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PLEASE NOTE:Due to the state of Illinois' stay-at-home restrictions in response to COVID-19, some orders placed through our site may take longer than usual to fulfill. We appreciate your patience during this unusual and challenging time.

IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT THOSE WERE THE DAYS' 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Back in 2020, we had planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Those Were the Days radio show with a special live event at Chicago's Irish American Heritage Center. Given the current global pandemic, TWTD and WDCB-FM felt it necessary to postpone this event to a later date. Finally, we decided on a date that we felt would give all governmental and scientific agencies a chance to distribute and administer the COVID-19 vaccine--with that in mind, we hope you'll join us at the Irish American Heriage Center for a special anniversary event on Sunday, April 10, 2022. We'll have more information about the new date, our scheduled guests and how to purchase tickets on a future TWTD broadcast. If you've already purchased tickets for this event, they will be honored at the rescheduled event. In the meantime, all of us urge you to take whatever precautions you can to ensure that your communities are safe and our health care professionals not over-taxed. Our sincerest thanks to all of you who had planned to be with us in 2020 and we hope to see you all in 2022!

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR NOSTALGIA DIGEST!
Since 1974, Nostalgia Digest has been dedicated to celebrating the Golden Age of Entertainment--and our new Spring issue features a cover story about the year Gracie Allen ran for president! The Spring issue of Nostalgia Digest also includes our Necrology for 2020, in addition to articles about Nat "King" Cole, the life and career of actor Lloyd Bridges, great movie villains of the past, Robert Young and Father Knows Best, a 60th anniversary celebration of The Fantastic Four... 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…

AND SPEAKING OF GOOD READS...
Those Were the Days founder Chuck Schaden retired from broadcasting in 2009, but he's been far from idle; in the Summer of 2019, 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!

THE (SLIGHT) RETURN OF RADIO'S GOLDEN AGE

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.


THE NOSTALGIA DIGEST PODCAST!

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 still 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!!


LIBRARY BOOK-INGS

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! Obviously, the current COVID-19 pandemic means that most libraries have either closed or limited their facilities, but the following libraries have arranged to host our "virtual presentations" (all libraries in Illinois unless otherwise noted; all times Central):

Thursday, April 8, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror in the Golden Age of Radio, Roselle Public Library, 40 S. Park Street, Roselle (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Thursday, April 15, 7:00 pm: Radio in the 1950s, Bensenville Community Public Library, 200 S. Church Road, Bensenville (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Wednesday, May 5, 7:00 pm: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Monday, May 10, 6:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Annapolis, MD (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Tuesday, May 25, 5:00 pm: Radio Goes to War, Fuller Creative Learning Center (East Providence Public Library), 260 Dover Avenue, East Providence, RI (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Tuesday, June 8, 4:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Lubbock Public Library, 1306 9th Street, Lubbock, TX (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Friday, June 11, 9:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Fresno County Public Library, 2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno, CA (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Monday, June 14, 6:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Baltimore County Public Library, 320 York Road, Towson, MD (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Wednesday, June 16, 6:30 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh Street, Racine, WI (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Wednesday, June 23, 11:00 am: Beginner's Guide, East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Civic Center Drive, East Brunswick, NJ (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Thursday, June 24, 6:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs, AR (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Wednesday, June 30, 12:00 pm: Beginner's Guide, St. Tammany Public Library, 1112 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, LA (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)

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.)

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, Those Were the Days and all related activities. We're at 2,000-plus members and counting, so you'll be in good company!

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ALL THIS AND WORLD WAR II
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!

MY TUBE IS YOUTUBE…
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 hope to post more in the months ahead. Click here to listen and subscribe to our channel!