Radio Free Roscoe is . . . the most unappreciated show on the planet. I can say this honestly because it’s entirely true. I blame the network. Radio Free Roscoe used to appear every night in Prime Time on The-N. Then it got canceled. Now it appears on The-N at one-thirty in the morning. It’s clear that Radio Free Roscoe was replaced by shows that are a hundred times worse — South of Nowhere and Instant Star. Once again, the networks screwed up and I’ll tell you why.
First of all, many people are probably wondering what in fact Radio Free Roscoe is. It’s about four kids who started an underground radio station due to being shut up by the administration at their school. The basic message of the show is finding your voice. Ray, Lily, Travis, and Robbie use the station to express their feelings. They can say anything they want on the station and be heard. How? They use the alter egos of Pronto, Question Mark, Shady Lane, and Smog. It’s about not going insane and being yourself. Instead, it kills stereotypes. And best of all, the principal can’t do a thing about it.
I truly believe this show helped me find my voice. I felt I could relate to the characters. I know, I know, I don’t have an underground radio station. But I could still relate to the fact that I was just a stupid little freshman who was trying to find my voice. I did. I started writing. Fan fictions, reviews of things, songs…that’s how I express myself.
The Radio Free Roscoe kids were not rebels. Well, I guess they sort of were. But they were also great students. Robbie, for example, is the leader of RFR and was named as an honor student in the episode, “Bad Boy.” Lily started her own band and had a single. That doesn’t promote underachiever to me. Ray was the funny guy and he gets a job as M/C at the local coffee hang out place. Travis is a man of mystery and is always quoting Buddha. I’m sorry, but I’ve never met a Bad Boy quoting Buddha. So this is also a good message.
The actors and actresses on the show are solid. All of them. There is not a single complaint to make about any of them. When I watched Radio Free Roscoe, I felt that it was real. I cannot recall a single moment that any of the actors and actresses messed up or wasn’t believable.
On the radio station, the gang plays Indy music — you know, the music that is great, but not yet discovered. The music is from real bands. Many bands would even make a guest appearance on the show. I use to think Indy music was lame. Now, I really enjoy it. Whoever was in charge of the music had a huge task and they succeeded completely.
Also, it’s original. How many other shows are about four kids with an underground radio station. I will applaud you if you can tell me one. I’m tired of seeing the same thing other and other. RFR was different. RFR was unique. RFR was great.
So why was it taken off???
My theory is that Radio Free Roscoe followed Degrassi, which is what The-N is best known for. Compared to that, Radio Free Roscoe didn’t have the ratings. It was replaced by really horrible shows: Moesha (which didn’t do well either), Instant Star, and South of Nowhere. I gave all three shows a fair shot. And they were awful. None of them could come close to RFR. Even if I wasn’t just mad they took off Radio Free Roscoe, I still wouldn’t watch them. They was boring, unrealistic, and stupid.
I remember the day I heard RFR was being canceled. I was crushed. I wasn’t the only one. All the fans were upset. Too bad there was nothing we could do about it. Radio Free Roscoe was canceled and moved to the time slots of 1 and 1:30.
I knew where this was going. A while back this happened to another show called 24Seven on The-N. It was shown less and less and given bad time slots. Eventually, the show was taken off the air completely. Radio Free Roscoe has followed the same path. Originally given later times and less air time. Then moved to just 1 AM and 1:30 AM. Currently, the show is only shown at 1:30 AM on Mondays-Thursdays. But seriously, who is going to be able to watch that?
I knew that Radio Free Roscoe was doomed. But what could I do?
First, I tried a petition. I suggested a fair compromise: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air gets the 3-4 PM time slots. I suggested that Radio Free Roscoe gets the 3:30 time slot. No such luck.
Next, I signed another petition which had over a thousand signatures . . . The-N refused to listen to them either.
I know The-N. They did this same thing to other shows I liked. It’s like deja vu. I decided that there was no way I could stop them. No one else could do it either. So, I brought the Radio Free Roscoe DVD of the best of Season 1. I had to buy it off E-Bay because it was only sold in Canada. It rocked, but it only had 6 episodes.
Now, I am stuck with TiVoing Radio Free Roscoe. Sadly, my sister (the one who got ME addicted) refuses to let me watch it most of the time. But I know other RFR fans don’t have the privilege I do…and it’s not fair.
The-N has serious issues. The only show I watch now is Degrassi because they’ve replaced all the classics with crap. Daria, originally on MTV, is stuck at the 1 AM time slot. 24Seven was taken off completely. Out There suffered the same fate as 24Seven. And what do I have now?
South of Nowhere and Instant Star. Oh, boy. Note the sarcasm.