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Steve Darnall

July 2021

Virtual Event: A Beginner’s Guide to the Golden Age of Radio

Thursday July 8 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This virtual presentation looks at some of the biggest shows and stars to emerge from the early years of radio, including Jack Benny, Bob Hope and The Shadow, with sound clips and stories about how radio became America's first mass medium, transforming the United States of America from 48 states into a national listening community. Steve Darnall is the host of a radio show in Chicago (Those Were the Days) dedicated to the "Golden Age" of radio. Over the years,…

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August 2021

Virtual Event: Lights Out, Everybody – Mystery and Horror during the Golden Age of Radio

Thursday August 12 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This virtual presentation uses sound clips from some of radio's best known mystery and horror programs (including Escape, Inner Sanctum and Lights Out) to illustrate how radio could truly be a "Theater of the Mind" and use music, voices and sounds to create indelible, and often frightening, "pictures." Steve Darnall is the host of a radio show in Chicago (Those Were the Days) dedicated to the "Golden Age" of radio. Over the years, he’s spoken at dozens of libraries on…

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September 2021

Virtual Event: Radio Goes to War

Thursday September 9 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

World War II was the first war in history to receive almost continuous coverage on radio. This one-hour, virtual presentation examines how radio rose to the challenge of life during wartime, with sound clips from news broadcasts, presidential speeches, entertainment shows, programs designed to boost morale (both at home and among the armed forces) and more! Steve Darnall is the host of a radio show in Chicago (Those Were the Days) dedicated to the "Golden Age" of radio. Over the…

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