Radio in the 1950s: From Golden Age to TV Age

For more than a decade, Steve Darnall has had the opportunity to share his twin fascinations for American history and popular culture as the host of Those Were the Days and the publisher of Nostalgia Digest. During this time, he’s had the chance to speak to thousands of radio fans across the country.

Steve discovered the Golden Age of Radio at age 12, when his father Jack turned the dial to Chuck Schaden’s Those Were the Days and out came the sounds of Fibber McGee and Molly. Thus began a relationship with the early days of radio that continues to this day.

His presentation, Radio in the 1950s: From Golden Age to TV Age, explores The ascension of television and how it led many of radio’s biggest stars and shows to leave the old medium for the new one. This presentation examines how radio evolved as its Golden Age ended and a new age began, with news, talk, music and a new generation of comedy!

This event is free and open to all ages. No registration is required. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

For additional information, please contact Chelsea at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1700.


Oct 05 2023


1:00 pm

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DeKalb Public Library
DeKalb Public Library, Oak Street, DeKalb, IL, USA