HFVS Pirate Episode with Guest DJ, Tom Mason of the Blue Buccaneers (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Pirate Episode with Guest DJ, Tom Mason of the Blue Buccaneers

Captain Tom Mason of the Blue Buccaneers takes the helm as our guest DJ for an hour of songs about pirates and the sea. Listen to songs from islands the pirates visited, dance to both the peg-leg jig and the peg-leg tango, and sing along to sea shanties old and new. Captain Tom also gives a brief lesson in how to talk like a pirate, as well as a few words about fine dining on the deep sea. – tommason.net

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 15 & 16, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Are Ghost Ships Real?

According to TED-Ed, “In 1884, the British steamer “Rumney” crashed into the French ship “Frigorifique.” Seeing their ship filling with water, the French crew climbed aboard the “Rumney.” But as they sailed towards port, a silent form emerged from the fog – the abandoned “Frigorifique,” seemingly back for revenge. So what happened? Peter B. Campbell investigates the fascinating phenomenon of ghost ships.”


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  • Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers “If You Want to be a Pirate” [“If You Want to be a Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers”]
  • Pete Seeger “Blow the Man Down”
  • Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers “It’s a lot of Work to be a Pirate” [“If You Want to be a Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers”]
  • Captain Bogg and Salty “Pegleg Tango”
  • The Bushwackers “South Australia” [Australian Songbook]
  • Silly Grandpa “Biscuits and Gravy” [Chicken in the Yard]
  • Bill Crosby “Selfish Shellfish” [Boomerang Orangutan]
  • Ralph Covert “Pirates” [Welcome to Deadsville]
  • Dicey Doh Singers “Sloop John B” [Smithsonian Classic Maritime Music]
  • Bruce Springsteen “Buffalo Gals” [Seeger Sessions]
  • Roane “John Kanaka” [Libertalia]
  • Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers “Talk Like a Pirate” [“If You Want to be a Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers”]
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers “Jammin’” [Bob Marley and the Wailers Gold]
  • The Almanac Singers “The Coast of High Barbary” [America’s Political Songwriter No.10]
  • The Dubliners and The Pogues “The Irish Rover” [The Best of the Pogues]
  • Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers “Sailing On” [“If You Want to be a Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers”]

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HFVS Science & Education Episode with Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Science & Education Episode with Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants

Danny Weinkauf guest DJs our science and education episode, demonstrating though song examples and commentary his love of both, and how it has influenced his favorite songs and personal writing style. − www.dannyweinkauf.coma

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 8 & 9, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Electric Car” by They Might Be Giants off of their album, Here Comes Science.


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  • The Beatles – “Help!” (Help!)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Archaeology” (No School Today)
  • Fountains of Wayne – “Hat and feet” (Fountains of Wayne)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Meet the Elements” (Here Comes Science)
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Haul Away Joe” (A Mississippi River Adventure Album)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Champion of the Spelling Bee” (No School Today)
  • Queen – “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon” (A Night at the Opera)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Ice Cream” (No School Today)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Alphabet Lost and Found” (Here Come the ABCs)
  • Justin Roberts – “Recess” (Recess)
  • The White Stripes – “My Doorbell” (Get Behind Me Satan)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Electric Car” (Here Comes Science)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Marsupial” (No School Today)
  • Caspar Babypants – “Kangaroo” (I Found You)
  • Laurie Berkner – “Fireflies” (Laurie Berkner Lullabies)
  • Lincoln “To Build a House” (Lincoln)
  • The Ramones ” I Want to be Sedated” (Road to Ruin)
  • They Might Be Giants – “I am a Paleontologist” (Here Comes Science)

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HFVS Back to School Episode with Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds

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Back to School Episode with Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds

Joanie Leeds of Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights guest DJs HFVS Back To School Episode. Joanie hand-picked all of the school themed songs including a few from her 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.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 1 & 2, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:

According to The School of Life, a global organization dedicated to fostering emotional well-being, the greatest problem of the modern education system is that it doesn’t focus on systematically preparing students for many aspects of the real challenge out there: Life itself.

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  • 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)

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HFVS Wildlife Episode with Guest DJs, Casey & Kevin from The Whizpops

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HFVS Wildlife Episode with Guest DJs, Casey & Kevin from The Whizpops

Kevin and Casey of The Whizpops have put together a fun educational show about wildlife and imagination seamlessly weaving songs about animals both real and make-believe. Join them on a musical journey through endangered species, mustaches, and even unicorns! — www.thewhizpops.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 25th & 26th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Experience the continent with the most diverse environments in this episode of “Destination World.” North America stretches from the polar Arctic to the tropical Caribbean, and you’ll find almost all major habitats on this continent.” – National Geographic Kids


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The Tokens – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” [The Lion Sleeps Tonight]
The Pop Ups – “The Bat” [Radio Jungle]
The Whizpops – “Monarch” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
Caspar Babypants – “Butterfly Driving A Truck” [Sing Along!]
The Whizpops – “Pika” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
The Big Wu – “Kangaroo” [Tracking Buffalo Through The Bathroom]
The Pop Ups – “Elephant” [Radio Jungle]
The Whizpops – “Everything’s Better With A Mustache (Walrus Song)” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
FunkeyMonkeys – “Mustache” [[Mustache]
The Salamanders – “Please Don’t Eat My Guitar” [[The Salamanders]
Ylvis – “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” [The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) – Single]
The Whizpops – “Swift Fox” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
Blitzen Trapper – “Furr” [Furr]
Sallie Ford and the Outside Sound – “Not an Animal” [Dirty Radio]
Brent Holmes – “I Can’t Wait To Hibernate” [Bear Tunes for Kids]
Recess Monkey – “Lovestruck Unicorn” [Novelties]

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HFVS Eclectic Happiness Episode with Guest DJ, Chris Ballew of Caspar Babypants (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Eclectic Happiness Episode with Guest DJ,
Chris Ballew of Caspar Babypants

The theme of this show is “songs that make you happy.” Through a variety of styles and genres Caspar Babypants takes the listener on a smile generating ride through some of his favorite happy tunes that lift spirits and make people dance and sing or just happily groove along. – www.babypantsmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 18th & 19th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Knowing how to derive satisfaction from small pleasures is key to a good life. Here is a short guide via The School of Life:


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  • Blossom Dearie – “Put On A Happy Face” [May I Come In?]
  • Buddy Holly – “Everyday” [Greatest Hits]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Blackberry Pie” [Jump For Joy!]
  • Brushy One String – “Chicken In The Corn” [Destiny]
  • Big Block Sing Song – “Hair” [Greatest Hits]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Free Couch” [Jump For Joy!]
  • Komeda – “Blossom (Got To Get It Out) [Kokomemedada]
  • Elvis Presley – “Blue Suede Shoes” [Elvis ’56]
  • Johnny Cash – “Nasty Dan” [The Children’s Album]
  • Frances England – “Digging In The Dirt” [Fascinating Creatures]
  • Dean Jones – “Tiny Fishes” [Napper’s Delight]
  • Dee-light – “Groove Is In Teh Heart” – [World Clique]
  • Tallboys – “Cumberland Gap” [Yeah Buddy]
  • Stevie Wonder – “Fingertips Part 2” [Definitive Collection]
  • Vince Guaraldi Trio – “Linus And Lucy” [A Boy Named Charlie Brown]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Pushy The Tug” [Jump For Joy!]
  • Greg Ruby Quartet – “Easy For You” [Look Both Ways]

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HFVS Rivers, Critters and Pirate Misfit Episode with Guest DJs, Funkinships

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Rivers, Critters and Pirate Misfit Episode with Guest DJs, Funkinships

The Funkinships share some of their favorite songs about the river that brought them together. Learn about the critters that make the water a magical place and why we need to keep the rivers clean for them. —www.funkinships.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 11th & 12th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:
How wolves change rivers.


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Funkinships – “Sea Legs” [Post Folk Absurdist]
Shel Silverstien – “Captain Hook” [Where The Sidewalk Ends]
Pete Seeger and Ed Renehan – “The Old Ben Franklin and the Sloop Sally B”[Fifty Sail on Newburgh Bay]
Funkinships – “The Shad and The Eel”[Post Folk Absurdist]
Make and Clancy – “A Place in the Choir” [The Makem and Clancey Collection]
Kermit the Frog – “Rainbow Connection” [The Muppet Movie Original Soundtrack]
Lyle Lovett – “If I had a Boat” [Pontiac]
Funkinships – “Left Foot, Right Foot”[Post Folk Absurdist]
Sesame Street – “Alligator King” [The Count Counts: Vol. 1]
Pete Seeger – “Sailing Down my Golden River” [Pete]
Funkinships – “If You Cant Sing Well Sing Loud”[Post Folk Absurdist]
Derek McGee – “The Donkey Of Violet Hill”
John Hartford – “Turn Your Radio On” [Steam Powered Aero Plane]
Funkinships – “The Great Whale Ball”[Post Folk Absurdist]

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HFVS Scrapbooking Spectacular Episode with Recess Monkey (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Scrapbooking Spectacular Episode with Recess Monkey

Recess Monkey leads listeners on a wacky, musical step-by-step process for creating photo memory books that will rival any Instagram post. – www.recessmonkey.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 4th & 5th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Wind-Up Robot” by Recess Monkey. Drew uncovers a forgotten toy and it threatens to take over the entire city, the lovable blockhead!


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  • Recess Monkey – “Together” [Family Photo Album]
  • Justin Roberts – “Picture Day” [Way Out]
  • The Pop Ups – “Pictures Making Pictures” [Appetite For Construction]
  • Recess Monkey – “Wake Up” [Family Photo Album]
  • The Jimmies – “Fine Art” [Practically Ridiculous]
  • Big Block Singsong – “Hair” [Greatest Hits]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Shampoo Me” [Five Cent Piece]
  • Patti Page – “(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window” [16 Most Requested Songs]
  • Recess Monkey – “Not For You” [Family Photo Album]
  • Recess Monkey – “All My Friends Are Here” [Family Photo Album]

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HFVS Surprise Episode with Guest DJ, Surprise Episode with Guest DJs, Randy & Dave (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Surprise Episode with Guest DJs, Randy & Dave

Sometimes things happen that aren’t quite what you’d expect.  Hit songwriters Randy Sharp and Dave Kinnoin, known in the children’s music business as Randy & Dave, bring you songs that are full of surprises. — songwizard.com/randyanddave

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 28 & 29, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: The surprising truth of which life form REALLY dominates the earth…


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• Randy & Dave – “Absolutely Nowhere to Go” [Snorkel]
• Connie Francis – “High Hopes” [Connie Francis Greatest Hits Volume One]
• Justin Roberts – “Henrietta’s Hair” [Pop Fly]
• Kare Strong and Josh Goforth – “The Family Over the Hill” [Rivers of Love]
• Katherine Dines – “The Goobaws” [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Boo-2]
• Randy & Dave – “Squirrel” [Snorkel]
• Eric Ode – “Bobby Brought a Skunk to the Pet Parade” [Trash Can]
• Val Smalkin and Silly Goose – “Itsy Bitsy Spider” [live in studio]
• Bill Harley – “I’m Busy” [Dinosaurs Don’t Say Please]
• Randy & Dave – “Mixed-Up Day” [Snorkel]
• Jonathan Sprout – “Washington’s Hat” [American Heroes]
• Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer – “Ballet Dancing Truck Driver” [Changing Channels]
• Dana Cohenour – “Cow in the Car” [Dana’s Best Travelin’ Tunes]
• Randy & Dave – “Snorkel” [Snorkel]

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HFVS Food Episode with Guest DJ, Gunnar Madsen (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Food Episode with Guest DJ, Gunnar Madsen

From Beans to Pancakes to Egg Salad, all tastes are considered in week’s episode. Learn about how corn is in your car, your home, your clothes, and your medicines. Songs about sharing food, renting food, and even calling food will keep your toes tapping and your mouth watering. — www.GunnarMadsen.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 21 & 22, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Egg Salad in the Sun” by Gunnar Madsen


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Cab Calloway – “Everybody Eats When They Come To My House” [Hi De Ho Man]
The Bobs – “Food To Rent” [Songs For Tomorrow Morning]
Chops – “I Like Cereal” [Ping Pong Playa Soundtrack]
They Might Be Giants – “John Lee Supertaster” [No!]
Gunnar Madsen – “I Am Your Food” [I Am Your Food]
Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention – “Call Any Vegetable” [Absolutely Free]
Dave Van Ronk – “One Meatball” [No Dirty Names]
Gunnar Madsen – “In My Soup” [I Am Your Food]
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – “Farmer’s Market” [The Hottest New Group In Jazz]
Gunnar Madsen – “Egg Salad In The Sun” [I Am Your Food]
Harry Nilsson – “Coconut” [Personal Best: The Harry Nilsson Anthology]
The Presidents Of The United States Of America – “Peaches” [The Presidents Of The United States Of America: Ten Year Super Bonus]
Gunnar Madsen – “10,000 Pancakes” [I Am Your Food]
Monty Python – “Spam” [Monty Python Sings]

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HFVS Summer Family Fun Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam

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Summer Family Fun Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam

Guest DJ Jason Didner invites you for an hour of “fun in the sun” themed music by today’s great children’s musicians and a few well renowned classic rock and reggae acts. You’ll get to know more about the “Jersey Shore Sound” that Jason and band are proud to call an influence. You’ll catch the beach party spirit that’s on full display from Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, an energy that also shows up in tracks by Brady Rymer and Yosi. You’ll enjoy the feel-good sounds of Jimmy Cliff, Suzi Shelton, Miss Nina and more. Whether you’re headed for the beach, the lake or the pool, this episode can be your summer soundtrack! — junglegymjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 14 & 15, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: The sun is out and Jessi and Squeaks are ready to perform all kinds of fun outdoor science experiments! Let’s take a look at some of the fun activities they’ve done before, like making a kite, building a solar tower, blowing bubbles, and of course, making ice cream!” – SciShow Kids


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  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Get This Party Started” [Just Say Hi]
  • Justin Roberts – “Kickboard Baby, Yeah” [Pop Fly]
  • Suzi Shelton – “It’s a Beautiful Day” [Smile in my Heart]
  • Jimmy Cliff – “I Can See Clearly Now”” [We All Are One…The Best of Jimmy Cliff]
  • Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – “Day at the Beach” [Lollipop Motel]
  • Baze and His Silly Friends – “Silly Sandy Shark’s Swinging Summer Surf Song” [Best Day Ever]
  • Yosi and the Superdads – “B-E-A-C-H” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – “Havin’ a Party” [The Best of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes]
  • Princess Katie & Racer Steve “Surf Radio” [Tiny Cool]
  • Princess Katie & Racer Steve “Sand in my Sandwich” [Tiny Cool]
  • Miss Nina and the Jumping Jacks “Sunshine Blue Skies” [Every Day’s Your Birthday]
  • Chicago, “Saturday in the Park” [Chicago V]
  • Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam, “Stay in the Pool” [Everyone’s Invited!]
  • Hullabaloo, “Waterfront” [I Chew]
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole, “Swim Like the Dolphin” [Time for Hummus]
  • Darlene Graham and the Shades of Green Band, “I’m Going to the Beach” [Big Hugs from Mama.”
  • Laurie Berkner Band, “Under a Shady Tree” [The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band]

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HFVS Songwriting Episode with Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Songwriting Episode with Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds

As multi-award winning singer/songwriter Joanie Leeds hosts The Hilltown Family Variety Show for the third time, she challenged herself by finding the “Songs That Make You Go Hmmmm, curating The Songwriting Show.”  While writing tunes for her band, Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, Joanie has always been drawn to “play on word” songs. In her songwriting themed show, Joanie picked tunes that concentrate on “idioms,” “creative word play,” and songs about songwriting hoping listeners will be inspired to create songs of their own. — www.joanieleeds.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 7 & 8, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Is songwriting really that complicated? Children’s rock performer Ralph Covert shares 4 simple steps to being a songwriter. To show how easy it can be, he creates one live on stage with the audience’s participation.” – 4 simple steps to writing a song | Ralph Covert | TEDxNaperville


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  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “Happy As A Clam” (What A Zoo)
  • Dog on Fleas – “Palindrome” (Buy One Get One Flea)
  • Billy Jonas Band – “What Kind of Bear are You”  (Build it Back Again)
  • Trout Fishing in America – “18 Wheels on the Big Rig” (Family Music Party)
  • The Merry Macs – “Mairzy Doats” (Classic Years of the Merry Macs)
  • Cat Doorman – “So Many Words” (Kick Out the Jammies!)
  • They Might Be Giants – “I C U” (Here Come the ABCs)
  • Randy Kaplan – “Hockey Puck” (Jam on Rye)
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “The World is Your Oyster” (Good Egg)
  • Steve Songs – “Song without a Rhyme”  (Orangutan Van)
  • The Bazillions – “Similes and Metaphors”  (Heads or Tales)
  • The Verve Pipe – “You Can Write a Song”  (Are We There Yet)
  • Lori Henriques – “Vocabulary”  (The World is a Curious Place to Live)
  • Key Wilde & Mister Clarke – “Animal Alphabet”  (Pleased to Meet You)
  • Hullabaloo – “Dad upside Down”  (Raise a Ruckus)
  • Miss Nina & The Jumping Jacks– Colors of You (Everyday’s Your Birthday)
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “Hello, Goodbye, Shalom” (Meshugana)

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HFVS Songs About America Episode with Guest DJ, Rocknoceros (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Rocknoceros joins us as our Guest DJ with a Songs About America Episode. The musical trio explores their record collections to find tunes that celebrate, illustrate, and even criticize the Land of the Free.  Starting with the Chuck Berry-inspired rock ‘n roll of the 1950s, the selections quickly span the decades that followed and the various styles that continue to thrive today. Join in the fun as the band members discuss the people and places that help make American music what it is, with a few asides about lemonade stands and Irving Berlin. — rocknoceros.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 30 & July 1, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: This TEDx Talk, “How banning the African drum gave birth to American music” by Chris Johnson (TEDxHudson) explores how can we understand a culture if its very means of communication have been banned? Chris Johnson examines the role of the drum in African American Culture and American History.


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Rocknoceros – “United States of America” [Rocknoceros]
Otis Redding – “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” [The Essentials: Otis Redding]
Ramones – “Rockaway Beach (Live)” [It’s Alive (Live)]
Recess Monkey – “Lemonade” [In Tents]
Chuck Berry – “Sweet Little Sixteen” [20th Century Masters – The Millenium Collection: The Best of Chuck Berry]
The Beach Boys – “Surfin’ U.S.A.” [Surfin’ USA]
Van Halen – “Dancing In the Street” [Diver Down]
Bruce Springsteen – “Born In the U.S.A.” [Born In the U.S.A.]
Rocknoceros – “Squeakers” [Plymouth Rockers]
Elton John – “Philadelphia Freedom” [Greatest Hits 1970-2002]
Grateful Dead – “U.S. Blues” [From the Mars Hotel]
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – “I’m My Own Grandpa (feat. Riders In the Sky)” [Dancin’ In the Kitchen]
Dwight Yoakam – “The Late Great Golden State” [21st Century Hits: Best of 2000-2012]
David Bowie – “Young Americans” [Young Americans]
Rocknoceros – “God Bless America” [Plymouth Rockers]

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HFVS Rock and Keep Rolling Episode with Guest DJ, Tim Seston (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Rock and Keep Rolling Episode with Guest DJ, Tim Seston

Exploring a single word through music can uncover the many ways we use language on an everyday basis. In Rock and Keep Rolling the word “roll” is used to describe the movement of waves, wheat fields, and a manatee.  It describes the fun of rolling down a hill to the more sophisticated meaning of letting something roll off you back.  A roll can be a food item, or a drum sequence, or quite simply the partner of rock. – www.frompagetoplay.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 15th & 16th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Tim Seston – “Here to Play”


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Tim Seston – “Bring on the Thunder” [On a Roll]
Doobee Brothers – “Black Water” [Best of the Doobees]
Fran Friedman – “The Colors of the Earth” [Dreams for Tomorrow]
Justin Roberts – “Rolling Down the Hill” [Lemonade]
Tim Seston – “Rolling in the Mud” [Here to Play]
Little Richard – “On Top of Spaghetti” [A Child’s Celebration of Silliest Songs]
Karen K & the Jitterbugs – “Slow Roll” [Blue Bike Chronicles]
Dorothy Cresswell – “Mary Manatee” [More Songs for Curious Kids]
Keith Boynton – “Be Like a Duck” [Philadelphia Chickens]
Tim Seston – “Jelly and Coral” [On a Roll]
Andy Z – “This Land is Your Land” [Classic Songs & Traditional Tunes]
Ratboy Jr. – “Bill” [Champions of the Universe]
Wayne Potash – “Seven Nights to Rock” [Don’t Forget the Donut!]
Liz Buchanan – “Rockin in the Rabbit Hole” [Once Upon a Tune]
Uncle Devin – “Drum Roll Call” [Drum Tales!]
Tim Seston – “On a Roll” [On a Roll]

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HFVS Father’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Frank Gallo (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Father’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Frank Gallo

In 1910, inspired by the already established Mother’s Day, the first Father’s Day was proclaimed. It wasn’t until 1972 that it became a federal holiday to be observed on the third Sunday in June. This week, musician Frank Gallo brings us a musical celebration of Father’s Day! – http://www.roliepolieguacamole.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 16 & 17, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Why Do You Love Your Family? … Math!


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  • Imagination Workshop – “Subway Train” [Subway Train]
  • Like Father Like Son – “The Sun Is A Star” [Like Father Like Son]
  • John Lennon – “Beautiful Boy” [Double Fantasy]
  • Harry Chapin – “Cats in the Cradle” [Verities & Balderdash]
  • Mama’s and the Papa’s – “Dedicated to the One I Love” [Greatest Hits]
  • Nick Drake – “Road” [Pink Moon]
  • Like Father Like Son – “She’s A Dog” [(Lou Gallo) I’m Home]
  • Neil Young – “Old Man” [Harvest]
  • Traveling Wilburys – “Handle With Care” [Vol. 1]
  • The Who “Happy Jack” [Greatest Hits]
  • Radiohead “Kid A” [Kid A]
  • MGMT “Kids” [MGMT]
  • Knightsbridge “Beverly Hills Cop” [Soundtrack]
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole “Running Through America” [Triathlon]
  • Lou Gallo and the Very Hungry Band “Walk the Dog” [Walk the Dog]
  • Imagination Workshop “Bye Bye” [Subway Train]

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

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New Beginnings Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy

Kindie artist Alison Faith Levy shares some of her favorite songs with the theme of New Beginning – songs about starting something new, dawning, awakening, renewal…. and shares fun facts about which came first – the chicken or the egg! She plays some of her own retro pop tunes for kids, some classic rock from the Kinks, the Byrds and The Beatles, some favorite modern psychedelia, and plenty of wonderful songs by her many musicians’ friends. — www.alisonfaithlevy.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 9th & 10th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Why Seasons Make No Sense


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  • The Kinks – Here Comes Yet Another Day  [Everybody’s In Show-Biz]
  • Alexandre Desplat – Third Class Carriage  [Grand Budapest Hotel]
  • Alison Faith Levy – The Start of Things  [The Start of Things]
  • Teenage Fanclub – Start Again  [Songs from Northern Britain]
  • The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!  [Turn! Turn! Turn!]
  • The Radars – Finger Licking Chicken [The Get-It]
  • Kelley Stoltz – Everything Begins [Circular Sounds]
  • The Orange Peels – [Begin the Begone]
  • The Corner Laughers – Queen of the Meadow [Matilda Effect]
  • The Sippy Cups – One Day Soon [The Time Machine]
  • Thomas Newman – Horizon 12.2 [Wall-E OST]
  • Max Richter – Horizon Variations [The Blue Notebook]
  • Richard Hawley – As The Dawn Breaks [Truelove’s Gutter]
  • Alison Faith Levy – Three Tulips [World of Wonder]
  • Cat Stevens – Morning Has Broken [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Fruit Bats – Beautiful Morning Light [The Ruminant Band]
  • Africa Show – Inspiracao De Nito [Angola Soundtracks]
  • Charity and the JAMband – Earth Day  [single]
  • The Orange Peels – New Moon [Begin the Begone]
  • The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows [Revolver]

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HFVS History of Folk Music for Families with Guest DJ, Greg McIlvaine of The Hollow Trees (Podcast/Radio Show)

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History of Folk Music for Families with Guest DJ, Greg McIlvaine of The Hollow Trees

This week on the HFVS, Greg McIlvaine, singer and guitar player with The Hollow Trees guest DJs this week with History of Folk Music for Families Episode. He plays fun and fascinating family songs ranging from the earliest recorded music up to the present. The songs reflect a short history of family music with an emphasis on the songs and artists that have influenced him the most. – thehollowtrees.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 2nd & 3rd, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music isn’t just a feature of Western pop songs, either; it’s a global phenomenon. Why? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis walks us through the basic principles of the ‘exposure effect,’ detailing how repetition invites us into music as active participants, rather than passive listeners.” – View full lesson: Why we love repetition in music – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis


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  • The Hollow Trees – “What Do You Want on Your Taco?” [Hello Friend!]
  • Stella Mahew – “I’m Looking for Something to Eat” [UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive]
  • Chubby Parker – “King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O” [Anthology of American Folk Music (Edited by Harry Smith)]
  • Lake Howard – “Chewing Chewing Gum” [The Story That the Crow Told Me Vol. 2]
  • Cousin Emmy – ”Johnny Booker” [The Story That the Crow Told Me Vol. 1]
  • Phil Harris and His Orchestra – “The Thing” [Vintage Children’s Favourites]
  • Charles Penrose – “The Laughing Policeman” [Vintage Children’s Favourites]
  • Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards – “Singing in the Rain” [Singing in the Rain]
  • Hoosier Hot Shots – “From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies” [Everybody Stomp]
  • Burl Ives – “Tam Pierce” [The Wayfaring Stranger]
  • Woody Guthrie – “Riding in My Car” [Woody’s 20 Grow Big Songs]
  • Ed McCurdy – “The Old Woman and the Pig” [Children’s Songs – The Greatest Hits]
  • The Hollow Trees – “I Can’t Dance (I’ve Got Ants in My Pants” [Hello Friend!]
  • Richard Dyer-Bennet – “The Leprechaun” [With Young People in Mind]
  • Burl Ives – “The Goat” [Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck And Other Children’s Favorites]
  • Carole King – “One Was Johnny” [Really Rosie]
  • Tom T. Hall – “How Do You Talk to a Little Baby Goat [Country Songs for Children]
  • Raffi – “Apples and Bananas” [One Light, One Sun]
  • Dan Zanes and Friends – “Smile Smile Smile” [Night Time!]
  • John Lithgow – “The Gnu Song” [Singin’ in the Bathtub]
  • Hullabaloo – “I Chew” [I Chew]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Linger” [Camp Lisa]
  • The Hollow Trees – “My Dog Has Fleas” [Hello Friend!]

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HFVS Family Dance Party with Guest DJ, Mr. Billy of The Jolly Pops (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Family Dance Party with Guest DJ, Mr. Billy of The Jolly Pops

The Jolly Pops, a band of Happy Dads, guest DJs the HFVS bringing the noise and the family funk. Listen to lead singer/songwriter Mr. Billy and his two daughters spin their favorite family music from all over the map. Let’s get this Family Dance Party Started! – www.thejollypops.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 26 & 27, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Mama Go Choo Choo” Family Fun and Movement Video


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The Jolly Pops – “Picnic Place” [We Are Happy Dads]
Suzi Shelton – “Can You Feel the Power?” [Hand in Hand]
The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Can You Canoe?” [A Mississippi River Adventure Album]
The Jolly Pops – “Mama Go Choo Choo” [I Didn’t Do It]
Lisa Loeb – “Feel What U Feel” [Feel What U Feel]
The Bunnyclogs – “Peaches and Frankie” [MN Music for Kids]
Go Fish – “Five Little Monkeys” – [Party Like a Preschooler]
Natalie Merchant – “Bleezer’s Ice Cream” [Leave Your Sleep]
Koo Koo Kangaroo – “Pop See Ko” [Cafetorium Songs Vol. 1]
Rachel Platten – “Fight Song” [Wildfire]
Dan Zanes – “Pay Me My Money Down” [Night Time!]
The Jolly Pops – “Spinning Rims on the Minivan” [We Are Happy Dads]
They Might Be Giants – “Birdhouse in Your Soul” [Flood]
Coldplay – “Viva la Vida” [Viva la Vida]
The Beach Boys – “Little Deuce Coupe” [Little Deuce Coupe]
Echosmith – “Cool Kids” – [Talking Dreams]
The Jolly Pops – “I’ll Carry You” [We Are Happy Dads]

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HFVS STE(A)M Episode with Guest DJs, Dan Crow, and John Wood (Podcast/Radio Show)

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STE(A)M Episode with guest DJ’s Dan Crow and John Wood, featuring various artists singing the praises of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. – http://dancrow.com/

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 19th & 20th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Sick Science! videos for summer science experiments to do at home.


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Dan Crow – You’re An Engineer [Concoctions]
Katherine Dines – It’s Amazing What You Can Do With Your Brain [Hunkta Bunkta Boo 2]
Roger Day – The Brain Train [Why Does Gray Matter]
Danny Weinkauf – Botany [Danny Weinkauf and The Red Pants Band]
Janet and Judy – Thank A Plant [Musical Almanac]
Dan Crow – Science, Science, Science [Concoctions]
Dave and Oliver Kinnoin – Weightless [Crazy With Happiness]
Lucky Diaz and The Family Band – Gato Astronauta [Fantastico]
Bill Harley – Milky Way [Down In The Backpack]
Marla Lewis – Sedimentary Rock [Life’s Lessons 3rd-5th Grade]
Jonathan Sprout – E=MC2 [American Heroes #4]
Eric Ode – Poor Planet Pluto [When You Smile]
Patricia Shih – The Abacus [The Power Of One]
The Brian Waite Band – Five Cool Cats [Can’t Sit Still]
David Fisher: The Rock ’n Rope Warrior – Jump [Dinosaur Disco]
James Coffey – I’m An Engineer [Come Ride Along With Me]

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HFVS Imagination & Empathy Episode with Guest DJ, Margot Bevington (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Imagination & Empathy Episode with Guest DJ, Margot Bevington

Margot Bevington of Ms. Margot’s Music shares songs about imagination and empathy in this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show. From iconic children’s classics to jazz, hip-hop, classically inspired, and music of the 80’s, many of these songs were an inspiration to Ms. Margot to imagine and empathize when she was growing up. Ms. Margot suggests using art materials to draw what you imagine while you listen! – www.inandoutoftheclouds.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 12th & 13th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Project by Ros Lukman, re-cut to fit to Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of “Nature Boy.”


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  • Margot Bevington – “From There to Here” [I am 4, 5, 6]
  • Gene Wilder – “Pure Imagination” [Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Soundtrack]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Imaginary Friend” [Perfect Quirk]
  • Katherine Dines – “It’s Amazing What You Can Do With Your Brain” – [Hunk-ta-bunk-ta: Boo-2]
  • Liz Buchanan – “Imagination” – [Amazing]
  • Tim Seston – “Wake the Imagination” [Here to Play]
  • John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, for PBS Digital Studios – “In Your Imagination” – [Reading Rainbow Remixed]
  • Two of a Kind – “Hey Little Ant” by Phil & Hannah Hoose – [Connections]
  • Margot Bevington – “Storytime” [I am 4, 5, 6]
  • Brett Dennen & The Mosaic Project – “Empathy” [Peacing it Together]
  • Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass – “Nature Boy” [Fitzgerald & Pass…Again]
  • Dave Kinnoin – “It Could’ve Been Me” [The Best in Me]
  • Stevie Wonder – “I Just Called to Say I Love You” [The Woman in Red]
  • Fred Rogers – “You Are My Friend” [Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood]
  • Margot Bevington – “Heart, Pencils, and Crayons” [I am 4, 5, 6]

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HFVS Great Outdoors Episode with Guest DJ, Andy Z (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Join Guest DJ, Andy Z for a musical journey to “the great outdoors,” and experience songs that teach, inspire, and remind all to look for miracles in nature, big and small. Selections include pop and rock classics, children’s music standouts, and contemporary kindie hits. – www.andyz.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 4th & 5th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “From spirals to spots to fractals, nature is full of interesting patterns. Many of these patterns even resemble geometric shapes. One of the most common? Hexagons. Why do we see this six-sided shape occur so many times in nature? This week we explore why hexagons are so common in the natural world, from honeycomb to bubbles to rocks, and what their mathematics, physics, and biology may have in common.” – via It’s Okay To Be Smart


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Frances England – “Explorer Of The World” [Explorer Of The World]
Justin Roberts – “Rolling Down The Hill” [Lemonade]
John Denver – “Rocky Mountain High” [John Denver’s Greatest Hits]
Nick Drake – “From The Morning” [Way To Blue (An Introduction To Nick Drake)] The Okee Dokee Brothers — “Saddle Up” [Saddle Up]
Andy Z – “Camping Song” [Camp Andyland]
Grin Brigade – “It’s Spring” [Crazy With Happiness]
Tom Petty – “Wildflowers” [Wildflowers]
Marla Lewis – “I Love To Talk To Plants” [I Love To Talk To Plants]
Andy Z – “Bizzy Bee” [Camp Andyland]
Chicago – “Saturday In The Park” [Chicago IX – Chicago’s Greatest Hits]
Andy Z – “Drink More Water” [Camp Andyland]
The Singing Lizard – “I’m A Little Cloud” [AlphaBeat]
Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky” [All Over The World: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra]
Andy Z – “Galaxy Song” [Camp Andyland] America – “A Horse With No Name” [America]

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Día del Niño Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Día del Niño Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle

“It’s All about the Kids -Los Ninos” with Award-winning Peruvian-American bilingual kindie music phenomenon Twinkle. — http://www.twinkleandfriends.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 28 & 29, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Twinkle Time – “Kidz Rock (feat. Mista Cookie Jar)”


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Twinkle feat. Mista Cookie Jar – “Kidz Rock-Remix” [Just Dance]
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “Los Ninos” [Made in LA]
The Not -Its! – “Kid of the Week” [Are You Listening?]
Recess Monkey -“Bravest Kid In the World” [Flying!]
Jazzy Ash- “Big Kid Now” [Ready!]
Genevieve Goings -“All Grown Up” [Do You Know ?]
Kim Wilde – “Kids In America” [Kim Wilde]
Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – “Kids Place” [Good Egg]
Twinkle Time – “Dream Big” [Twinkle Time]
Mister G – “Luckiest Kid in the World” [Pizza for Breakfast]
The Laurie Berkner Band – “My Family -Dance Remix” [Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes]
The Not -It’s! -“Great To Be a Kid” [Tag, You’re It!]
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band feat. Mista Cookie Jar – “Magic Believers” [Made in LA]
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Make the Future” [Make Believers]
Andrew and Polly – “Forever Young” [Odds and Ends]
Alphabet Rockers – ” I’m Proud” [Rise Shine #Woke]
Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips – “Inner Child Rock ” [Ultramagnetic Universal Love Revolution]
Twinkle Time – “It’s OK 2 Be Me” [Twinkle Time]

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HFVS Insect Episode with Guest DJs, Jeff & Paige (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Insect Episode with Guest DJs, Jeff & Paige

Go on a musical hike with guest DJs Jeff and Paige to explore insects. Through music and story, you’ll learn: how to identify an insect, how insects connect with animals, how insects help humans, and how humans can help insects! Jeff and Paige will play some of their favorite songs as well as fun tunes from other children’s musicians and from a few adult acts. Make sure you have room to dance as you explore nature and science with Jeff and Paige. – www.jeffandpaige.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 21 & 22, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Why Is Blue So Rare In Nature? “Among living things, the color blue is oddly rare. Blue rocks, blue sky, blue water, sure. But blue animals? They are few and far between. And the ones that do make blue? They make it in some very strange and special ways compared to other colors. In this video, we’ll look at some very cool butterflies to help us learn how living things make blue, and why this beautiful hue is so rare in nature.” – It’s Okay To Be Smart


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  • Jeff and Paige – “A Conversation Between an Entomologist and an Insect” [Get Outdoors]
  • Ayla Nereo – “Eastern Sun” [Hollow Bone]
  • They Might Be Giants – “Why Does the Sun Shine?” [Here Comes Science]
  • The Smurfs – “Poor Little Silly Shy Smurf” [The Smurfs All Star Show]
  • Banana Slug String Band -“Decomposition” [Singing in our Garden]
  • Jeff and Paige – “New Tree Grows” [21st Century Energy Superheroes]
  • Justin Roberts – “Pop Fly” [Pop Fly]
  • The Bell Hours – “Farther Apart [The Bell Hours]
  • Sarah Jarosz – “Little Song” [Song Up In Her Head]
  • Jeff and Paige – “Bats” [Get Outdoors]
  • Mikey Mike -“Likin’ the Lichen” [Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist]
  • Jeff and Paige – “Thank You Honeybee” [Songs from the Trail]
  • Blitzen Trapper – “Fur” [Fur] 4:08
  • Jeff and Paige “The Great Monarch Migration” [Mighty Wolf]

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HFVS Pioneers of Sound Episode with Guest DJ, Elska (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Listen to the modern “Pioneers of Sound!” with Elska as she takes us on a sonic journey into the world of early electronic music, synthesizers, micro-beats, bells and more.  Broadcasting from her Arctic island home, Elska teaches us about the origins of the most innovative sounds in pop music, how they were made, and then she plays us fascinating examples from pop music, art music, classical and some music that defies classification all together.  Get ready for a true sonic journey with “Pioneers of Sound!” − www.islandofelska.com

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

Featured Video: “We learn a lot about our surroundings thanks to sound. But… what is it exactly? Sound, that is. What is sound? And how does it travel? And what is this Doppler Effect that we’ve heard so much about? In this episode of Crash Course Physics, Shini goes over some of the basics (and some of the not so basics) of the Physics of Sound.”


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  • Elska – “Arctic Fox” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • múm – “I am 9 Today” [Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today is OK]
  • Björk – “Frosti” [Vespertine]
  • Walter Carlos – “Two-Part Invention in F Major” [Switched-On Bach]
  • Walter Carlos – “Two-Part Invention in B Flat Major” [Switched-On Bach]
  • Suzanne Cianni – “Buchla Live in 1975” [Lixiviation]
  • Elska – “Hiddi Hiddi” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • Devo – “Peek-A-Boo!” [Oh, No! It’s Devo!]
  • Kraftwerk – “The Robots” [The Man-Machine]
  • Elska – “Click Click” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • Steve Reich – “Music for 18 Musicians: V. Section IIIB” [Music for 18 Musicians]
  • Talking Heads – “This Must Be the Place” [Speaking in Tongues]
  • Laurie Anderson – “Walk the Dog” [Big Science]

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HFVS Sky Episode with Guest DJ, Suzanne Jamieson Selmo (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Sky Episode with Guest DJ, Suzanne Jamieson Selmo

Suzanne Jamieson Selmo celebrates the SKY and everything in it. She takes us through a whole day, from waking up with the sun to going to bed with the stars and the moon…and lots of fun stuff in between. She threads through poetry, history, and science into the hour and showcases a variety of music… from old classics to modern pop, jazz standards to popular children’s music. It’s a celebration of the sky with great tunes! — www.suzannejamiesonselmo.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 7th & 8th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Why Are There Clouds? – MinuteEarth


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1. Hilary Duff- “Wake Up” [Most Wanted]
2. Suzanne Jamieson Selmo- “Here Comes the Sun” [Shine]
3. Caspar Babypants- “Bird in an Airplane Suit” [Rise and Shine!]
4. Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights- “My Butterfly” [What a Zoo!]
5. Laurie Berkner- “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)” [Buzz Buzz]
6. Taylor Swift- “Superman” [Superman-Single]
7. The Beatbuds- “When the Rain Falls Down” [The Beatbuds, Volume 1]
8. Lesley Gore- “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows” [20th Century Masters: The Millenium
Collection]
9. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole- “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” [Alone in IZ World]
10. Selena Gomez- “When the Sun Goes Down” [When the Sun Goes Down]
11. Katy Perry- “Firework” [Teenage Dream]
12. Jack Johnson- “Constellations” [In Between Dreams]
13. Suzanne Jamieson Selmo- “Moonlight in Vermont” [Shine]
14. The Marcels- “Blue Moon” [The Marcels-Single]
15. Suzanne Jamieson Selmo- “Lullabye” [Goodnight, My Angel]

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HFVS Classical Music Episode, with Guest DJs Stephen and Bonnie Ward Simon (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Classical Music Episode with Guest DJs, Stephen and Bonnie Ward Simon

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 31 & April 1, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:

“Light, bright, and cheerful, ‘The Four Seasons’ by Antonio Vivaldi is some of the most familiar of all early 18th-century music, featured in numerous films and television commercials. But what is its significance, and why does it sound that way? Betsy Schwarm uncovers the underlying narrative of this musical masterpiece.” – TED-Ed, Why should you listen to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”? – Betsy Schwarm


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  • Simon Sinfonietta, Stephen Simon, conductor – “Beethoven Symphony No. 9 – II. Molto vivace” [Archival]
  • New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor – “William Tell Overture” by Rossini – [Favorite Overtures]
  • Kirov Orchestra, Valery Geriev, conductor – “The Nutcracker: Clara and the Nutcracker” [The Nutcracker]
  • Arthur Fiedler – “Stars and Stripes Forever” [Stars and Stripes Forever (1990 Remastered)]
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen Simon, conductor – “In a Cabin in a Wood” [Maestro Classics: Casey at the Bat]
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen Simon, conductor – “Flight of the Rabbit” [Maestro Classics: Casey at the Bat]
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen Simon, conductor – “Peter and the Wolf: Introduction + Peter and the Wolf” [Maestro Classics: Peter and the Wolf]
  • Bonnie Ward Simon – “About the Story” – [Maestro Classics: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice]
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen Simon, conductor, Yadu, narrator – “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” [Maestro Classics: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice]
  • Michigan State University Band, Stephen Simon, conductor – “The Casey March” [Casey at the Bat]
  • Maestro Classics Dixieland Band, James Shaffran – “I Love Selling Pretzels on the Champs Elysées” [Maestro Classics: The Tortoise and the Hare]
  • Trio Voronezh – “A Russian Peter” [Maestro Classics: The Tortoise and the Hare]
  • Joe Stump – “Speed Metal Swan” [Maestro Classics: TThe Story of Swan Lake]
  • The Amazing Baz – “The Amazing Baz Dance Remix” [Maestro Classics: The Soldier’s Tale]
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen Simon, conductor – “My Name is Handel” [Maestro Classics: My Name is Handel]
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen Simon, conductor – “My Name is Handel Sing-Along” [Maestro Classics: My Name is Handel]

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HFVS Hilltown Family Funk Show with Guest DJ, Chris Wiser (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Get ready to get up, get down and get FUNKY! Guest DJ, Chris Wiser (a.k.a. Boom) from Sugar Free Allstars hosts a show all about funk, soul, and R&B music. You won’t be able to sit still while listening to this one, so grab your dance shoes, it’s time to get this party started! — www.sugarfreeallstars.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 24th & 25th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “In the 1970s, America was one nation under a groove as an irresistible new style of music took hold of the country – funk. The music burst out of the black community at a time of self-discovery, struggle and social change. Funk reflected all of that. It has produced some of the most famous, eccentric and best-loved acts in the world – James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, George Clinton’s Funkadelic and Parliament, Kool & the Gang and Earth, Wind & Fire.” Read more: The Story of Funk – One Nation under a Groove.


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  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars ­ “Uptown Funk” [Uptown Special]
  • James Brown ­ “I Got You (I Feel Good)” [20 All Time Greatest Hits!]
  • Parliament ­ “Flash Light” [F unkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome]
  • Sugar Free Allstars ­ “Grumpopotamus (and the Crankosaurus Rex)” [Sugar Free Allstars]
  • Stevie Wonder ­ “Higher Ground” [Innervisions]
  • Jackson 5 ­ “ABC” [ABC]
  • Michael Jackson ­ “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” [Off The Wall]
  • Blues Brothers with Ray Charles ­ “Shake a Tail Feather” [The Blues Brothers: Original Soundtrack Recording]
  • Booker T. & the MG’s ­ “Hip Hug­Her” [Hip Hug­Her]
  • Sly & the Family Stone ­ “Dance to the Music” [Dance to the Music]
  • Sugar Free Allstars ­ “Mr DJ” [Sugar Free Allstars]

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

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Spring Equinox Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

Spring returns this week on March 20! Celebrate it’s arrival with our guest DJ, Charity Kahn, sharing music and insights that lift the spirits as spring begins to emerge. – www.jamjamjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 17th & 18th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video“Ever wonder why we have seasons? A lot of people think it’s because the Earth gets further away from the sun in winter, and closer in the summer. But, it’s actually more interesting than that. In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina talks about how the Earth’s tilt is responsible for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.” Crash Course Kids


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  • Wendy Waldman – “Spring is Here” [Wendy Waldman]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Get Your Booty Out of Bed” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]
  • Cat Stevens – “Changes IV” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Need Mud” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • Arnold Lobel – “The Corner” [Frog and Toad All Year]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • Bob Marley – “Sun is Shining” [Trojan Reggae Chill-Out (CD 2)]
  • Justin Roberts – “Taking Off My Training Wheels” [Meltdown!]
  • Cat Stevens – “The Wind” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Pinecone Lovely” [Have You Never Been Yellow?]
  • Ruth Krauss/Norman Rose – “The Carrot Seed”
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Happy Birthday Baby” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • XTC – “Greenman” [Apple Venus Volume 1]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “The Bird” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]

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HFVS Musical Diversity Episode with Guest DJ, Liz DeRoche (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Musical Diversity Episode with Guest DJ, Liz DeRoche

Liz DeRoche is our Guest DJ with Musical Diversity Episode. Liz will take listeners on a musical adventure exploring diversity in music. She showcases a wide variety of genres that are as unique and diverse as we are. — thesinginglizard.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 10 & 11, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Music is a powerful communication tool–it causes us to laugh, cry, think and question. Bassist and five-time Grammy winner, Victor Wooten, asks us to approach music the same way we learn verbal language–by embracing mistakes and playing as often as possible.”  — View full lesson:  Music as a language – Victor Wooten


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  • Sunshine and the Moonbeams – “Melody in Me” [Melody In Me]
  • The Pop Ups – “Pretend We Forgot” [The Great Pretenders Club]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Gimme Some Skin” [The Playground Zone]
  • Frances England – “Explorer Of The World” [Explorer Of The World]
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The Singing Lizard – “Club Called Awesome” [Club Called Awesome]
  • The Roots – “Lovely, Love My Family” [Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is… Awesome!]
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Dolly Parton – “Love Is Like A Butterfly” [Love Is Like A Butterfly]
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Ludwig van Beethoven – “Für Elise”
  • Cornelius – “Count Five or Six” [Fantasma]
  • Sam Cooke – “Twistin’ The Night Away” [Twistin’ The Night Away]
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Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine – “Conga” [Primitive Love]
  • The Singing Lizard – “Be Yourself” [Club Called Awesome]
  • I’m from Barcelona – “Just Because It’s Different Doesn’t Mean Scary” [Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is… Awesome!]
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John D. Boswell – “Mister Rogers Remixed: Garden of Your Mind” [PBS Remixed]
  • Skeewiff – “Twelve Featuring The Pointer Sisters (Combo Breaker Remix)”
  • Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers – “Bustin’ Loose” [Bustin’ Loose]
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Mista Cookie Jar – “Happy Place” [Ultramagnetic Universal Love Revolution]
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Lori Henriques – “How Great Can This Day Be” [How Great Can This Day Be]
  • The Singing Lizard – “Show Me Your Happy” [Club Called Awesome]

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HFVS Sheep Shearing & Maple Syrup Episode (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Sheep Shearing & Maple Syrup Episode

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The moment that we have been waiting for all winter is here: Sugar Season!  The ground is thawing, and the sap is running. Maple sugaring is everywhere, giving great reason to get out with your family to sing about all things maple! Along with sugar season comes the shearing of the sheep. Two seasonal markers of the coming of spring in the northeastern region of the United States. In this week’s episode, learn songs not only about maple syrup but sheep shearing and spring traditions in New England. — Download Hilltown Families Season: March & April issue of Learning Ahead to discover more about the seasonal markers that connect us to place in Western MA.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 3rd & 4th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Do you know what a skeuomorph is? You can find them all over your electronic and computer devices: the letter icon for your email; the trashcan symbol on your computer; the shutter sound you hear when taking a digital image; old-school telephone icons and rings on your cell phone. These are examples of skeuomorphs, features that echo the design of an outdated or lesser used artifact or physical object. What does that have to do with maple syrup? Take a guess and then find out in this video from Tech Insider.


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PLAYLIST

  • Lunch Money – “Wake Up, World” – Dizzy
  • Pete Seeger – “Maple Syrup Time” – Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger
  • Kitty Donohoe  – “Maple Syrup” – Bunyan and Banjoes
  • Phil Rosenthal – “Buffalo Gals” – This Land is Your Land
  • Nashville Bluegrass Band & Kid Pan Alley – “Extra Hand” – Kid Pan Alley
  • Carla Sciaky – “Sheep Shearing” – Spin the Weaver’s Song
  • Justin Roberts – “Field Trip” – Pop Fly
  • The Hipwaders – “Field Trip” – Goodie Bag
  • L. Frank Baum – The Story of Baa-Baa Black Sheep
  • Teresa Doyle – “The Shearing” – If Fish Could Sing … and Sheep Could Dance
  • Matt Nathanson – “Starfish and Coffee” – For the Kids Too
  • Moxy Fruvous – “Maple Syrup Time” – If I Had a Song: Songs of Pete Seeger Vol. 2
  • The Hipwaders – “Things You Want” – Goodie Bag

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HFVS Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Purim Episode
with Guest DJ, Mama Doni

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Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self empowerment, Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This unique Radio Show will give listeners a flavor of Purim — from the fun and crazy to the true meaning and message of this cool Jewish holiday. Produced by Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg. — www.mamadoni.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Feb 24th & 25th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: One traditional delicacy that can almost always be found in a Purim basket are the three-cornered fruit-filled pastries known as Hamentashen (the word means Haman’s hat, and recalls Haman’s triangular shaped headdress).


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PLAYLIST

  • Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up, Gold
  • Ballad of Esther & Mordechi, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Ether Won’t You Marry Me, Fran Avni, Latkes & Hamantashen
  • Costume Conundrum, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • If You Want To Sing Out, Cat Stevens
  • Mi Chamocha, Mama Doni & Eric Lindberg
  • Respect, Aretha Franklin, Greatest Hits
  • You Gotta Be, Des’ree, I Aint Movin
  • I Ate Too Many Hamantashen, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Kookie Cookie, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • Cowboy Purim, Doug Cotler, It’s So Amazing
  • Hey Man, Mama Doni, I Love Purim
  • Were Not Gonna Take it, Twisted Sister
  • Purim Game, Debbie Friedman, Shanah Tovah A Good Year
  • Break my Stride, Matthew Wilder,
  • I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor, Greatest Hits
  • Purim, Andy Statman, Bella Fleck
  • Purim Bash, Mama Doni, I Love Purim

Original Broadcast: 2/23/13

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