The story behind the shows.
Carl Amari’s Biographical Summary…
Carl Amari has been licensing classic radio shows from the owners and estates since 1990. He has amassed a library of 100,000+ master recordings. Amari broadcasts these golden-age of radio shows on his radio series, Hollywood 360, heard on 200+ radio stations coast-to-coast each week. Amari is also the Host/Producer of The WGN Radio Theatre heard each weekend on legendary Chicago radio station, WGN AM 720. His newest venture to share classic radio with the world is The Classic Radio Club. As Founder and Curator, Amari selects the best-of-the-best from his classic radio library to send to members each month.
Amari is also a published author. In 1996, he began writing a series of books about classic radio for The Smithsonian Institute. More recently, he teamed with fellow classic radio expert, Martin Grams, to co-write the best-selling coffee-table cook “The Top 100 Classic Radio Shows” (available at Amazon). Each month, Amari writes a classic radio-themed column titled “Radio 360” for the nostalgia publication “ReMind Magazine”.
In 2002, Amari licensed the intellectual property, The Twilight Zone, from CBS and The Rod Serling estate to create and produce The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, which are fully dramatized audio adaptations based on Rod Serling’s Emmy-Award winning TV series. Hosted by prolific actor Stacy Keach, each hour-long radio drama features a Hollywood celebrity in the title role. The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas has won numerous awards of excellence including The Audie Award, AFTRA’s American Scene Award and the XM Nation Award for Best Radio Drama on XM. The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas are broadcast coast-to-coast each week on nearly 100 radio stations.
In 2007, Amari parlayed his experience and passion for radio theatre and love for the Bible into the creation of the award-winning Word of Promise celebrity-voiced, dramatized audio Bible published by Christian giant Thomas Nelson, Inc. The New Testament won 2008’s highest Evangelical award, The Christian Book of the Year. The Word of Promise stars Jim Caviezel (“The Passion of the Christ”) reprising his film role as Jesus, with Michael York, Terence Stamp, Lou Gossett, Jr., Marisa Tomei, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ernie Hudson, Kimberly-Williams Paisley and many other celebrities voicing roles of the New Testament.
In 2008, Amari produced The Word of Promise Old Testament featuring more than 400 actors including: Jon Voight, Gary Sinise, Richard Dreyfuss, Max von Sydow, Malcolm McDowell, Joan Allen, John Rhys-Davies, Sean Astin, Marcia Gay Harden and Jesse McCartney. The Old Testament was combined with the New Testament and released as The Word of Promise Complete audio Bible in 2009 and has won numerous awards, including three Audie awards. The Word of Promise has become the #1 selling audio Bible of all time.
In 2009, Amari produced The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible: New Testament, a Catholic Bible featuring Neal McDonough, John Rhys-Davies, Malcolm McDowell, Kristen Bell, Blair Underwood, Julia Ormond, Brian Cox, Sean Astin and other celebrities. It was released by Zondervan Corporation, the largest religious publisher in the world. Amari secured an Imprimatur from The Vatican and a foreword by Pope Benedict XVI for The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible: New Testament, which has become the #1 selling Catholic audio Bible in the world. In 2016, Amari produced The Breathe Audio Bible for Christian Publisher Tyndale House. Celebrities voicing roles include Ashley Judd, Josh Lucas, Kevin Sorbo, Hill Harper, John Rhys-Davies and Corbin Bleu. Amari currently produces a weekly radio series based on this audio Bible called The Breathe Radio Theatre hosted by Kevin Sorbo, heard on Christian radio stations coast-to-coast.
In 2000, Amari produced the feature film Madison starring Jim Caviezel, Bruce Dern, Jake Lloyd, Mary McCormack and John Mellencamp. In 2001, Madison was invited by Robert Redford to be the opening film at Redford’s prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Madison was later released worldwide by MGM. Amari also spends his time creating television series for Warner Brothers and Gulfstream Pictures. He currently has several TV projects in development for Amazon and other streaming platforms, including Netflix.
Amari’s company was twice named to the INC. 500 list of fastest growing privately-held companies. He was selected as one of Chicago’s Very Own by Tribune Broadcasting and his business accomplishments have been highlighted in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, Variety, INC. 500, The Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Post.