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THERE's A LOT TO CELEBRATE IN THE SPRINGNOSTALGIA DIGEST!
Believe it or not, Nostalgia Digest has been celebrating the Golden Age of Entertainment since 1974... and as we continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary, our new Spring issue celebrates two other big anniversaries, with a cover story about the 100th anniversary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (hence the glorious cover photo featuring Clark Gable--and a 100th anniversary salute to radio's first country music showcase, The WLS Barn Dance! The Spring issue of Nostalgia Digest also includes articles about satirist Henry Morgan, legendary actress Marie Windsor, the movie studio where Laurel and Hardy first spoke and more--including some memorable moments from our publication's first five decades. And of course, as in every issue of Nostalgia Digest, you'll find the complete three-month schedule for our two weekly radio shows, Those Were the Days and Radio's Golden Age, 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 and digital editions, so you can take the Nostalgia anywhere you go!
For Mother's Day--or any day--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.
THE RETURN OF RADIO'S GOLDEN AGE!
What could be more fun than hosting an old-time radio show? How about hosting two old-time radio shows?!?
You're invited to join Steve Darnall for Radio's Golden Age, a new three-hour dedicated to classic sounds from... well, from the Golden Age of Radio, heard Sundays from 6-9 pm Central time at KXEL-AM, a 50,000-watt station in Waterloo, IA.
"I first hosted a show called Radio's Golden Age at the 10-watt radio station of Lyons Township High School," Steve recalls. "I used the title again when I hosted an internet show back in the 'teens.' When KXEL contacted me about hosting a new show for them, I contemplated using another name, but then I figured maybe the third time really would be the charm. In any case, I'm looking forward spending my Sunday evenings with these great performers from the past -- and of course, I'll still be hosting Those Were the Days every Saturday afternoon on WDCB."
THOSE WERE THE DAYS IN THE CLASSROOM!
As the host of Those Were the Days, Steve Darnall goes to College of DuPage every Saturday to talk on the air about the Golden Age of Radio--but on Thursday, March 14, he'll be heading to another part of the campus with COD professor Brian Brems for a special event in the campus' "Writer's Read" series, as "Writer's Read Visits the Golden Age of Entertainment." This special event begins at 7:00 at the campus' Berg Instructional Center and is free and open to the public; for more information, contact Jason Snart at 630-942-2033.
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.
THE NOSTALGIA SHOP GOES DIGITAL!
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!
A LIMITED-EDITION PRINT FROM NOSTALGIA DIGEST
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.
THE NOSTALGIA DIGEST PODCAST!
Back in 2012, 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 however, we're pleased to announce that in response to our listeners, we're making all 100 podcasts available for download, in addition to offering a year's worth of Podcasts on CD! Hear our conversations with Bob and Ray's Bob Elliott, actresses Marsha Hunt and Patty McCormack, Rich "Svengoolie" Koz, comedian Robert Klein, comic book artist Alex Ross, Jack Benny's daughter and Harpo Marx's son and many more... and our podcasts devoted to everyone from Eve Arden to Benny Goodman to Eddie "Rochester" Anderson! Click here to learn more about the Nostalgia Digest Podcast!!
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! These days, we're offering a combination of in-person and "virtual" programs (all libraries in Illinois unless otherwise noted; all times Central):
Monday, March 25, 6:30 pm: Heroes on the Air, White Oak Public Library, 20670 City Center Blvd., Crest Hill
Thursday, May 16, 1:00 pm: Radio Goes to War, Naperville Public Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, Naperville
Friday, May 17, 2:00 pm: Radio in the Windy City: Chicago and the Golden Age of Radio, Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, Oak Lawn
Thursday, May 23, 1:00 pm: Radio and the Great American Songbook, Zion-Benton Public Library, 2400 Gabriel Avenue, Zion
Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm: Radio in the Windy City, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Avenue, Batavia
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.)
ALL THIS AND WORLD WAR II
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!