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"Radio Rebel" (Disney Channel TV movie), starring Debby Ryan ("Jessie"), is about a teen who secretly breaks free from her painfully shy self and into the persona of a bold podcast host who rocks her Seattle high school with music and the message to "be yourself." The movie is based on the novel "Shrinking Violet" and includes Ryan performing the smash hit, "We Got the Beat."

The story follows Tara Adams (Ryan), an introverted high school junior who alone in her room at home casts herself as Radio Rebel, host of a nightly podcast on which she showcases her passion for music and self-expression. However at school, a shy Tara can't bring herself to speak in class, especially when the newly-popular rocker Gavin is around. Nor can she imagine anything more intimidating than when her drama teacher teams her in class with Gavin and his prom date, the school's cliquish queen bee, Stacy.

Radio Rebel quickly gains fans on campus, especially when her show lands on a popular local radio station. Her fellow students believe Radio Rebel gives a voice to everyone on the social scale, encouraging them to abandon cliques and celebrate each other's differences. Radio Rebel's rising popularity chagrins the school's principal, who considers her message to be in clear defiance of the school's "anti-distraction policy." Meanwhile, Gavin raves about Radio Rebel and her taste in music, but shy Tara can barely finish a sentence in front of him.

As students clamor to learn the identity of Radio Rebel and the show's popularity extends across Seattle, Tara's two worlds begin to collide. Everything reaches an apex when Radio Rebel is nominated prom-queen and the school principal, in turn, cancels prom, causing a backlash from her fans. Tara now must wrestle with two even bolder moves – organizing an alternative to prom and revealing that she is Radio Rebel.

The "Radio Rebel" cast includes Debby Ryan as Tara Adams; Sarena Parmar ("How to be Indie," Degrassi") as Audrey; Adam DiMarco ("Haunting Hour," "Kiss at Pine Lake") as Gavin; Merritt Patterson ("Kyle XY") as Stacy and Atticus Mitchell ("My Babysitter's a Vampire") as Gabe.

The teleplay for "Radio Rebel" was written by Erik Patterson and Jessica Scott ("Another Cinderella Story," "The Haunting Hour") and directed by Peter Howitt ("Sliding Doors," "Johnny English"). The executive producers are Fernando Szew ("A Christmas Kiss"), Michael D. Jacobs ("3 Holiday Tails"), Robyn Snyder ("16 Wishes"), Jane Goldenring ("I Do (But I Don't"), Kim Arnott ("The Haunting Hour") and Oliver De Caigny ("Dear Santa," "The Haunting Hour"). Based on the novel "Shrinking Violet" by Danielle Joseph, the movie was filmed in Vancouver, Canada. It is a production of MarVista and Two 4 the Money Media.




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RADIO REBEL: FACTS

Network: Disney Channel
Runtime: 120 mins.
Premiere Date: February 17, 2012
Production Companies:
MarVista
Two 4 the Money Media





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