Amor y Deseo at Heartville High
Lies, drama, sex, pregnancy, partying, relationships.
These are the pressures that teenagers face
today. “Amor y Deseo at Heartville High” is a new
radio soap opera that tells the lives of teenagers and
the pressures they confront—whether they are ready for
them or not. The actors are local teens from
Watsonville, Salinas, Green-field, and Soledad.
The story revolves around several teenagers who have
to deal with difficult situations— sometimes with
drastic consequences. Nancy gets pregnant by someone
who isn’t her regular partner. Chris tries to
manipulate Jasmine, by slipping a drug in her drink at
a party. Then, the money for the senior class trip
mysteriously disappears. In the small town of
Heartville, teens tackle tough issues, as they
experience the joys and pains of growing up fast in a
“Amor y Deseo at Heartville High” was created by
Population Services International (PSI) in conjunction
with KHDC 90.9, a bilingual radio station out of
Salinas. The radio novela hopes to reach out to local
teenagers by creating a cast of characters like us,
whose actions have consequences.
I have had the opportunity to work with the show by
being cast as Javier, a popular DJ who has all the
It has been a good experience. We’re getting the
message across about teen pregnancy and
responsibility, and as my co-actor Eric Muñoz
says, “Teens relate to the issues that go on in the
story. It’s about stuff teens stress out on.’’ I have
also learned that a radio production is a lot of work.