945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Join us at the Museum for a full day celebrating Bob Hope’s career in radio, with a humor-writing workshop, a radio-themed STEM workshop for girls, and a “live” radio-broadcast re-creation! Members of the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club will be offering demonstrations all day, and there will be a special appearance by WTUL-FM "Kids Show" DJ LizE.
Program supported by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, with special thanks to the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum.
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Martha Bolton presents “Mining Your Mind for Laughs”
BB’s Stage Door Canteen
Learn how to write humor on any topic with Martha Bolton, who Bob Hope once said “finds fun in the familiar, the mirth in the mundane, the belly laughs in the bellyaches of everyday living.” An Emmy Award nominee, Bolton wrote for Bob Hope for 15 years and was his first full-time female staff writer. Bolton joins us to teach the building blocks of writing a joke—from the different joke forms to sketch writing to dialogue and everything in between. Register to attend.
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Girls Innovation Studio: Radio Workshop
STEM Innovation Gallery in the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion
Innovate and create with elements of radio and produce a WWII-era radio comedy using scripts, sound effects, and music. The workshop takes participants through the many stages of radio production, including casting, microphone and sound effects training, and a cue rehearsal, before they put on a "live" broadcast. Girls will have fun exploring technology and radio while participating in hands-on, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities in the Museum’s STEM Innovation Gallery. The workshop is free for all girls and their caregivers. Register to attend.
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Radio’s Golden Age Revisited
BB’s Stage Door Canteen
Join us for a re-created "live" broadcast in the spirit of old-time radio hosted by Sean Patterson and featuring the Victory Six swing band. Sean Patterson is an actor, educator, writer, director, and New Orleans native. He has written three shows for The National WWII Museum: Let Freedom Swing!, a re-creation of a Stage Door Canteen show for the troops; On the Air, a live radio show set on Mother's Day, 1944; and The Mysterious Wisterias, an audience-participation murder mystery evoking comedy films of the 1940s. Register to attend.