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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 October 12
Inner Sanctum Mystery / The Philco Radio Time / The Sealed Book
Sunday October 13
Life With Luigi / The Mysterious Traveler
Saturday October 19
Suspense / Murder At Midnight / The Weird Circle
Sunday October 20
Father Knows Best / Escape
Saturday October 26
Lights Out / The Molle’ Mystery Theatre / Quiet Please
Sunday October 27
Inner Sanctum Mystery / Suspense
Saturday November 2
The Jack Benny Program / The Adv. of Philip Marlowe / The Screen Director’s Playhouse
Sunday November 3
Dr. Christian / Suspense
Saturday November 9
Command Performance / The Alan Young Show / The Cavalcade of America
Sunday November 10
The Lux Radio Theatre (1-hour)
Saturday November 16
The Adv. of Maisie / Fort Laramie / Somebody Knows
Sunday November 17
Boston Blackie / Burns & Allen
Saturday November 23
The Jack Benny Program / The Saint / The Great Gildersleeve
Sunday November 24
Our Miss Brooks / The Life of Riley
Saturday November 3
The Adv. of Sherlock Holmes / Fibber McGee & Molly / The Green Hornet
Sunday December 1
Lux Radio Theatre (1-hour)
Saturday December 7
Romance / Suspense / The Jack Benny Program
Sunday December 8
Lux Radio Theatre (1-hour)
Saturday December 14
Father Knows Best / Tales of the Texas Rangers / The Damon Runyon Theatre
Sunday December 15
Lux Radio Theatre (1-hour)
Saturday December 21
Dragnet 12-21-50 / My Favorite Husband / Truth or Consequence
Sunday December 22
Lux Radio Theatre (1-hour)
Saturday December 28
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet / The Adv. of Sherlock Holmes / The Great Gildersleeve
Sunday December 29
Our Miss Brooks / Father Knows Best

The WGN Team

Faces to the voices!

Carl Amari

Host

Lisa Wolf

Co-Host

Mike Gastala

Producer

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