When the great Chuck Schaden announced he was retiring last spring, I didn't know what would happen to my Saturday afternoons. For 39 years -- no matter where I was or what I was doing -- I always managed to spend at least part of the day between 1 and 5 p.m. listening to the guru of old-time radio bring back to life the golden age of Jack Benny, "The Shadow," "Fibber McGee and Molly" and the rest of the gang.
I need not have worried. Although Schaden stepped down in June from "Those Were the Days," he didn't let his faithful audience down. Instead, he put his weekly show into the capable hands of Steve Darnall, the same devoted fan to whom Schaden had entrusted publication of his Nostalgia Digest magazine four years earlier. And just as Darnall has kept up the high standards Schaden set in print, he's proven to be the perfect successor to the Radio Hall of Famer on the air.