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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:

Sunday May 20
I Was a Communist for the FBI / The Jack Benny Program /The Sealed Book
Saturday May 26
The Adv. of Red Ryder / Screen Guild Players /The Milton Berle Show
Sunday May 27
Escape / The Charlie McCarthy Show /The Adv. of Michael Shayne
Saturday June 2
Gunsmoke / Dragnet Pt. 1 / Dragnet Pt. 2
Sunday June 3
Richard Diamond, Private Detective / Martin & Lewis Show / Screen Director’s Playhouse
Saturday June 9
Suspense / Our Miss Brooks /X Minus One
Sunday June 10
The Great Gildersleeve / The Falcon / The Kraft Music Hall
Saturday June 16 (Father’s Day)
Box Thirteen / Father Knows Best / Tales of the Texas Rangers
Sunday June 17 (Father’s Day)
Boston Blackie / The Life of Riley / The Big Story
Saturday June 23
The Adv. of Philip Marlowe / The Jack Benny Program / FBI In Peace and War
Sunday June 24
The Adventures of the Thin Man / Duffy’s Tavern / Suspense
Saturday June 30
The Shadow / Fibber McGee & Molly / Screen Guild Theatre
Sunday July 1 (Independence Day)
Hercule Poirot / The Charlie McCarthy Show / Dangerous Assignment
Saturday July 7
Escape / The Charlie McCarthy Show / Screen Director’s Playhouse
Sunday July 8
Mr. & Mrs. North / The Whistler Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch
Saturday July 14
Our Miss Brooks / The Chase / The Cavalcade of America
Sunday July 15
Gang Busters / The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show / Murder At Midnight
Saturday July 21
Suspense / The Green Hornet / Four Star Playhouse
Sunday July 22
The Cisco Kid / Let George Do It /The Halls of Ivy
Saturday July 28
Pat Novak, For Hire / My Friend Irma / Crime Classics
Sunday July 29
Escape / Big Town / Cloak & Dagger
Saturday August 4
Gunsmoke / Bing Crosby Show / The Man Called X
Sunday August 5
Suspense / Roy Rogers Show / This Is Your FBI
Saturday August 11
Have Gun-Will Travel / You Bet Your Life / David Harding, Counterspy
Sunday August 12
Red Ryder / The Life of Riley / Dragnet
Saturday August 18
The Jack Benny Program / Dimension X / The Line Up
Sunday August 19
Boston Blackie / The Great Gildersleeve / Dr. Christian
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 / Kraft Music Hall

The WGN Team

Faces to the voices!

Carl Amari

Host

Lisa Wolf

Co-Host

Mike Gastala

Producer

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