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Nostalgia Digest: Beyond Nick and Nora

A beautiful shot of William Powell and Myrna Loy grace the cover of the Spring 2017 edition of Nostalgia Digest.

Editorial by Steve Darnall
“A Few Moments with . . . Evelyn Rudie” (uncredited)
“Running Down a Dream” by Jordan Elliott (1908 Chicago Cubs)
“Beyond The Thin Man” by Edward Shaw
“And me, Harlow Wilcox . . .” by Kristi Zanker
“Now Playing Home Movies” by Jim Dohren
“By George” by Karl Tiedemann (George Gobel)
“What a Difference a Day Makes” by Michael Barrett (Doris Day)
“Calling Dick Tracy!” by Walter Scannell
Necrology for 2016
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Spring 2017
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Seasons Greetings

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2017

Eve Arden trimming the tree featured on the cover of the Winter 2017 edition of Nostalgia Digest. Here’s what waits inside:

“I was Jack Benny’s Violin Student!” by Jay Rosen, as told to Wendy All
Excerpt from an interview with William Daniels and Bonnie Bartlett that will run on March 25 on Those Were the Days
“Through Think and Thin” The movie career of Nick and Nora Charles, America’s high society detectives, by John J. May
“Christmas with the Roosevelts” by Mary Jo Binker
CELEBio: Henry Fonda issued by 20th Century Fox in 1947
“The Lakefront Legacy of Lenox Lohr” by Jim Dohren
“Quoth the Radio…” the delights (and occasional disasters) of Edgar Allan Poe on radio by Paul Adomites
“Full Force Gale” the story of Mr. Gordon—and Our Miss Brooks by Jim Manago
“Let Freedom Sing” from Philadelphia to the Lincoln Memorial: the transformative voice of Marian Anderson by Phil Marsh
“Cry U.N.C.L.E.” by Michael Barrett
“They Also Served” by Wayne Klatt
“Mail Call”

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days

Editor/Publisher: Steve Darnall
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

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If you’re looking for a quick click to explore any of today’s current (or unfortunately recently discontinued) digest magazine websites, remember the Links Page on larquepress.com. Just click on any cover to jump over to their site. (We update the covers often so it’s a good place to see what the current cover looks like as well.)

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Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2016

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2016

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2016

The autumn edition of Nostalgia Digest with Kirk Douglas as Spartacus on the cover is out.

Contents
“Hello, Out There in Radioland!” by Steve Darnall
“A Few Moments with . . . Corky Hale” (harpist)
Cover Story: Kirk Douglas by Michael Barrett
“When Radio Went to War!” by Todd Nebel
“December 7, 1941: A Radio Timeline” by Steve Darnall
“The Battle for Sunday Night” by Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik
“The All-Conquering Al Bowlly” by Deborah Painter
“The Danville Kid [Dick Van Dyke] Comes Home” by Jordan Elliott
“The Case of the Prosperous Publisher” [about the Stratemeyer Syndicate] by Jack French
“The Big Sleep” [about Nelson Olmsted’s Sleep No More] by Clair Schulz
“No Business Like Show Business” [about Eddie Cantor] by Walter Scannell
“Mail Call”
Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days

Editor: Steve Darnall
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30

Nostalgia Digest website

 

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2016

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2016

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2016

The summer edition of Nostalgia Digest is on newsstands now.

Contents
“Hello, Out There in Radioland!” by Steve Darnall
“A Few Moments with . . . Charlotte Rae” (Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts of Life)
Cover Story: George Burns and Gracie Allen by Jordan Elliott
“Three For the Show: Hollywood’s long love affair with The Three Musketeers” by Scott Sentinella
“That Old Black Magic . . . Johnny Mercer, the southern gentleman who learned to accentuate the positive” by John Lingan
“CELEBio: Cornel Wilde”
“The Wilde Ones: How Andy Hardy’s blonde trouble led one writer to discover two sisters . . . and the story of a dream that came true” by Annette Bochenek
“Edgar G. Robinson: The Gentle Gangster” by Stone Wallace
“Fun . . . For the Whole Family” by Jim Dohren
“The Teen Scene” by Wayne Klatt
“The Automat” by L.C. Van Savage
“Mail Call”

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and Radio’s Golden Age

Editor: Steve Darnall
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2014

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2014

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2014

The cover story of the Autumn issue of Nostalgia Digest, by Terry Salomonson, credits The Lone Ranger with saving a radio station from bankruptcy and giving birth to a radio network. When Detroit’s WXYZ ended their contract with CBS . . .

“. . . programing became a major issue and headache. No transcribed programs were available. All drama and musical broadcasts were live. If was a big programming hole to fill. This was when station manager Harold True suggested that dramatic director James Jewell contact Fran Striker of Buffalo, NY to supply six half-hour scripts a week. On the telephone Striker agreed to a deal of $4.00 per half-hour script, giving WXYZ first performance rights in the Detroit area. He started providing three different series.”

Nostalgia Digest
Editor: Steve Darnall
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30

Bob Elliott & Ray Goulding

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2014

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2014

The opening from “Game Changers” by David Pollock from Nostalgia Digest Winter 2014

“The humidity was at least bearable though the midtown temperature was near eighty. Scurrying down Sixth Avenue to Rockefeller Center for their network debut, the two were not difficult to spot: the big guy, setting the pace with a determined stride, and the little guy hobbling with him despite the ankle-to-thigh plaster cast. But who would want to spot them? Bob and Ray were completely anonymous.”

How an issue of Nostalgia Digest evolves.

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2015

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2015

We asked Steve Darnall, editor and publisher of the Nostalgia Digest, how an issue comes together. His response:

“The goal for every issue of the Digest has always been to cover as wide a variety of topics and genres as possible. I don’t think Chuck* or I ever wanted this publication to be exclusively about old-time radio—or exclusively about anything, for that matter. Typically, that approach means sitting down almost immediately after the last issue has come back from the printer, looking over the articles we have on hand and seeing which ones would complement one another. There’s no formal checklist, but you try to include a little something from each of several different media: something about radio, something about movies, something about music or early television, hopefully a personal recollection or two from someone who remembers being part of this era.”

Excerpt from the full interview in TDE2.

*Chuck Schaden, founder and former editor and publisher

Bogie and Bacall: Nostalgia Digest

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2015

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2015

The cover of the Winter 2015 edition of the Nostalgia Digest, edited by Steve Darnall, has to be one of my favorites. It just makes you feel so good to see that look of love in their eyes.

Here’s the cover story’s opening line by cartoonist extraordinaire, Hilary Barta:

“When they began working together on To Have and Have Not, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were at quite different points in their careers.”

(Special thanks to Bill Crider for mentioning this blog on his Pop Culture Magazine this morning.)

Mel Blanc in Nostalgia Digest

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2014

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2014

The Autumn 2014 edition of Nostalgia Digest is filled with terrific articles. Editor Steve Darnall’s recollections of taking over the helm of the magazine from founder Chuck Schaden, the cover story about The Lone Ranger, and “Fill in the Blanc” by Ben Ohmart, to mention a few. Here’s the opening line from the piece on Blanc.”

“By the mid-1940s, Mel Blanc claimed to be on upwards of 18 radio shows a week. That plus his cartoon work shot his take-home pay to $2,000 a week, a monumental figure at the time.”

The story is an excerpt from Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices by Ben Ohmart, published by Bear Manor Media, a specialty publisher with an impressive library of titles on film, radio and television programs and stars—and more.