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Steve Darnall

Public Speaker from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 500 miles
MEMBER SINCE 2015
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Drawing upon his talents as a radio historian, an author, the publisher of the quarterly "Nostalgia Digest" and the host of two weekly shows ("Those Were the Days" and "Radio's Golden Age"), Steve Darnall invites listeners of all ages on a journey to the Golden Age of Radio, a world of comedy, mystery, music and adventure from the medium known as the "Theatre of the Mind"! Over the last decade, Steve has spoken to audiences at hundreds of venues with four different presentations, each one suitable for all ages and each one designed to both inform and entertain.

There's "A Beginner's Guide to the Golden Age of Radio," which features some of the big shows and stars of the era, including Bob Hope, Jack Benny, The Shadow and more. You'll hear about the birth of the soap opera and learn how stage-trained performers had to adapt to the needs of the new medium. There's "Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror in the Golden Age of Radio," a look at those shows and talents who used radio to send shivers up the spines of its listeners. You'll learn about radio's great storytellers and you'll hear about the circumstances that led to the most famous, most frightening radio broadcast of all time! There's also "Radio and the Great American Songbook," an audio-visual presentation featuring rare radio performances from some of America's most legendary tunesmiths, including Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington… and a rare performance by the legendary George Gershwin! And for the hero in all of us, there's "Heroes on the Air," devoted to characters (including Superman, Buck Rogers, and Little Orphan Annie) who made the transition from the funny papers to radio—and a few, like the Lone Ranger and the Shadow, who took the opposite path and became cultural institutions. You'll learn about the connection between Flash Gordon and Lucille Ball and hear how listeners knew when Clark Kent had changed his clothes to become the Man of Steel!

With a generous helping of audio clips featuring some of the greatest talents of the 20th Century, Steve has entertained thousands of listeners of all ages, from children to seniors, by combining these classic sounds with valuable historical context about the times when they were made. It's history brought to life, with costumes, scenery and special effects provided by your imagination!
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Please note Steve Darnall will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge.
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