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Now you can take the Golden Age of Radio with you wherever you go! Each Nostalgia Digest Podcast is devoted to people, performers, topics and shows that have been featured in the pages of our Nostalgia Digest magazine — and each one is available for instant downloading!

 

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Our Fifth Anniversary Podcast!
Join us for our biggest Podcast ever,
with some memories from our first
five years and some very talented friends
from the present… plus there’s Jack Benny,
Frank Sinatra, Nichols and May and much more!
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Heroes on Deck
A new documentary examines how Chicago
became a centerpiece of the war effort--
and how modern-day divers are uncovering the evidence!
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Fibber McGee and Molly
How the folks at 79 Wistful Vista moved from Chicago
to Hollywood, brought a few neighbors with them,
and became one of radio’s most beloved comedies!
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Dick Powell
From heart-throb singer to hard-boiled actor--the career
of the man who danced on 42nd Street
and re-invented himself as Philip Marlowe!
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Ernest Hemingway
Author Rob Elder discusses his new book about
the legendary author--and his tempestuous
relationship with Hollywood!
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Groucho Marx
He was part of comedy’s most famous family…
but could this legendary wit succeed on radio?
You bet your life!
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Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons
The story of the kindly old investigator who became the star
of radio’s longest-running detective series.
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From radio to television
Television historian Walter J. Podrazik discusses
how the success of radio affected the evolution of television…
and what era constitutes television’s actual “Golden Age.”
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Bea Benaderet
The remarkable radio career of the woman who was the voice of
Betty Rubble, Fibber McGee’s neighbor, Gracie Allen’s confidante,
Jack Benny’s telephone operator… and the prototype for Ethel Mertz!
(Click on Headphones to download or listen)

 

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Red Skelton
We examine America’s Clown Prince of Radio
and his many beloved characters…
including a certain Mean Widdle Kid!
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The Shadow
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?
Find out as we examine the many voices
of radio’s original man of mystery.
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The Northwest Chicago Film Society
Film historian and preservationist Kyle Westphal
discusses the legacy of Chuck Schaden’s Memory Club
Movies
series—and the value of showing films on film.
(Click on Headphones to download or listen)

 

   
podcast logo copy.png Nostalgia Digest Podcasts - 2012
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(over 9 hours on one compact disc)

A collection of 12 mp3 files, chronicling the first year of the Nostalgia Digest Podcast—with classic personalities and sounds from the Golden Age of Radio! JANUARY: A conversation with Nostalgia Digest founder CHUCK SCHADEN; FEBRUARY: The radio career of Rex Stout's NERO WOLFE; MARCH: All about EVE ARDEN; APRIL: Producer Steve Parry discusses his documentary about The National Barn Dance; MAY: The remarkable VIC AND SADE, radio's home folks; JUNE: The many men who gave voice to SAM SPADE; JULY: A visit to the Theatre Historical Society; AUGUST: Talking about the new Museum of Broadcast Communications with Museum president Bruce Dumont; SEPTEMBER: The comedy legacy of ABBOTT & COSTELLO; OCTOBER: We celebrate the great horror movie hosts and talk with Rich (SVENGOOLIE) Koz; NOVEMBER: Remembering GUNSMOKE, one of radio's first adult westerns; DECEMBER: Author Robert Ledermann recalls CHRISTMAS IN CHICAGO!


PLEASE NOTE: This CD contains mp3 files and will not play on "standard" compact disc players.



   
podcast logo copy.png Nostalgia Digest Podcasts - 2013
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(over 10 hours on one compact disc)

A collection of 12 mp3 files, chronicling the second year of the Nostalgia Digest Podcast—with classic personalities and sounds from the Golden Age of Radio! JANUARY: The life and career of radio's "Bad Boy," the notorious HENRY MORGAN; FEBRUARY: Award-winning artist ALEX ROSS talks about the Golden Age of Superheroes; MARCH: Author David Koenig talks about the amazing career of DANNY KAYE; APRIL: The man with the action-packed expense account--YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR; MAY: The life and career of KAY KYSER, "The Ol' Perfessor"; JUNE: We honor BOB & RAY, as Bob Elliott looks back on his forty-year partnership with Ray Goulding; JULY: One of radio's best family comedies, THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE; AUGUST: We discuss the radio and television work of JACK BENNY with Jack's daughter Joan; SEPTEMBER: From Buck Rogers to X Minus One, SCIENCE FICTION on radio; OCTOBER: Comedian ROBERT KLEIN talks about the comedy legacy of the Catskill Resorts and the documentary When Comedy Went To School; NOVEMBER: The many voices of Baker Street's most famous resident, SHERLOCK HOLMES; DECEMBER: Meet The Man in Black, The Crazy Quilt Dragon, and the guard of Jack Benny's Vault: actor JOSEPH KEARNS


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podcast logo copy.png Nostalgia Digest Podcasts - 2014
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(over 10 hours on one compact disc)

A collection of 12 mp3 files, chronicling the third year of the Nostalgia Digest Podcast—with classic personalities and sounds from the Golden Age of Radio! JANUARY: The radio path of the couple that would become famous as FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY; FEBRUARY: Author Martin Gardner discusses his book about America's smartest children, THE QUIZ KIDS; MARCH: Movie historian MATTHEW HOFFMAN looks back at why 1939 was HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST YEAR; APRIL: Those Were the Days announcer KEN ALEXANDER looks back on a fifty-five year radio career; MAY: The radio career of television's queen of comedy, LUCILLE BALL; JUNE: The Connecticut Yankee who became famous for spotting talent, RUDY VALLEE; JULY: Artist Donnie Pitchford discusses his comic strip homage to radio's LUM AND ABNER; AUGUST: "Laugh your troubles away" as we look back at RIVERVIEW AMUSEMENT PARK; SEPTEMBER: The "First Lady of Suspense" and one of radio's busiest actors, AGNES MOOREHEAD; OCTOBER: Bill Marx looks back at the comedy legacy of his father HARPO MARX; NOVEMBER: Author Todd Tarbox discusses the Illinois roots of ORSON WELLES; DECEMBER: We examine one of Chicago's great holiday traditions: HARDROCK, COCO & JOE


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podcast logo copy.png Nostalgia Digest Podcasts - 2015
$9.95
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(over 10 hours on one compact disc)

A collection of 12 mp3 files, chronicling the fourth year of the Nostalgia Digest Podcast—with classic personalities and sounds from the Golden Age of Radio! JANUARY: The show that brought movies to radio: THE LUX RADIO THEATRE; FEBRUARY: The story of RADIO'S AFRICAN-AMERICAN PIONEERS; MARCH: A celebration of Those Were the Days' 45th anniversary with RICH "Svengoolie" KOZ and pianist REGINALD ROBINSON; APRIL: Our conversation with Those Were the Days' founder CHUCK SCHADEN as he looks back on the show he created; MAY: sportscaster PAT HUGHES discusses his CD series of Baseball Voices; JUNE: The pioneering radio career of singer BING CROSBY; JULY: Remembering radio's master of mystery and horror, writer ARCH OBOLER; AUGUST: Remembering CHICAGO'S AIRPORTS with authors Neal Samors and Christopher Lynch; SEPTEMBER: The career of EDDIE CANTOR, the comedian who became one of radio's first (and biggest) stars; OCTOBER: We look at the man who walked by night: THE WHISTLER; NOVEMBER: Author Martin Grams Jr. discusses his book about DUFFY'S TAVERN and the challenges of writing about radio; DECEMBER: The wonderful life and radio career of the great JAMES STEWART


PLEASE NOTE: This CD contains mp3 files and will not play on "standard" compact disc players.



Best of Those Were The Days · Books · Christmas/Holiday Features · Closeout/Inventory Reduction · Comedy · Fall/Halloween Features · Featured Items
Franklyn MacCormack · Jack Benny · Music and Big Bands · Mystery/Drama/Adventure · Specials and Documentaries· World War II