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Whatever you celebrate at this time of year, all of us at nostalgiadigest.com wish you the very best!
'TIS THE SEASON FOR NOSTALGIA DIGEST!
The Winter 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest is back from the printer, and this time, we've got something to celebrate, as 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of this publication! We're kicking off our celebration with a cover story about BOB AND RAY--and recollections from the magazine's founder, Radio Hall oF Fame CHUCK SCHADEN! Of course, each issue contains a variety of articles about the "Golden Age" of entertainment--and a complete three-month schedule for our two weekly radio shows, Those Were the Days and Radio's Golden Age!
It's the most wonderful time of the year and a great time to give or get the Digest as a gift--and all orders received by Thursday, December 19 will be mail the following day to make it in time for Xmas! To get a subscription--for yourself or as a gift--click here!
At present, the Digest is in more than 500 stores from coast-to-coast, including Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications and select Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million and Hastings Bookstores nationwide!
WHEN OLD SHOWS COME IN NEW PACKAGES...
With the holidays upon us, we're pleased to announce a handful of new releases featuring classic broadcasts from the Golden Age of Radio! There's our four-disc Les Miserables collection, featuring Orson Welles' radio adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel; our five-disc set The Great Gildersleeve: The Holiday Shows (covering everything from Easter to New Year's); our two-disc set of Mae West and W.C. Fields, and much more! And remember, all orders received by Thursday, December 19 will be mailed the following day to make it in time for Christmas!
You can see all of the wonderful goodies at our Nostalgia Shop by clicking here--and if you're out and about this season, you can also find some of our wares for sale at the Framemakers (10 N. Cass Avenue in Westmont) and at the Museum of Broadcast Communications (360 N. State Street in Chicago).
A PODCAST WITH A DASH OF "CINNAMON"
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. The December Podcast examines the remarkable career of actor Joseph Kearns, who played everything on radio from The Whistler to Jack Benny's vault guard Ed… although he might be best-known for his portrayal of The Crazy Quilt Dragon in the beloved holiday adventure serial The Cinnamon Bear!
To download the December 2013 Podcast, click here (you can also download the Nostalgia Digest Podcast via iTunes).
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'll be listing them here and talking about them on our radio show. Hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods before too long.
Here's a brief rundown of our upcoming public appearances (NOTE: All presentations are in Illinois unless otherwise noted):
Tuesday, January 28, 12:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Ela Area Township, 380 Surryse, Lake Zurich
Monday, February 24, 11:00 am: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive, Tinley Park
Stay tuned--there will be more to come in 2014! (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 1,000-plus members and counting, so you'll be in good company!