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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 June 29
Cloak & Dagger / The Milton Berle Show / Suspense
Sunday June 30 (Independence Day)
The CBS Radio Workshop / Command Performance
Saturday July 6
The Story of Dr. Kildare / Fibber McGee & Molly / I Was a Communist for the FBI
Sunday July 7
The Adv. of Philip Marlowe / Information Please
Saturday July 13
Richard Diamond, Private Detective / Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show / The Damon Runyon Theatre
Sunday July 14
The Bing Crosby Show / The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe
Saturday July 20
Suspense (1-hour show) / You Bet Your Life
Sunday July 21
Dangerous Assignment / My Friend Irma
Saturday July 27
The Six Shooter / Archie Andrews / Gang Busters
Sunday July 28
The Jack Benny Program / Broadway Is My Beat
Saturday August 3
Boston Blackie / Gunsmoke / The Great Gildersleeve
Sunday August 4
Our Miss Brooks / The Adv. of Sherlock Holmes
Saturday August 10 (Sci-Fi weekend)
Suspense / Dimension X / X Minus One
Sunday August 11 (Sci-Fi weekend)
The Lux Radio Theatre (1-hour show)
Saturday August 17
The Lives of Harry Lime / The Martin & Lewis Show / Dragnet
Sunday August 18
The Adv. of Sam Spade, Detective / The Jack Benny Program
Saturday August 24
Mr. & Mrs. North / The Cisco Kid / Mr. President
Sunday August 25
Suspense / My Favorite Husband
Saturday August 31 (Labor Day)
Have Gun, Will Travel / Fibber McGee & Molly / Nick Carter, Master Detective
Sunday September 1 (Labor Day)
The Hollywood Star Playhouse / Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Saturday September 7
Crime and Peter Chambers / Duffy’s Tavern / The Roy Rogers Show
Sunday September 8
The Aldrich Family / The Man Called X
Saturday September 14
Dimension X / The Great Gildersleeve / The Shadow
Sunday September 15
Casey, Crime Photographer / Suspense
Saturday September 21 (Western’s weekend)
Gunsmoke / Have Gun-Will Travel / Luke Slaughter of Tombstone
Sunday September 22 (Western’s weekend)
The Lux Radio Theatre (1-hour show)
Saturday September 28
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (5-part adventure) / The Unexpected
Sunday September 29
The Abbott & Costello Show / Night Beat

The WGN Team

Faces to the voices!

Carl Amari

Host

Lisa Wolf

Co-Host

Mike Gastala

Producer

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