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"The WGN Radio Theatre” is hosted by Carl Amari and airs Sunday nights at 7 pm until 9 pm on WGN AM 720 unless it is pre-empted for sports.

  • 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.

  • 2009

    Hollywood 360

    In 2009, Amari, along with co-host Lisa Wolf, began producing/hosting “Hollywood 360” a 5-hour showcase for classic radio shows on Chicago affiliate AM 560 WIND-The Answer. Movie critic Sarah Adamson is also heard each week to bring you the latest movie reviews.

  • 2012


    In 2012, “Hollywood 360” branched out into national syndication and today, “Hollywood 360” can be heard on 150+ affiliates all across the country. It’s also heard each week in 168 countries on American Forces Radio. To receive podcasts of “Hollywood 360” click here. Amari has more than 100,000 classic radio shows under license. He and his business partner Vince Lombardi develop classic radio collections via digital download each month, which are offered for sale in his store.

  • 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, presented the best in classic radio and offered listeners the chance to win great prizes with call-in contests. Both “Hollywood 360” and “The WGN Radio Theatre” were executive-produced by Michael Gastala. Carl’s ‘crabby’ brother Vince Amari was the show’s jack-of-all-trades. "The WGN Radio Theatre” ended in 2020 but Amari continued to host specials for WGN for Halloween and Christmas. Then on December 12, 2021, "The WGN Radio Theatre" returned to WGN’s airwaves, hosted by Amari and heard in its new time slot of Sunday nights at 7pm until 9pm.

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Here is this month's schedule:


Halloween Eve Show
Inner Sanctum Mystery


Special 6-hour Halloween show 7p-9p
My Favorite Husband
The Whistler
Inner Sanctum Mystery
Our Miss Brooks
Lights Out


Veteran’s Day 11-11-22
Command Performance
The Screen Director’s Playhouse


The Fred Allen Show


Thanksgiving Show
The Jack Benny Program
The Life of Riley


Broadway Is My Beat
Tales of the Texas Rangers


Fibber McGee & Molly
Casey, Crime Photographer


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar


The Abbott & Costello Show
The Damon Runyon Theater

12/24/22 through 12/25/22

27-hour Christmas Spectacular
27 Classic Radio Christmas shows!


Burns & Allen


The Great Gildersleeve
Dimension X


My Friend Irma


Our Miss Brooks
Have Gun-Will Travel

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