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Radio Free Roscoe
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Genre Teen drama
Comedy-drama
Created by Will McRobb
Douglas McRobb
Starring
  • Nathan Carter
  • Ali Mukaddam
  • Nathan Stephenson
  • Kate Todd
Theme music composer Jono Grant
Opening theme "Radio Free Roscoe Theme"
Ending theme "Radio Free Roscoe Theme"
(Instrumental) (some episodes)
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Steven DeNure
Neil Court
Beth Stevenson
Producer(s) John A. Delmage
Brent Piaskoski
Production location(s) Toronto, Ontario
Running time 20–22 minutes
Production company(s) Decode Entertainment
Release
Original network Family Channel
Original release August 1, 2003 (2003-08-01) – May 27, 2005 (2005-05-27)

Radio Free Roscoe is a Canadian teen comedy-drama television series. The series was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, and produced by Decode Entertainment. It first aired on August 1, 2003, on Family Channel in Canada. It has also been dubbed in French (as required for Canadian federally funded TV shows) in the province of Quebec and aired on Vrak. The show was later aired on U.S. network Noggin's teen block, The N, where the show received funding for a second season. The series ended on May 27, 2005, because The N decided to stop funding the show, and Family, along with Decode Entertainment, could not fill the gap in the production budget. The show was shown on Family until 2007, when it was replaced. In early 2008, The N began rebroadcasting reruns. As of 2019, episodes could still be found on the Canadian station Family Chrgd.

The pilot was first filmed in New Jersey, with an entirely different cast. At that time, the show was going to be based in Nutley, New Jersey and was to be titled Radio Free Nutley. The show was never picked up. Decode Entertainment later decided to move production to Toronto and change the cast and title of the show, leading to the show's production and broadcasting. Despite the change in filming location, the show was still set in suburban New Jersey.

Premise

Four teens in the suburban New Jersey town of Roscoe start attending Henry Roscoe High School. There, they are fed up with their school's radio station, "Cougar Radio", dictating unto the masses how to live, plus the rather overbearing Principal Waller, who seems to favour the popular students, so they create their own pirate radio station called Radio Free Roscoe. Lily Randall, Ray Brennan and Robbie McGrath are old friends, and find a friend in Travis Strong when they form the radio station. Each of them assume a radio alias to conceal their identity.

In their time at Roscoe High, the four friends confront various challenges, such as when Ray ("Pronto") has a crush on Lily ("Shady Lane"), when Lily and Travis ("Smog") date briefly, and other relationships between the members of RFR and their schoolmates. Examples include Lily and River Pierce, Travis and Parker Haynes, and Ray and Grace. Life at Roscoe High gets especially complicated when Robbie ("Question Mark") falls for the Cougar Radio DJ, Kim Carlisle.

Cast and characters

Main cast

Note: each member of Radio Free Roscoe assumes a pseudonym for broadcasting the radio show, allowing them to remain anonymous and thus prevent the administration from shutting the show down (pseudonym given in quotation marks).

  • Ray "Pronto" Brennan – Al Mukadam
  • Robbie "Question Mark" McGrath – Nathan Stephenson
  • Lily "Shady Lane" Randall – Kate Todd
  • Travis "Smog" Strong / Miss Communication – Nathan Carter

Supporting cast

  • Kim Carlisle – Genelle Williams
  • Principal Daniel Waller – Hamish McEwan
  • Mickey Stone – Kenny Robinson
  • Audrey Quinlan – Ashley Newbrough
  • Ted – David Rendall
  • Ed – Garen Boyajian
  • Parker Haynes – Victoria Nestorowicz (season 2)
  • Megan – Hill Kourkoutis (season 2)
  • Bridget – Lara Amersey (season 2)
  • River Pierce – Steve Belford (season 2)
  • Grace Sutter – Julia Alexander (season 2)

The final two episodes of the series ("Dance Around the Truth" and "The Last Dance") included all of the main and supporting cast, excluding Bridget (although she is mentioned) and Audrey.

All members of RFR have been, at some point, part of Cougar Radio. Travis considered joining in Episode One. Ray joined Cougar Radio because he didn't like concealing himself behind his persona "Pronto". Kim Carlisle convinced Robbie to join. Lily joined River Pierce to get air time for her band. Regardless of the rational basis, none of the RFR members departs permanently.

Guest stars

  • Tracey Hoyt – Miss Emily Mitchell
  • Ray Mukaddam – Tim Brennan
  • Lauren Collins – Blaire
  • Skye Sweetnam – Sydney DeLuca
  • Jake Epstein – Jackson Torrence
  • Aubrey Graham – RFR caller
  • The Meligrove Band – Themselves
  • The Trews – Themselves
  • The Pettit Project – Themselves
  • The Rocket Summer – Himself (voice)
  • Dan Koch – Himself (voice)
  • Mukundan Jr – Himself

Episodes

There are a total of 52 episodes. On Family, the episodes aired as two seasons, and on The N the episodes aired as four seasons, although both channels have aired all 52 episodes.

Awards and nominations

Awards

  • 2004 New York Festivals:
    • World Medal (Silver) for Television Programming & Promotion – Teen Programs (ages 13–17).
  • 2005 Gemini Awards:
    • Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series: Radio Free Roscoe (p. Steven Denure, Neil Court, John Delmage, Douglas McRobb, Will McRobb, Brent Piaskoski, Beth Stevenson. Decode Entertainment Inc.)

Nominations

  • 2004 Young Artists Awards
    • Nominated David Rendall (Radio Free Roscoe) for Best Performance in a Television Series, Recurring Young Actor.
  • 2004 Parents' Foundation Parents' Choice Awards:
    • Recommended Television Series Winner: Radio Free Roscoe.
  • 2004 Gemini Awards Nominations:
    • Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series: Radio Free Roscoe (p. Steven Denure, Neil Court, John Delmage, Douglas McRobb, Will McRobb, Brent Piaskoski, Beth Stevenson. Decode Entertainment Inc.)
    • Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series: Ali Mukaddam (for "The Awful Truth").
    • Best Sound in a Dramatic Series: Radio Free Roscoe – Justin Drury and Ric Jurgens (for "There Will Be No Encore Tonight")

International syndication

RFR is currently in syndication on these stations:

Country/Region Channel
 Australia ABC (now moved to ABC2)
South America Latin America Boomerang
 United States The N (block on Noggin)
 Poland TVP2
 Russia Teen TV
 Italy Rai Gulp and Rai 2
 Canada
 Portugal Panda Biggs

RFR was formerly syndicated on these stations:

Country/Region Channel Language
Canada Canada VRAK.TV French
Brazil Brazil Boomerang Brazilian Portuguese
Poland Poland ZigZap Polish
United Kingdom United Kingdom Nickelodeon English
France France France 2 and Canal J French
Finland Finland YLE TV2 English (with Finnish subtitles)
 Israel Arutz HaYeladim English (with Hebrew subtitles)
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