Voices in the Valley ❥ Local Radio

Mash Notes to Paradise by Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

Note 4, Local Radio

When I go back to Philadelphia, my hometown, there are only a few things that make me the least bit wistful for the place (besides some people, of course): the Wissahickon woods’ walking path, the vegan chili at Jonathan’s, those generous stone houses fronted by neon stands of forsythia, and WXPN’s World Café.

I may have every Live at the World Café CD ever made. I’m a very longtime member (also of WFCR and WAMC, worry not).

WXPN love is a big deal for me. I listen to the station when I’m driving around Philly and I wish it were mine, in person, in the car, not streamed. How funny since I’m so entirely delighted by my radio here at home. I mean we’ve got NPR in spades. We’ve got our own college station, where my friend, Fern, plays great music. And we’ve got WRSI.

❥ One of the crowning moments in my adult life was the day I stopped automatically turning to Morning Edition or All Things Considered if I got into the car when those shows were on. It wasn’t that long ago. I listen to the news, sure, however these days, I tend to stay with music. I am a much happier driver, now.

❥ The River—in that old-school-Valley way I still think of as RSI—has had all sorts of great folks sharing their voices over its airwaves. Its mixture: catchy songs, older songs, homegrown songs—and if you listen at the right time—you can even learn a little bit about birds.

Unlike many stations, I am glad to happen upon the radio on Saturday morning for Spare the Rock Spoil the Child’s whimsy-through-kindie music or Sunday morning’s acoustic and homey Back Porch.

During farmers’ market season, you can go say hi to Joan Holliday in the WRSI tent on Tuesdays. Year-round, there are all sorts of fun live broadcasts. The ridiculous wealth of local talent, from locals who play on the street to locals who play in small clubs, to locals that are whispered about when spotted in cities far from here, all contribute to our local radio’s awesomeness.

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October 16th Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Radio Show/Podcast)

October 16th Episode

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 16th & 17th, 2010
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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Father’s Day Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Father’s Day Episode with Guest DJ Yosi & The Superdads


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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June  19th & 20th, 2010
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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Father’s Day 2010 Radio Show with Guest DJ, Yosi & the Superdads

  • Yosi & The Superdads Intro
  • Yosi & The Superdads  – “Oo, La, La (Travelin’)” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Brady Rymer  – “Drawing on The Sidewalk” [I Found It!]
  • Yosi Father’s Day Station ID
  • The Hipwaders – “Educated Kid” [Educated Kid]
  • Steve Songs – “Marvelous Day” [Marvelous Day]
  • Yosi & The Superdads discuss presents for Dad
  • Yosi & The Superdads  – “Thank You” [Super Kids Rock]
  • The Hipwaders – “Twitchy” [The Hipwaders]
  • Yosi & The Superdads have e-mail!
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Hey” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Sara Hickman – “Radiation Man” [Big Kid]
  • Yosi & The Superdads phone call
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “B-E-A-C-H” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Dinosaur in Love” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Yosi Father’s Day Station ID
  • Brady Rymer – “Dilly Dally Daisy” [Every Day is a Birthday]
  • Yosi & The Superdads News (w/Bill Melater & Prof. Smarty Pants)
  • Dr. Noize – “Banana” [The Ballad Of Phineas McBoof]
  • Yosi – “Pass The Purple Pesto Pasta Please” [What’s Eatin’ Yosi?]
  • Yosi – “Chilly Chili” [What’s Eatin’ Yosi?]
  • Yosi & The Superdads wish you a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Funky Monkey” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Alliteration Alphabet” [Super Kids Rock]

HFVS Rollin’ On Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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ROLLIN’ ON EPISODE

Saturday from 9-10am
September 19th, 2009
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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  • Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Big Truck” [Rockin',Rollin' and Ridin']Music
  • Joe West – “Dump Truck and Tractors” [If The World Was Upside Down]Music
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Old Joe Clark” [A Frog Named Sam]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • PSA: Library Card Sign-Up Month
  • Lunch Money – “I Love My Library” [Dizzy]
  • Laura Doherty – “Firefly” [Kids in the City]Music
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Wish” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – “Teddy Days” [Freedom in a Box!]
  • Mr. David – “Crocodiles are Hungry” [Jump in the Jumpy House]
  • Burl Ives – “The Sailor and the Crocodile” [Burl Ives Favorites for Children]
  • Burl Ives- “The Crocodile Song” [Burl Ives Favorites for Children]
  • Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Hey-O” (featuring Roscoe Orman) [Rockin', Rollin' and Ridin']Music
  • Wicked Hemlocks – “Number Count” [Quill of the Mad]
  • School House Rock – “Three is a Magic Number” [School House Rock]
  • Station Id: Yosi & The Superdads [www.yosimusic.com]
  • AudraRox – “Moms & Dads” [Park Slope Parents: The Album]
  • Peter Himmelman – “Main Dish” [My Trampoline]Music
  • Uncle Rock – “Hippie Harvest Kitchen” [Uncle Rock U]

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Featured Artist: Justin Roberts Episode on HFVS (08/22/09)

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HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
Featured Artist: Justin Roberts Episode

08/22/09 PLAYLIST

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

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  • Justin Roberts – “Pop Fly” [Pop Fly] Music
  • Justin Roberts – “Roller in the Coaster” [Way Out]
  • Peter Himmelman – “Endless Green” [My Trampoline] Music
  • Justin Roberts – “Apple Tree” [Great Big Sun]
  • Ralph Covert – “Dance Around” [Welcome to Ralph's World]
  • Station Id: Yosi & The Superdads [www.yosimusic.com]
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Funky Monkey” [Super Kids Rock 3] Music
  • Dan Zanes – “Jump Up” [Family Dance]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Magic Toast” [Electric Storyland]
  • STORYTIME:  Frank Luther – “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” [Happy Stories for Gloomy Days]
  • Gary Rosen – “The Three Bears” [Putumayo Animal Playground]
  • Justin Roberts – “Cartwheels & Somersaults” [Meltdown!]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Steve Weeks – “Someday” [Alphabet Songs Vol. III: Rabbit Run]
  • Rebecca Frezza – “Take A Ride” [Tall and Small]
  • Justin Roberts – “Willy Was A Whale” [Yellow Bus]
  • Justin Roberts – “Meltdown” [Meltdown!]

Tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show on Saturdays from 9-10am on Valley Free Radio (VFR), 103.3FM (Northampton, MA), or listen via streaming audio at www.ValleyFreeRadio.org.

Every Saturday VFR offers four hours of commercial-free, quality family program from 6-10am, including Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child from 7am-9am. It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons!  Turn off the T.V. and turn on local community radio!

Mélange of Music Episode on HFVS (08/15/09)

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Mélange of Music Episode

08/15/09 PLAYLIST

Flowers at the Farmer's Market

This week's episode is a mélange of music with many colorful new songs, including "Farmer's Market" by Laura Doherty, the very place this beautiful bouquet of flowers were found in Florence, MA this week! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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

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  • Peter Himmelman – “Endless Green” [My Trampoline ]Music
  • Swing Caravan – “Blue Skies” [Get it Fresh ]
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers – “Pallin’ with Al” [Putumayo Presents: Swing Around the World ]
  • Butterflyfish – “Lemonade” [Ladybug ]Music
  • Laura Doherty – “Firefly” [Kids in the City ]Music
  • The Sippy Cups – “One Day Soon” [The Time Machine ]Music
  • Artichoke – “Quail” [26 Animals]Music
  • Joe West – “Anita Pita” [If The World Was Upside Down]Music
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Taj Mahal – “Brown Girl in the Ring” [Shake Sugaree]
  • Laura Doherty – “Farmer’s Market” [Kids in the City]Music
  • Spiral Up Kids – “Friends” [Spiral Up Kids]Music
  • Billy Jonas – “Hollow Bamboo” [Happy Accident]Music
  • Justin Roberts – “Henrietta’s Hair” [Pop Fly]
  • Maria Sangiolo – “Hairbrush Blues” [Under the Mystic Sea]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Robbie Schaefer – “Sally, Can I Walk You Home?” [Songs For Kids Like Us]
  • Billy Jonas – “Some Houses” [What Kind of Cat Are You?]
  • The Hipwaders – “Educated Kid” [Educated Kid]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “A Frog Named Sam” [A Frog Named Sam]Music
  • They Might Be Giants – “Hot Dog!” [Here Come the 123s]

Tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show on Saturdays from 9-10am on Valley Free Radio (VFR), 103.3FM (Northampton, MA), or listen via streaming audio at www.ValleyFreeRadio.org.

Every Saturday VFR offers four hours of commercial-free, quality family program from 6-10am, including Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child from 7am-9am. It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons!  Turn off the T.V. and turn on local community radio!

Packin’ a Picnic Episode on the HFVS (07/25/09)

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Packin’ a Picnic Episode

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

07/25/09 PLAYLIST

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  • Lunch Money – “Ate Too Much of My Favorite Food” [Dizzy]Music
  • Jay Mankita – “Eat Like a Rainbow” [Putumayo Kids Presents: Picnic Playground]Music
  • Lunch Money – “A Cookie As Big As My Head” [Dizzy ]Music
  • Maggie G. – “Let’s Bake Cookies” [Putumayo Kids Presents: Picnic Playground]Music
  • Lisa Loeb – “Cookie Jar Chant” [Camp Lisa]
  • Laurie Berkner – “The Cookie Bakers of the Night” [Buzz Buzz]
  • Young Fresh Fellows – “Picnic” [Play]
  • Duplex – “Salad Song”
  • They Might Be Giants – “Hot Dog!” [Here Come the 123s]
  • Randy Smith – “I Want To Be A Sandwich” [Everythung Soup]
  • Nora O’Connor & Steve Frisbie – “Cheese, Peas, Pickles and Bananas” [The Bottle Let Me Down: Songs for Bumpy Wagon Rides]
  • Asheba – “Ice Cream” [In the Kid Zone]Music
  • Rhythm Child – “Bowl of Cherries” [Putumayo Kids Presents: Picnic Playground]Music
  • Billy Jonas – “Watermelon” [What Kind of Cat Are You?]
  • Barenaked Ladies – “Popcorn” [Snacktime]
  • Ellen and Matt – “Juice Box Rock” [Best Friends]
  • Lunch Money – “It Only Takes One Night to Make a Balloon Your Friend” [Dizzy]Music
  • The Ovaltineys & Monte Ray; Sidney Torch & his Orchestra – “Balloons”

Mother’s Day Episode on HFVS (05/09/09)

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
Mother’s Day Episode

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Saturday mornings from 9-10am

05/09/09 PLAYLIST

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  • The Dream Jam Band – “Nicky Nicky Knock Knock” [The Dream Jam Band]
  • Justin Roberts – “From Scratch” [Pop Fly]
  • Claire Bloom – “Of What Became of the Parents of the 49 Children” [Nonsense Stories and Poems by Edward Lear]
  • The Hipwaders – “Always Mom” [Goodie Bag]Music
  • Tom Paxton – “Ride My Bike” [I've Got a Yo-Yo]
  • Recess Monkey – “Ice Pack” [Field Trip]Music
  • The Bacon Brother & Mickey Hart – “Pots & Pans” [Dog Train]
  • Jetta and the Jellybeans – “Good Pet Mommy” [Tell Me What You Want to Be]Music
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Tomie De Paola – “Strega Nona”
  • Anne Bobby – “Old Mother Hubbard” [A Child's Introduction to Poetry]
  • Laura Freeman – “Mother Hubbard’s Dog” [A Baker's Dozen]
  • Twink – “Grandmother Meets the Wolf” [The Broken Record]
  • AudraRox – “Moms & Dads” [Park Slope Parents]
  • The Dream Jam Band – “Look Around” [The Dream Jam Band]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Bug in the Cuff” [Here I Am!]Music
  • Spiral Up Kids – “Friends” [Spiral Up Kids]Music
  • Paul Simon – “Mother and Child Reunion” [Negotiations and Love Songs 1971-1986]
  • Stevie Wonder – “I Wish” [Songs in the Key of Life]

Vintage Jazz Episode on HFVS (05/02/09)

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
Vintage Jazz Episode

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Saturday mornings from 9-10am

05/02/09 PLAYLIST

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  • Count Basie – “Boogie Woogie” [The Best of Early Basie]
  • Fats Waller – “Your Feet’s Too Big” [Nicky's Jazz for Kids]
  • Phil Harris  – “The Thing”
  • Clifford Brown – “Joy Spring” [Jazz Immortal]
  • Harry Belafonte – “Day-O”  [Very Best of Harry Belafonte]
  • Bela Fleck & The Flecktones – “The Sinister Minister” [Bela Fleck and The Flecktones]
  • Swing Shift Big Band – “Theme From Sesame Street” [One More Time]
  • Tony Bennett – “Firefly” [The Playground]
  • Max Bygraves – “You’re a Pink Toothbrush’”
  • Count Basie – “Topsy” [The Best of Early Basie]
  • Guy Mitchell – “She Wears Red Feathers”
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Bing Crosby – “Aren’t You Glad You’re You?” [Big Rock Candy Mountain]
  • Louis Armstrong – “West End Blues” [That Devilin' Tune: A Jazz History (1895-1950) Vol. 2]
  • Ella Fitzgerald – “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” [Nicky's Jazz for Kids]
  • Benny Goodman – “Goodbye” [The Yale University Music Library, Vol. 2: Live at Basin Street]
  • Louis Prima – “Yes, We Have No Bananas” [Beepin' & Boppin']
  • Carmen McRae – “Something to Live” [For Here to Stay]
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers – “Flight of the Passing Fancy” [Hot]

HFVS Spring ’09 Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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SPRING ’09 EPISODE

Saturday from 9-10am
March 21st, 2009
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Good Morning Dear Earth


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  • Imagination Movers – “Springtime!” [Eight Feet]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Springtime Fantastic” [Electric Storyland]
  • Frances England – “Spring Has Sprung” [Family Tree]
  • Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Come On Out” [Special Kind of Day]
  • STATION ID: Harmonica Pocket
  • Peter Himmelman – “My Green Kite” [My Green Kite]
  • Mr. Ray – “When The Spring Comes” [Family Ride]
  • Maria Sangiolo – “Lady Spring” [Fairy Moon]
  • Judy Collins – “So Early, Early In The Spring” [The Very Best of Judy Collins]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Coming of Spring” [Grace's Bell]
  • Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra – “It’s Spring!” [Beethoven's Wig 2]
  • Station ID: Steve Weeks
  • Jim Weiss – “Johnny Appleseed” [American Tall Tales]
  • David Grover & The Big Bear Band – “Johnny Appleseed” [Watch Me Now!]
  • Gertrude Crampton – “It Was Spring and Brook Was Full” [The Little Golden Treasury Collection]
  • Frances England – “Tugboat” [Family Tree]
  • Billy Jonas – “Hollow Bamboo” [Happy Accidents] Music

The Harmonica Pocket on HFVS (01/24/09)

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

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The Harmonica Pocket at WXOJ, guests DJ's for the Hilltown Family Variety Show

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Saturday mornings from 9-10am

01/24/09
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Big thank you to Keeth and Nala from The Harmonica Pocket for stopping by the studio on their way to Mass MoCA to co-host HFVS. Keeth put together a fun playlist and together with Nala performed three live songs.  See the video below taken while performing their song, One Tree Said off of their album, Ladybug One.  Head on over to Mass MoCA today to see their performance at 1pm!

  • Trout Fishing in America – “Peco De Gallo” [Family Music Party]
  • Trout Fishing in America – “18 Wheels on a Big Rig” [Family Music Party]
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” [Ladybug One]
  • Peter Himmelman – “Watercolor Set” [My Green Kite]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Little Bird, Little Bird” [You Are My Little Bird]
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “Hush Little Baby” [unreleased]
  • Justin Roberts – “Everything Else Start With E” [Great Big Sun]
  • They Might Be Giants – “The House at the Top of the Tree” [No!]
  • Johnny Cash – “Ah Bos Cee Dah” [The Johnny Cash Children's Album]
  • Woody Guthrie – “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8″ [Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child]
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “Little Saka Sugar” [Live in studio]
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “One Tree Said” [Live in studio] – See video below
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “La Luna” [Live in studio]
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “The Sun Song/You are My Sunshine” [Live in studio]
  • Bruce Springsteen – Erie Canal” [We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions]
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “Polly Wolly Doodle”

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