Debby Ryan Stars in New Disney Channel Original Movie “Radio Rebel” on Friday, February 17

Fan favorite Debby Ryan (“Jessie”) stars as a teen who secretly breaks free from her painfully shy self and into the ersona of a bold podcast host who rocks her Seattle high school with music and the message to ‘be yourself,’ in “Radio Rebel,” a Disney Channel Original Movie based on the novel Shrinking Violet, premiering FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT). The soundtrack will include Debby Ryan performing the smash hit “We Got the Beat.”

Ryan stars in Disney Channel’s comedy series “Jessie” which premiered in September 2011 and is pacing to be the #1 cable TV series of all time among Kids 6-11. She also starred in the movie “16 Wishes” which delivered an impressive 5.6 million Total Viewers in June 2010. She first gained popularity among kids, tweens and families in Disney Channel’s hit series “The Suite Life on Deck.”

In “Radio Rebel,” Ryan plays Tara Adams, an introverted high school junior who can’t bring herself to speak in class — and especially when the newly-popular rocker, Gavin, is in her midst. Tara can’t imagine anything more intimidating than when her drama teacher teams her in class with Gavin and his prom date, the school’s cliquish queen bee, Stacy. Her shyness at school notwithstanding, alone in her room at home, Tara casts herself as Radio Rebel and, as host of a nightly podcast, showcases her passion for music and self-expression and her message to abandon cliques and celebrate each other’s differences. Radio Rebel quickly gains fans on campus — especially when her show lands on a big, local radio station — much to the chagrin of the school’s principal who considers Radio Rebel and her message to be in clear defiance of the school’s “anti-distraction policy.” Meanwhile, Gavin raves about the mysterious host and her taste in music but still, shy Tara – now oddly jealous of her alter-ego – can barely finish a sentence in front of him. As students clamor to learn the identity of Radio Rebel and the show’s popularity extends across Seattle, Tara’s two worlds begin to collide, reaching an apex when Radio Rebel is nominated prom-queen and the school, in turn, bans prom, causing a backlash from her fans. Now, Tara wrestles with two even bolder moves — organizing an alternative to the prom and revealing that she is Radio Rebel.

So, On The Teen Beat readers, will you be watching come February 17th?