The Radio Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens meet someone who has a radio show. Some other big radio show wanted to buy it out and play top hits, but the owner said, “No way.” He liked his old-fashioned radio show, complete with scripted programs. There are some hard feelings though. Some say that the radio show should have been sold. Some of the actors quit and the radio show has to be completely re-written. The Aldens volunteer, of course. Strange stuff happens and the Aldens want to get to the bottom of it.
What I liked
I really like music, but I’m not a “radio” person. I used to find some radio shows hilarious on my morning drive to work, but it’s been a long time since I’ve listened to anything other than songs on a flash drive in my car. Yes, radio can be a great medium to absorb things through. You can do other things while you’re listening to an interview or hearing some radio people prank people at random out in public.
What I didn’t like
I hate to be down on the Aldens, but someone who has an established radio show isn’t just going to let four kids with no experience be on their prime slot. Radio is about timing. You have to be able to act, with your voice, but also keep the time in mind. If you forget your words, you can’t just mumble “watermelon, watermelon, watermelon,” and use your visual appearance as a distraction from the fact that you mumbled, “watermelon,” three times, because there is no visual appearance. It’s all your voice.
Drama just follows the Aldens around everywhere, even on the radio.
What would you do if you had a radio show?
Do you think doing a radio show would be fun?