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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

 

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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Carl Amari and Radio’s Classic Shows
The veteran radio host on his new book
about classic radio shows – and the joy
of producing new-time radio!
(Click on Headphones to download or listen)

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Edgar Bergen
The “father” of Charlie McCarthy,
and how he and his alter egos
made radio safe for ventriloquism!
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Lowell Thomas
The fascinating life and times of
the global traveler who became radio’s
first—and most trusted--newscaster.
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Frank Conniff and Cinematic Titanic
The “show business sentimentalist” from Mystery Science Theater 3000
and Cinematic Titanic discusses the Golden Age of
bad movies… and Jack Benny’s funniest program.
(Click on Headphones to download or listen)

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Chicago’s Blackhawk
A new exhibit of memorabilia
examines the legacy of the restaurant
that changed Chicago – and the family
that merged fine dining and entertainment!
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Movies on Radio
A look back at the many shows
that brought Hollywood’s biggest films--
and biggest stars (including John Wayne)--
into our homes!
(Click on Headphones to download or listen)

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Bill Jackson
The mayor of Cartoon Town
and owner of the Gigglesnort Hotel
looks back on his broadcasting
career—and looks forward with a new book!
(Click on Headphones to download or listen)

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Ozzie and Harriet Nelson
A story of love, marriage and family…
and how a bandleader and a singer
(and their sons) became comedy stars.
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The Lone Ranger
The story of how a masked rider of the plains
saved a radio station from bankruptcy
and became one of America’s
most famous heroes!
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Eddie Green
The comedian who starred on Duffy’s Tavern
and Amos ‘n’ Andy--and the daughter who put together
a new book about her father’s career.
(Click on Headphones to download or listen)

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Drew Friedman
The “Vermeer of the Borscht Belt” discusses his affection
for old (and sometimes forgotten) Jewish comedians,
and his books honoring the pioneers of the comic-book industry.
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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!
(Click on Headphones to download or listen)

   
2012 Podcast cover.jpg Nostalgia Digest Podcasts - 2012
$9.95
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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.



   
2013 Podcast art.jpg Nostalgia Digest Podcasts - 2013
$9.95
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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


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



   
2014 Podcast art.jpg Nostalgia Digest Podcasts - 2014
$9.95
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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


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



   
2015 Podcast art.jpg 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