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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


    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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Here is the upcoming WGN Radio Theatre Schedule:

Saturday March 10
The Adv. of Sam Spade, Detective /Our Miss Brooks / Escape
Sunday March 11
Have Gun-Will Travel / X Minus One /The Lives of Harry Lime
Saturday March 17
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe / The Jack Benny Program / Crime Classics
Sunday March 18
Suspense / Nick Carter, Master Detective /The Roy Rogers Show
Saturday March 24
Special guest, LIVE on the air: Gloria McMillan /Fibber McGee & Molly w/ Gloria McMillan / Our Miss Brooks w/ Gloria McMillan /The Halls of Ivy w/ Gloria McMillan
Sunday March 25
Mr. & Mr. North / Fibber McGee & Molly / Under Arrest
Saturday March 31 (Easter)
The Jack Benny Program / The Great Gildersleeve / My Friend Irma
Sunday April 1 (Easter)
Life With Luigi / Escape / The Line Up
Saturday April 7
Boston Blackie / You Bet Your Life / Red Ryder
Sunday April 8
The Shadow / The Bing Crosby Show /Broadway Is My Beat
Saturday April 14
Suspense / Our Miss Brooks / Tales of the Texas Rangers
Sunday April 15
The Story of Dr. Kildare / Lights Out! / Gunsmoke
Saturday April 21
The Jack Benny Program / Murder At Midnight / Columbia Presents Corwin
Sunday April 22
The Fred Allen Show / Escape Pt. 1 / Escape Pt. 2
Saturday April 28
CBS Radio Workshop / Duffy’s Tavern / Nick Carter, Master Detective
Sunday April 29
The Adv, of Ellery Queen / Suspense / This Is Your FBI
Saturday May 5
Gunsmoke / The Life of Riley / The Man Called X
Sunday May 6
Escape / The Burns & Allen Show /Casey, Crime Photographer
Saturday May 12 (Mother’s Day)
The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show / The Green Hornet / Box Thirteen
Sunday May 13 (Mother’s Day)
The Adv. of Sam Spade, Detective / Inner Sanctum Mystery / The Six Shooter
Saturday May 19
Suspense / Fibber McGee & Molly /Rocky Fortune
Sunday May 20
I Was a Communist for the FBI / The Jack Benny Program /The Sealed Book
Saturday May 26
The Adv. of Red Ryder / Screen Guild Players /The Milton Berle Show
Sunday May 27
Escape / The Charlie McCarthy Show /The Adv. of Michael Shayne

The WGN Team

Faces to the voices!

Carl Amari


Lisa Wolf


Mike Gastala


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