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"The WGN Radio Theatre” is hosted by Carl Amari and Lisa Wolf and airs every Saturday night from 10 pm until 3 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 nights from 10 pm until 3 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 November 30
The Adv. of Sherlock Holmes / Fibber McGee & Molly / The Green Hornet / Lux Radio Theatre (1-hour)
Saturday December 7
Romance / Suspense / Jack Benny / Lux Radio Theatre (1-hour)
Saturday December 14
Father Knows Best / Tales of the Texas Rangers / Damon Runyon Theatre / Lux Radio Theatre (1-hour)
Saturday December 21
Dragnet / My Favorite Husband / Truth or Consequence / Lux Radio Theatre (1-hour)
Saturday December 28
Ozzie & Harriet / Sherlock Holmes / Great Gildersleeve / Our Miss Brooks / Father Knows Best
Saturday January 4
Phil Harris & Alice Faye / Mr. Keen Tracer of Lost Persons / Night Beat / Boston Blackie / Suspense
Saturday January 11
Nero Wolfe / Burns & Allen / Have Gun-Will Travel / Dragnet / The Life of Riley
Saturday January 18
You Bet Your Life / WhiteHall 1212 / The Lives of Harry Lime / Father Knows Best / Gunsmoke
Saturday January 25
The Shadow / Broadway Is My Beat / Sealed Book / Dimension X / Nick Carter, Master Detective
Saturday February 1
The Shadow / Our Miss Brooks / The Whistler / Escape / The Falcon
Saturday February 8
Rocky Fortune / The Great Gildersleeve / Hallmark Playhouse / The Ford Theatre (1-hour)
Saturday Feb 15
Jack Benny / Suspense / Fort Laramie / Abbott & Costello / Inner Sanctum
Saturday February 22
Gunsmoke / Night Beat / Murder At Midnight / The Great Gildersleeve / Hall of Fantasy
Saturday February 29
Tales of the Texas Rangers / Phil Harris & Alice Faye / Lives of Harry Lime / General Electric Theatre / Rocky Fortune
 
 

The WGN Team

Faces to the voices!

Carl Amari

Host

Lisa Wolf

Co-Host

Mike Gastala

Producer

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