Radio Rebel

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Radio Rebel (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Radio Rebel” is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered in 2012. The film follows the story of Tara Adams (played by Debby Ryan), a high school student who is an introverted and shy girl in her everyday life. However, she leads a secret double life as the confident and outgoing DJ known as “Radio Rebel” on her school’s radio station.

As Radio Rebel, Tara hosts a popular late-night radio show where she plays music and gives advice to her fellow students on various personal and social issues. The show becomes a hit among her peers, and they start to seek advice and inspiration from the mysterious and empowering voice of Radio Rebel.

Meanwhile, in her real life, Tara faces the challenges of navigating high school, dealing with cliques, and finding her own voice. Her best friend Audrey (played by Merritt Patterson) encourages her to come out of her shell, while her nemesis Principal Moreno (played by Adam DiMarco) is determined to unmask the identity of Radio Rebel.

As the school’s big dance approaches, Tara’s worlds collide when she is chosen to DJ the event, putting her secret identity at risk of being exposed. With the support of her friends, Tara must decide whether to reveal her true self to the school or continue living a double life.

“Radio Rebel” is a feel-good movie that celebrates the power of individuality, self-expression, and standing up for what you believe in. It encourages viewers to find their own voice and not be afraid to be different. The film also highlights the importance of friendship, as Tara’s relationship with her friends plays a significant role in her journey of self-discovery.

Throughout the movie, Tara learns that being true to oneself is more important than conforming to social norms or trying to fit in. With the help of her alter ego, Radio Rebel, she empowers others to find their own confidence and embrace their uniqueness.

Filled with catchy music, fun moments, and a positive message, “Radio Rebel” is an inspiring and relatable movie for teenagers that encourages them to embrace their authentic selves and let their voices be heard.

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  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Movie Platform: Disney Channel Original Movie
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  • Debby Ryan: Tara Adams
  • Merritt Patterson: Stacy DeBane
  • Adam DiMarco: Gavin
  • Sarena Parmar: Audrey Sharma
  • Nancy Robertson: Principal Moreno
  • Allie Bertram: Kim
  • Mercedes de la Zerda: DJ Cami Q
  • Atticus Mitchell: Gabe
  • Martin Cummins: Rob Lynch-Adams
  • April Telek: Delilah Adams
  • Iain Belcher: Barry
  • Rowen Kahn: Larry


  • Director: Peter Howitt

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