Radio Disney as we knew it is gone, New Releases, Idina Menzel releases Baby It’s Cold Outside video, Ella Henderson on The Voice
For the past twelve years at Tommy2.Net, November 18th has been the day we’ve recognized the birth of a media outlet that has played a HUGE role in Teen/Tween Pop music. Unfortunately, the thing that so many of us dearly cherished died this past year. The property once called Radio Disney was killed not long after the keys to the kingdom were given to the non-broadcast entity, Disney Channel in 2007.
How can it be dead if it’s technically still on-the-air?
It’s clearly evident that during their teenage years the ‘The Radio Station Just For Kids’ was repurposed and packaged exclusively for Women 25-54. As a result, all teen oriented acts without a connection to Disney Channel have virtually disappeared? In the past year I mentioned this to one of the higher ups and was told that I was incorrect. I also was given a list of “New Young Artists” currently featured on Radio Disney – the average age of the talent on the list was just a few months shy of 20 years old? And what about that N.B.T. program that promised to spotlight new talent? After five years of failing turn a winner into a success story they decided to use N.B.T. to feature signed acts that are backed by solid management with a strong probability for success. Why? So they can claim they helped make that well established and well funded act into stars when it couldn’t be further from the truth. After all, they do claim Taylor Swift as one of their success stories despite the fact her album was certified Platinum before they gave her a spin on November 3, 2007.
Musically, those glory years of playing exclusive content for younger EARS is long gone. Research Director, Inc. said it best, “Their attempt to play music on AM stations, much of which was already available on the FM dial, certainly limited their available audience.” That statement is clearly referring to the changes made to the Radio Disney playlist in 2008 that put the station into the financial mess they are in right now.
How many acts do you remember that at one time could only be heard on Radio Disney? Here’s just a few that previously graced the Radio Disney Top 30 Countdown charts: A*Teens, Aaron Carter, Alexa Vega, Allstar Weekend, Aly & AJ, Anneliese van der Pol, Anne Hathaway, Ashley Tisdale, B5, The Beu Sisters, Bridgit Mendler, Brie Larson, Caleigh Peters, Chris Trousdale, Corbin Bleu, Crazy Frog, The Cheetah Girls, Christy Carlson Romano, The Clique Girlz, Crazy Frog, D-Tent Boys, Demi Lovato, Dream Street, Drew Seeley, Emily Osment, Everlife, Fan_3, Greg Raposo, Hampton The Hampster, Haylie Duff, Hilary Duff, Hoku, Joey Page, Jonas Brothers, Jordan Francis, Jordan McCoy, Jordan Pruitt, Jump5, Katelyn Tarver, Keke Palmer, KSM, Kyle Massey, Lalaine, Leslie Carter, LMNT, Lucas Grabeel, Melissa Joan Hart, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Cosgrove, Mitchel Musso, Myra, Nikki Cleary, No Secrets, Play, Plus One, PureNRG, Raven, Ron Stoppable & Rufus, Rose Falcon, Roshon Fegan, S Club 7, Sabrina Bryan, Savannah Outen, Savvy & Mandy, Simon & Milo, Skye Sweetnam, Solange, Selena Gomez, Stevie Brock, T-Squad, Tiffany Evans, Triple Image, Vanessa Hudgens, Varsity Fanclub, and Zac Efron.
As for Radio Disney turning their back on kids, it’s more apparent than ever with their recent contests. When the station launched in 1996, contests were open to ages 12 and UNDER. Did you know that in their most recent ’Tune In Radio Disney Birthday Sweepstakes’ you had to be 13 years of age or OLDER to be enter the contest? (Official Rules PDF).
What about the new music they are playing? The current playlist would clearly have made the former staff blush, and for the life me I can’t figure how they’re able to strong arm the content through Disney’s Broadcast Standards and Practices. If we go back to that era just before things changed in 2008, Demi Lovato was rockin’ the charts with her single, Get Back. However, under the old rules this song featured an edit removing the words “kiss me” everytime they occurred in the chorus. Let’s just say, that line they once had has been crossed so frequently it no longer exists. Their “Family Friendly” programming has turned toxic and if Radio Disney still exists, the mouse is more than guilty of something comparable to getting kids hooked on candy cigarettes and non-alcoholic beer (by endorsing artists) that will eventually take their ‘habit’ to the next level. Sadly, those in control not only turn a blind eye to what is going on, but cover it up. Up until a few years back, all edited songs included the phrase “Radio Disney Version” alongside the title of the song on their Top 30 Countdown listings. They’ve dropped that practice online and one can only speculate that was done to cover a possible PR disaster with the heavy volume of songs edited for inappropriate content in rotation. Although, not everyone is being fooled. Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading advocate for kids removed the review of RadioDisney.com that was once featured at their site. Why? Remember that phrase from Bambi where Thumper repeats what his father once told him, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all?” Perhaps, that says it all. Ironically, Radio Disney still airs public service announcements to promote Common Sense Media despite the fact the organization has distanced itself from their behavior.
Not only have they crossed the lines, but the staff is so colorblind that they aren’t even aware of their fumbles. Somehow clips from Robin Thicke’s music video for Blurred Lines found there way on to RadioDisney.com? And what about all of the direct links from their Facebook and website provided to preview and PURCHASE albums at iTunes that carry the Parental Advisory – Explicit Content sticker? Then there were the photos and videos Radio Disney distributed through their online division and publicity department that featured Calum Hood of 5 Seconds Of Summer at the station wearing a t-shirt with a cross that has the ‘no’ symbol over it? How could this pass through all of their filters without one person suggesting this might be offensive to some? Maybe now we know the real truth as to why the listening to Radio Disney in the car has dropped to an all time low.
I guess I shouldn’t be a party pooper with the Family VIP Birthday event just around corner. After all, the people who just laid off nearly 200 people three months ago need to blow of some steam and find someway to feel good about themselves. I would love it if someone in charge could justify this to a shareholder.
Friends, it was fun while it lasted and to ALL of you that played a part of making something truly good I applaud you for what you did and I LOVED every minute of it. Crank it up and sing-along “I’ve got a lot to say… to you, ah yeah and your other crew. If it is a dream, boom see boom.” The Radio Disney we grew to love just died.
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One Direction: Four – featuring the single “Steel My Girl,” “Night Changes,” and more. Deluxe edition includes four bonus tracks: “Change Your Ticket,” “Illusion,” “Once In A Lifetime,” and “Act My Age.” Japan has a bonus remix and acoustic version of “Steal My Girl” and a live version of “Story Of My Life.” Yearbook edition also available. You can help support Tommy2.Net by purchasing this release at iTunes.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1: Soundtrack – Curated by Lorde, it features songs by her, CHVRCHES, Tove Lo, Charli XCX, Major Lazer and Ariana Grande, Bat For Lashes, Tinashe, Grace Jones, XOV, The Chemical Brothers, and more. Catch the film in theaters Friday! You can help support Tommy2.Net by purchasing this release at iTunes.
Nashville Indie Spotlight: Christmas – featuring songs by American Idol winner Kris Allen, Sugar & The Hi-lows, Brooke Waggoner, Sandra McCracken, and more.
Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6: Various Artists – Featuring “I Knew You Were Trouble” by We Came As Romans, “Wrecking Ball” by August Burns Red, “Problem” by Set It Off and more! You can help support Tommy2.Net by purchasing this release at iTunes.
Kiki’s Delivery Service (Blu-ray) – Available for the first time on Blu-ray in the United States, the 1989 classic anime film from director Hayao Miyazaki.
Princess Mononoke (Blu-ray) – Available for the first time on Blu-ray in the United States, the 1997 classic anime film from director Hayao Miyazaki.
The Wind Rises (Blu-ray/DVD) – The final film by writer and director Hayao Miyazaki based on his manga The Wind Has Risen.
Pokémon: Alpha Sapphire / Omega Ruby (3DS) – Available Friday, return to the Hoenn region in the remastered 2002 Game Boy Advance games.
Super Smash Bros. (Wii U) – The popular Nintendo fighting game is back! Also available, a bundle including a classic GameCube controller.
Idina Menzel has released her music video for Baby, It’s Cold Outside, featuring Michael Bublé. Menzel and Bublé both channel their inner child as their young counterparts (played by Emily Carey and Harry Collett, respectively) serenade each other in this heartwarming visual, directed by Brett Sullivan.
Tonight, eighteen-year-old U.K. singing sensation Ella Henderson will perform her breakout single Ghost on the live telecast of NBC’s The Voice.
6pm CST – Bruce Almighty (ABC Family)
God (Morgan Freeman) gives a disgruntled Buffalo TV reporter (Jim Carrey) divine powers. This hit-or-miss comedy features Carrey’s usual physical antics. Jennifer Aniston, Philip Baker Hall, Catherine Bell.
7pm CST – The Flash: The Flash Is Born (CW)
The Flash faces a new meta-human named Tony, who can turn himself into girded steel, but Cisco comes up with a plan to take Tony down. Meanwhile, Iris gets in trouble over her blog; Eddie witnesses Tony’s abilities and asks questions that Joe doesn’t want answered; and Joe asks Dr. Wells to help him solve Nora Allen’s murder.
7pm CST – The Voice: Live Eliminations (NBC)
Two vocalists are eliminated in a results edition.
7:05pm CST – Ratatouille (Disney Channel)
A rat who dreams of becoming a gourmet chef teams up with an inexperienced kitchen worker at one of Paris’ finest restaurants.
8pm CST – New Girl: Teachers (FOX)
Jess, Coach and Ryan head to a weekend teachers’ conference headed by an education guru, and while Jess is away, Nick, Schmidt and Winston plan a wild weekend.
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