First episode date 1 August 2003
Networks TeenNick, Family Channel
Theme music composer Jono Grant
Final episode date 27 May 2005
|Genre Teen comedy, Teen drama|
Created by Will McRobbDouglas McRobb
Starring Nathan CarterAli MukaddamNathan StephensonKate Todd
Opening theme "Radio Free Roscoe Theme"
Ending theme "Radio Free Roscoe Theme"(Instrumental) (some episodes)
Cast Kate Todd, Nathan Stephenson, Al Mukadam, Genelle Williams, Ashley Newbrough
Radio Free Roscoe is a Canadian television series filmed in Toronto, Ontario. The show was produced by Decode Entertainment, and it first aired on 1 August 2003 on Family, 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 The N in the United States, where the show received funding for a second season. The series ended on 27 May 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.
- Main cast
- Supporting cast
- Guest stars
- Media releases
- International syndication
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 titled Radio Free Nutley. The show was never picked up until Decode Entertainment decided to move production to Toronto and change the cast and title of the show. However, the show was still set in suburban New Jersey.
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 favor 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 make a radio name to conceal their identity.
In their time at Roscoe High, the four friends confront challenges, such as when Ray ("Pronto") has a crush on Lily ("Shady Lane"), when Lily and Travis ("Smog") date briefly, and during other love interests between the members of RFR and their schoolmates, such as Lily and River Pierce, Travis and Parker Haynes, and Ray and Grace. Cougar Radio and life at Roscoe High gets more complicated when Robbie ("Question Mark") falls for the Cougar Radio DJ, Kim Carlisle.
Note: each member of Radio Free Roscoe uses a pseudonym that is only used when broadcasting their radio show, so they can remain anonymous (this is represented in quotation marks).
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.
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.
There are two official Radio Free Roscoe products.
RFR is currently in syndication on these stations:
RFR was formerly syndicated on these stations: