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"The WGN Radio Theatre" is hosted by Carl Amari and Lisa Wolf and airs Saturday and Sunday night from 11 pm until 2 am on WGN AM 720.

  • 1963

    Our Humble Beginnings

    Born in 1963, Carl Amari has been a fan of the golden age of radio since he was 12 years old. He spent much of his 20s and 30s licensing the rights to tens of thousands of radio broadcasts from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, including: The Shadow, Jack Benny, Our Miss Brooks, Sherlock Holmes, Suspense, Inner Sanctum, Gunsmoke, X Minus One, Burns & Allen and hundreds more.

  • 1990

    When Radio Was

    In 1990, Amari created the nationally-syndicated radio series “When Radio Was” (which still airs on 100-plus radio stations today) as a showcase for these classic radio shows. Art Fleming (of “Jeopardy” fame) was the show’s first host. When Art Fleming passed away in 1995, Stan Freberg became host of “When Radio Was."

  • 2002

    Enter The Twilight Zone

    In 2002, Amari licensed the rights to turn the “Twilight Zone” TV series into a modernized radio drama series from CBS and The Rod Serling Estate. Prolific actor, Stacy Keach, is the show’s host and top celebrities take the lead roles, including: Lou Gossett Jr., Jane Seymour, Michael York, Blair Underwood, Jason Alexander, Sean Astin, Luke Perry, Jim Caviezel, Don Johnson, Lou Diamond Phillips and many others. The official website for “The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas” is here.

  • 2009

    Hollywood 360

    In 2009, Amari, along with co-host Lisa Wolf, began producing/hosting “Hollywood 360” on AM 560 WIND-The Answer (podcasts of Hollywood 360 can be heard here). “Hollywood 360” presents ‘all things entertainment’ including: classic radio shows, showbiz news, movie reviews (by national movie critic Sarah Adamson).

  • 2012

    Syndication

    In 2012, “Hollywood 360” branched out into national syndication and today, the show can be heard on nearly 100 radio stations from coast-to-coast. “Hollywood 360” is also heard each week on Glenn Beck’s Internet radio network, TheBlaze (Sunday evenings from 8 pm - 11 pm CST). Amari has more than 100,000 classic radio shows in his library, licensed from the rights holders. He and his business partner Vince Lombardi develop classic radio collections via digital download each month, which are offered for sale in his store. Amari’s other national radio show is “The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas” which is heard on more than 100 radio stations from coast-to-coast.

  • 2015

    The WGN Radio Theatre

    On April 12th, 2015, Amari began producing/hosting “The WGN Radio Theatre” on legendary Chicago radio station WGN AM 720, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 11 pm until 2 am. In each hour, Amari and Lisa Wolf, present the best in classic radio and offer listeners the chance to win great prizes with call-in contests. Both “Hollywood 360” and “The WGN Radio Theatre” are executive-produced by Michael Gastala. Carl’s ‘crabby’ brother Vince Amari is the show’s jack-of-all-trades.

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SCHEDULE

Here is the upcoming WGN Radio Theatre Schedule:

Saturday August 25
The Story of Dr. Kildare / The Bickersons / Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Sunday August 26
Luke Slaughter of Tombstone / I Was a Communist for the FBI
Saturday September 1
The Aldrich Family / Suspense / Philo Vance, Detective
Sunday September 2 (Labor Day)
Fibber McGee & Molly / Jeff Regan, Investigator
Saturday September 8
Escape / The Great Gildersleeve / Crime and Peter Chambers
Sunday September 9
The Shadow / Birds Eye Open House aka The Dinah Shore Show
Saturday September 15
This Is My Best / The New Adv. of Nero Wolfe / The Halls of Ivy
Sunday September 16
X Minus One / Suspense
Saturday September 22
The Life of Riley / Box Thirteen / The Philco Radio Time
Sunday September 23
Gunsmoke / The Jack Benny Program
Saturday September 29
My Favorite Husband / Tales of the Texas Rangers / Dr. Christian
Sunday September 30
Have Gun-Will Travel / Our Miss Brooks
Saturday October 6
The Hall of Fantasy / Nick Carter, Master Detective / Somebody Knows
Sunday October 7 (Columbus Day)
Escape / The Martin & Lewis Show
Saturday October 13
Suspense / The Mysterious Traveler / Screen Guild Theatre
Sunday October 14
The Shadow / Murder At Midnight
Saturday October 20
The Great Gildersleeve / Under Arrest / The Weird Circle
Sunday October 21
The Black Museum / Mystery In the Air
Saturday October 27
Inner Sanctum Mystery / Crime Classics / The Sealed Book
Sunday October 28
Lights Out! / Suspense
Saturday November 3
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (5 part story)
Sunday November 4
Boston Blackie / Cloak and Dagger
Saturday November 10 (Veteran’s Day)
The Sad Sack / Fibber McGee & Molly / Escape
Sunday November 11 (Veteran’s Day)
Cavalcade of America / The Jack Benny Program
Saturday November 17
The Adv. of Sam Spade, Detective / Duffy’s Tavern / Gang Busters
Sunday November 18 (Thanksgiving)
My Friend Irma / Let George Do It
Saturday November 24
The Jack Benny Program / Big Town / David Harding, Counterspy
Sunday November 25
Fibber McGee & Molly / The First Nighter Program
Saturday December 1
The Whistler / The Great Gildersleeve / Casey, Crime Photographer
Sunday December 2
Gunsmoke / Family Theatre
Saturday December 8
Suspense / Treasury Star Parade / Time To Smile aka The Eddie Cantor Show
Sunday December 9
The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show / The Author’s Playhouse
Saturday December 15
Theatre Guild On The Air (1-hour) / The Roy Rogers Show
Sunday December 16
Suspense / The Great Gildersleeve
Saturday December 22
Fibber McGee & Molly / The CBS Radio Workshop / Escape
Sunday December 23
The Screen Director’s Playhouse (1-hour)
Saturday December 29 (New Years)
The Jack Benny Program / Richard Diamond, Private Detective / The Great Gildersleeve
Sunday December 30
Big Town / Fibber McGee & Molly
 

The WGN Team

Faces to the voices!

Carl Amari

Host

Lisa Wolf

Co-Host

Mike Gastala

Producer

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