pleased to join them for this one-of-a-kind event! For more information about The Book Cellar, click here.

ON YOUR MARX: THE NOSTALGIA DIGEST PODCAST IS HERE

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 for our new October Podcast, we talk about a man who never talked--the legendary Harpo Marx--as we share our conversation with musician Bill Marx about his famous father, and the most famous brothers in American comedy! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months; to download the October 2014 Podcast or to get our past Podcasts, click here or check us out at iTunes.
 

And if you missed our early Podcasts, we've collected the first 12 (from 2012) on a single compact disc containing 12 mp3 files — including our very first Podcast with Digest founder Chuck Schaden, our conversations with Rich "Svengoolie" Koz and Museum of Broadcast Communications president Bruce Dumont, and others devoted to people, performers, topics and shows that we've featured within the pages of Nostalgia Digest--including Eve Arden, Abbott and Costello, Vic and Sade, Gunsmoke, Sam Spade, Nero Wolfe and much more! To get our Nostalgia Digest Podcast: 2012 CD, 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! We have several such events planned for 2014 and we hope you can join us for one or more of the following (all events are in Illinois unless otherwise specified):

Thursday, October 2, 7:00 pm: Nostalgia Digest 40th Anniversary Celebration (with guest Chuck Schaden), The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago (more information above)
Monday, October 6, 7:30 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Schaumburg Public LIbrary, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg
Tuesday, October 21, 2:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror During the Golden Age of Radio, Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Road, Park Ridge
Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine
Thursday, October 23, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Avenue, Flossmoor
Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive, Tinley Park
Friday, October 31, 1:30 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Eisenhower Public Library, 4613 N. Oketo Avenue, Harwood Heights
Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm: Great American Songbook, Prairie Trails Public Library, 8449 Moody Avenue, Burbank

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 1,200-plus members and counting, so you'll be in good company!

And be sure to follow us on Twitter as well!