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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


    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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Here is the upcoming WGN Radio Theatre Schedule:

Saturday March 23
The Adv. of Sherlock Holmes / You Bet Your Life / Tales of the Texas Rangers
Sunday March 24
Suspense / The Jack Benny Program
Saturday March 30
The Adv. of Philip Marlowe / X Minus One / Strange Wills
Sunday March 31
Broadway Is My Beat / The Burns & Allen Show Show
Saturday April 6
The Lux Radio Theatre (1-hour) / The Adv. of Maisie
Sunday April 7
Gunsmoke / The Martin & Lewis Show
Saturday April 13
Suspense / The Roy Rogers Show / The Jack Benny Program
Sunday April 14
The Great Gildersleeve / Dragnet
Saturday April 20 (Easter Show)
Escape / The Milton Berle Show / The Six Shooter
Sunday April 21 (Easter Show)
Inner Sanctum Mystery / The Abbott & Costello Show
Saturday April 27
Gunsmoke / The Adventures of Maisie / New Adventures of Michael Shayne
Sunday April 28 (Labor Day)
Suspense / Have Gun-Will Travel
Saturday May 4
Archie Andrews / Casey, Crime Photographer / Red Ryder
Sunday May 5
Inner Sanctum / The Adv. of Sherlock Holmes
Saturday May 11 (Mother’s Day)
Escape / The Harold Peary Show / Straight Arrow
Sunday May 12 (Mother’s Day)
The Life of Riley / Fort Laramie
Saturday May 18
Boston Blackie / The Jack Benny Program / The Cisco Kid
Sunday May 19
The Adventures of Sam Spade Detective / The Jack Carson Show
Saturday May 25
The Shadow / You Bet Your Life / Dragnet
Sunday May 26 (Memorial Day)
The Great Gildersleeve / Gunsmoke
Saturday June 1
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (5-part story) / Vic & Sade
Sunday June 2
Life With Luigi / The CBS Radio Workshop
Saturday June 8
The Whistler / Rocky Fortune / The Amazing Mr. Malone
Sunday June 9
The Abbott & Costello Show /Let George Do It
Saturday June 15 (Father’s Day)
Father Knows Best / X Minus One / Philo Vance, Detective
Sunday June 16 (Father’s Day)
The Jack Carson Show / The Chase
Saturday June 22 (Western’s weekend)
Gunsmoke / Have Gun-Will Travel / Hopalong Cassidy
Sunday June 23 (Western’s weekend)
The Lux Radio Theatre (1-hour)
Saturday June 29
Cloak & Dagger / The Milton Berle Show / Suspense
Sunday June 30 (Independence Day)
The CBS Radio Workshop / Command Performance

The WGN Team

Faces to the voices!

Carl Amari


Lisa Wolf


Mike Gastala


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