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Radio / Radio Disney

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Radio Disney, We're All Ears!
Radio Disney is a kids radio network owned by The Walt Disney Company and headquartered in Burbank, California (but previously in Texas). Launched in 1996, the network broadcasts music (usually emphasising current Teen Idols such as the stars from Disney Channel shows) and other content which is targeted towards children and young teenagers. Unlike many other music radio networks, their stations were usually broadcast on the AM frequency. As of December 2015, all Radio Disney stations except its flagship station in Los Angeles were sold since they are now focusing on the digital distribution.

The station used to air a number of blocks hosted by live DJs. As of 2019 though, live hosting and scheduled programming has mostly been dropped. It is now more like an automatic station with a few segments being repeated daily.

In addition to the United States, there are Radio Disney stations in Australia, Chile, Japan, Poland, Argentina, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.

In 2015, they launched a sister internet radio station called Radio Disney Country. As the title suggests, it focuses on Country Music, particularly current country pop hits.

In December 2020, it was announced that Radio Disney and RD Country would be shutting down in early 2021. Radio Disney went off Sirius XM on December 31, 2020, with RD Country going silent the same day. RD went to playing an automated selection of its greatest hits over some 20 years on its I Heart Radio and sole remaining AM stream, before heading off the air for good on January 22, 2021.


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  • Award Show: The network has hosted an annual music award show called the Radio Disney Music Awards. The show tends to have an emphasis on Teen Pop acts and winners are awarded a "Golden Mickey" trophy. It originally ran from 2001 to 2007 but was revived in 2013. It has been televised on Disney Channel since 2014. Its prognosis after the end of RD is currently unknown, but seems poor.
  • Bowdlerise: The station edited many of the songs they played. Some of the edits were rewrites or looping less suggestive lyrics, and others had lines completely removed. Even artist names could be changed (The Chainsmokers became "TCS").
    • In one such case, Radio Disney requested that "Weird Al" Yankovic change a line in "The Saga Begins" to make it more family friendly. Rather than throw off the whole song by changing two words, Al recorded a different version. He replaced "Do you see him hitting on the Queen?" with "Do you see him talking to the Queen?".
    • Mocked by The Simpsons in the episode "Large Marge", which as the announcer unashamedly announce all of their songs were rewritten for infants, and then plays a very mangled version of "Who Let The Dogs Out". We cut to one-year-old Maggie covering her ears because she hates it, unlike Marge, who calls it a "harmless satire".
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  • Mascot: From around 2014 on, they had ARDY, a living RDMA (a golden Mickey statuette wearing headphones.)
  • Slogan: Current is Your Music, Your Way but used to be Radio Disney, We're All Ears!
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: Sometimes in the playlist, especially songs written about tragedies in the world, though their meanings were never explicitly explained to listeners.
  • Radio Drama: In 2010, Radio Disney released a radio serial called My Dream which is about a teen girl trying to become successful in the music industry while dealing with the struggles that come with being a teen. Unlike serials of the past which had 15 to 30 minute episodes, episodes of this show lasted only about 90 seconds.

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