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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 our brand-new Summer issue has a full-color cover photo of James Cagney and a cover story honoring the 80th anniversary of the film Yankee Doodle Dandy. The Summer issue also incudes photos from the recent all-star anniversary event for Those Were The Days, as well as article about television's Howdy Doody, the early career of Betty Hutton, the Golden Age of novelty songs, how the remarkable Helen Keller became a vaudeville star, radio's gentleman detectives, the famous characters of author Damon Runyon 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!

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 -- for instance, our 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):

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
Monday, August 15, 6:30 pm: The Windy City on the Air: Chicago and the Golden Age of Radio, Crestwood Public Library, 4955 W. 135th Street, Crestwood
Tuesday, August 16, 6:30 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Bridgeview Public Library, 7840 W. 79th Street, Bridgeview
Thursday, September 8, 5:30 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror in the Golden Age of Radio, Calumet City Public Library, 660 S. Mainstee Street, Calumet City (RESCHEDULED FROM JULY 21)
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
Sunday, September 25, 2:00 pm: The Windy City on the Air, Winnetka Public Library, 768 Oak Street, Winnetka (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Monday, September 26, 7:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Brookfield Public Library, 3541 Park Avenue, Brookfield
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
Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Bensenville Public Library, 200 S. Church Street, Bensenville (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
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
Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 pm (7:00 pm EST): Lights Out, Everybody, Fairfax County Public Library, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Thursday, October 20, 6:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, Somerset County Library of New Jersey, Bridgewater, NJ (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 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.)


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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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!