HFVS Peace & Love Episode with Guest DJ’s Wendy & DB (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Peace & Love Episode with Guest DJ’s Wendy & DB

Wendy & DB show us the way to Peace & Love listening to some of their favorite songs and by telling us some stories about Peace that have touched their lives. All Aboard the Peace Train! — www.wendyanddb.com

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

Featured VideoPeace and love start right where you are. Join the Kindie Music Duo Wendy & DB on their adventure in their “Way Is Peace” music video filmed in partnership with wonderful organizations: Shelley Nyzynski-Reese of A Better Life for Kids (ABLFK) was able to help by providing sign language from students in ABLFK homes for orphans in Ghana, Africa. Throughout the creation of the video, producers Wendy Morgan & David Box were able to draw from many organizations that help young students from pre-school age programs such as Easterseals Early Head Start as well as, high-school-age students in the MYA VX Recording Choir led by Gary Fry & HHW Gospel Choir directed by Daniel Henry and Jean Pinkerton-Hendricks.


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  • Ben Harper (With my own two Hands) Diamonds on the Inside
  • Dolly Parton (Peace Train) cover song by Cat Stevens
  • George Harrison (Give me Peace on Earth) Living in the Material World
  • Eagles (Peaceful Easy Feeling)
  • Mister G (Together as One) Fireflies
  • Bob Marley (One Love) Exodus
  • Kim & Reggie Harris (It’s all about Love) Resurrection
  • Fred Rogers (Won’t you be my Neighbor)
  • Lucy Kalantari (The Peace Song) All the sounds
  • Isley Brothers (Harvest for the World)
  • Wendy & DB (Way is Peace) Single release
  • Beatles (All together now)
  • Wendy & DB LIVE PERFORMANCE  (If I had A Hammer) Seegar/Hays
  • Paul Simon (Love me like a Rock) There goes Rhyming Simon
  • Wendy & DB (Miracle) HomeEarth

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HFVS Songs of Gratitude Episode with Guest DJ, Eric Herman (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Songs of Gratitude Episode with Guest DJ, Eric Herman

Eric Herman gets downright happy in this show featuring songs that celebrate feeling good about yourself and about life, and being positive and grateful. — www.erichermanmusic.com

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

Featured Video:

What makes you happy? Have you ever wondered why? Join SoulPancake as they take an experimental approach to what makes people happier and then it a try yourself with your kids this holiday season:

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  • James Brown – “I Got You (I Feel Good)” [James Brown – 16 Original Hits]
  • Eric Herman – “What a Ride” [What a Ride]
  • Schneiderman Sisters – “Three Little Birds” [That Baby CD]
  • Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella – “Hakuna Matata” [The Lion King Soundtrack]
  • Bobby McFerrin – “Don’t Worry Be Happy” [Simple Pleasures]
  • David Tobocman – “Hello Goodbye” [Lemonade School]
  • Randy Kaplan – “My Little Laugh” [The Kids Are All Id]
  • Eric Ode – “Let a Little Light Shine” [When You Smile]
  • Eric Herman – “The Best Parts” [Party Animal]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Gotta Be You” [Make Believers]
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  • The SqueeGees – “I Can I Can” [Veggie Soup]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “The Little Band That Could” [Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could]
  • Jack Johnson with Ben Harper – “My Own Two Hands” [Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George]
  • Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies – “I Wanna Be That Guy” [Bubble Wrap]
  • Pharrell Williams – “Happy” [Happy]
  • REM with Kate Pierson – “Shiny Happy People” [Out of Time]

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HFVS Food Episode with Guest DJs, The Green Orbs (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Food Episode with Guest DJs, The Green Orbs

Food, glorious food!!! We all eat it, so why not sing some songs about it! Heather Hirshfield and Eddie RosenBerg III, otherwise known as The Green Orbs, take you on a musical culinary journey with songs from artists like Weird Al, The Pop Ups, and Cookie Monster on the menu. — www.TheGreenOrbs.net

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

Featured Video: The Green Orbs – “The Suction Cup Shuffle” [Thumb Wrestling Champions]


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Weird Al Yankovic – “Eat It” [Greatest Hits]
Mike Phirman – “What Makes The Breakfast” [Songs To Sing At Children]
Gunnar Madsen – “10,000 Pancakes” [I Am Your Food]
They Might Be Giants – “Nine Bowls Of Soup” [Here Come the 1, 2, 3’s]
Shirley Temple – “Animal Crackers In My Soup” [Remember Shirley]
The Green Orbs – “Soup (An Epilogue)” [Thumb Wrestling Champions]
Jumpin’ Jamie – “I Wanna Be Healthy” [Kookie]
The Green Orbs – “Twelve Steps To Eating Your Veggies” [Thumb Wrestling Champions] Brian Wilson – “Vega-Tables” [Smile]
The Green Orbs – “Robert Broccoli” [Thumb Wrestling Champions]
Dan Zanes ft. Loudon Wainwright III – “All Around The Kitchen” [Family Dance]
Lucy Kalantari – “Our Garden” [Big Things]
The Beatles – “Wild Honey Pie” [The White Album]
Cookie Monster – “C Is For Cookie” [Sesame Street: Sing The Alphabet]
Dee Dee Sharp – “Mashed Potato Time” [Cameo Parkway-The Best of Dee Dee Sharp] Laurie Berkner – “Victor Vito” [Victor Vito]
Yosi – “On Top Of Spaghetti” [What’s Eating Yosi?]
Joanie Leeds – “Sushi” [City Kid]
Raffi – “Apples And Bananas” [One Light, One Sun]
The Pop Ups – “Banana” [Radio Jungle]
The Wiggles – “Fruit Salad” [Lachy!]
The Hit Crew Kids – “Party In My Tummy” [Kids Just Wanna Have Fun]

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HFVS Being Bilingual Rocks Episode with Guest DJ, Hamlet Meneses of Mi Amigo Hamlet (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Being Bilingual Rocks Episode with Guest DJ, Hamlet Meneses of Mi Amigo Hamlet

Being Bilingual Rocks! is what musician-educator Hamlet Meneses (a.k.a. Mi Amigo Hamlet) is all about. In this episode he shares a great variety of bilingual songs from his bilingual friends, as well as other artists who have influenced and inspired some of his songwriting. And through the music he takes you in a journey of learning about numbers, days of the week, family, things being connected, being happy, coming together and dance, about love, and he closes beautifully with a statement of empowerment, “Sí Se Puede / Yes We Can” a song by his friend and Western MA musician, Mister G. — miamigohamlet.com

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

Featured Video: “Laila” off of Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz


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  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Happy Land” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • 123 Andrés “¡Salta, Salta!” [¡Uno, Dos, Tres Con Andrés! En Español Y En Ingles]
  • Laura Doherty “Uno Dos Tres” [Kids In The City]
  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Dias De La Semana” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats “Una Gran Familia” [Hold Tight, Shine Bright]
  • Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies “Everythingsconnected” [Bouncing Ball of Energy
  • Nathalia “When I grow Up (feat. Daniel Jimenez Afanador)” [Cuando Era Pequeña]
  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Los Instrumentos” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • Sonia De Los Santos “¡Alegría! [¡Alegría!]
  • Flor Bromley “Las Aves Vuelan” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • Natalia y La Forquetina “O Pato (El Pato)” [Casa]
  • Joan Manuel Serrat “Barquito de Papel” [Mediterráneo]
  • Francisco Gabilondo Soler Cri Cri “El Chorrito” [Mas Canciónes del Grillito Cantor]
  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Laila” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • Alina Celeste “Te Quiero” [Love Is Te Quiero ]
  • Mister G “Sí Se Puede / Yes We Can” [Mundo Verde / Green World]

HFVS Happy Haunted Halloween Episode with Guest DJ, Mr. Singer of the Sharp Cookies (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Happy Haunted Halloween Episode with Guest DJ, Mr. Singer of the Sharp Cookies

HFVS Happy Haunted Halloween Episode with guest hosts Mr. Singer and his 10-year-old nephew, Connor Thomas Martin, is an hour of fun, silly, spooky, songs that celebrate one of children’s very favorite holidays, HALLOWEEN! Mr. Singer plays some of his original spooky tunes and reads a story about Mary Shelley the teenaged author of Frankenstein, as well as playing a song by his friends in the Deep Fried Pickle Project. Connor tells stories of what scares him and what he does about it and gives a little tutorial on the eery sounding musical saw. It’s a rock-n-roll Halloween radio fun show that will get the whole clan psyched about HAAALLLLLOOOOWWWEEEEENNNN!!! – www.MrSingerAndTheSharpcookies.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 27th & 28th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured VideoMr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies’ Halloween Concert playing the Cramps’ “Goo Goo Muck” LIVE


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The Specials – “Ghost Town” [Snatch]
Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies – “Happy Halloween” [Happy Haunted Halloween]
John Zacherley – “Coolest Little Monster” [Twist Collection]
Gene Vincent – “Race With The Devil” [Race With The Devil 7”]
Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies (featuring Mr. Nick Davio) – “Ain’t Scared of Nuthin’” [Happy Haunted Halloween]
Elvis Presley – “(You’re The) Devil In Disguise” [Billboard Hot 100 Singles 1963]
Deep Fried Pickle Project – “Cat Came Back” [Green and Bumpy]
Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies – “Haunted Haus” [Muddy Water Beaver Dam Band]
Violent Femmes – “Nightmares” [3]
The Who – “Boris The Spider” [BBC Sessions]
Sofie Palmer – “I’m Not Scared of You, Be Scared of Me” [NA]
The Cramps – “I Was A Teenage Werewolf” [Songs The Lord Taught Us]
David Seville –  “Witch Doctor” [The Golden Age Of American Rock ‘n’ Roll]
Dick Dale – “Riders in the Sky” [Better Shred than Dead]
Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies- “She Writes Frankenstein” story
Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies – “Insane Scientist Victory Blitz” [Happy Haunted Halloween]
Danny Elfman – “Oogie Boogie’s Song” [The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack]
The White Stripes – “Little Ghost” [Get Behind Me Satan]
Donovan – “Season Of The Witch” [Sunshine Superman]
John Fogerty – “Wicked Old Witch” [Deja Vu All Over Again]
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Zombie Zoo” [Full Moon Fever]
Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies – “Cartoon Saloon” [Bouncing Ball of Energy!]
The Strangeloves – “I Want Candy” [I Want Candy]
Roky Erickson & the Aliens – “I Walked With a Zombie” [The Evil One]

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HFVS Harvest Episode with Guest DJ, Story Laurie (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Harvest Episode with Guest DJ, Story Laurie

Autumn means harvest time in the northeastern United States. But what are people harvesting in other parts of the country, and around the world? Join guest DJ Story Laurie for some lively songs (including two that were written by elementary school kids!); a crazy tale about a girl sailing around the world on a cabbage; and we’ll even check in with some folks in the Philippines, Finland, and Korea about what they’re harvesting right now. —  www.storylaurie.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: John Green investigates the dawn of human civilization, looking into how people gave up hunting and gathering to become agriculturalists, and how that change has influenced the world we live in today. [via CrashCourse]


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  • Holy Modal Rounders – “Hot Corn, Cold Corn” [The Holy Modal Rounders 1 & 2]
  • Story Laurie & Friends – “Who Grew My Soup?” [single]
  • Taj Mahal – “Quavi, Quavi” [Shake Sugaree]
  • Palo – “Quimbombo” [This is Afro-Cuban Funk]
  • Harmonica Pocket – “Apple Apple” [Apple Apple]
  • Doug Elliott – “Creasy Greens” [Crawdads, Doodlebugs & Creasy Greens]
  • Dog on Fleas – “Ugly Fruit” [Bestest of the Best]
  • Mike & Peggy Seeger – “Oh, John The Rabbit” [American Folk Songs for Children]
  • Story Laurie – “The Cabbage That Sailed Around The World” [Live in Studio]
  • Field recording of a group of girls from Michoacan, Mexico, recorded by Henrietta Yurchenko – “La Bella Hortelana” [Latin American Children Game Songs]
  • Story Laurie & Friends – “Picking Pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch” [single]
  • Leadbelly – “Pick a Bale of Cotton” [Leadbelly Sings for Children]
  • Jay Ungar & Molly Mason – “Bound for Another Harvest Home” [Harvest Home]
  • Story Laurie & Friends – “Homegrown Tomatoes” [Groovin’ in the Garden]
  • Taj Mahal – “Annie’s Lover” [Giant Step]

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HFVS Getting Along Episode with Guest DJs, David Ladon and Seth Adams (a.k.a. Animal Farm)

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Getting Along Episode with Guest DJs, David Ladon and Seth Adams (a.k.a. Animal Farm)

Explore themes of friendship and community with musician-educators David Ladon and Seth Adams, the singer/songwriter team behind the children’s music band Animal Farm. David and Seth share some Animal Farm tunes from their albums Run Free and We Are One, as well as songs by everyone from Nina Simone to Kermit the Frog. These are songs that celebrate not only getting along but learning to love and share with one another. After all, we’re all riding on this rollercoaster trip around the sun! You and me are we, and we are one! — www.animalfarmband.com

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

Featured Video: “Cranky Pants” by Animal Farm


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  • Fred Rogers “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” [Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood]
  • Lisa Loeb “Say Hello” [Feel What U Feel]
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings “This Land Is Your Land” [Naturally]
  • Mr. Dave “I Will Share” [Feeling Good]
  • Animal Farm “Paws and Think” [We Are One]
  • Laurie Berkner “The More We Get Together” [Buzz Buzz]
  • Sly and the Family Stone “Everyday People” [Stand!]
  • Animal Farm “The Hippo Song” [Run Free]
  • Kermit the Frog & Friends “Get Along” [Sesame Street]
  • Odetta “If I Had a Hammer” [Live]
  • Shiprock and Anchordog “Blueberries” [Shiprock and Anchordog]
  • Nina Simone “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” [Silk & Soul]
  • Carole King “You’ve Got a Friend” [Tapestry]
  • Animal Farm “We Are One” [We Are One]
  • Sharon, Lois & Bram “Skinnamarink” [Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Record]

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HFVS Inspiration Episode with Guest DJ, Jamie Broza (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Inspiration Episode with Guest DJ, Jamie Broza

Inspiration. What is it? Where does it come from? What inspires us to make music? In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Jamie Broza takes us through a diverse array of fantastic songs and singers that have inspired him to make music, and hopefully will inspire some of our listeners to start writing their own songs! – www.jamielawrenceproductions.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 6 & 7, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Waters of March


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  • Aretha Franklin – Respect
  • Pete Seeger – If I Had a Hammer
  • Bonnie Raitt – Baby Mine
  • Ivor Cutler – Good Morning How Are You
  • Jamie Broza – I Want a Dog
  • Tom Chapin – Don’t Play with Bruno
  • Jamie Broza -Little Sister
  • The Beach Boys – Sloop John B
  • Jamie Broza – Waters of March
  • They Might Be Giants – John Lee Supertaster
  • Nora York – What I Want
  • Jamie Broza – Stop I Dad You’re Embarrassing Me
  • Jamie Broza – I Can’t Go to School Today
  • Jack Broza – Contigo En La Distancia
  • Otis Redding – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

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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
September 29th & 30th, 2018
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]

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HFVS World Languages Episode with Guest DJ, Sarah Aroeste (Radio Show/Podcast)

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World Languages Episode with Guest DJ, Sarah Aroeste

Sarah Aroeste, a children’s singer and songwriter in the rare and eclectic dialect of Spanish called Ladino, will take listeners around the globe to explore some contemporary kids music in lesser-known dialects. From Quechua to Yup’ik to Amharic and more, Aroeste hopes listeners will agree that good music is good music, no matter the language! — www.saraharoeste.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 23 & 24, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.” View full lesson: How languages evolve – Alex Gendler (TED-Ed)


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  • Will Stroet – “La récréation” [Wordplay] FRENCH
  • Sarah Aroeste – “Ora de Despertar” [Ora de Despertar]  LADINO
  • Manos Vafiadis – “Horalia” [Xana Zoo]  GREEK
  • World Music with DARIA  – “Yaw, Yaw, Puka Polleracha” [Beautiful Rainbow World]  QUECHUA
  • Lillebjørn Nilsen  – “Reven ut på hønsejak” [Haba Haba!]  NORWEIGAN  the Fox & the Farmer
  • DJ Serdar Ayyıldız & DJ Selami Bilgiç “Mini Mini Bir Kuş (feat. Zeliha Sunal)” [Çocuk Diskosu]  TURKISH
  • Les Sambalelê – “Atirei o Pau No Gato” [Brésil] PORTUGUESE
  • Arik Einstein – “Adon Shoko” [Shirey Hayeladim] HEBREW
  • Sarah Aroeste – “Las komidas” [Ora de Despertar] LADINO
  • K3 – “Als het binnenregent” [10.000 luchtballonnen]    DUTCH
  • Pamyua  – “Bubble Gum” [Side a / Side b ]   YUP’IK 
  • Macdara – “Beidh Aonach Amárach”  [The Love Token] GAELIC
  • Elena Moon Park – “Diu Diu Deng”  [Rabbit Days and Dumplings] TAIWANESE
  • Loreen Hattar – “I Have a Train” [Arabic Children’s Songs: A New Day] ARABIC
  • All Around This World – “Kabuli Tutu” [All Around This World: Africa] SWAHILI
  • Bole 2 Harlem – “Hoya Hoye” [Bole 2 Harlem, Vol.1]  AMHARIC
  • Geraldino – “Wenn du Singst” [Wow!] GERMAN
  • Sarah Aroeste – “Nochada Buena” [Ora de Despertar]  LADINO

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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 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

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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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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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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)

Hilltown Family Variety 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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PLAYLIST

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)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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

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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PLAYLIST

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)

Hilltown Family Variety 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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PLAYLIST

  • 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)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Great Outdoors Episode with Guest DJ, Andy Z

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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PLAYLIST

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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