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Since 1974, Nostalgia Digest has been dedicated to celebrating the Golden Age of Entertainment -- and this Summer, we're inviting you to join us poolside for our all-new, all-vintage Swimsuit issue, with a full-color cover photo of Rita Hayworth and more than a dozen stars inside (from Greer Garson to Joan Blondell to... Bob Hope), all dressed for fun in the sun! The Summer issue of Nostalgia Digest also includes articles about Shirley Temple, musician Jack Teagarden, actor Broderick Crawford, the history of Cracker Jack, the early years of radio comedy and more--including the 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! Best of all, the Nostalgia Digest is available in both print (while supplies last) and digital editions, so you can take the Nostalgia anywhere you go!

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.

KEN ALEXANDER: 1929-2022
We are saddened to announce that our good friend and longtime Those Were the Days announcer Ken Alexander passed away on November 2, 2022, at the age of 93. Ken was a part of our radio family for some 35 years, as an announcer, a "permanent guest host," a reader of vintage newspapers and a man of many voices during TWTD's annual Hallowe'en shows. The November 5 Those Were the Days program featured host Steve Darnall and former host Chuck Schaden paying tribute to Ken Alexander, with memories and sound clips from his time on TWTD; the complete four-hour broadcast is available as a four-CD "audio transcript" by clicking here; in addition, the Spring 2023 issue of Nostalgia Digest has an article about Ken's remarkable career; copies are available by clicking here.

Some years ago, Ken wrote about his radio career for this website; you can read his recollections here. RIP.

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!

For nearly fifty years, Those Were the Days listeners have heard and enjoyed the knowledge and enthusiasm of big band historian Karl Pearson during his annual appearances on our show. This year, Radio listeners have the chance to hear Karl not only as a guest on our show, but as the host of his own show, Juke Box Saturday Night, which airs every Saturday on WDCB from 5-6 pm CST--immediately following Those Were the Days. The show will cover the depth and breadth of the big band band era, from the 1920s into the 1950s (with plenty of great moments from the 1930s and '40s), with famous studio recordings, samples of classic radio broadcasts and some other rare and interesting items. We couldn't be more excited for Karl and we hope you'll enjoy Juke Box Saturday Night, right after Those Were the Days! To hear both shows live on Saturday, click here.

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.


Ten years ago, we launched the Nostalgia Digest Podcast and began a run that lasted for eight years and 100 episodes! 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 -- for instance, our 2013 CD features a conversations with Bob and Ray's Bob Elliott and Rich "Svengoolie" Koz, as well as podcasts devoted to Eve Arden, Abbott and Costello, Gunsmoke, Vic and Sade, the many voice of Sam Spade 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 7, 2:00 pm: A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio, Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park
Monday, June 12, 7:00 pm: Radio Goes to War, Brookfield Public Library, 3541 Park Avenue, Brookfield
Thursday, June 15, 2:00 pm: Radio in the 1950s: From Golden Age to TV Age, Lisle Library District, 777 Front Street, Lisle
Tuesday, June 27, 7:00 pm: Radio in the 1950s, Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale
Thursday, June 29, 7:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Worth Public Library, 6917 W. 111th Streer, Worth
Wednesday, July 12, 7:00 pm: The Windy City on the Air: Chicago and the Golden Age of Radio, North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Des Plaines Avenue, Riverside
Monday July 17, 2:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 43rd Street, Stickney
Tuesday, July 18, 7:00 pm: The Windy City on the Air, Winfield Public Library, 0S291 Winfield Road, Winfield
Thursday, July 20, 6:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Poughkeepsie Public Library District, 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY [A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION]
Tuesday, July 25, 6:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Racine Public Library, 701 S. Main Street, Racine, WI

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

To learn more about each of Steve's eight 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 Those Were the Days program recently 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 were 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!