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036: Kid's Radio
StarStarStar
July 23, 1988

Brad and Sherman hit the air waves with their very own radio station. The station is called "KYDS Radio", but without proper support, the project is headed for trouble.


Characters
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Actor
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# 35
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Production Team
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Paul McCusker   Phil Lollar   Male Missing
Paul McCusker   Phil Lollar   Bob Luttrell
Writer
Director
  Director   Sound Designer


Review
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Written By: Chandler

"You know what we need, Mr. Whittaker?" says Brad, "A radio station for kids." And so the idea of Kid's Radio is born.

Whit gets out some old radio equipment and approval to run a station at Whit's End. Brad gathers a bunch of kids together to help him launch the new station that is "by kids, for kids." When Brad asks for aid in the electronic side of the production, a geek named Sherman volunteers. Eventually, they are the only two who continue to work on the station. It is interesting to hear the pair together--it's a foreshadowing of the roles they would later play as Jack and Oscar.

Although all the kids wanted to help at first, they drop off one by one. Brad is running himself ragged. Finally his dad comes to Whit's End to put a stop to the station. Whit decides to step in and make an announcement--he asks for people to volunteer to help the station or it'll be shut down. Sadly, no one offers to work with the station. Dejected, the kids realize that's the end of Kid's Radio; but just then a man comes into the shop. Introducing himself, he explains that he's program manager for a local radio station and that he's extremely interested in having Brad and Sherman do a show on his station. And that's the way it ends up (as confirmed by "The Last Great Adventure of the Summer")--Kid's Radio is shut down while Brad and Sherman get a job with another station.

I like that part at the end where Whit suggests a radio program, obviously paralleling Odyssey and himself, and the program manager just laughs at him. It reminds me of a similar situation in "I Slap Floor" when Whit tells everyone about his plans for a new flying machine that is clearly the Strata Flyer from the movies. When everyone thinks he's crazy, he angrily says that it'll be useful the next time someone falls off a clock tower, and obvious reference to "A Fine Feathered Frenzy."

Introducing Kid's Radio is the only reason for this episode so it's rather average. I do find it odd that in one show, Kid's Radio is introduced and then ended. However, the possibility of resuscitating the station was left open by Whit's comment, "Oh, don't worry about that. When the time's right, it'll come back."


Trivia
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The actors of Brad and Sherman later played the better-known pair of Jack and Oscar.
- Chandler

At the end, Whit asks Ralph Adams about his idea of a show basically about himself and Whit's End and Adams laughs at him. This is similar to the scene in "I Slap Floor" when Whit suggests that Strata Flyer and people think he's crazy.
- Chandler

This episode marks the first appearance of KYDS Radio, although it would not be heard again until quite a while after this episode.
- noname


Goofs
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When Sherman says to Whit that five of the tubes work, three break, equaling two. But Sherman says that only one works now.
- AIOdude


Allusions
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Near the end of the show, Whit alludes to starting a radio program, only what he's describing is Adventures in Odyssey! The ironic part - the radio man he describes it to thinks the idea is rediculous!
- JesusFreak777

Brad says that Leonard requested for them to play the theme song from "Texas Chainsaw Mass Attack" which is a parody of the hit horror movie "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
- AIOdude

Odyssey is probably east of the Missippi which means the call letters should start with a W not a K. It can be argued that there are a few rare exceptions like KDKA in Pittsburgh. But nearly all radio stations in the eastern part of the country begin with W.
- David


Quotes
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Kid: (in wimpy voice) I wanna be a disc jockey, Brad; can I audition to be a disc jockey?
Brad: Yeah, go ahead. Try reading this.
Kid: Uh, okay, I'm ready to read. (clears throat and read in strong, adult voice) Today in the news, the President signed a bill--
Brad: You're hired!
- Aslan


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