- This article is about the radio episode. For the radio station, see Kids' Radio (station).
Brad Dillard loves radio. He tells Whit that he wishes a radio station existed just for kids. Whit is intrigued by the idea and shows Brad all sorts of old broadcasting equipment that came with the building when he bought Whit's End. Whit says he'll provide the equipment if Brad will run the station. Brad agrees and calls all the kids together. Everyone is enthusiastic, especially a nerdy little kid named Sherman who is a whiz at electronics. The gang all agrees to help Brad get "Kids' Radio" off the ground.
But soon Brad and Sherman learn that what kids promise and what they deliver are two different things. The only ones who put any real work into the station are Brad and Sherman! They work hard to get it on the air, and once they do, they work to keep it on the air.
After a while the work starts to take its toll, making both Brad and Sherman frazzled. Brad's father tells Whit that Brad is endangering his health by working so hard. Brad cannot continue. Whit agrees. He goes on the air to praise Brad and Sherman for their commitment and mildly scolds the kids listening for not following through on their promise to help. Whit also announces that everyone interested in keeping Kid's Radio on the air should meet at Whit's End at 3 p.m. the next day. Unfortunately, no one shows. Brad, Sherman, and Whit are disappointed - until the manager of a local station walks in the door. The manager says he loves the show and wants it for his Saturday morning lineup. Brad and Sherman happily agree, having learned firsthand the value of perseverance.
- Why didn't anyone help Brad and Sherman get Kids' Radio on the air?
- Why did Brad apologize to Sherman?
- How can you become a good promise keeper?
Heard in episode
|Brad Dillard||Donald Long|
|Mr. Dillard||Chuck Bolte|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Ralph Adams||Jim Custer|
- Brad's and Sherman's actors, Donald Long and Joseph Cammaroto, would later play the better-known pair of Jack Davis and Oscar Peterson.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Kids' Radio, although it would not be heard again until #114: “The Big Broadcast”, two years later.
- 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."
- Sherman reports that Freddy abandoned the project to watch Mister Ed reruns on TV. Actor Alan Young, who would later play Jack Allen, was the star of this show.
- The Saturday news report features updates on Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev and the policy of Glasnost.
- The musical numbers heard playing on KYDS radio in this episode include "This Is the Day That the Lord Has Made" and "Seek Ye First" — as well as the AIO theme, which plays during Whit's ad for free ice cream.
- Sherman says that he knocked Jeremy Price off his skateboard. Jeremy Price is mentioned again much later in #170: “A Test for Robyn”, when Robyn Jacobs cheated off of him on a History test.
- 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 ridiculous! This is similar to the scene in #440: “I Slap Floor”, when Whit suggests the idea of the Strata-Flyer and people think he's crazy.
- This episode was used in Radio Scripts, Volume 1.
- This episode was originally titled Kids' Radio, which is how the radio station is spelled.
- When Sherman says to Whit that five of the tubes work, three break, equaling two. But Sherman says that only one works now.
QuotesBrad Dillard: Why don't the other kids see you are such a nice guy?
Sherman: I don’t know. I guess nobody got close enough to notice.
John Whittaker: Uh, Mr. Adams, before you go, I had an idea for a radio program, I thought I'd like to try out on you.
Ralph Adams: Oh? Let's hear it.
John Whittaker: Well, it's kinda like the old time radio dramas, and it takes place in a small town and a big building they call a discovery emporium.
Ralph Adams: A discovery emporium?
John Whittaker: Yes. And it has a special Bible room, and the county's largest train set.
Ralph Adams: Train set?
John Whittaker: Yes. And it's run by a grandfatherly inventor and kids come in and they have all kinds of adventures together. What do you think?
Ralph Adams: Stick to selling ice cream, Mr. Whittaker. Stick to selling ice cream.
John Whittaker: Radio's changed a lot since I was a kid, that's for sure.
Brad Dillard: You had radio when you were a kid?
Sherman: It's going to be real nice weather today. It's also partly cloudy, or partly sunny. Kinda a little of each. So don't go to the pool or you'll get a lopsided sun tan.