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It was on May 2, 1970 that Chuck Schaden signed on Those Were the Days for the first time. Since then, our show has changed radio stations (and hosts), yet TWTD remains devoted to celebrating the Golden Age of radio--and we're planning a very special event in honor of our Golden Anniversary! Join us at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago on Saturday, May 2, 2020--fifty years to the day from the show's debut--for a live broadcast to benefit our radio home of WDCB!

For this special event, we'll be joined by Those Were the Days founder and long-time host Chuck Schaden and long-time announcer Ken Alexander... there'll be music from The Dooley Brothers, Diamond Jim Greene, The Flat Cats and The West End Jazz Band... and we'll re-create some favorite moments from radio's Golden Age with the help of Mystery Science Theater 3000 veterans Trace Beaulieu and Kevin Murphy; Svengoolie himself, Rich Koz; actors Tim Kazurinsky (Saturday Night Live) and Jim O'Heir (Parks and Recreation, Bless This Mess); and an actress whose credits extend from The Bad Seed to The Sopranos, the legendary Patty McCormack--with more guests to be announced!

All proceeds from Those Were the Days' 50th anniversary show go to benefit WDCB, the radio home of TWTD since 2001 -- and you can get your tickets by clicking here! Thanks for your support and we'll see you on May 2!

What do you get for the nostalgia fan who has everything? You might start with a subscription to Nostalgia Digest, the quarterly publication dedicated to the Golden Age of Entertainment! The new Winter 2020 issue has a fascinating cover story about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, in addition to articles about Hedy Lamarr; Jack Benny's Rochester, Eddie Anderson; the career of actor George Raft; a look at the early days of movie serials; a conversation with the multi-talented Ben Vereen... and much, much more! And, of course, each issue of the Digest contains a complete 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 -- in addition to the program listings for Carl Amari's Radio Theatre!

Whatever the reason, whatever the season--but especially this season--a subscription to Nostalgia Digest makes a great gift for a friend, a loved one... or for you... and you can order your subscription by clicking 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 and Books-a-Million stores…

This Summer, Steve Darnall began his eleventh year as host and producer of Those Were the Days, following the retirement of TWTD founder Chuck Schaden — but even though Chuck is retired from broadcasting, he's been far from idle; this Summer, he released Chuck Schaden's Radio Days, a 260-page autobiography that looks back at his remarkable career in radio... and everything it led to. Copies are available at The Framemakers in Westmont or by clicking here!


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 with the new Nostalgia Digest Podcast for February, we begin the countdown to Those Were the Days' 50th anniversary by talking with two terrific performers who are set to join our anniversary event on May 2--actor Jim O'Heir and comedian Trace Beaulieu! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months and you can hear the February Podcast (or get our past Podcasts) by clicking 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, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 CDs each contain 12 mp3 files, with each disc totaling over nine hours of Golden Age memories -- for instance, our new 2018 CD features our conversations with celebrated artist Michael Kupperman and renowned movie historian Leonard Maltin... in addition to podcasts devoted to Jack Webb, Benny Goodman, Studs Terkel, The Lone Ranger, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and others! To get our Nostalgia Digest Podcast CDs for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and/or 2018, 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's a list of our upcoming appearances for 2018 and 2019 (all appearances are in Illinois unless otherwise noted):

Friday, February 14, 2:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive, Buffalo Grove
Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 pm: Radio Goes to War, Lake Forest Public Library, 360 E Deerpath Road, Lake Forest
Tuesday, May 19, 6:00 pm: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Blue Island Library, 2433 York Street, Blue Island
Tuesday, May 26, 7:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Prairie Trails Public Library, 8449 Moody Avenue, Burbank
Friday, June 12, 1:30 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror in the Golden Age of Radio, Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County Street, Waukegan

Hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods before too long!

To learn more about each of Steve's seven presentations, click here--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, Those Were the Days and all related activities. We're at 2,000-plus members and counting, so you'll be in good company!

And be sure to follow us on Twitter and join our group at mewe.com!


Some of you know that this year, our Those Were the Days program is commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War II by featuring news and entertainment broadcasts that were heard originally seventy-five years ago — and just as we're pleased for the chance to share this unique chapter in American history and radio history, we're also pleased to announce that we've joined forces with the good folks at accuradio.com to create an online radio channel devoted to the music of World War II! We've gone through our music library to give listeners as complete as possible a look at the music America was listening to during the War years, from hit songs to love songs, from novelty numbers to patriotic tunes — and given our radio roots, we've also included some wartime messages from the Golden Age of Radio, featuring Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Edward R. Murrow and others! Click here to listen!

Did you know that Nostalgia Digest has its own YouTube channel? It's true--and it's getting bigger by the day! We've been adding past editions of our long-running internet show, Radio's Golden Age! We've posted over a hundred shows so far from our Radio's Golden Age series and plan to post mom ore in the months ahead. Click here to listen and subscribe to our channel!