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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 we're celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Podcast with our biggest podcast yet, featuring some great performers from the past (including Jack Benny, Frank Sinatra and Nichols and May), some memories from past Podcasts and our brand-new conversations with author Cheryl Honigford, musician Chris Ligon, cartoonists Heather McAdams and actress Tania Richard! It's a celebration five years in the making and you're invited to join us! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months; to download the December 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, 2013 and 2014 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.

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.


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, December 12, 7:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Boulevard, Brookfield
Wednesday, December 14, 2:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge

Thanks to all of you who have joined or will join us on our 2016 "tour." We've got more presentations lined up for early 2017 and 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.)



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 1,600-plus members and counting, so you'll be in good company!

And be sure to follow us on Twitter as well!