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BOB ELLIOTT: 1923-2016
We recently received the sad news about the passing of Bob Elliott, who passed on February 2, 2016 at the age of 92. For forty years, he was one-half of the illustrious comedy duo known as Bob and Ray, whose dry deadpan wit was a huge inspiration to a generation of humorists. In addition to his many contributions to comedy, Bob was also a good friend to Nostalgia Digest and to Those Were the Days; in 2013, listeners sent cards and notes of greeting to Bob in honor of his 90th birthday and in 2015, he was kind enough to participate in TWTD's 45th anniversary celebration with a recorded greeting.

We had occasion to speak with Bob Elliott about his career on numerous occasions, but the first time was when we spoke for the Spring 2006 Nostalgia Digest. That issue is out of print, but you can read the original article here.

The new Spring 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest features a cover story about the remarkable life and career of Gene Autry, in addition to articles about Gregory Peck, Batman on radio, a few moments with Norman Lloyd and much more--and of course, each issue of the Digest contains the three-month schedule for our weekly radio show, Those Were the Days!

It's a great year-round gift… and you can get a subscription--for yourself or as a holiday 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 six 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 internet show, Radio's Golden Age, which is now in its sixth year on the internet. We posted the very first show of the series earlier this fall, with plans to post most (if not every) Radio's Golden Age show 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! Our Nostalgia Digest Podcast for April celebrates one of radio's most versatile actresses, the woman who was Gracie Allen's neighbor, Jack Benny's telephone operator, the voice of Betty Rubble, the owner of the Shady Lane Motel and the prototype for Ethel Mertz -- the remarkable Bea Benaderet! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months; to download the April 2016 Podcast or to get our past Podcasts, click 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 and 2013 CDs each contain 12 mp3 files, each one totaling over nine hours of Golden Age memories -- and our new 2014 CD features a conversation with Harpo Marx's son Bill Marx and a career-spanning interview with Those Were the Days announcer Ken Alexander, in addition to ten other podcasts, each one devoted to people, performers, topics and shows that we've featured within the pages of Nostalgia Digest--including Lucille Ball, Rudy Vallee, Fibber McGee and Molly, Lum and Abner, Agnes Moorehead, Hollywood's Greatest Year... and much more! To get our Nostalgia Digest Podcast CDs for 2012, 2013 and/or 2014, 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 2016:

Monday, April 11, 6:30 pm: Heroes on the Air, 4955 135th Street, Crestwood
Monday, April 18, 12:00 pm: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Wheeling Pavillion Center, 199 N. 1st Street, Wheeling
Monday, May 16, 7:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, LaGrange Park Public Library, 555 N. LaGrange Road, LaGrange Park
Tuesday, May 17, 2:00 pm: Radio and The Great American Songbook, Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park
Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 pm: Great American Songbook, North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Des Plaines Avenue, North Riverside
Sunday, May 22, 1:30 pm: Great American Songbook, Roselle Public Library, 40 S. Park Street, Roselle
Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein
Friday, June 17, 2:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Steger-South Chicago Heights Library, 54 E. 31st Street, Steger
Tuesday, June 21, 7:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Blue Island Public Library, 2433 York Avenue, Blue Island
Thursday, June 30, 7:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights
Wednesday, July 13, 11:30 am: Heroes on the Air, Lake Villa Public Library, 1001 E. Grand Avenue, Lindenhurst
Thursday, July 14, 7:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, River Grove Public Library, 8638 W. Grand Avenue, River Grove
Wednesday, July 20, 7:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Cary Area Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Road, Cary

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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