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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.

Earlier this year, 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. 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 2021!

Since 1974, Nostalgia Digest has been dedicated to celebrating the Golden Age of Entertainment--and we kick off our 47th year of publication with our new Winter issue, featuring a cover story about the life and career of a Hollywood legend, the great Olivia de Havilland! The Winter issue of Nostalgia Digest also includes articles about The Shadow, the screen partnership of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, comedian Danny Thomas, great gifts of Xmas past 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…

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!


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 this month's podcast welcomes author Greg Borzo for a look at some of the many Chicago restaurants that are gone but not forgotten! You can hear the current 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, 2018 and 2019 CDs each contain 12 mp3 files, with each disc totaling over nine hours of Golden Age memories -- for instance, 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 an/or 2019!!


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):

Wednesday, January 6, 2:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror in the Golden Age of Radio, St. Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive St, St Louis, MO (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM)
Wednesday, January 13, 2:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, St. Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive St, St Louis, MO (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM)
Monday, January 18, 1:00 pm: Radio in the 1950s, Helen Plum Memorial Library, 110 W. Maple Street, Lombard (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM)
Wednesday, January 20, 2:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, St. Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive St, St Louis, MO (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM)
Thursday, January 21, 6:00 pm: Lights Out, Everybody, White Oak Library District, 200 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM)
Tuesday, January 26, 7:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Missouri River Regional Library, 214 Adams Street, Jefferson City, MO (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM)
Wednesday, January 27, 2:00 pm: Radio Goes to War, St. Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive St, St Louis, MO (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM)
Wednesday, February 3, 2:00 pm: Radio in the 1950s, St. Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive St, St Louis, MO (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM)
Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 pm: Radio Goes to War, Manchester City Library, 405 Pine Street, Manchester, NH (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM)
Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 pm: Heroes on the Air, Prairie Trails Public Library, 8449 Moody Avenue, Burbank (A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM)

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!

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!