7 Holiday Podcasts from the Hilltown Family Variety Show

Originally broadcasted out of Northampton, MA on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM (Valley Free Radio) for the holidays, we’ve gathered seven holiday episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show from over the years to share with your family as we celebrate the season. Enjoy these hour long, commercial-free podcasts that celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, the New Year and the spirit of peace and giving. Choose a podcast here…

HFVS with Guest DJs, Ruby, Pearl & Jade of Treetop Sisters (Radio Show/Podcast)

Guest DJ, Ruby, Pearl & Jade of the Treetop Sisters

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This week’s guest DJs are sisters, Ruby, Pearl & Jade, also known as the Treetop Sisters! – treetopsisters.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Dec 14th & 15th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “The Night Before Christmas” by The Treetop Sisters


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  • Treetop Sisters ” Camel Stan and His Swinging Desert Band” [Single Only]
  • Trout Fishing In America ” Don’t Touch My Stuff” [ Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers]
  • The Jimmies “Gonna Get A Hampster” [Practically Ridiculous]
  • Robbie Schaefer ” Fits Right In ” [Single Only]
  • Las Hermanes Treetop ” El Oso en la Feria en la Plaza” [Single Only]
  • Patricia Ayers ” Story Time”
  • The Pop Ups “Box of Crayons” [ Radio Jungle]
  • The Board of Education ” Why is Dad So Mad” [Binary]
  • Lonnie Donegan “Does You Chewing Loose It’s Flavor” [The Hit Collection]
  • Kentucky Headhunters ” Ballad of Davy Crockett” [Electric Barnyard]
  • Treetop Sisters “Surfer Puppy” [Single Only]
  • Roger Day “I Like Yaks” [ Dream Big]
  • Treetop Sisters “Conley the Cow” [Single Only]
  • Sugar Free Allstars “Cars and Trucks” [Funky Fresh & Sugar Free]
  • Julie Andrews/Dick Van Dyke “Supercalifragilistic” [Mary Poppins Soundtrack]
  • Buck Howdy “Buffalo Bob” [Around the Campfire]
  • Robbie Schaefer “There’s A Carp in the Tub” [Songs for Kids Like Us]
  • Gustafer Yellowgold “Rock Melon” [Year In the Day]
  • Treetop Sisters “Larry the Lumberjack” [Single Only]

HFVS Holiday Episode with Guest DJ, Judy Pancoast (Radio Show/Podcast)

Holiday Episode
with Guest DJ, Judy Pancoast

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This week’s guest DJ, Grammy nominated children’s artist Judy Pancoast hosts a musical celebration of December holidays with tunes for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Learn the history behind the legend of Santa Claus, plus an original story about a little mouse in search of a perfect Christmas tree. December is Judy’s favorite time… tune in for a festive time! – www.JudyPancoast.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Dec 7th & 8th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “The House on Christmas Street” by Judy Pancoast


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  • Judy Pancoast- ” Santa Whatcha Got” [Christmas with Mrs. Claus]
  • Joanie Calem- “Lots of Lattkes” [Shanah Tovah, Shanah M'tukah]
  • Marla Lewis- “Magical Time of Year”
  • Janie Next Door- “Santa’s on His Way” [Come Sing Along with Janie Next Door]
  • Ray Stevens- “Santa Claus is Watching You” [Christmas Through a Different Window]
  • Judy Pancoast featuring Dave Kinnoin- “The Disastrous Toboggan Disaster 1967″ [Christmas with Mrs. Claus]
  • Judy Pancoast- “A Teeny Tiny Christmas Tree” [The House on Christmas Street]
  • Beth and Scott Bierko- “Flor de La Noche Buena” [Happy Holidays Around the World]
  • Stacey Peasley- “Under the Tree”
  • Beth and Scott Bierko- “Matunda Ya Kwanzaa” [Happy Holidays Around the World]
  • Earth Mama- “Jingle Your Heart” [A Sense of Place]
  • Judy Pancoast- “The House on Christmas Street” [Christmas with Mrs. Claus]

HFVS Heart Of Chanukah Show with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Podcast/Radio Show)

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The Heart of Chanukah
Mama Doni Guest DJ Show

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Nov 30th & Dec 1st 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Title track from new album, “Chanukah Fever: 13 Macca-beats For the Whole Family.”- www.MamaDoni.com


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The Heart of Chanukah hosted with Mama Doni (Doni Zasloff Thomas) Guest DJ Playlist with special guests Millie, Alexander, and Chris Thomas

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Mama Doni- “Chanukah Fever” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Mama Doni- “The Legend of Sour Creeam Vs Apple Sauce” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Graham Clarke- “Five Little Latkes” [American Blue]
  • Kugelplex- “Still Playing For Latkes” [Ceci N'est Pas Klezmer]
  • Groovebarbers- “I Had A Little Dreidel” [Glory]
  • Mama Doni- “La Vida Dreidel” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Tor Hyams- “This is Chanukah” [This is Chanukah]
  • Mama Doni- “The Funky Gold Menorah” [Chanukah Fever]
  • The Hit Crew- “8 Little Lights of Mine” [Kids Happy Hanukah]
  • Alisa Fineman- “Ocho Kandelikas” [Closing the Distance; Poems, Prayers & Love Songs]
  • STORYTIME: “Too Many Latkes,” written & illustrated by Richard Codor, published by Behrman House Publishers
  • Ruby & Ava Lockner- “Is it Chanukah or Hannukah?” [Just One Angel]
  • Mama Doni- “Land of Sufganiyot” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Billy Sherwood- “Rockin’ Hannukah” [Ulitmate Holiday Party Vol 1]
  • Woodie Guthrie- “Hannukah Dance”
  • Michele Citrin- “Pass The Candle” [Lights, Vol 2, A Hanukah Sampler]
  • Craig Taubman- “Maotzur” [Lights Vol 2, A Hanukah Sampler]
  • Mama Doni- “Eight” [Chanukah Fever]

HFVS Thanksgiving Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Thanksgiving Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

This special Thanksgiving episode by Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband explores, through music and story, some of the many, many things we have to be grateful for in our lives — like the sun, rain, friends and family – – culminating in a vision for world peace where everyone finally has enough food, shelter, community and love. Incorporating songs by Snatam Kaur, Los Lobos, the Moody Blues, the Rolling Stones, and Nat King Cole, among others, the music and commentary weave a gentle yet thought-provoking meditation on gratitude, generosity, love and compassion to inspire folks of all ages this holiday season.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Nov 23rd & 24th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Charity has a great song, “Loving Kindness.” She writes, “Love shouldn’t cost anything. This song emanated from the Buddhist practice of Loving Kindness (also called Metta), whereby you send wishes of health, happiness, safety and peace of mind to yourself and others.”  In this video she shows you the movements to the song so you can show your preK kids how to dance along! Download the song for free here. – www.jamjamjam.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” [Let It Bleed]
  • Beatles “Dear Prudence” [White Album]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Grateful” [Family Values]
  • Snatam Kaur – “Long Time Sun” [Sacred Chants for Healing]
  • Gene Kelley – “Singing in the Rain” [Best of Gene Kelley]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Green Beans Everywhere” [Family Values]
  • Nat King Cole – “Frim Fram Sauce” [The King Cole Trio]
  • William Steig – Sylvester and the Magic Pebble [Read by Charity Kahn]
  • Moody Blues – “Lovely To See You” [On the Threshold of a Dream]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Love Is Herel” [Family Values]
  • Johnny Nash – “I Can See Clearly Now” [single]
  • Los Lobos – “Peace” [Kiko]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Are the Ones” [Family Values]

HFVS Bluegrass Episode with Guest DJ, Chris Teskey (Radio Show/Podcast)

Bluegrass Episode
with Guest DJ, Chris Teskey

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This week’s guest DJ, Chris Teskey of The Chris Teskey Show (WAMU, Washington, D.C.), hosts a Bluegrass Episode, bringing bluegrass music for the whole family from the nations’ capitol, the heart of bluegrass music in America!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Nov 2nd & 3rd, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: The Okee Dokee Brothers song, “Auctioneer.”


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  • “Alligator Stroll” – Josh Turner
  • “There Ain’t No Bugs On Me” – Grisman & Garcia
  • “Beverly Hillbillies Theme” – Flatt & Scruggs
  • “I’m My Own Grandpa” – David Grisman
  • “Buffalo Gals”- Mark Tamlusa & Richard Withers
  • “All I Have To Do Is Dream” – Doc & Merle Watson
  • “Froggy Went A’ Courting” – Doc Watson
  • Story:  “Two Frogs In Trouble” by Paramahansa Yogananda
  • “Frog Trouble” – Mark Lanegan
  • “The Cowboy Way” – Riders In The Sky
  • “That’s How The Yodel Was Born” – Riders In The Sky
  • “Fox On The Run” – The Country Gentlemen
  • “Rocky Top” – The Osborne Brothers
  • “God Gave Names To All The Animals” – Ronnie McCoury
  • “When I’m 64″ – Del McCoury
  • “Beatles Medley” – Tony Trischka
  • “Mr Bojangles” – Vassar Clements

HFVS Halloween Episode with Guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg (Radio Show/Podcast)

Halloween Episode
with Guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg

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This week’s guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg, shares songs about noises, monsters and the Boogie Man, performs Halloween songs live with her ukulele, and shares the Flamenco spiced “Story of the Cat and the Chicken” (with ukulele flamenco by her partner Daniel Ward). A little spooky and a lotta silly! – www.sukeyjumpmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Oct 26th & 27th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Kindie music singer songwriters Lori Henriques and Todd McHatton come together as You and Me and the Rain. The first release is a special holiday Halloween tune and video, For Halloween This Year.


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  • You and Me and the Rain- “For Halloween This Year” [single release]
  • Natalie Merchant -“Isabel” [Leave Your Sleep]
  • Johnathan Richman -“Party in the Woods” [Back in Your Life]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Boogie Man” [My Cup of Tea]
  • Pete Seeger – “Abi Yoyo” [Children’s Concert at Town Hall]
  • Albert Whelan – “My  Brother makes the Noises for the Talkies” [Imperial #2490]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Cup of Tea” [My Cup of Tea]
  • Skümbaag – “Pop Goes the Weazel” [Music is the Enemy]
  • Sam Hinton -“Old Boastun Was Dead” [Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts]
  • Sam Hinton – “Little old Woman all Skin and Bone” [Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Down in the Valley” [Play]
  • Scott Jarrett – “Edge on the Moon” [The Gift of Thirst]
  • Heidi Swedberg -“Oona’s Halloween Song” [Live]
  • Heidi Swedberg- “The Green-Eyed Dragon With the 13 Tails” [Live]

HFVS Halloween Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HALLOWEEN EPISODE

Saturdays from 9-10am & Sundays from 7-8am
October 19th & 20th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  “Boo!” by Trout Fishing in America. Keith and Ezra engaged the creative folks at TweedVideo.com to produce this video and they did not disappoint! From the new Trout Fishing in America release, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, and just in time for Halloween!


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  • The Citizens of Halloween – “This is Halloween” [Nightmare Before Christmas]
  • The Candy Band – “Monsters” [Calling All Kids]
  • Vintage Commercial: Remco’s Baby Laugh A-Lot
  • Ella  Fitzgerald – “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead” [The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books]
  • Justin Roberts – “Maybe the Monster” [Meltdown!]
  • The Hit Co. – “Werewolves of London” [Halloween Party Favorites]
  • Noggin – “I Don’t Like Candy Corn”
  • Recess Monkey – “Wolfman” [Tabby Road]
  • Rosemary Clooney – “Punky Punkin” [Novelty & Children's Songs]
  • Gene Simmons – “Haunted House” [The Complete Jumpin' Gene Simmons]
  • Andrew Gold – “Spooky Scary Skeletons” [Halloween Howls]
  • Richard Perlmutter – “Here Lies Homer Jones” [Beethoven's Wig 3]
  • Waco Brothers – “Them Bones” [Rudy's Rockin Kiddie Caravan]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • STORY: “Winchell’s Donut House Halloween Record” [Hear the Monsters (Spooky Sounds and a Spooky Tale]
  • Steve Weeks – “4 Little Girls” [Alphabet Songs, Vol. 1]
  • Uncle Rock – “Picnic in the Graveyard” [Plays Well with Others] VIDEO HERE
  • Little Tibia and the Fibulas – “The Mummy” [Mad Monster Party]
  • Starlite Singers – “Theme from the Munsters” [Halloween Party for Kids]
  • Barenaked Ladies – “What a Wild Tune” [Snacktime]
  • The Hobo Nickels – “The Cottleville Crickety Bridge” [Cooper County]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Bela LaGoldstein – “Old Boris”
  • The Who – “Boris The Spider” [A Quick One]
  • Oingo Boingo – “Dead Man’s Party” [Dead Man's Party]
  • Station Id: Yosi & The Superdads [www.yosimusic.com]
  • Milkshake Music – “Scared” [Happy Songs]
  • Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy” [The Best of Bow Wow Wow]
  • Station Id: Princess Katie & Racer Steve [www.princessracer.com]
  • Recess Monkey – “Under My Bed” [Tabby Road]
  • The Who – “Batman” [A Quick One]
  • The Sippy Cups – “The Day After Halloween” [One Day Soon]

HFVS Nature Science Episode with Guest DJ, Birdie Mendoza (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Nature Science Episode
with Guest DJ, Birdie Mendoza

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Birdie Mendoza of Birdie’s Playhouse guest DJs the Hilltown Family Variety Show with a Nature Science Episode!  Birdie plays some of her favorite nature and science songs ranging from reggae master Bob Marley to kindie stars such as Lucky Diaz and They Might be Giants, to female kids music masters such as Lori Henriques, DidiPop and Moona Luna. Learn about zeroes, H2O, squirrels, butterflies, dolphins, sea turtles and more. – www.birdiesplayhouse.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 12th & 13th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Aaron Nigel Smith & One World Children’s Chorus rock the Bob Dylan classic, “Man Gave Names to All the Animals,” with Laurie Berkner, Lucky Diaz & Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.


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  • Bob Marley “Misty Morning” [Kaya]
  • The Pop Ups “The Bat” [Radio Jungle]
  • Birdie’s Playhouse “I’m a Toucan” [Move Like an Animal]
  • They Might Be Giants “Zeroes” [Here Come the 123s]
  • Roger Day “Concentration” [Why Does Gray Matter]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band “Squirrely the Squirrel” [A Potluck!]
  • Tito Puente “Ran-Kan-Kan” [The Best of Tito Puente]
  • Birdie’s Playhouse “Monarch Butterflies” [Move Like an Animal]
  • Birdie’s Playhouse “Dolphins” [Move Like an Animal]
  • Gustafer Yellowgold “Pinecone Lovely” [ Have You Never Been Yellow?]
  • Greg & Steve “Animal Action I” [Kids in Motion]
  • Artichoke “Aardvark” [26 Animals]
  • Birdie’s Playhouse “Sea Turtles” [Move Like an Animal]
  • Lori Henriques “Dinosaur” [The World is a Curious Place to Live]
  • Dan Zanes and Friends “Mariposa Olé” [Catch That Train]
  • Moona Luna “H2O” [Science Fair]
  • DidiPop “Mango” [DidiPop Goes to Hawaii]
  • Aaron Nigel Smith & One World Chorus “Man Gave Names” [Welcome to the Village!]

HFVS Book & Story Songs Episode with Guest DJ, Nina Stone (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Book & Story Songs Episode
with Guest DJ, Nina Stone

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Guest DJ, Nina Stone (aka Miss Nina) explores the elements of story and song through her show’s theme: Book Songs & Story Songs. This show is a compilation of songs from children’s books, songs inspired by children’s books, or story songs both fiction and non-fiction. It’s an eclectic mix of songs ranging from the 1970s to today, by a varied list of artists such as Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods, Dolly Parton, and Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 5th & 6th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Photos of the book This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt with Miss Nina’s song “This Jazz Man” from her CD Singing & Dancing Together. mymissnina.com


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  • Jeanie B! & The Jelly Beans – “When You Open A Book” [Sugar Buzz]
  • Miss Nina – “The Brown Bear Rap” [Sha Doo Be Doop]
  • Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods – “Billy Don’t Be A Hero” [Rockin' 70s; Vol. 2]
  • Terri Thurman Finck – “Senor Don Gato” [Galliump! Folk Songs and New Favorites]
  • Wrinkle & The Time Machine – “Space Turtle”
  • Miss Nina – “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight” [Sha Doo Be Doop]
  • Alan Alda & Marlo Thomas – “William’s Doll” [Free To Be You And Me]
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights (featuring Secret Agent 23 Skidoo) – “Froggie Went A Courtin'” [What A Zoo]
  • Ivan Ulz – “The Carrot Seed” [Songs From The Old School]
  • Peter, Paul & Mary – “Puff The Magic Dragon” [The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary]
  • The Charlie Daniels’ Band – “Devil Went Down To Georgia” [A Decade of Hits]
  • Miss Nina – “Wild Things” [Sha Doo Be Doop]
  • Dolly Parton – “Coat of Many Colors” [16 Biggest Hits; Dolly Parton]
  • Monty Harper – “Villa Villakula Hula” [Paws Claws Scales & Tales]
  • Miss Nina – “This Jazz Man” [Singing & Dancing Together]
  • Eric Stolz – Snuggle Puppy [Philadelphia Chickens]

HFVS Friendship Episode with Guest DJ, Little Miss Ann (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Friendship Episode
with Guest DJ, Little Miss Ann

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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Little Miss Ann is our guest DJ. Little Miss Ann has handpicked songs about Friendship. Enjoy this selection of songs that covers everything from how to make new friends, enjoying adventures with friends, playing with friends in different seasons, and having that one special best friend. Come along and listen to some new and old songs about friendship! – www.littlemissann.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 28th & 29th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Little Miss Ann performing”You Are My Sunshine” live at KDHX.


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  • Dan Zanes and Cynthia Hopkins – “Surround by Friendship” (House Party)
  • Suzi Shelton – “Smile in my Heart” (Tomboy in a Princess Dress)
  • Little Miss Ann – “Take me for who I am” (Walk with Me)
  • Baze and his Silly Friends – “Hi, Hello, How are You?” (One Little Smile)
  • Cat Stevens – “Don’t be Shy” (Footsteps in the Dark)
  • New Beard – “My People are Around” (New Beard City)
  • Karen O and the Kids – “All is Love” (Where the Wild Things are)
  • Pete Seegar -“Mail Myself to you” (We Shall Overcome – The Complete Carnegie Hall Concert (Live))
  • Little Miss Ann – “Clap for Love” (Clap for Love)
  • Future Hits – “Sign by the Sea” (Songs for Learning)
  • Frances England – “Bicycle Built for Two” (Blink of an Eye)
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “Invisible Friend” (A Potluck)
  • Lunch Money – “It only takes one night to make a balloon your friend” (Dizzy)
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Lovely Day” (Sunny Day)
  • Egg – “Summertime Friend” (Hard Boiled)
  • Jeff Weisfeld and Little Miss Ann – “Honey Bear Ham” (Walk with Me)
  • Charlie Hope – “Best Friends” (Let’s Go Play!)
  • Renee and Jeremy- “BFF” (C’mon)
  • Little Miss Ann – “Walk with Me” (Walk with Me)

HFVS Community Service Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Community Service Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, through music and mindfulness, Charity Kahn (of Charity and the JAMband) explores some of the ideas at the heart of community service: helping those less fortunate, practicing kindness, loving ourselves so we have something to give back, practicing gratitude for the role our communities play in our lives, having awareness around what our various communities are and who makes them up, and seeing the reality that we are all part of a global and interdependent ecosystem. So sing along, listen closely, and then go out and help someone today! – www.jamjamjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 21st & 22nd, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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  • The Beatles — “With a Little Help From My Friends” [Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band]
  • The Youngbloods — “Get Together” [The Best of the Youngbloods]
  • Malvina Reynolds — “Magic Penny” [Ear to the Ground]
  • Carole King — “You’ve Got a Friend” [Tapestry]
  • The Beatles — “Help!” [Help!]
  • Charity and the JAMband — “Lovingkindness” [Family Values]
  • Coyote Oldman — “Clouds” [Rainbird]
  • Pete Seeger — “To Everyone in All the World” [The Rainbow Quest]
  • Charity and the JAMband — “Green Beans Everywhere” [Family Values]
  • The Pointer Sisters — “Yes We Can, Can” [The Pointer Sisters]
  • Charity and the JAMband — “We Are the Ones” [Family Values]
  • Dr. John — “Helping Hand” [The Very Best of Dr. John]

HFVS Songs of Hope & Healing Episode with Guest DJ, Alastair Moock (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Songs of Hope & Healing Episode
with Guest DJ, Alastair Moock

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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Alastair Moock is our guest DJ with a Songs of Hope & Healing Episode. Alastair and his twin girls guide us through a selection of songs that remind us of the small joys and sometimes difficult moments that pull us together. These new and old rootsy tunes — from Pete Seeger to The Okee Dokee Brothers — will have you and your kids dancing, singing, and hugging! – www.moockmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 14th & 15th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Alastair Moock music video for “When I Get Bald” from the new album Singing Our Way Through: World’s Bravest Kids, an CD for kids with (and without) cancer.


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  • Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem – “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” [Ranky Tanky]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Brother” [Can You Canoe?]
  • Alastair Moock and Friends – “Take a Little Walk With Me (Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell)” [Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids]
  • Aaron Nigel Smith and One World Children’s Chorus – “Grateful (Feat. Dan Zanes)” [Welcome to the Village]
  • Grenadilla – “Peace Will Come” [Grenadilla]
  • Alastair Moock and Friends – “B-R-A-V-E” [Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids]
  • Rosie Grier – “It’s All Right to Cry” [Free to Be… You and Me]
  • Lori Henriques – “Curiosity” [The World Is A Curious Place To Live]
  • Mister G – “Friends” [Bugs]
  • Alastair Moock and Friends – “This Little Light of Mine” [Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids]
  • Pete Seeger – “Mister Rabbit” [Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes: Little & Big]
  • Justin Roberts – “Fruit Jar” [Pop Fly]
  • Alastair Moock and Friends – “When I Get Bald” [Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids]
  • Bob Marley – “Three Little Birds (Alternate Mix)” [Songs Of Freedom]
  • Papa Crow – “That’s the Life For Me” [Things That Roar]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Peace Like a River” [You Are My Little Bird]

HFVS with Guest DJs, Keith and Ezra of Trout Fishing in America (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Guest DJs, Keith and Ezra of Trout Fishing in America

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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Keith and Ezra of Trout Fishing in America hosts the Hilltown Family Variety Show, spinning a diverse mix of musical styles! - www.troutmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 7th & 8th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  Title cut to Trout Fishing in Americas new CD, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers.


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  • Trout Fishing in America – Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers – [Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers]
  • The Amoeba People – Cosmology, Your Futon & You – [Kids Corner 25th Anniversary]
  • Bubboon’s Tunes – The Cheese Song – [Songs To Blather By]
  • Mister Felipe – Muevete/Move Yourself – [Cruzando El Border]
  • Terrence Simien – Narration – [Creole For Kidz and the History of Zydeco]
  • Terrence Simien – Midland Two Step – [Creole For Kidz and the History of Zydeco]
  • Trout Fishing in America – Zoo Wacky Zoo – [Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers]
  • The Plants – Monster Under My Bed – [Kids Corner 25th Anniversary]]
  • Trout Fishing in America – Creepy Dead Bug – [Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers]
  • Trout Fishing in America – My Sister Kissed Her Boyfriend – [Rubber Baby Bu ggy Bumpers]
  • Sugar Free Allstars – All On A Sunday Afternoon – [All On A Sunday Afternoon]
  • John Hadfield – Robot Monkey Head – [Robot Monkey Head]
  • Justin Roberts – Obsessed By Trucks – [Jungle Gym]
  • Grenadilla – Arabella Angelique – [Grenadilla]

HFVS Back to School Episode with Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Back to School Episode
with Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds

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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Joanie Leeds of Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights guest DJs our Back To School Episode. Joanie hand picked all of the school themed songs including a few from her new CD, Bandwagon as well as from artists such as: Pop Ups, Dizzy Gillespie, Justin Roberts, Bari Koral, Recess Monkey, Lunch Money, Astrograss, Miss Nina, They Might Be Giants, The Verve Pipe, Chuck Berry, Trout Fishing in America and Rocknoceros.  Joanie will be performing in Western MA for the first time at The Eric Carle Museum on Saturday, Sept. 28th!  Mark your calendars!www.joanieleeds.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 31st & September 1st, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights , “Back to School.”


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PLAYLIST

  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “Back to School” (Bandwagon)
  • Pop Ups- “Math Rock” – (Radio Jungle)
  • Dizzy Gillespie – “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)” – (School Days)
  • Justin Roberts – “Recess” – (Recess)
  • Bari Koral – “Backpack” (Family Rock Band)
  • Recess Monkey – “Science Fair” (The Final Funktier)
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – Use Your Words- (Bandwagon)
  • Lunch Money – “I Love My Library” – (Dizzy)
  • Astrograss – “Continental Geography” – (The Colored Pencil Factory)
  • Miss Nina – “New Alphabet” – (Sha Doo Be Doop)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Meet the Elements” – (Here Comes the Science)
  • The Verve Pipe – “Homework Blues Stomp” – (Are We There Yet)
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – Bandwagon- (Bandwagon)
  • Chuck Berry – “School Days” – (The Anthology)
  • Trout Fishing in America – “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers” – (Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers)
  • Crossing Guard – “Rocknoceros” – (Pink!)
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “Nightlights”- (Bandwagon)

HFVS Summer in the City Episode with Guest DJ, Meredith Wright (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Summer in the City  Episode
with Guest DJ, Meredith Wright

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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, join Guest DJ Meredith Wright from Sweetbeatz for Summer in the City. She’ll be spinning a soulful mix of songs that will have you boppin’ to the beat of the city streets. Grab your metrocard (you’ll need it for the subway) for a fun adventure to Central Park, a ballgame and everything in between! – www.sweetbeatzbaby.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 24th & 25th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  The Subway! Large cast of Muppets sing about riding the subway.  It’s vintage New York City and Sesame Street all in one!


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PLAYLIST

  • Stevie Wonder – “Master Blaster” [Stevie Wonder the Definitive Collection]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter – “Baila/Dance” [Best of the Band, Ingles y Español]
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas- “Dancing In The Street” [20th Century Masters- the Millennium Collection- Motown 1960's vol.1]
  • Sweetbeatz- “Neighborhood” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Bari Koral- “Subway” [Rock and Roll Garden]
  • Joanie Leeds- “Sunday in the Park” [City Kid]
  • Heritage O.P. – “Friendship” [Heritage]
  • Sweetbeatz – “Laundry” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Carly Simon- “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” [Baseball- a Film by Ken Burns]
  • Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton- “Ice Cream” [Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center)]
  • James Brown – “Get On The Good Foot, pt. 1″ [20 All-Time Greatest Hits!]
  • Sweetbeatz- “Hairdos” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – “Give Me Soca” [Soca Greatest Hits]

HFVS Superhero Episode with Guest DJ, Tim Kubart (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Superhero  Episode
with Guest DJ, Tim Kubart

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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, join Guest DJ Tim Kubart from Tim and the Space Cadets for a show about Superheroes, both imaginary, and real! Superhero theme songs get mixed in with contemporary kindie music and classic rock about flying, and saving the day. Also, a story is read about a Super Dad!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 17th & 18th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: “Superhero” by  Tim and the Space Cadets


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PLAYLIST

  • Tim and the Space Cadets – “The Anthem Part 1” [Anthems for Adventure]
  • Tim and the Space Cadets – “The Anthem Part 2” [Anthems for Adventure]
  • John Williams – “Superman Theme” [Superman: The Movie Original Soundtrack]
  • Justin Roberts – “Backyard Super Kid” [Pop Fly]
  • The Ramones – “Spider-man” [Mondo Bizarro]
  • Jimmy Buffett – “Captain America We Love You” [Captain America]
  • Lavern Baker – “Batman to the Rescue” [Batmania]
  • Mitch Miller – “Mighty Mouse Theme” [Mighty Mouse]
  • Chester Stover – “Underdog Theme” [Underdog]
  • Lunch Money – “Gingerbread Man” [Spicy Kid]
  • Shoo Raynor – “Super Dad” [Super Dad the book]
  • Tim and the Space Cadets – “Superhero” [Anthems for Adventure]
  • Patty Shukla – “Superhero” [Play with me, Sing Along!]
  • Spin Doctors – “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues” [Pocket full of Kryptonite]
  • Vanilla Ice – “Ninja Rap” [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret of the Ooze
  • Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
  • Recess Monkey – “Flying! Reprise” [Flying!]
  • Tim and the Space Cadets – “Upbeat/Downbeat” [Anthems for Adventure]

HFVS Autism Awareness Episode with Guest DJ, Marc Bazerman (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Autism Awareness Episode
with Guest DJ, Marc Bazerman

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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, join Guest DJ Marc Bazerman from Baze and His Silly Friends for a very special Autism Awareness Episode celebrating children of all abilities in an hour long, commercial-free, radio show/podcast. In this week’s episode, Marc shares songs that inspire us to love people for who they are, including a few sneak peaks at songs from his upcoming release, The Best Day Ever.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 10th & 11th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: “Superhero” by  Baze And His Silly Friends from the album, The Best Day Ever. Baze And His Silly Friends are proud supporters of Autism Speaks.


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PLAYLIST

  • Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could – Love Me For Who I Am [Love Me For Who I Am]
  • Jeff Daniels and Steppin’ In It – “You Can Call Me Happy” [Calling All Kids]
  • Baze and His Silly Friends – “Fly (a caterpillars tale)” [The Best Day Ever]
  • Jules Music 4 Kids – “Ever Dream You Were A Rainbow” [Everybody Has A Bellybutton]
  • Little Miss Ann – “Clap For Love” [Clap For Love]
  • Ralph’s World – “All My Colors” [Ralph’s World]
  • Princess Katie & Racer Steve – “Stick Around” [Tiny Cool]
  • Suzi Shelton = “Lift Me Up” [No Ordinary Day]
  • Baze and His Silly Friends – “Superhero” [The Best Day Ever]
  • AhChoo – “I love myself” [I love myself]
  • Yosi – “Hole In The Ground” [Under a Bright Yellow Umbrella]
  • Kira Willey – “Colors“ [Dance For The Sun]
  • Harry Chapin – “Dancing Boy” [Gold Medal Collection]
  • Baze and His Silly Friends – “The Happiest Boy in the World” [One Little Smile]
  • Lucy Diaz and the Famil Jam Band – “Quite Like You” [Oh Lucky Day!]
  • Uncle Kracker – “Smile” [Happy Hour]

Related Post: Recommended Fiction Titles with Autistic Characters

HFVS National Parks Episode with Guest DJ, NPS Ranger Jeff Wolin (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
National Parks Episode
with Guest DJ, Jeff Wolin

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Join Guest DJ, National Parks Service Ranger Jeff Wolin (aka Ranger Jeff) from his ranger station in the mountains of Colorado for a musical tour of our National Parks. While families are dancing and singing, everyone will get a musical exploration of  Mount Rushmore, the Grand Tetons, the Washington Mall, and even raft down the Colorado River!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 20th & 21st, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: In this video, the National Park Service’s Youth Ambassador Program in New Bedford, MA encourages youth to disconnect from technology and connect outdoors with the New England National Scenic Trail!


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PLAYLIST

  • Committed- “Down on the Mall” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Daryl Simpson, Ceol Ceili, Omagh  Choir – “New Bedford Whaling” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) – “Wapiti Hoppity” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Trout Fishing in America – “Thaddeus Kosciuszko Polka” – [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Johnette Downing – “Four Presidents” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Bruce Barnes – “The Airmen of Tuskegee” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Monty Hall – “Microbe Hunter” [Songs from the Science Frontier]
  • Erica Falls – “Frozen Bulldozin'” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Ted Newman – “Great Sonoran Desert” [Songs for Kids]
  • Jim Salestrom – “In the Grand Canyon” [Music from the Grand Canyon]
  • Krishel Augustine – “Junior Ranger” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Billy B. – “Wild Wetlands” [Romp in the Swamp]
  • The Banana Slug String Band – “Walking the Tetons” [Goin' Wild!]
  • Aaron Nigel Smith – “Run, Fish, Run” [Songs for Junior Rangers]

Discover more Junior Ranger music & resources, courtesy the National Parks Service:

  • Listen to Junior Ranger Radio
  • Watch Videos of Junior Ranger Music
  • Download Junior Ranger Music
  • Learn about “Songs for Junior Rangers,” the Junior Ranger Music Album
  • Play games and become a Webranger

HFVS Firefighter Episode with Guest DJs, Chicago Firefighters John and Pete (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Firefighter Episode
with Guest DJs, John and Pete of the Poochamungas

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Guest DJs, John and Pete of Poochamungas, play some great tunes and discuss their other life as firefighters.  Get some insights into firefighting, firehouse life and fire safety from two guys who have worked for the Chicago Fire Department for the last 17 years!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 12th & 13th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Here is a series of 30 short videos about the history of firefighting from the Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s (Aurora, IL) exhibit. Want to learn more about the history of firefighting? Check the Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s web site for historical information, videos and links to other resources: www.auroraregionalfiremuseum.org. Also, check out this history video, Great Chicago Fire 1871.


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PLAYLIST

  • Uncle Rock––  “I am a Fire Engine” [Uncle Rock U’]
  • Little Miss Ann –  “Mocking Bird”  [Clap For Love]
  • Lunch Money – “Translator” [Spicy Kid]
  • Grenadilla –  “Shall Sing” [ Grenadilla]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Band – “Firefighter Girl” [Luckiest Adventure]
  • Poochamungas – “My Favorite Summer Day (Block Party)” [Block Party!]
  • Boogers – “My Baseball Bat” [Let’s Go]
  • Poochamungas – “I’m a Big Red Fire Engine/Truck” [Block Party!]
  • Seanster and the Monsters – “G’rup” [Seanster and the Monsters EP]
  • Kurt Gallagher – “Peace and Quiet” [1234]
  • Poochamungas – “End of the Day” [End of the Day]
  • Justin Roberts – “Fire Drill” [Jungle Gym]
  • Dan Zanes and Friends – “Wonder Wheel” [Family Dance]
  • Poochamungas – “Till the Sun Goes Down” [Block Party!]
  • Emily Hurd – “Kids in Red Wagons” [Daytime Fireflies]

HFVS Summer Essentials Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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SUMMER ESSENTIALS EPISODE

Hilltown Family Variety Show
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am

July 6th & 7th, 2013 (Rebroadcast)

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PLAYLIST

  • Lisa Loeb – “Ready for the Summer” [Camp Lisa]
  • Dog on Fleas – “Green Grass of Summer” [When I Get Little]
  • Nat King Cole – “Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer” [The Greatest Hits]
  • Tony Bennett – “Firefly” [The Playground]
  • Robbi K & Friends – “Summer’s Here” [Music Makes Me Happy]
  • Justin Roberts – “Kickboard, Baby, Yeah” [Pop Fly]
  • Gunnar Madsen – “Summertime is Here” [Old Mr. Mackle Hackle]
  • Storytelling ID: Steve Weeks www.steveweeksmusic.com
  • Bill Harley – “King of the Clams” [Blah, Blah, Blah]
  • The Terrible Twos – “Lily Names Everything Sandy” [Jerzy the Giant]
  • The Beach Boys – “Fun, Fun, Fun” [Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys]
  • T-Squad – “No Sleep ‘Til Summertime” [T-Squad]
  • SHOW ID: Princess Katie & Racer Steve (www.princessracer.org)
  • Randy Kaplan – “Mosquito Song” [Five Cent Piece]
  • Ellis Paul – “Dragonfly Races” [The Dragonfly Races]
  • Recess Monkey – “The Sandbox Song” [Tabby Road]

HFVS Music of the World Episode with Guest DJ, Keith Terry (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Music of the World Episode
with Guest DJ, Keith Terry

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Keith Terry from Crosspulse Ensemble is our Guest DJ this week! Keith’s program is about World Music AND Music of the World - not only songs from artists around the planet, but sounds of the planet, itself – from the calls made by insects and birds,  to  atmospheric sounds created by lightening.   Plus some found sound — music created by the sounds we don’t always think of as musical, such as fog horns and trains, even bricks.   Join Keith in this exploration of some new and unusual ways of creating and listening to music.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 29th & 30th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Keith Terry, organizer of the International Body Music Festival, stopped by The World studios in Boston to demonstrate the amazing music the human body can make. – www.crosspulse.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Body Beat” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do.]
  • Bayaka Pygmies – “Bayaka Song” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Ba Benzélé Pygmies – “Unknown” [Anthology of Afro Music - UNESCO]
  • Zap Mamá – “Brrrlak!”  [Divas volume two]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Cumbe” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]
  • Mangbetu – “Water Drumming” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Tangle Eye- “Katie Left Memphis with wood chopping” [Alan Lomax's Roots of the Blues]
  • Unknown- “Bricks” [Unknown]
  • “Postal Workers Cancelling Stamps at the University of Ghana Post Office” [1975 field recording, James Koetting]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Flores” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]
  • Mayan Marching Band – “Unknown” [Unknown]
  • The Tahitian Choir – “Morotiri Nei” [Rapa Iti]
  • Keith Terry & Crosspulse – “Body Music” [Keith Terry & Crosspulse]
  • Vocal Sampling- “Una Forma Mas” [Una Forma Mas]
  • Barbatuques – “Cneiro verde” [O Seguinte é Esse]
  • Ants – “Ants” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Antonio Carols Jobim – “Foghorn” [original soundtrack from the film Black Orpheus]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Jalan Jalan” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]]
  • Talab Khan Barna- “Sat Bhayan Ki Ek Behanadli I” [Latcho Drom: Bande Originale Du Film Soundtrack]]
  • Atmospheric Whistlers – “Atmospheric Whistlers” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Barbatuques – “Respirando” [O Seguinte é Esse]
  • Inuits – “Unuit Throat and Harp Songs”  [Canadian Music Heritage Collection]
  • Sergio Mendez “Fanfarra Despedida” [Brasileiro]

HFVS with Guest DJ, Jeffrey Friedberg (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Guest DJ, Jeffrey Friedberg from
The Bossy Frog Band

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Celebrate summer in this multicultural and multi-genre children’s music radio show hosted by Jeffrey Friedberg from The Bossy Frog Band. Children will hear music from South American to South Africa to the American South. Whether winter, spring, summer or fall, these songs will make you want to lie down in a hammock, close your eyes and swing from side to side.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 1st & 2nd, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Gather around your youngins to follow along with Bossy Frog.  Hand play and movement to great music that’s both silly and good for you!  Kids will have so much fun they won’t know they’re learning! – www.Bossyfrog.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Jeffrey and The Bossy Frog Band – “Beach Party Band” [Crabby’s Beach Party]
  • Doc Watson – “Froggie Went A-Courtin’” [The Essential Doc Watson]
  • Kathy Reid-Naiman – “Shoo Fly” [Tickles and Tunes]
  • Jeffrey Friedberg and The Bossy Frog Band – “The Bossy Frog” [Party in-a-Box]
  • Miriam Makeba – “Pata Pata 2000” [World Playground 2]
  • The Delmore Brothers – “Tennessee Choo Choo” [Discography ’33-‘52]
  • Henry Hall – “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” [Classic Children's Favourites]
  • Merle Haggard – “Bingo” [Classic Children's Favourites]
  • Ella Jenkins – “The World is Big The World is Small” [Songs and Rhythms from Near and Far]
  • Pete Seeger – “I Had a Rooster” [Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Collection]
  • Suni Paz – “Los Politos” [Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Collection]
  • Carole King – “Pierre” [Really Rosie]
  • Jeffrey and The Bossy Frog Band – “Happy in the Summertime” [Crabby’s Beach Party]
  • Clarence White – “Arkansas Traveler” [33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals]
  • The Greenbriar Boys – “Chicken” [The Best of the Vanguard Years]
  • Norman Blake – “Down Home Summertime Blues” [Old Ties]
  • Glenn Campbell – “I Love to Play Outside” [Country Music For Kids]
  • Clarence White – “Country Boy Rock & Roll” [33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals]
  • Flatt and Scruggs – “Old Macdonald Had a Farm” [Flatt & Scruggs At Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert]

HFVS Country Travelin’ Episode with Guest DJ, Suzi Shelton (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Country Travelin’ Episode
Guest DJ, Suzi Shelton

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“Country Travelin’ Episode” – is a musical journey across this beautiful country and beyond, and the interesting adventures, animals and friends we will meet along the way. Join guest DJ, Suzi Shelton as she leads us through a fun-filled road trip – complete with cars, trains, banjos, frogs, pigs and even just a little blowin’ in the wind.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 1st & 2nd, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

“Tomboy in a Princess Dress” by Suzi Shelton. Originally inspired by her seven year old daughter, this song portrays some pretty active tomboys who also love to wear princess dresses, tiara, and tutus. Add a mix of cowboys, Suzi’s video band and water balloons and you have a whole lot of fun! – www.suzishelton.com


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PLAYLIST

  • The Submarines – “The Wake Up Song” [Honeysuckle Weeks]
  • Justin Roberts – “Do You Wanna Go?” [Great Big Sun]
  • Suzi Shelton – “Goin’ on a Road Trip” [No Ordinary Day]
  • Coon Creek Girls – “Banjo Picking Girl” [Lily Mae, Rosie & Susie]
  • The Beatles – “Day Tripper”
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Route 66″ [Grace's Bell]
  • Gillygaloo – “Sweet Lei Ilima” [Little Green Thing]
  • Baze And His Silly Friends – “Train, Train” [One Little Smile]
  • Suzi Shelton – “Bought Me A Cat” [Simply Suzi]
  • Melinda Caroll – “Epo I Tai Tai E’ I” [Girl Scouts Greatest Hits, Vol. 11]
  • Little Miss Ann – “Over In The Meadow” [Clap For Love]
  • Caspar Babypants – “The Frogs” [This Is Fun!]
  • Kira Willey – “Black Dog In the River” [Dance for the Sun]
  • Imagination Workshop Band – “Skinny Pigs” [It's A Kid's Life]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could – “Road Trip” [Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could]
  • The Weepies – “All This Beauty” [Hideaway]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Green, Green Rocky Road” [Sunny Day]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Freight Train” [Five Cent Piece]
  • Dean Jones & Jerrice Baptiste – “Little By Little” [Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti]
  • Bob Dylan – “Blowin’ In The Wind” [Greatest Hits]

HFVS History Through Stories & Songs Episode with Guest DJ, David Grover (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
History Through Stories & Songs Episode
Guest DJ, David Grover

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David Grover is our Guest DJ with a History through Stories & Songs Episode. David puts together an eclectic mix of favorite folk songwriters and singers that highlights the history of our country. – www.davidgrover.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 25th & 26th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Pete Seeger – “Forever Young”


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PLAYLIST

  • Where am I Going A.A. Milne/music Bob Reid
  • God’s Counting on You Pete Seeger/Lorre Wyatt
  • English is Crazy/Pete Seeger
  • If I Only Had a Brain/Liv Taylor
  • John Henry/David Grover
  • Ragtime Cowboy /Joe Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
  • 4 Little Sailors/Bill Staines
  • The Declaration of Independence/Pete Seeger
  • To the South Pole/Bill Harley
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Civil War Music/David Grover
  • America the Beautiful/David Grover

HFVS Cinco de Mayo Episode with Guest DJ, Mariana Iranzi (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Cinco de Mayo Episode with Guest DJ, Mariana Iranzi

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Mariana Iranzi, children’s musician from Argentina living in New York, guest DJs our Cinco de Mayo Episode— a celebration of Hispanic culture and its friendship with the United States through great family music. Multicultural, bilingual (Spanish & English) and fun! – www.marianairanzi.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 4th & 5th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

This weekend is Cinco de Mayo, and next weekend is Mother’s Day! In this video Mariana Iranzi’s bilingual song celebrates Mother’s day – Felíz día Mamá!


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PLAYLIST

  • Mariana Iranzi, “Hola Hello” (Hola Hello)
  • Los Patita de Perro, “Cuando yo me muera” (Cuando yo me muera)
  • Julio Brum, “La Yerba Mate” (El secreto de la yerba mate)
  • Nathalia Palis, “Animal Bop” (Animal Bop)
  • Laura Doherty, “uno dos tres” (Kids in the City)
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, “A Bailar “ (Fantastico)
  • Mariana Iranzi, “Los Pollitos” (Hola Hello)
  • Luis Alberto Spinetta, “El mono tremendo” (Tester de violencia)
  • Susana Dutto, “Hay un chimpance y una mona” (Caramelitos Surtidos)
  • Los Patita de Perro, “Come on let’s jump” (El planeta)
  • Mariana Iranzi, “Five little monkeys” (Hola Hello)
  • Juan Pedraza, “Transformacion” (single)
  • Hugo Fattoruso y Rey Tambor, “Sale el sol” (Emotivo)
  • Mariana Iranzi, “La semana” (Hola Hello)

HFVS Weather Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy (Radio Show/Podcast)

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WEATHER EPISODE
GUEST DJ, ALISON FAITH LEVY

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “World of Wonder,” the title track from Alison Faith Levy’s debut album for children World of Wondera paean to the natural world and all its mystery. Animated by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.


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PLAYLIST

  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky” – [Out of the Blue]
  • Grateful Dead – “Box of Rain” [American Beauty]
  • Allen Clapp – “Scattered Showers” [One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “I Love the Rain” [World of Wonder]
  • The Velvet Underground – “Who Loves the Sun” [Loaded]
  • The Hollies – “Everything is Sunshine” [The Hollies: Epic Anthology]
  • XTC – “Ballet for a Rainy Day” [Skylarking]
  • Jimi Hendrix – “The Wind Cries Mary” [The Ultimate Experience]
  • Beach Boys – “Wind Chimes” [Smile Sessions]
  • Allen Clapp & His Orchestra – “If the Wind is Right” [Mixed Greens]
  • The Three O’Clock – “When Lightning Starts” [Sixteen Tambourines]
  • Led Zeppelin – “The Rain Song” [Houses of the Holy]
  • Neko Case – “This Tornado Loves You” [Middle Cyclone]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “Eye of the Tornado” [World of Wonder]
  • Etta James – “Stormy Weather” [At Last]
  • The Beatles – “Good Day Sunshine” [Revolver]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • The Beatles – “Sun King” [Abbey Road]
  • Autumn Leaves – “Stars in the Snow” [The Twilight Hours of the Autumn Leaves]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Drinking from the Sky” [Electric Storyland]
  • The Jayhawks – “Save It For a Rainy Day” [Rainy Day Music]
  • The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset” [Something Else by The Kinks]

ABOUT ALISON FAITH LEVY

Alison Faith Levy

Alison Faith Levy, the songwriter behind such Sippy Cups hits as “Magic Toast,” “The Jellyfish,” “Move Your Pants” and “One Day Soon,” returns to making music for kids with a stunning solo album, World of Wonder.

After spending five years criss-crossing the country with the psychedelic rock n’ roll circus for kids that was The Sippy Cups, performing in such venues such as Symphony Space in NYC, Lollapalooza, House of Blues, Central Park Summerstage and Austin City Limits, Alison Faith Levy took a break from performing for children and found success with her “grown-up” Americana band, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, with songwriting partner Victor Krummenacher (of Camper Van Beethoven). They performed with the likes of Rosanne Cash, Cracker, and Built to Spill, and released an acclaimed album  Time for Leaving.

Alison missed performing for children, however, and started up a music time at a local bookstore. She began writing new songs for the kids, and word spread quickly. Within a few months the place was packed to the rafters every week and she started putting a band together and booking performances at libraries, museums, music venues and outdoor festivals.  She enlisted the help of her friend, songwriter and bandleader of lush indie popsters The Orange Peels — producer Allen Clapp. Together they took the new batch of songs and crafted their perfect pop album, playing practically every instrument on the album themselves and mining their collective encyclopedic knowledge of pop music for production touchstones. – www.alisonfaithlevy.com

HFVS with Guest DJ, Francie Kelley (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show Guest DJ, Francie Kelley

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Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Francie Kelley will be taking us on a musical safari from our neighborhoods to places far and wide, with uplifting and joyful songs, from her new CD Where Do You Want To Go Today and other favorite artists. Infused with international sounds and rhythms, you’ll be transported to countries such as Ireland, Africa, Jamaica and back home to the heartland. – www.franciekelley.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 13th & 14th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

“Uke Ukulele” by Francie Kelley


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PLAYLIST

  • Francie Kelley – “Uku Ukulele” (Where Do You Want To Go Today)
  • John Denver – “Freight Train Boogie” (All Aboard)
  • Jack Johnson – “Jungle Gym” (Curious George)
  • Francie Kelley – “African Skies” (Where Do You Want To Go Today)
  • Yo Yo Ma & James Taylor – “Here Comes the Sun” (Songs of Joy & Peace)
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – Can You Canoe? (Can You Canoe?)
  • Kenny Loggins – Rainbow Connection (Return to Pooh Corner)
  • Paddy Keenan & Tommy O’Sullivan – “The Lost and Found” (The Long Grazing Acre)
  • Barney Saltzberg – “Crazy Hair Day” (Crazy Hair Day)
  • David Benoit – “Linus & Lucy” (Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown)
  • Judy Collins – “Holly Ann” (True Stories and Other Dreams)
  • Francie Kelley – “Jamaica, Make it Come True” (Where Do You Want To Go Today)
  • Lady Antebellum – “American Honey” (Need You Now)
  • Francie Kelley – “Jammin’ In My Jammies” (Wake Up and Go To Sleep)
  • Chantal Kreviazuk – “Weight of the World” (Flicka Soundtrack Album)
  • Leigh Nash – “I’ve Gotta See You Smile” (Because of Winn-Dixie Soundtrack Album)
  • Mandy Moore – “Extraordinary” (Wild Hope)

HFVS with Guest DJ, Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show Guest DJ, Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs

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Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs is our Guest DJ with a show on the theme of “Sunshine” for this start of Spring! – www.stevesongs.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 5th & 6th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

“Recess Rocks music” video starring Steve Roslonek with Anand Nayak, off of SteveSongs’ newest CD, Orangutan Van.


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PLAYLIST

  • The Weepies – “I Was Made for Sunny Days” [I Was Made for Sunny Days (single)]
  • Composed by Jack Say – “Brass Bonanza” – [Theme Song for Hartford Whalers]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • SteveSongs – “Recess Rocks” [Orangutan Van]
  • Zak Morgan – “Minor Miners” [The Barber of the Beasts]
  • SteveSongs – “Steve Laughs at Your jokes” [Super Littleman] – not sure if this counts as a song – it’s more of a skit
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Memphis Town” [Can You Canoe]
  • Sam Lardner – “Blue Planet” [Oceans are Talking]
  • Little Horse – “Lando Explains” [Perils and Thrills]
  • Greg Tanen – “Maybe the Sun” [Maybe the Sun]
  • They Might Be Giants – “Why Does the Sun Shine?” [A User’s Guide to They Might be Giants]
  • SteveSongs – “Spinning Around” [Live version]
  • SteveSongs – “Grumpy Boy” [Orangutan Van]
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Sunpod” [Gustafer Yellowgold’s Yellow Fever]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “You are My Sunshine” [Sing Along with Putumayo]

HFVS with Guest DJ, Lloyd H Miller (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show Guest DJ, Lloyd H Miller

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Lloyd H Miller is the leader of the Deedle Deedle Dees, a Brooklyn NY-based that draws inspiration from history, science, and folklore for their interactive family concerts. His guest DJ spot on HFVS is a celebration of Women’s History via the music of some of his favorite female artists. – thedeedledeedledees.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 16th & 17th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST

  • Nina Simone – Feeling Good
  • Joni Mitchell – California
  • Staple Singers - Long Walk to DC
  • The Jimmies – Bonfire
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees & IMPACT Repertory Theatre - Time Machine
  • Moona Luna – H20
  • Laura Cantrell – Bees
  • Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata
  • Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady
  • Lunch Money – A Walk in the Rain
  • Elizabeth Cotten – Shake Sugaree
  • Frances England - Bling Blang
  • Nico – My Funny Valentine
  • Ella Jenkins – This Train

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