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Since 1974, Nostalgia Digest has been dedicated to celebrating the Golden Age of Entertainment; during that time, we've seen enormous changes in the world of publishing -- and while we have no plans to convert to an online-only publication, we understand that for a lot of people around the world, the internet has changed their definition of "reading." So it is that from this point on, the current issue of Nostalgia Digest will be available in both print (while supplies last) and digital editions, so you can take the Nostalgia anywhere you go!

At present, digital-only subscriptions are not available; however, everyone with a current subscription will receive both the print and digital editions for their reading convenience. Digital issues can be purchased individually as well, but either way, you'll get the great reading you expect from Nostalgia Digest in the format that's most convenient for you — and the new Spring issue has a cover story about singing legend (and radio pioneer Bing Crosby, in addition to a conversation with renowned film historian Leonard Maltin; articles about Hollywood's "Oomph Girl," Ann Sheridan; the early career of Gene Kelly; radio's outstanding theater of thrills, Suspense; television's very first situation comedy... 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!

Whatever the reason, whatever the 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.

For many years, the Nostalgia Shop has made hundreds of hours of classic old-time radio available on compact disc — and now, select collections are also available as digital downloads! Now you can take the sounds of radio's past with you wherever you go and play them on the device of your choice! Click here to see what's available and start listening!

Our sincere thanks to everyone who joined us at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago on Sunday, April 10, as we finally celebrated the 50th anniversary of Those Were the Days with a special live event. We had a great time with TWTD founder Chuck Schaden, announcer Wayne Messmer, the music of The Flat Cats and The Dooley Brothers, and a lot of wonderful guest performers who helped us to re-create some moments from the Golden Age of Radio! We hope to feature highlights from this event on a future TWTD broadcast. In the meantime, thanks to all of the performers and technicians who helped make it happen. It was a long time coming but it felt like it was worth the wait!

In 2020, Nostalgia Digest celebrated the 100th anniversary of commercial radio in the United States with a special cover story--and a special cover, drawn by Chicago-area artist Mark Braun. The issue sold out quickly and several people asked if there were plans to make Mark's artwork available as a stand-alone piece. We're pleased to announce that Mark has graciously allowed us to make his cover art available as a limited-edition 18" x 24" print, which is available while supplies last. It's a great gift designed to brighten the walls of the radio fan in your life — and you can get a copy by clicking here.


Back in 2010, the folks at Yesterday USA invited us to create a show for their internet radio station. We responded with Radio's Golden Age, a weekly, two-hour show that lasted for six years and more than 300 episodes before we brought the series to a close in 2016. This Spring, we were delighted when the Stay Tuned America channel asked about re-playing past episodes of Radio's Golden Age. We agreed and now you can hear them every Monday and Wednesday evening. Click here for more information.


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!

At the end of 2020, we made the decision to put the Nostalgia Digest Podcast on hiatus, after eight years and 100 podcasts--however, you can always get a year's worth of Podcasts on compact disc -- and our new 2019 CD features conversations with legendary actress Marsha Hunt, Nostalgia Digest founder Chuck Schaden, filmmaker Bridey Elliott ... in addition to podcasts devoted to Doris Day, Al Jolson, Lionel Barrymore, famous detectives on radio and more! Click here to get our Nostalgia Digest Podcast CDs for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and/or 2019!!


Over the last decade, 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! Obviously, the COVID-19 pandemic led many libraries to either close or limit their facilities; as a result, we're offering a combination of in-person and "virtual" programs (all libraries in Illinois unless otherwise noted; all times Central):

Wednesday, June 15, 2:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror in the Golden Age of Radio, Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park
Wednesday, July 6, 5:30 pm (6:30 pm EST): Lights Out, Everybody, Pentwater Township Library, 402 Park Street, Pentwater, MI
Tuesday, July 19, 6:30 pm: The Windy City on the Air: Chicago and the Golden Age of Radio, Worth Public Library, 6917 W. 111th Street, Worth
Thursday, July 21, 5:30 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Calumet City Public Library, 660 S. Mainstee Street, Calumet City
Friday, July 22, 9:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Fresno Public Library, 2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno, CA (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Thursday, July 28, 7:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Prairie Trails Public Library, 8449 Moody Avenue, Burbank (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Monday, August 15, 6:30 pm: The Windy City on the Air, Crestwood Public Library, 4955 W. 135th Street, Crestwood
Wednesday, September 14, 5:30 pm (6:30 pm EST): Radio in the 1950s: From Golden Age to TV Age, Baltimore County Public Library, 9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, MD
Wednesday, September 21, 2:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst
Monday, October 3, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Itasca Community Library, 100 Catalpa Avenue, Itasca
Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Prairie Trails Public Library, 8449 Moody Avenue, Burbank
Monday, October 17, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Warrenville Public Library, 28W751 Stafford Place, Warrenville
Tuesday, October 18, 2:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive, Tinley Park
Thursday, October 20, 6:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Somerset County Library of New Jersey, Bridgewater, NJ (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Tuesday, October 25, 1:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Indian Prairie Public Library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Cary Area Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Road, Cary
Thursday, October 27, 2:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 N. Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove
Thursday, October 27, 6:30 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Worth Public Library, 6917 W. 111th Street, Worth
Sunday, October 30, 2:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest
Thursday, November 3, 6:30 pm: Radio Goes to War, Cook Memorial Public Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills
Monday, November 7, 4:30 pm: Radio Goes to War, Waukegan Public Library, 800 N. Baldwin, Waukegan (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Wednesday, November 30, 2:00 pm: 'Tis the Season: Holiday Traditions From the Golden Age of Radio, Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park
Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 pm: 'Tis the Season, Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Avenue, Clarendon Hills

Hopefully we'll be back 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 (virtual or otherwise) to your group, click here.)


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Some of you know that this year, our Those Were the Days program commemorated 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!