Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: Aug. 09, 2003 5:33 am/pm
This is an old thread, I know, but I wanted to add my 2-cents to it anyway.
RadioDisney is a mixed bag. Its target demographic is 8-9 year olds through mid-teens. There's a shorter daytime segment for preschoolers which plays some of the Disney kids' music CDs like Bear in the Big Blue House, traditional animated feature songs, Pooh tunes, updated Mickey-fied pop songs such as "We Will Rock You" originally done by Queen but covered by Mickey Mouse and Goofy and the gang and other musical selections from Disney Records' discography. At midday they replay one of the Disney Read-A-Long tapes, along with the chimes signalling when to turn the page. If you're looking for Disney musical animated feature songs, it's this midday segment where you're more likely to hear them, and only on weekdays. You'll also hear other children's music, sometimes the terrific Trout Fishing in America duo in this segment. The rest of the day and on weekends DisneyRadio tends to be as hip and as tailored as possible to that target demographic. I've read where Britney Spears' early songs, such as "Oops I Did It Again" were editted for lyric content specifically to air on RadioDisney. In this way it's "family listening". They play songs by Weird Al Yankovic, the teen girl/boy pop groups, and play the same hits over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. There's a lot of contests and a lot of teasing, er, promoting for contests. They take a lot of phone calls from kids for various reason, contest teases, er, promos, happy birthday wish compilations of callers, callers for the sake of callers, and the same songs over and over and over.... Their staffers are young and energetic and enthusiastic. BB Goode is the midday kiddie show host, and she's got a warm, gravelly, affectionate and welcoming voice. In morning drive one of their truly fun segments is called "Gross Me Out": Scientific explanations described with a lot of "Ewwwwwwwww!!" factor in the delivery of common occurences, such as what causes diarhea (sp?), what's in nose mucous aka 'snot', etc. The method of explanation is entertaining and you retain the information, so it's educational. If you can put up with a lot of Pooh characters saying "We'll be right back after this break...." and a lot of the same songs by girl and boy teen singers and pop groups a la Backstreet Boys and 'Nsync and Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez' "Jenny from the Block" and all these repeated frequently, frequently, frequently then you might enjoy RadioDisney. If you drive around in the middle of the day with a toddler or preschooler the midday segment with BB Goode will definitely entertain you and dust you with Pixie Dust. RadioDisney is listenable by a total family audience, but be aware of the tendency to hype kids to want to win prizes and all that materialistic stuff that's encouraged on the network. The contest promotions and promos are relentless. RadioDisney is not for everyone, but there's worse on the dial and it's reasonably entertaining 'til you've heard songs from that Bugs Bunny/Michael Jordan basketball movie from years ago for the umpteenth time. Your mileage may vary.