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Family; Radio Fliers; Re-creating old-style broadcast dramas allows kids' imaginations to take flight.
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Nelson, Valerie J
Date: Apr 11, 2002
Start Page: F.43
Section: Calendar Weekend; Calendar Desk
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Or "Inspector Rufflethorpe," the 1938-style radio show that's a respectful salute to the detective genre. A cast of 18, more than half of them children, is taping the show as part of the "Re- Creating Radio" family workshops that take place Saturday mornings at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills.

The young "sound effects artists" will work with two tables full of props. They'll use a wind machine, a wood cylinder that rotates with fabric attached, to conjure up wind during a seance; tap on a coconut shell with a drumstick to imitate rapping on a secret passage; and crinkle a plastic grocery bag to mimic the crackle of fire. (My 11-year-old son's favorite will be "the body slam," where he bangs two "caveman clubs" on the floor to simulate the sound of bodies dropping.)

"Re-Creating Radio" workshops, Museum of Television & Radio, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. Children should be at least 9 years old. $5 tickets must be purchased in advance. Private group workshops $125. 10 a.m. Saturdays through June 15. No workshop May 25. Workshops resume in fall. Call (310) 786-1014.

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