updated 05/16/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/16/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Jennifer, an honors student who pores over newspapers in search of call-in topics, doesn't shy away from controversy. In a show last March, she questioned the Justice Department's account of the fire that killed cult leader David Koresh and some 80 followers, recalling her own escape from a blaze that engulfed her family's West Palm Beach home eight years ago. "You will never convince me," she told her mostly adult listeners, "that you could stay inside a house and commit suicide by burning to death."
Jennifer was 11 when an executive at West Palm Beach radio station WPBR, hearing her taped portrayal of a bag lady for an elementary-school acting class, was impressed enough to ask her to serve as host of a kids' call-in show. Jennifer's mother, Rita, 40, an interior decorator, and her father, Darrel, 50, a billboard-company manager, shelved the offer until Jennifer turned 14. After switching last November to WBZT (where she earns $50 a show), she began pondering a career in either broadcasting or acting. While WBZT is now negotiating to syndicate her show nationally, Jennifer still relies on her dad to help her book guests. "Because," she explains, "if you received a call from a 16-year-old girl asking you to be on her show, would you believe it?"