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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
f you've been listening to our Those Were the Days show in recent weeks, you've heard us talk about our plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Those Were the Days on Saturday, May 2, with a special live event at Chicago's Irish American Heritage Center. Given the current global pandemic, TWTD and WDCB-FM have agreed to postpone this event to a later date, which we hope to announce soon.

It's a sad decision for a lot of reasons; Chuck Schaden's first broadcast was on May 2, 1970 and the timing for a 50th anniversary celebration would have been perfect—and of course, we were looking forward to celebrating with our listeners and a terrific roster of talent--including Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Rich Koz, Tim Kazurinsky, Jim O'Heir and Patty McCormack--but not in such a way that puts our listeners or our fellow performers at risk.
Bbr> If you've already purchased tickets for this event, they will be honored at the event when a new date is determined. 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. In the meantime, Those Were the Days is still on the air every Saturday (now in our 51st year on the air)! Our sincerest thanks to all of you who had planned to be with us on May 2 and we hope to see you all very soon!

GET READY FOR SUMMER WITH NOSTALGIA DIGEST!
Since 1974, Nostalgia Digest has been dedicated to celebrating the Golden Age of Entertainment; however, due to overwhelming demand, the Spring 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest is sold out...but don't despair, because the new Summer issue is here! This Summer, Nostalgia Digest invites you to get into the spirit of the season (at a respectful social distance) with our all-new, all-vintage SWIMSUIT ISSUE, featuring a full-color cover photo of Barbara Stanwyck--and inside, you'll find more than a dozen stars dressed for fun in the sun! The Summer issue of Nostalgia Digest also includes articles about The Andy Griffith Show, the life of James Stewart, how baseball responded to World War II, radio's Baron Munchausen, more about the Golden Age of movie serials... 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, 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 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! All of our Podcasts are available as free downloads for 12 months and you can hear the March 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, 2017 and 2018 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.

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! Here's a list of our scheduled appearances for 2020 (all appearances are in Illinois unless otherwise noted)--PLEASE NOTE: With the current COVID-19 pandemic, numerous libraries have closed per the state of Illinois' stay-at-home declaration. We urge you to contact your local library to determine their plans for Spring and Summer events):

Wednesday, May 13, 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 (NOW SCHEDULED AS A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION THROUGH ZOOM)
Monday, June 1, 1:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive, Tinley Park (NOW SCHEDULED AS A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION THROUGH ZOOM)
Friday, June 12, 1:30 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County Street, Waukegan
Monday, June 29, 6:00 pm: Radio in the 1950s, Crestwood Public Library, 4955 135th Street, Crestwood

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.)

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!

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


 

ALL THIS AND WORLD WAR II
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!

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 plan to post mom ore in the months ahead. Click here to listen and subscribe to our channel!