GET INVOLVED     |     ISSUES     |     NEWSROOM     |     RESOURCES     |     ABOUT US     |     CONTRIBUTE     |     SEARCH  


Show could be over for Bus Radio on Seminole County school buses


Dave Weber

Orlando Sentinel

May 8, 2008


SANFORD - So much for canned music on Seminole County school buses.

A committee of parents and school officials that has monitored the experiment with Bus Radio -- a daily program of prerecorded music and ads piped into buses -- recommended Wednesday that the School Board pull the plug when classes end in June.

Committee members said concerns about songs the kids were hearing outweighed the soothing benefits of music for the ride.

"Bus Radio couldn't agree they wouldn't play songs from albums that had parental advisory warnings on them, and that was pretty much a deal-breaker," said Amy Lockhart, a Sanford parent who served on the committee.

While the School Board will make the final decision May 27, it's expected to go along with the committee's recommendation.

If judged a success, the radio show would have been expanded to all of the district's fleet of about 400 buses next school year.

The experiment with music on 53 county buses has been controversial since its start last fall. Criticism centered on kids being captive audiences for ads and sometimes suggestive songs, which the committee had struggled to weed out.

"Bus Radio needs to be more savvy to meet the needs of a conservative school district like Seminole," said Ken Lewis, director of transportation for county schools.

Drivers will be allowed to tune in regular radio channels next year, but Lewis said they will have to choose carefully to avoid offensive songs and chatter.

When local officials were approached by the Massachusetts-based Bus Radio last year, they quickly agreed to its offer of free programming through special radios in exchange for an audience that is ready made for its sponsors who target the youth market.

But the district stepped into a nationwide controversy over Bus Radio and its mix of music and ads. Critics range from the national PTA to the pro-family Eagle Forum and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.


This article is copyrighted material, the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner




Email Address: State:

Subscribers receive no more than

1-2 emails per week



CCFC does not accept corporate funding.

We rely on member donations for support.

Click Here to Contribute




Website Designed & Maintained By: AfterFive by Design, Inc.
CCFC Logo And Fact Sheets By:

Copyright 2004 Commercial Free Childhood. All rights reserved