HFVS Around the World Holiday Episode with Guest DJs Katherine Dines & James Coffey (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Holidays Around the World Episode
with Guest DJs, Katherine Dines & James Coffey

This episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show is a celebration of global holidays and light with Guest DJs, James Coffey and Katherine Dines from the Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Band. It features many award-winning artists, as well as fantastic educational content about several of the holidays highlighted, including Chinese New Year and Diwali.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 30th & December 1st, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Divali, Diwali or Deepawali (depending on where you are from), is one of the most joyous celebrations for Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists. The name comes from two Sanskrit words: “Diyas” which means “clay lamps” and “avali” which means “rows.” During the 5-day celebration, people place rows and rows of clay lanterns around rooftops, doorways and windows, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, hope over despair and light over darkness.


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1. Andy Zamenes (Andy Z) – “Turkey in the Straw” [Classic Songs and Traditional Tunes]
2. Lucy Kalantari – “It’s the Holidays” [It’s the Holidays]
3. Katherine Dines – “Somewhere in the World” [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Holidays Song and Stories that Celebrate Global Light]
4. Hot Peas N’ Butter – “Firelight” [Back to the Land]
5. Joyce Rouce – “Green Christmas” [Earth Mama; Christmas Heart]
6. Barb Tilsen – “Lucia Day” [Take the Seed]
7. Katherine Dines – “Nian” [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Holidays Song and Stories that Celebrate Global Light]
8. SoulAviv – “Candles of Chanukah” [Digital Track]
9. Katherine Dines – “Light Rises Over Darkness” [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Holidays Song and Stories that Celebrate Global Light]
10. KB Whirly and M.I.S.T.A. Cookie Jar – “Love Light Shine” [Digital Track]
11. Kelli Welli – “Little Ray of Sunshine” [Digital Track]
12. West LA Children’s Choir – “As We Go Round the Sun” [Digital Track]
13. Greta Pederson – “Kwanzaa is Here” [Digital Track]
14. Heather Dale – “Huron Carol” [This Endris Night]
15. Joanie Leeds – “Nightlights” [Bandwagon]
16. Katherine Dines – “Stars” [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Holidays Song and Stories that Celebrate Global Light]

HFVS Sweets & Treats Episode with Guest DJ, Again Again (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Sweets & Treats Episode with
Guest DJ, Again Again

In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Anne and Jen from Again Again take you on a sweet musical journey exploring how sugar and treats make their way into song. Keep your ears open for some tidbits on fruits and veggies, just to keep the hour balanced.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 26th & 27th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: What can kids do when they’re bored?  Use their imaginations and let a whole exciting world come to life! “Bubble Gum and Cheese” by Again Again.


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  • The Chordettes – “Lollipop”  [Lollipop/Baby Come-A Back-A]
  • Eurythmics – “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” [Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)]
  • Again Again – “Bubble Gum and Cheese” [Listen. Love. Repeat.]
  • The Beach Boys – “Vegetables” [Smiley Smile]
  • The Beatles – “Strawberry Fields Forever” [Magical Mystery Tour]
  • Again Again – “Camping (Lullaby)” [Listen. Love. Repeat.]
  • Little Richard – “Tutti Frutti” [Here’s Little Richard]
  • Renee and Friends – “Starfish and Coffee” (ft. Maya Rudolph)- [Simpatico]
  • Again Again – “Dinosaur Party” [Listen. Love. Repeat.]
  • The Archies – “Sugar Sugar” [Everything’s Archie]
  • Kacey Musgraves – “Spoonful of Sugar” [We Love Disney]
  • Again Again – “Families Come in Blended Way” [Listen. Love. Repeat.] 
  • Sammy Davis Jr. “Candy Man” [Sammy Davis Jr. Now]
  • Neil Diamond –  “Sweet Caroline” [Sweet Caroline] 
  • Abba – “Honey Honey” [Waterloo]
  • James Taylor – “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” [Gorilla]
  • New Edition – “Candy Girl” [Candy Girl]
  • Grateful Dead – “Sugar Magnolia” [American Beauty]
  • Jack Johnson – “Banana Pancakes” [In Between Dreams]Save

HFVS Connection Episode with Guest DJ, Kare Strong (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Connection Episode with
Guest DJ, Kare Strong (Radio Show/Podcast)

In this episode you’ll hear loving, fun and poetic songs about special ways of being in relationship, with each other, with animals and with the earth. Along the way you’ll meet amazing animals, grandparents, children and more.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 19th & 20th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: What Wolves Can Teach us About Human Connection.


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  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “Two Toads & a Bee” [Rivers of Love]
  • Nick Cope “Have You Heard About Hugh?” [Have You Heard about Hugh?]
  • Sarah Pirtle “Colors of the Earth” [The Wind is Telling Secrets]
  • Sarah Goslee Reed “Katydid Waltz” [SongFest]
  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “To the Country We Will Go” [Beneath the Cherry Tree]
  • Dave Kinnoin & Jimmy Hammer “Tookie Tookie” [All I Do Is Hop]
  • Timmy Abell “Like Love” [Little Red Wagon]
  • Kari Kovick “Howdjadoo” [It’s You I Like]
  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “A Party For Pig” [Beneath the Cherry Tree]
  • Sarah Pirtle “Mama’s Weaving” [Pocket of Wonder]
  • Elizabeth Mitchel & Suni Paz “ Cantaras Una Canción” [Tu Eres Mi Flor: Children’s Songs in
  • Spanish] Elizabeth Mitchel “ Los Pollitos Dicen” (The Little Chicks) [You Are My Little Bird]
  • Lui Collins “Waltzing With Bears” [North of Mars]
  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “The Flower Faeries” [Beneath the Cherry Tree]
  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “Sing, I Love You” [ Rivers of Love]

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HFVS Intro to the History of Rock Episode with Guest DJs, Ari & Ezra from The Oot n’ Oots (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Intro to the History of Rock Episode
with Guest DJs, Ari & Ezra from The Oot n’ Oots

Ari and Ezra from The Oot n’ Oots play songs and tell stories to highlight the evolution of rock music from the 1950s to the 1970s, covering major trends and introducing listeners of all ages to a distinctly American musical tradition. – www.theootnoots.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 5th & 6th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: 10-year-old Oot n’ Oot lead singer Ruth Cipes belts out the rock n’ roll classic “Too Much Monkey Business.” Originally by Chuck Berry, this version features alternate lyrics told from a kid’s perspective.


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  • Little Richard – “Tutti Frutti” [Single]
  • Chuck Berry – “Roll Over Beethoven” [Chuck Berry Is on Top]
  • Wanda Jackson – “Let’s Have a Party” [Wanda Jackson]
  • The Coasters – “Charlie Brown” [Single]
  • The Oot n’ Oots – “Little Sammy Davis” [Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo]
  • The Beatles – “I Want to Hold Your Hand” [Meet the Beatles!]
  • The Kinks – “Picture Book” [The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society]
  • Aretha Franklin – “Respect” [I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You]
  • The Byrds – “Mr. Tamborine Man” [Mr. Tamborine Man]
  • The Oot n’ Oots – “Where the Purple Geese Fly” [Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo]
  • Carole King – “Beautiful” [Tapestry]
  • David Bowie – “Starman” [The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars]
  • The Oot n’ Oots – “I Like It Saucy” [Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo]
  • Stevie Wonder – “Sir Duke” [Songs in the Key of Life]
  • Ramones – “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” [Rocket to Russia]
  • The Oot n’ Oots – “Animal Sounds” [Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo]
  • The B-52’s – “Rock Lobster” [The B-52’s]

[Original broadcast: 9/29/18]

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HFVS Good Fortune Episode with Guest DJ, Dave Kinnoin (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Good Fortune Episode with Guest DJ,
Dave Kinnoin from Grin Brigade (Radio Show/Podcast)

In this episode, join HFVS Guest DJ, Dave Kinnoin from Grin Brigade for a show about good fortune. Listen to songs about things you like that you have some control over, and other things that are just plain lucky. Along the way, you’ll hear a few Spanish words which you may or may not know, think about what you can and can’t be, get tips on getting a high-paying job, mix some concrete, and eat a delicious taco. We’ll explore ways of being kind and generous that lead to wonderful feelings … good fortune, indeed.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 28th & 29th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: “Dog Alphabet Song” by Grin Brigade


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  • Grin Brigade – “Just Like Magic” [All I Do Is Hop] featuring Randy Sharp
  • Kare Strong and Josh Goforth – “The Happy Groundhog” [Beneath the Cherry Tree]
  • Jonathan Sprout – “Chocolate King” [American Heroes #3]
  • Sarah Goslee Reed – “Garden of Plenty” [Plenty]
  • Grin Brigade – “High-Paying Job” [All I do Is Hop] featuring Dave Kinnoin
  • Nathalia – “Baila Conmigo” [En La Radio]
  • Craig N’ Company – “Every Little Bit” [My Jewish Discovery]
  • Grin Brigade – “What Can’t Be” [All I Do Is Hop] featuring Oliver Kinnoin
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Under the Big Umbrella” [Under the Big Umbrella]
  • Tracy Newman – “Did You Ever Once Feel Like I Feel?” [I Can Swing Forever]
  • The Lucky Band- “Taco Tuesday” [Buenos Diaz] featuring Lucky Diaz
  • Kare Strong and Josh Goforth – “The Family Over the Hill” [Rivers of Love]
  • Grin Brigade – “Mi Pelota” [All I Do Is Hop] featuring Melanie Browoleit

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HFVS Transportation Episode with Guest DJ, Camille Harris. (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Transportation Episode
with Guest DJ, Camille Harris.

Musician and comedian, Camille Harris, explores the word “transportation” and the various ways in which we move around the world each day. Songs and stories about cars, buses, trains, trolleys, planes, rockets, and subways are all featured in this fun educational episode.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 21st & 22nd, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: “Baby on the Subway” by Camille Harris.


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  • Camille Harris – “Wheels on the Bus” [Baby on the Subway]
  • Camille Harris – “Baby on the Subway” [Baby on the Subway]
  • Judy Garland – “The Trolly Song” [Meet Me in St. Louis]
  • The Who – “Magic Bus” [Magic Bus: The Who on Tour]
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips – “Midnight Train to Georgia” [Imagination]
  • Ozzy Ozbourne – “Crazy Train” [Blizzard of Oz]
  • Camille Harris – “Get Up and Try Again” [Baby on the Subway]
  • Queen – “Bicycle Race” [Jazz]
  • Peter, Paul, and Mary – “Leaving on a Jet Plane” [Album 1700]
  • Julie London – “Fly Me to the Moon” [The End of the World]
  • Elton John – “Rocketman” [Honky Château]
  • Dick Van Dyke – “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” [Chitty Chitty Bang Bang]
  • The Beach Boys – “Little Deuce Coupe” [Little Deuce Coupe]
  • The Beatles – “Baby You Can Drive My Car” [Rubber Soul]
  • Camille Harris – “Jiggly Wiggly” [Baby on the Subway]

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HFVS Hispanic Heritage Month Episode with Guest DJs, Andrés and Christina (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Hispanic Heritage Month Episode with Guest DJs, Andrés and Christina

What does it mean to be bilingual? Can songs help us learn a new language? Andrés and Christina from 123 Andrés are guest DJs for this episode, and they are tell us about the languages they speak and we get to hear some of the songs that helped them learn!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 14th & 15th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: ¡Salta, Salta! | música infantil | movimiento para la familia | Ganador del Latin Grammy 123 Andrés


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  • 123 Andrés – “¡Salta, Salta!” [¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! en español y en inglés]
  • Palavra Cantada – “Sopa” – [Vamos Brincar]
  • Papaoutai – Stromae – [Racine carrée]
  • Ronda de las Vocales – “Canticuentos” [Los 60 Mejores Canticuentos]
  • Kermit the Frog and Ladysmith Black Mambazo  – “African Alphabet” [Sesame Street: Lyrical Letters]
  • 123 Andrés – “El abecedario” [Canta las Letras]
  • Leonor Gonzalez Mina – “Yo me llamo Cumbia” [Lo Mejor de Mi Vida]
  • BBC English By Radio – “Ernest the Elephant” [Inglés Junior]
  • Emmanuel – “Toda la Vida” [Emmanuel: 20 Exitos Originales]
  • Queen – “We Will Rock You” [The Platinum Collection (Greatest Hits I, II & III)]
  • 123 Andrés – “My friend Manuel” [¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! en español y en inglés]
  • Cher – “Believe” [Believe]
  • José Feliciano – “Feliz Navidad” [FELIZ NAVIDAD]
  • Elmo and Romeo Santos – “Quiero Ser Tu Amigo” [The Best of Elmo 3]
  • 123 Andrés – “Hola Amigo” [¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! en español y en inglés]

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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 HFVS 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.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 7 & 8, 2019
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”]

Original Broadcast: September 15 & 16, 2018

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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 31st & September 1st, 2019
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 Family Vacation Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Family Vacation Episode
with Guest DJ, Jason Didner

Fire up the engine in the family car and hit the road with “Jersey Jason” Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam. Jersey Jason will be playing his favorite songs related to family vacation time.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 24th & 25th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “Along a 30-mile stretch of road in North Dakota, massive scrap metal sculptures seem to sprout from the earth and touch the sky. But where did they come from? In an effort to bring more visitors to his dwindling town of Regent, Gary Greff began welding the figures in 1989. Each sculpture takes five to six years to complete, making this project a true labor of love.” – What’s your “passion project?”


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  • Lindsey Buckingham – “Holiday Road” – [National Lampoon’s Vacation Soundtrack]
  • The Go-go’s – “Vacation” – [Vacation]
  • Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – “Jam Packed” – [Lollipop Motel]
  • The Not-Its – “Busy” – [KidQuake!]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Night Lights – “Are We There Yet?” – [Bandwagon]
  • Frances England – “Explorer of the World” – [Explorer of the World]
  • Jazzy Ash – “Throw Me Sometin’ Mista!” (featuring Mista Cookie Jar) – [Home]
  • Frank Oz & Kermit the Frog – “Movin’ Right Along” – [The Muppet Movie Soundtrack]
  • Hullabaloo – “10-4 Good Buddy” – [Road Trip]
  • Justin Roberts – “Obsessed by Trucks” – [Jungle Gym]
  • Little Rockers – “I Wanna Go Somewhere” – [Ready for Rockin’]
  • Yosi – “Friends Around the World” – [Under a Big Bright Yellow Umbrella]
  • Marsha Goodman-Wood – “Gravity Vacation” – [Gravity Vacation]
  • Bon Jovi – “Who Says You Can’t Go Home – Duet with Jennifer Nettles” – [Have a Nice Day]
  • Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – “Lollipop Motel” – [Lollipop Motel]

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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.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 17 & 18, 2019
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]

[Original broadcast: July 28 & 29, 2018]

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HFVS Guest DJ, Lisa Loeb (Radio Show/Podcast)

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 Guest DJ, Lisa Loeb

Lisa Loeb is a singer-songwriter and founder of the Camp Lisa Foundation to send kids to summer camp. In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Lisa plays some of her favorite songs about summer and camp from her own catalog of music and from other favorites!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 3rd & 4th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: “Father Abraham”


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  • Lisa Loeb – “Best Friend” [Camp Lisa]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “You Are My Sunshine (Pt. 1)” [You Are My Sunshine]
  • Lisa Loeb – “The Cookie Jar Song” [Camp Lisa]
  • Super Simple Songs – “Peanut Butter & Jelly” [Humpty Dumpty & More Kids Songs]
  • Lisa Loeb – “When It Rains” [Camp Lisa]
  • The Hues Corporation – “Rock The Boat” [Rock The Boat]
  • Ray Anthony and His Orchestra – “The Bunny Hop (Vocal Version)” [Capitol Collectors Series]
  • Melanie – “Brand New Key” [Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie]
  • Christopher Cross – “Sailing” [Christopher Cross]
  • The Surfaris – “Wipe Out” [Wipe Out]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Stay (I Missed You)” [Tails]
  • Neil Young – “Love is a Rose” [Decade]
  • Renee & Friends – “Starfish and Coffee (feat. Maya Rudolph)” [Simpatico]
  • The Monkees – “Last Train to Clarksville” [The Monkees]
  • Joni Mitchell – “The Circle Game” [Ladies of the Canyon]
  • Sister Sledge – “We Are Family” [We Are Family]
  • Lisa Loeb – “It’s Not Goodbye” [Camp Lisa]

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HFVS Love and Togetherness Episode with Guest DJ, Alina Celeste (Radio Show/Podcast)

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 Love and Togetherness Episode
with Guest DJ, Alina Celeste

Nature, dancing and good friends and family are some of Alina Celeste‘s favorite things. In this week’s episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show as our Guest DJ, Alina shares some of her favorite songs in Spanish and English (and both!) that make you want to move your body and appreciate the world around you. So get dancing and celebrating!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 20th & 21st, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Pineapple Watermelon Mango


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  • Gloria Estefan “Hablemos el Mismo Idioma” [Mi Tierra]
  • Alina CelesteCoquinas” [Love Is Te Quiero]
  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Pajarito” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • Mister G “Chocolalala” [Chocolalala]
  • Hector Lavoe “Che Che Cole” [Hector Lavoe Greatest Hits]
  • Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats “Una Gran Familia” [Hold Tight, Shine Bright]
  • Alina CelesteBaila Conmigo” [Love Is Te Quiero ]
  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Laila” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • Antonio Machín & Cuarteto Vocal Tropicana “El Manisero” [Vintage Cuba Selection From EPs Collectors]
  • Feist “Sea Lion Woman” [The Reminder]
  • Maná “Se Me Olvido Otra Vez” [MTV Unplugged]
  • Mister G “Fireflies” [Fireflies]
  • Alina CelesteStardust” [Love Is Te Quiero ]

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HFVS Funny Country Songs Episode with Guest DJ, Cowboy Andy (Radio Show/Podcast)

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 Funny Country Songs Episode
with Guest DJ, Cowboy Andy

HFVS Guest DJ, Cowboy Andy, lead singer and songwriter for the family friendly band The Salamanders, lives on a lavender farm in the mountains of Western Montana. In this week’s episode  he explores humor in music across a wide range of genres and decades!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 13th & 14th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Matt Damon Magnetized Me


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  • Ed Wynn, Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke – “I Love to Laugh” [Mary Poppins (Original Soundtrack)]
  • Mike Phirman – “What Makes the Breakfast” [What Makes the Breakfast]
  • Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders – “Bowl of Eggs” [Put Your Arms in the Air]
  • The Hoosier Hot Shots – “I Like Bananas, Because They Have No Bones” [Vintage Novelty Songs For Kids]
  • Roger Miller – “Kansas City Star” [Best of Roger Miller: His Greatest Songs]
  • Roger Miller – “Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd [Best of Roger Miller: His Greatest Songs]
  • Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders – “Letter Why” [Put Your Arms in the Air]
  • Jack Forman – “When I Was Young” [Office Hours]
  • David Seville – “Witch Doctor” [Witch Doctor (Remastered)]
  • Syd Barrett – “Effervescing Elephant” [The Best of Syd Barrett – Wouldn’t You Miss Me?]
  • George Harrison – “It’s Johnny’s Birthday” [All Things Must Pass]
  • Ozomatli & Ozokidz – “Moose On the Loose” [Ozomatli Presents Ozokidz]
  • Donald O’Connor – “Make ‘em Laugh” [Singin’ in the Rain (Original Soundtrack)]
  • Spike Jones – “Jamboree Jones” [(Not) Your Standard Spike Jones Collection]
  • Spike Jones – “Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Good-bye)” [(Not) Your Standard Spike Jones Collection]
  • Shel Silverstein – “Peanut Butter Sandwich” [Where The Sidewalk Ends]
  • Grover – “Near and Far” [Sesame Street: Grover Sings the Blues]
  • Rhonda Vincent – “Banana Phone” [Sing Along With Putamayo]
  • Sheb Wooley – “Purple People Eater” [Purple People Eater]
  • Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders – “Mom Only Counts to Three” [Put Your Arms in the Air]

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

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 Songs About America Episode with
Guest DJ, Rocknoceros

Rocknoceros joins us as our Guest DJ with a Songs About America Episode. The musical trio explore 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.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 6th & 7th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: “In this special short Crash Course, John celebrates American Independence Day by teaching you how the holiday came to be on the 4th of July, and the many ways that Americans celebrate the day. This is a little different than the normal Crash Course episode, so be prepared.” – History of the 4th of July: Crash Course US History Special


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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]

Original broadcast:  June 27th & 28th, 2015

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HFVS Fun in the Sun Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle Time (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Fun in the Sun Episode with
Guest DJ, Twinkle Time


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Award-winning, Peruvian-American, Kindie Rocker Twinkle Time is bringing in the summer with some Fun in the Sun! Twinkle Time spins the best family music tunes teaching kids that Summertime is all about making memorable memories with friends and families. Twinkle Time will be performing at The Big E Fair in Springfield, MA, September 19-23, closing out the summer. She looks forward to seeing you there!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 29th & 30th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Twinkle Time, “Fun In The Sun” [Official Music Video]


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  • Twinkle Time -“Fun in the Sun” [Made in the U.S.A.]
  • Tim Kubart – “Jump Right In” [Building Blocks]
  • Recess Monkey – “Beach Ball” [Deep Sea Diver]
  • Saul Paul -“Hula Hoop WeMix” [All Star Anthems]
  • Arrow – “Hot -Hot-Hot” [Lambadas Interncionais- As Melhores]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “Paletero Man” [Made in LA]
  • Joanie Leeds -“Sunglasses” [I’m a Rock Star]
  • Pinkfong -“Baby Shark” [The Best of Baby Shark]
  • Andy Z – “Boogie Board Boogie” [Summer in Andyland Remastered]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Are You Ready for the Summer” [Camp Lisa]
  • Gloria Estefan – “Conga” [Miami Sound Machine-Greatest Hits]
  • Nathalia – “Pop Pop Pop” [Dream a Little (Suena un Poquito)]
  • Twinkle Time -“Diversion en El Sol” [Made in the U.S.A.]
  • The Not- Its! -“Vacation” [Tag,You’re It!]
  • Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit and Grease Live Cast – “Summer Nights” [Grease Live]
  • Recess Monkey – “Bouncy House” [In Tents]
  • Dj Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince -“Summertime” [Will Smith Greatest Hits]

HFVS Adapted Story Episode with Guest DJs, Lee & Katie of the Story Pirates (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Adapted Story Episode with Guest DJs, Lee & Katie of the Story Pirates


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The Story Pirates take stories written by real kids and turn them into sketch comedy, songs, books, and a podcast. In today’s show, hosted by Lee from the Story Pirates, they play some of their songs based on kids’ stories, plus the songs that inspired them!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 25 & 26, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “All 8 Unicorns,” based on an original story by Cece, age 4, from Brooklyn, NY.


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  • The Story Pirates – “Nothing Is Impossible” [Nothing is Impossible]
  • Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble – “This Is Me” [The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)]
  • Queen – “We Are The Champions” [The Platinum Collection]
  • Carole Shelley & Idina Menzel – “The Wizard And I” [Wicked (Original Broadway Cast Recording)]
  • The Story Pirates – “Riding A Seagull Was Good” [Nothing Is Impossible]
  • Chromeo – “Fancy Footwork” [Fancy Footwork]
  • Phoenix – “Lisztomania” [Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix]
  • Santigold – “Disparate Youth” [Master of My Make-Believe]
  • The Story Pirates – “Fart Out Loud Day” [Nothing Is Impossible]
  • Chic – “Everybody Dance (12″ Mix)” [Dance, Dance, Dance: The Best of Chic]
  • Isaac Hayes – “Theme From Shaft” [Greatest Hits Singles]
  • The Story Pirates – “All 8 Unicorns” [Nothing Is Impossible]

 

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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
May 11 & 12, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “So we have Weather and Climate… but are they the same thing? No, no they are not. But they are both super important to how the geosphere is shaped. In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina chats with us about the differences between Weather and Climate.” – Crash Course Kids


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  • 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]

Original broadcast: May 12, 2012.

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HFVS Guest DJ, Mr. Billy of the Jolly Pops (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Guest DJ, Mr. Billy of the Jolly Pops

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Mr. Billy of the Minnesotan children’s music group The Jolly Pops is joined in studio by his two young daughters to guest DJ. The three of them spin an hour long mix of family favorites while discussing what music means to them and how the songs make them feel.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 4th & 5th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Spinning Rims on the Minivan”


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  • The Jolly Pops – “Spinning Rims on the Minivan” [We are Happy Dads]
  • Little Mix – “Black Magic” [Get Weird]
  • Suzi Shelton – “Put Your Hands in the Air” [Hands in Hand]
  • Alicia Keys – “Girl on Fire” [Girl on Fire]
  • Go Fish – “Pop Goes the Weasel” [Party Like a Preschooler]
  • The Jolly Pops – “Snack Attack” [Tater Tot Hot Dish]
  • Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider” [Let it Go]
  • Louis and Dan – “Confused Animals” [Louis and Dan and The Invisible Band]
  • The Band Perry – “If I Die Young” [The Band Perry]
  • The Jolly Pops – “Minnesota Happy Day” [We are Happy Dads]
  • Coldplay – “Fix You” [X&Y]
  • Miranda Lambert – “All Kinds of Kinds” [Four the Record]
  • Zedd and Elley Duhe – “Happy Now” [Single]
  • Pink – “A Million Dreams” – [Greatest Showman Soundtrack]

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HFVS Transitions Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Transitions Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari

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What do David Bowie, Harry Belafonte, and Sara Lovell have in common? They are fantastic, and they are on this playlist! GRAMMY Award-winning artist, Lucy Kalantari, Guest DJ’s this episode about the constant flux in life, changes, and transitions.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 27th & 28th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: From the GRAMMY Award Winning Album, All the Sounds by Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats, a young cellist, Darius Kalantari, plays this little tune teaching listeners musical terms and the joy of making music.


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  • Butterfly Boucher – “Changes” [Shrek 2 (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)]
  • Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights – “My Butterfly” [What A Zoo!]
  • Marsha and the Positrons – “The Monarch Butterfly Song” [Positronic]
  • The Nields – “Butterfly” [Science Fair]
  • Vered – “You’re Gonna Be” [Songs For Sisters And Brothers]
  • Margot Bevington – “Changes (feat. Ruth Tousignaut)” [One and Two Is Three]
  • Kath Bee, Claudia Robin Gunn – “Making My Way” [Making My Way]
  • Queen – “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon” [A Night at the Opera]
  • Teeny Tiny Stevies – “Light As A Bubble” [Helpful Songs for Little People]
  • Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – “I Know A Little Fellow” [All the Sounds]
  • Mclusky – “Rice Is Nice” [My Pain and Sadness is More Painful And Sad Than Yours]
  • Sara Lovell – “The Problem Song” [Wild Is Everywhere]
  • Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” [All the Sounds]
  • Harry Belafonte – “Oh Freedom” [My Lord What A Mornin’]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “I’m Coming Out” [Under the Big Umbrella]
  • Tim Seston – “Time to Look Back” [Here to Play]
  • Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – “All the Sounds” [All the Sounds]

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HFVS Animal Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Animal Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley

Animal Fun! Join Flor Bromley as she takes you on a journey through all of the different kinds of animals. We will learn about animals and dance to songs about farm animals, pet animals, jungle animals… all sorts of animals!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 6 & 7, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: In this video, Flor tells the story of a tiny mouse and a big lion. Will they get to be friends? Illustrations by Jerry Pinkney. Let’s have fun storytelling!


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  • Savage Garden – “The Animal Song” [Affirmation]
  • Joanie Leeds – “All the Animals” [What a Zoo!]
  • 123 Andres – “The Two Cows” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Mister Q- “Turkey Rap” [Thanksgiving with Mister Q]
  • Vered- “Galloping Horse” [Hello My Baby]
  • Flor Bromley – “Kitty” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • The Hipwaders- “My Dog Steve” [The Golden State]
  • Laurie Berkner – “The Goldfish” [Victor Vito]
  • Mi Amigo Hamlet – “Pajarito” [Happy Land Tierra Feliz]
  • Suzi Shelton – “Ladybugs” [Hand In Hand]
  • Miss Nina – “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight” [Sha Doo Be Doop]
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole – “Jungle Friends” [Rolie Polie Guacamole]
  • Priscilla Ahn – “Elephant” [LA LA LA]
  • Andrew & Polly – “I Want to Be a Giraffe” [Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast]
  • Flor Bromley – “The Zoo” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • Laura Doherty – “Domingo The Flamingo” [In a Heartbeat]
  • Eric Herman and the Invisible Band – “Dance Like an Animal” [Snow Day!]
  • Ylvis – “What Does The Fox Say?” [The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?]

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HFVS Guest DJ, Frank Gallo of Rolie Polie Guacamole (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Frank is back to ring in the spring with Rolie Polie Guacamole‘s new Baseball song “Ay Batta Batta” as well as playing songs about friends, including some of his own friends, like his dad Lou Gallo, Dean Jones, and Brady Rymer, who are all playing on the kindie super group Like Father Like Son’s debut album “Sun is a Star”. The show also features songs about aquatic and flying friends.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 30 & 31, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Sharks and Dinosaurs” by Like Father Like Son


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  • Blur – “Song 2” [Blur]
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole – “Ay Batta Batta” [Ay Batta Batta Single]
  • Like Father Like Son – “Handle with Care” [Sun is a Star]
  • The Beatles – “Two of Us” [Let it Be Naked]
  • Okee Dokee Brothers – “Big Rock Candy Mountain” [Through the Woods]
  • Ween – “Friends” [The Friends EP]
  • Royksopp – “Vision One” [Junior]
  • Gorillaz – “Stylo” [Plastic Beach]
  • MGMT – “Electric Feel” [Oracular Spectacular]
  • Ween – “Golden Eel” [The Mollusk]
  • Like Father Like Son – “Sharks and Dinosaurs” [Sun is a Star]
  • Tom Chapin – “Sing a Whale Song” [MoonBoat]
  • Weezer – “Keep Fishin'” [Maladroit]
  • They Might Be Giants – “Birdhouse in Your Soul” [Flood]
  • Steve Miller Band – “Fly Like An Eagle” [Fly Like An Eagle]
  • David Bowie – “Space Oddity” [Space Oddity]
  • Like Father Like Son – “Like Father Like Son” [Sun is a Star]

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HFVS Office Hours Episode w/ Guest DJ, Jack Forman of Recess Monkey (Podcast/Radio Show)

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 Office Hours Episode with Guest DJ,
Jack Forman of Recess Monkey

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Jack Forman hosts this week’s Hilltown Family Variety Show, but forgot to ask Sienna Wildfield if it was okay to remodel the studio with 1970s wood paneling and inspirational posters. In celebration of his second album Office Hours, Jack takes us on a high-energy musical romp through the workday. Though he really won’t be very useful with questions about your homework or last night’s reading, he can certainly fill the hour with fun!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 23rd & 24th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Yodeling Yoda” by Jack Forman


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  • Jack Forman – “This Cat (Will Eat Anything)” [Office Hours]
  • Recess Monkey – “Take Your Kid to Work Day” [Wired]
  • Justin Roberts – “Otis” [Recess]
  • Andrew & Polly – “Mail” [Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast]
  • Jack Forman – “My Car” [Office Hours]
  • Keith Munslow – “Coffee Breath” [Tiny Destroyer]
  • Recess Monkey – “Time to Make the Donuts” [Novelties]
  • The Not-Its! – “Busy” [Kidquake!]
  • Jack Forman – “#GOALS” [Office Hours]
  • The Pop Ups – “Getting the Job Done” [Appetite for Construction]
  • Amy Adams – “Happy Working Song” [Disney’s Enchanted Soundtrack]
  • They Might be Giants – “Seven Days of the Week (I Never Go to Work)” [Here Come the 123s]
  • Jack Forman – “When I Was Young” [Office Hours]
  • Todd Rundgren – “Bang The Drum All Day” [The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect]

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

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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 16th & 17th, 2019
Original broadcast: 
Feb 2009
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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  • 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 with Guest DJ, Ben Rudnick (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Guest DJ, Ben Rudnick

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Ben Rudnick, the bandleader for the band Ben Rudnick and Friends, has put together a show featuring several of his songs mixed in with songs that he just really likes. With seven Parents’ Choice Awards to their credit, Ben Rudnick and Friends have been entertaining entire families since 2000. Their broad influences bring the strains of Americana, early rock and roll and psychedelia into an original sound all their own. This week’s episode is an hour of good songs and good vibes. Fun for all!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 9th & 10th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “New World in Sight” by Ben Rudnick and Friends. Video direction and animation by Remy Chanfreau.


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  • Hot Tuna – “Let Us Get Together Right Down Here” [Burgers]
  • Ben Rudnick and Friends – “New World in Sight” [Digital Single]
  • Johnny Cash – “Mean Eyed Cat” [Cash]
  • Ben Rudnick and Friends – “Little Bitty Critter” [Digital Single]
  • Allman Brothers Band – “Pony Boy” [Brothers and Sisters]
  • Old and In The Way – “Pig in a Pen” [Breakdown]
  • The Quebe Sisters – “Tumblin’ Tumbleweed” [Timeless]
  • George Harrison – “Here Comes The Moon” [George Harrison]
  • Ben Rudnick and Friends – “Shine Upon Everyone” [Digital Single]
  • New Grass Revival – “One Love/People Get Ready” [On The Boulevard]
  • JJ Cale & Eric Clapton – “Three Little Girls” [The Road to Escondido]
  • Chris Smither – “You Can’t Catch Me” [What I Learned in School]
  • Cowboy Junkies – “Anniversary Song” [Pale Sun Crescent Moon]
  • Ben Rudnick and Friends – “A Frog Named Sam” [A Frog Named Sam]
  • The Bluegrass Connection – “There is a Time” [There is a Time]
  • Jim Campilongo – “Folsom Prison Blues” [Heavy]

HFVS Louisiana Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Johnette Downing (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Louisiana Dance Party Episode
with Guest DJ, Johnette Downing

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Hey, mudbugs, get ready to romp in the swamp and boogie on the bayou! Johnette Downing and Scott Billington take you on a rollicking ride through the landscape of Louisiana dance music, from the brass bands of New Orleans to the joyous Cajun and zydeco music of the southwest part of the state, to the rock and roll “big beat” of The Big Easy in the 1950s. Featured are such iconic artists as Fats Domino and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, along with selections from Johnette and Scott’s own Swamp Romp album. Laissez les bon temps roulez (let the good times roll)!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 2nd & 3rd, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Bamboula Rhythm” – The bamboula rhythm is truly the heartbeat of New Orleans music, celebrated in all its spontaneous joy in this video, directed by the award-winning film maker Lily Keber. Accompanying Johnette Downing with Scott Billington are Roger Lewis, Kevin Harris and Kirk Joseph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, along with the drummers from the Treme Brass Band, along with Mardi Gras Indian “Honey” Bannister and second line dancer Nicole Tate. “Bamboula Rhythm” brings the exuberance of a New Orleans street parade directly to you– perfect for children and their adults to dance along.


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  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” (Floating World/Retroworld)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “Bamboula Rhythm” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Shirley and Lee “Everybody’s Rockin’” (EMI Records)
  • Meters “They All Asked for You” (Warner Brothers Records)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “J’ai vu le loup, le renard et la bellete” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Papillon “Sugar ‘Sugah’ Bee” (Music for Little People)
  • Fats Domino – “Jambalaya” (Imperial Records)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “Who Got the Baby in the King Cake?” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Lemon Nash “Bourbon Street Parade” (Arhoolie Records)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “Mississippi River” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Louis Prima “Pennies From Heaven” (Capitol Records)
  • Pete Fountain “When the Saints Go Marching In” (Decca Records)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “Mudbug Boogie” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil “P’tit Galop Pour Mamou” (Rounder Records)
  • ReBirth Brass Band “Do Whatcha Wanna” (Rounder Records)

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HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle

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Award-winning Peruvian-American Kindie Rocker, Twinkle Time, shares her favorite message…L-O-V-E…LOVE! This week, Twinkle’s spinning the best family music with songs teaching kids about spreading love, peace, and happiness, globally!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 16 & 17, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Acoustic version of “L-O-V-E LOVE” by Twinkle Time


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  • Twinkle Time -“L-O-V-E” [Made In The U.S.A]
  • Tim Kubart feat.Genevieve Goings – “Block Party” [Building Blocks]
  • Dolly Parton -“A Friend Like You” [ I Believe In You]
  • Suzi Shelton -“Never Let You Go” [Hand in Hand]
  • Andy Z – “I Love You Because You’re You” [Welcome To Andyland]
  • Vered – “Good Morning My Love” [Good Morning My Love]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “L&A” [Made In LA]
  • Splash N Boots -“Don’t Forget (I Love You)” [Big Yellow Tunes]
  • Mista Cookie Jar &The Chocolate Chips – “UltraMagnetic Universal Love Revolution” [UltraMagnetic Universal Love Revolution]
  • The Not- Its – “I Love Food” [Tag, You’re It !]
  • Raffi – “Mama Loves It” [Love Bug]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Life Is Music” [Easy]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – “I Love New York” [Bandwagon]
  • Hullabaloo- “I Love My Guitar” [20 Songs in 20 Days]
  • Frances England -“Place In Your Heart” [Mind Of My Own]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “The Peace Song” [All the Sounds]
  • Laurie Berkner -“My Family” [Love]
  • Mista Cookie & the Chocolate Chips -“Gratitude” [Music is Everywhere]
  • Twinkle Time -“Life is Beautiful” [Just Dance]
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HFVS Winter Wonderland Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Winter Wonderland Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley

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Let’s add music and story to our winter fun! Join HFVS guest DJ, Flor Bromley, as she takes us on an adventure through her favorite winter songs. She will share music and stories about playing in the snow, learning about migration and hibernation, and dancing to keep ourselves warm.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 9th & 10th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Kitty” by Flor Bromley off of the album Chiqui Music Boom


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PLAYLIST

  • John Legend – “Refuge or When It’s Cold Outside” [Get Lifted]
  • Tim Kubart – “Winter Wonderland” [written for Sesame Studios]
  • Super Agent 23 Skidoo – “PJs All Day” [The Perfect Quirk]
  • Flor Bromley – “Las Aves Vuelan/Birds Fly” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “It’s Snowing” [It’s the Holidays!]
  • Justin Roberts – “Snow Day” [Jungle Gym]
  • Caspar Babypants – “I Want To Be a Snowman” [Sing Along!]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Keep Me Warm” [Winterland]
  • Erin Lee – “Snowdance” [Snowdance]
  • The Pop Ups – “Winter Beard” [Winter Beard – Single]
  • The Not-Its – “Freeze Tag” [Tag, You’re It!]
  • Rose Coen – “Winter Solstice” [Musical Round-Up]
  • Marsha Goodman-Wood – “The Penguin Song” [Gravity Vacation]
  • Flor Bromley – “Hibernation” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • STORY: Why Brown Bear Has a Short Tail? – Iroquis Folktale told by Flor Bromley
  • Brent Holmes – “I Can’t Wait to Hibernate” [Silliest Songs]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun” [Abbey Road]

 

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HFVS Sharing is Caring Episode with Guest DJ, Josh Friedman (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

HFVS Sharing is Caring Episode
with Guest DJ, Josh Friedman
(a.k.a. Purple Fox Josh of
Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies)

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We already know our Manners, no need to teach them, but here is the perfect playlist to practice that love and caring. Purple Fox Josh of Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies brings some of his favorite songs about Pleases, Thank Yous, and kindness to others, right to your ears, because Sharing is Caring!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 3rd & 4th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Live Like a Champion” by Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies


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PLAYLIST

  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “The Something of Love” [The Something of Love]
  • The Jelly of the Month Club – “Brand New Friend” [Introducing: Jelly of the Month Club]
  • Sly and the Family Stone – “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” [Higher]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “Please (I Don’t Wanna Harsh Your Mellow” [The Something of Love]
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – “Gratitude” [Greatest Hits]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “You’re Welcome (In My House)” [The Something of Love]
  • Raffi – “The More We Get Together” [Singable Songs for the Very Young]
  • Billy Jonas – “Knock Knock” [Happy Accidents]
  • Andy Z – “I Love You Because You’re You” [Welcome to Andyland]
  • Justin Roberts – “Long as I Got You” [Lemonade]
  • Brett Dennen – “Don’t Forget” [Brett Dennen]
  • Songs to Wear Pants To – “Haircuts” [Corduroys, with Tassels]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “Sorry” [The Something of Love]
  • They Might Be Giants – “Oh You Did (feat. Robin Goldwasser)” [Why?]
  • Lisa Loeb – “A Co Di by Doze (A Cold in My Nose)” [Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake, And Other Zany Songs]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Imaginary Friend” [The Perfect Quirk]

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HFVS Story Song Episode with Guest DJ, Dana (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Story Song Episode with Guest DJ, Dana

Who doesn’t love a good story? This episode of the HFVS is chock full of funny, silly stories set to upbeat music. Guest DJ, Dana has put together some of her favorite story songs from her own recordings and those of her favorite singing storytellers. From familiar tales like Dana’s rockin’ version of “The Gingerbread Man” and “On Top of Spaghetti” (given a groovy twist by Steve Blackwood) to entertaining yarns like “The Pizza That Ate Chicago” by Tom Paxton, each story will engage listeners young and old. Popular storytelling artists Bill Harley and Dan Crow are included among other delightful performers.

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 26th & 27th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Follow the Leader” by Dana


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PLAYLIST

  • Dana – “Once Upon A Time (Never Rocked This Way)” [Dana’s Best Rock & Roll Fairy Tales]
  • The Fairy Tale Pops – “Huffin’ and Puffin’ Rebuffin’” [Happily Ever Laughter: Funny Fairy Tale Songs]
  • Andy Z – “Ooga Booga” [Single]
  • Dana – “The Gingerbread Man” [Dana’s Best Rock & Roll Fairy Tales]
  • Seth Decker & The Missing Piece – “Edna the Elephant” [Intergalactic Tour]
  • Dan Crow – “The Ballad of Reuben Rooster” [Oops!]
  • Bill Harley – “A Walk Around the Block” [The Best Candy In the Whole World]
  • Steve Blackwood – “On Top of Spaghetti” [On Top of Spaghetti – Classic Children’s Fairy Tales]
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – “A Flea and a Fly in a Flue” [Rockin’ the Uke]
  • Dana – “Barnyard Hoedown” [Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes]
  • Lou Del Bianco – “Nikki, Terror of the Family” [When I Was A Kid]
  • Katherine Dines – “Goodness Gracious Snakes Alive” [Hunk Ta Bunk Ta BOO]
  • Tom Paxton – “The Pizza That Ate Chicago” [Your Shoes, My Shoes]
  • Dana – “Fish Tale” [Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes]
  • Norman Foote – “Spider Dan” [Pictures on the Fridge]

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