Radio Rebel

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Not to be confused with Radio Rebelde.
Radio Rebel
Movie poster
Based on Shrinking Violet
by Danielle Joseph
Written by Erik Patterson
Jessica Scott
Directed by Peter Howitt
Theme music composer James Jandrisch
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Editor(s) Richard Schwadel
Cinematography Kamal Derkaoui
Production company(s) MarVista
Two 4 the Money Media
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original channel Disney Channel
Original release February 17, 2012
External links

Radio Rebel is a 2012 Disney Channel Original Movie based on a novel titled Shrinking Violet. The movie was directed by Peter Howitt, written by Erik Patterson & Jessica Scott, and stars Debby Ryan as Tara Adams.

Plot summary[edit]

Tara Adams is a shy seventeen-year-old senior at Lincoln Bay High School who dreads speaking to anyone in the school hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom, she rocks out as a podcast DJ named "Radio Rebel." Her alter ego gives inspirational messages to her fellow high school students and in turn they become her protégées. Her stepfather, Rob (Martin Cummins), runs SLAM FM, Seattle’s hottest FM radio station. When he finds out that Tara is Radio Rebel while listening to one of her podcasts at the request of DJ Cami Q (Mercedes de la Zerda), he decides to let Tara fill in for the open DJ slot at SLAM FM.

Keeping her Radio Rebel alter ego a secret, Tara becomes an instant hit because her radio show encourages her classmates to be themselves. She has fun; on one occasion, she hosts a dance party during lunch at her high school where Principal Moreno (Nancy Robertson) has banned her students from listening to Radio Rebel's podcast. However, the principal cannot order DJ Cami Q to leave the campus, since she parked her car on public property (the street) and has the necessary permit.

Angrily, Principal Moreno decides to cancel the prom until Radio Rebel reveals her true self. Her fellow students become disillusioned with Radio Rebel and call in her radio show to say that she crushed their dreams. Scared that she disappointed her listeners, Tara and SLAM FM decide to throw the Lincoln Bay students a MORP (PROM spelled backwards). The students nominate and select Radio Rebel for MORP queen and, despite the fact that Principal Moreno will expel her, Tara goes onstage to accept the honor.

In order to protect Tara, her best friend Audrey shouts, "I'm Radio Rebel!" Tara's love interest Gavin follows suit and eventually all students continue shouting that they are Radio Rebel until Principal Moreno concedes defeat and storms off. Tara, brimming with confidence now that she has been accepted by the student body, gives her crown to Stacy. Previously anti-Radio Rebel, Stacy declares, "I'm Radio Rebel!" and Stacy finally gets her crown. The movie concludes with Tara dancing the night away with Gavin, both finally allowed to be themselves.


  • Debby Ryan as Tara Adams,[1] a shy schoolgirl who secretly adopts the radio personality Radio Rebel.
  • Sarena Parmar as Audrey,[1] Tara's best friend who helps hide her secret identity.
  • Adam DiMarco as Gavin,[1] a member of The GGGG's and Stacy's prom date who is Tara's love interest.
  • Merritt Patterson as Stacy,[1] the school's most popular girl who is obsessed with being the Prom Queen.
  • Atticus Mitchell as Gabe,[1] the highly ambitious lead singer of the popular Gs band who doesn't care who Tara is even though she played their CD.
  • Mercedes de la Zerda as DJ Cami Q,[2] the popular radio DJ who is Tara's good friend at SLAM FM


When Shrinking Violet was adapted into a movie, certain elements were altered, including the character Teresa being renamed Tara and her radio personality being changed from Sweet T to Radio Rebel.

The movie was directed by Peter Howitt and was shot in Canada, with principal photography taking place during the summer of 2011 in Vancouver. The scenes in the school, and some scenes at "SlamFM" were filmed at Meadowridge Independent School in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. The script was composed by Erik Patterson and Jessica Scott. Michael Jacobs, Robyn Snyder and MarVista CEO Fernando Szew executive produced the film with Kim Arnott and Oliver De Caigny. "We are confident that 'Radio Rebel' features the same elements that made our first production a huge success including a tight, fast-paced and comedic script and an all-around talented cast, plus several original songs that will be sure to delight teens across the globe," Szew said.[3]

Debby Ryan recorded two songs to promote the film: a cover of The Go-Go's' "We Got the Beat" and a collaboration with Chase Ryan and Chad Hively called "We Ended Right".


The movie was accompanied by a week-long lineup called We Got the Beat Week consisting of new music videos and music-themed Disney Channel series and movies.


Radio Rebel
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released February 21, 2012 (2012-02-21)
Recorded January–February 2012
Genre Pop rock
Length 41:01
Label Walt Disney Records
Producer Matthew Gerrard, Ali "Dee" Theodore, Matthew Tishler
Singles from Radio Rebel
  1. "We Got the Beat"
    Released: February 13, 2012[4]

The Radio Rebel soundtrack album was released on February 21, 2012.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "We Got the Beat" (Debby Ryan) 2:22
2. "Can't Stop The Rock" (The Barrymores) 2:34
3. "Afterthought" (The Whereabouts) 2:50
4. "Turn It All Around" (The GGGG's) 2:46
5. "We So Fly" (The GGGG's) 2:44
6. "Brand New Day" (Kari Kimmel) 2:37
7. "Backing Off" (Champion) 2:53
8. "We Ended Right" (Debby Ryan feat. Chase Ryan and Chad Hively) 4:06
9. "No Advances" (Two Hours Traffic) 3:18
10. "Like You Love Her" (Fat Sue) 3:48
11. "Now I Can Be The Real Me" (The GGGG's) 3:18
12. "Touch The Ground" (Central Park feat. Maylee Todd) 1:58
13. "My Revolution" (Above Envy) 2:37
14. "A Wish Comes True Everyday" (Debby Ryan) 3:11
15. "Rebel New"   3:05


The movie earned 4.3 million viewers on its premiere night.[6]


Cafepress has released a line of Radio Rebel merchandise, including iPhone cases, tote bags, apparel, and wall hangings.


Worldwide the film aired on Disney Channel. It premiered on March 9, 2012 in Canada, on June 1, 2012 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, on June 17, 2012 in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines, on July 6, 2012 in Australia and New Zealand, and on June 16, 2013 in South Africa.


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