Chuck Schaden is recognized nationally as the man who has done
more to preserve Radio's Golden Age than anyone else in America.
Born in Chicago on June 29, 1934, Schaden began collecting old radio
programs during the 1960s. By the end of the decade, he had close
to 1,000 shows in his possession.
Schaden began sharing his collection of vintage programs with listeners
when he began his own show, Those Were The Days. The show
debuted May 2, 1970 over WNMP/Evanston, later known as WLTD. The
show moved to WNIB/Chicago in 1975, where it remained for 25 years.
Today, Those Were The Days can be heard every Saturday afternoon
on WDCB/Glen Ellyn.
Schaden has hosted many other old-time radio shows in the Chicago
area, including the WLTD/WXFM series The Hall Closet, WBEZs
When Radio Was Radio and WBBMs Old-Time Radio Classics.
Throughout his career, Schadens infectious enthusiasm and
attention to detail have brought the sounds of yesteryear to new
generations of listeners.
In 1987, Schaden donated his large collectionwhich had grown
to include over 50,000 hours of radio broadcaststo The Museum
of Broadcast Communications. Chuck Schaden retired from broadcasting in 2009. Today he can be found at his own website "Speaking Of Radio"
with recollections, celebrity interviews and broadcasts made during his impressive career.
Chuck Schaden was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993.
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