RIO RANCHO, N.M. — A teen radio station host and her family are seeking studio space and a home in Rio Rancho.
Jennifer Smart’s JENNiRADIO station KALY AM 1240 plays teen-appropriate, family friendly music round the clock interspersed with interviews the 14-year-old host does with celebrities.
Currently she is looking for a 500-square-foot to 800-square-foot donated space in Rio Rancho where she could operate a radio studio and invite local kids to be DJs.
“There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on in Rio Rancho,” Jennifer Smart told the Journal in an email.
She recently toured V. Sue Cleveland High School and was impressed by the technological facilities.
Her family is now considering moving to the Cleveland High School area so she can attend the school, the email said.
Smart broke into radio at age 6 when she co-hosted the three-hour weekly Family Tech Show with her parents, Max and Victoria Smart.
In 2007, she and her parents toured 48 states broadcasting as the Smart Family Show from theme parks, museums and historical sites. The next year she began doing “red carpet” interviews with celebrities at Hollywood movie premieres and developed what became JENNiRADIO.
Her charitable foundation, Jennifer Smart Foundation, bought the former Radio Disney affiliate station KALY late last year. The station now broadcasts 24 hours a day with a mix of teen star and pop music for the 8 years to 16 years age groups, plus movie reviews and celebrity interviews.
Though run as a commercial station, profits are donated to charities and nonprofit organizations such as Joy Junction and the BioPark Society.
At the moment Smart is home-schooled and divides her time between Albuquerque and Los Angeles.
“I have a bit of a hectic schedule,” she said during a recent interview in Albuquerque.