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

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HFVS 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 26 & 27, 2020
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 Wildlife Episode with Guest DJs, Casey & Kevin from The Whizpops

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

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

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 19 & 20, 2020
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]

Original Broadcast: 7/31/16

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

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HFVS 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
September 12 & 13, 2020
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]

Original broadcast: 8/18/18

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HFVS Confidence Episode with Guest DJ, Purple Fox Josh (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Confidence Episode
with Guest DJ, Purple Fox Josh

Purple Fox of Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies brings deep meaningful songs of Confidence for a feel good dance party. Confidence is a funky mind and body collaboration!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 5 & 6, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Life is Good,” written by Josh Friedman, Colleen Francis, and Matthias Clark.


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  • Sara Bareilles – “Brave” [The Blessed Unrest]
  • Sly & the Family Stone – “You Can Make it if You Try” [Stand!]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “We Got It (Our Time Together)” [The Something of Love]
  • Toots & the Maytals – “Pomps and Pride” [Pomps and Pride]
  • Sly & the Family Stone – “Sing a Simple Song” [Stand!]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Magic Beans” [Make Believers]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “Life is Good” [Confidence vol. 1]
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – “Sing a Song” [Greatest Hits]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “Perfect Day” [The Something of Love]
  • Toots & the Maytals – “In the Dark” [In the Dark]
  • Alphabet Rockers feat. Yiann and Rei Matsumo – “Be Strong” [The Love]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “This Train is Always Running” [Confidence vol. 1]
  • They Might Be Giants – “Fibber Island” [No!]
  • They Might Be Giants – “I Am Not Your Broom” [No!]
  • Marvin Gaye – “Got to Give It Up pt.1” [Greatest Hits]

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

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HFVS Peace, Love, and Happiness Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle

In times of uncertainty, award-winning Peruvian-American family kindie rocker, Twinkle Twinkle, inspires us to keep spreading positivity Peace Love & Happiness. Twinkle brings together all walks of life together through some of the “hottest bops in family music!”

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 29 & 30, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Music Video Together by Twinkle Time Feat. MC Magic and Izzi Def


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  • Twinkle Time ft. MC Magic & Izzi Def -“Together” [Together]
  • Wendy and DB – “Way is Peace” [Way is Peace]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “The Peace Song” [All the Sounds]
  • Twinkle Time -“Life is Beautiful” [Just Dance]
  • Michael Jackson – “Heal the World” [Dangerous]
  • Twinkle Time – “L-O-V-E” [Made in the U.S.A.]
  • Andrew and Polly -“Let My Love Open the Door” [Let My Love Open the Door]
  • Wendy and DB -“From the Heart” [Hey Big World]
  • Nathalia – “Amor Amor” [En la Radio]
  • Laura Doherty – “Heartbeat” [In a Heartbeat]
  • Brady Rymer – “Light of Love” [Just Say Hi]
  • Sonshine and Broccoli – “This is a Song That Makes Me Happy” [It’s Cool to Be Kind]
  • Uncle Devin -“When I Play the Drums” [Be Yourself]
  • Sonia De Los Santos ft. Dan Zanes -“Tan Feliz” [Mi Viaje -De Nuevo Leon to The New York Island]
  • Pharrell Williams- “Happy” [Despicable Me 2]

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
August 22 & 23, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Chuck Berry with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band performing “Johnny B. Goode” at The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 in Cleveland, Ohio.


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

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HFVS 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
August 15 & 16, 2020
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)

Original broadcast: Sept 23/24 2017

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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
Aug 8 & 9, 2020
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!]

Original broadcast: June 2nd & 3rd, 2018

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HFVS Music in the Stars Episode with Guest DJ, Claudia Robin Gunn (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Music in the Stars Episode
with Guest DJ, Claudia Robin Gunn

From New Zealand, Claudia Robin Gunn presents a collection of starry songs old and new and invites you to listen and learn about the deep connection between people and the stars in the pacific and Oceania. – www.littlewildmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 25th & 26th, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: How Far is a Lightyear (Solar System Song) from Little Wild Universe


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  • Claudia Robin Gunn – “Stars Dreaming of Stars” [Little Wild Universe]
  • Anna Van Riel – “Echo ft. Tasmin” [Fishing for Stars]
  • SJD – “Southern Lights” [Southern Lights]
  • Tiptoe Giants – “Flicker and Spark (Campfire Song)” [Little Steps Big Adventures]
  • Lu and Tu – “Matariki”
  • Loopy Tunes Preschool Music – “Ngā Whetū o Matariki” [Ngā Whetū o Matariki]
  • June Pitman Hayes – “Tāwhirimātea, A Song for Matariki”– [Tāwhirimātea, A Song for Matariki]
  • Tanya Batt & Peter Forster – “Mother Star’s Kitchen” [The Universe of Story]
  • Claudia Robin Gunn – “How Far is a Lightyear (Solar System Song)” [Little Wild Universe]
    • STORY: Stardust – We always share the same sky. By Ivana Mlinac. Illustrated by Porsche Tiavale. Read by Tui Gunn. Audio reading produced by Little Wild Music. Book published by Mary Egan Publishing. Background instrumental track – Claudia Robin Gunn “Explorers” {Little Wild Universe]
  • Teeny Tiny Stevies – “I’m Not Afraid of the Dark” [Useful Songs for Little People]
  • Claudia Robin Gunn – “The Big Picture” [Little Wild Universe]
  • Justine Clarke – “How Many Stars” [Great Big World]
  • Senõr Fancypants – “Stars” [Senõr Fancypants]
  • ‘The Pop Ups – Connect The Stars’ [Radio Jungle]

HFVS Sharing Recipes Episode with Guest DJ, Andrew Hunt of Cowboy Andy (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Sharing Recipes Episode
with Guest DJ, Andrew Hunt of Cowboy Andy

Andrew Hunt, the lead singer and songwriter for the family-friendly band Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders, lives on a lavender farm in the mountains of Western Montana. In this week’s episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, join Cowboy Andy as he embarks on a spirited “How To” Cooking Show complete with mediocre recipes, a few kitchen disasters, and lots of great songs for the whole family! – www.cowboyandy.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 11th & 12th, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: The Letter Why –Live at Folklife 2019


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  • Tim Kubart –”Dancing in the Kitchen [Home]
  • Recess Monkey -“Time to Make the Donuts” [Novelties]
  • Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders -“Big Old Bowl of Eggs” [Put Your Arms in the Air!]
  • Seanster and the Monsters -“Omnivore” [Yay!]
  • Sugar Free Allstars –”Banana Pudding” [Dos Ninos]
  • Marsha Goodman-Wood -“Spinach and Carrots” [Gravity Vacation]
  • Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders –”Mommas In the Kitchen” [The Salamanders]
  • Laura Doherty-“Pasta Noodles” [High Five!]
  • Kelli Welli -“Cooking up Some Happiness” [Cooking up Some Happiness]
  • Little Ripples -“In the Kitchen” [Rise and Fall]
  • Tom Chapin -“Cookin’ In the Kitchen” -[Making Good Noise]
  • Shel Silversteen –”With His Mouth Full Of Food” [Where the Sidewalk Ends]
  • Booker T. and the M.G.’s –”Green Onions” [Green Onions]
  • Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders –”Bananas Have No Bones” [Bananas Have No Bones”]
  • Dana-“Peanut Butter Jambalaya” [Dana’s Best Sing & Play-A-Long Tunes!]
  • Various Artists –Original London Cast “Food, Glorious Food” [Oliver! –Original London Cast]
  • Richard Thompson –”Fast Food Restaurant” [Mirror Blue]

HFVS Bicycle Episode (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Bicycle Episode

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 11th & 12th, 2020
Original broadcast: June 2009

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

Kids just learning how to ride a bike? Our readers have great advise to lend parents in our post, How Are You Teaching Your Kids to Ride A Bike? Need a bike? Our readers also have recommendations on Where to Get New/Used Bikes for the Family in Western MA. – Can’t get enough bikes? Check out our self-directed learning module on all things bikes!


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  • Parker Bent – “Charlie Davidson’s Tricycle Club” [Charlie Davidson’s Tricycle Club]
  • Lunch Money – “Tricycle” [Silly Reflection]
  • Asylum Street Spankers – “Training Wheel Rag” [Mommy Says No!]
  • Justin Roberts – “Taking off My Training Wheels” [Meltdown!]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter – “Different Spokes for Different Folks” [The Pod Squad]
  • The Pop Stars – “Your Life as You Know it is Over” [The Pop Stars (Pink)]
  • Joe West – “If the World Was Upside Down” [If the World Was Upside Down]
  • Tom Paxton – “Ride My Bike” [I’ve Got a Yo-Yo]
  • Recess Monkey – “Pedal Power” [Tabby Road]
  • Ralph Covert – “Banana Seat Bike” [Ralph’s World Peggy’s Pie Parlor]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Mr. Saxaphone – “Go Go Go” [Songs from the Treehouse]
  • Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang – “Bicycle Ride” [Get Up & Dance]
  • Artichoke – “Rattlesnake” [26 Animals]
  • Ani DiFranco w/ Missoula Coyote Choir & Friends – “The Great TV Rebellion” [Ask the Planet]
  • Herbie Tree – “Change” [Putumayo Kids Presents European Playground]
  • The Jellydots – “Bicycle” [Hey You Kids]
  • The Hipwaders – “My Green Bicycle” [The Hipwaders]

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HFVS 4th of July Episode with Guest DJ, Frank Gallo of Rolie Polie Guacamole (Radio Show/Podcast)

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

In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Rolie Polie Guacamole’s Frank Gallo guest hosts a 4th of July party. The show features songs from Rolie Polie Guacamole album, Avocado, along with a mix of kindie music favorites and classic American folk-rock songs of the 60’s. – RoliePolieGuacamole.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 4th & 5th, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

 

Featured Video: “Avocado” by Rolie Polie Guacamole


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  • Rolie Polie Guacamole – “Basketball Jane” [Avocado]
  • Katie Ha Ha Ha – “We Got the Beat” [single]
  • Dean & Frank – “In the Garage” [single]
  • Dog On Fleas – “Can Do Additude” [I am an Optimist]
  • Okee Dokee Brothers – “Raise A Rukus” [Songs for Singin’]
  • Mil’s Trills – “Make Some Noise” [Ridiculous Nonsense]
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole-“A Very Quiet Song” [Avocado]
  • Brady Rymer -“Your Love Turns the World Around” [Press Play]
  • Lou Gallo – “Struggle Song” [I’m Home]
  • Kate Vereau – “Nightride Home” [Into Midnight]
  • Dog On Fleas – “Peace will Come” [When I Get Little]
  • Okee Dokee Brothers – “Hope Machine” [Songs for Singin’]
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole “This Land is Your Land” [Chips and Salsa]
  • Joni Mitchell “California” [Blue]
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole “Running Through America” [Triathlon]
  • Dog On Fleas – “Sunny Day Song” [I am and Optimist]
  • The Mamas and the Papas “California Dreaming” [Greatest Hits]
  • Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi” [Ladies of the Canyon]

HFVS Social Justice Songs with Guest DJ, Jesse Goldman of Moozika! (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Social Justice Songs with Guest DJ, Jesse Goldman of Moozika! (Radio Show/Podcast)

This show explores songs about social justice. Drawing on his background as a community organizer and his years of experience as a children’s musician and educator, Jesse covers topics of unity, speaking up, protest, unfairness, bullying, racism, self-love, and empowerment. – www.moozika.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 27 & 28, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Moozika! – Bubbles


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  • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – “This Land is Your Land” [Naturally]
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock; James Horner – “This Little Light of Mine” [Freedom Song – Television Soundtrack]
  • Moozika! – “Together” [Together]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “Una Gran Familia” [Hold Tight, Shine Bright]
  • Barbatuques – “Galo Cantou” [Ayú]
  • Vered – “Brothers and Sisters” [Songs for Sisters and Brothers]
  • Two Little Girls at March – “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round”  [Freedom Songs: Selma, Alabama]
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock – “We Shall Not Be Moved” [Still the Same Me]
  • Ella Jenkins – “Wake Up, Little Sparrow” [Rhythms of Childhood]
  • Moozika! – “We are One” [Together]
  • Bobby Mcferrin – “Blackbird” (Live Version) [The Voice]
  • Gregory Porter – “Liquid Spirit” [Liquid Spirit]
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Get Up, Stand Up” [Burnin’]
  • Mil’s Trills & Amelia Robinson – “This is My Body” [Ridiculous Nonsense]
  • Odetta – “Hit or Miss” [Odetta Sings]
  • Aretha Franklin – “Respect” [The Very Best Of]
  • African Cream Freedom Choir – “Shona Malanga” [Freedom Songs]
  • Sonia De Los Santos & Dan Zanes and Friends – “El Martillo” [Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León To The New York Island]
  • Nina Simone – “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” [Silk & Soul]
  • Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats – “The Peace Song” [All the Sounds]

HFVS Caring for the Earth with Guest DJs, Ruth and Emilia (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Award winning mother/daughter children’s duo Ruth and Emilia share their favorite songs about taking care of the environment. Listen in as they play songs about recycling, re-using, reducing, and planting trees and flowers to help mother earth stay healthy!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 20 & 21, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Emilia and Ruth celebrate Earth Day with their song, “We’re Goin’ Green” from their  album, Kokowanda Bay.


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  1. Mister G “Mundo Verde- Green World” (Mundo Verde-Green World )
  2. Ruth and Emilia “Little Kid With a Great Big Heart” (Kokowanda Bay)
  3. Mr. Eco “Litterbug”  (Hybrid Hip-Hop)
  4. Ruth and Emilia “We’re Goin’ Green” (Kokowanda Bay)
  5. 123 Andres “La Semilla” (Arriba Abajo)
  6. Young People’s Chorus of NYC “We Can Plant a Forest” (Mike Greenly and Jim Papoulis)
  7. Mr. Steve, the Music Man “Trees are the Hair of the Earth” (Earth Party)
  8. Ricky Kej “One With Earth Song” (The Definitive Collection)
  9. Hullabaloo “ King of the World” (Hey, Everybody! )
  10. Ruth and Emilia “Turn it Into Something New” (Kokowanda Bay)
  11. Tim Kubart “Part of the the Earth” (Tim Kubart and Drue Davis)
  12. Mr. Eco “Food Waste at Home?”  (Amazing Waste)
  13. Dave Kinnoin “Earth is Our Home”  (Daring Dewey )
  14. Sonia de los Santos “Esta Es Tu Tierra (Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León To the New York Island)
  15. Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights  “All the Animals”  (What a Zoo )
  16. Ruth and Emilia “The Food Chain”  (Kokowanda Bay)
  17. DARIA “We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands”  (DARIA Sings for Earth Day)

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

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 13 & 14, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: ‘Imaginary Friend’ (Spoken) and ‘Hi Gene’ written and performed by Greg Lato from the upcoming album, Create My Own World.


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  • Paul Simon – “Father and Daughter” [Surprise]
  • Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind” [Damn Country Music]
  • Greg Lato – “What Daddies Do (I Will Be With You)” [Create My Own World]
  • Dan Fogelberg – “Leader of the Band” [The Innocent Age]
  • Greg Lato – “Create My Own World” [Create My Own World]
  • Dave Barnes – “Having Kids” [Who Knew It Would Be So Hard To Be Myself]
  • Zac Brown Band – “I’ll Be Your Man (Song for a Daughter)” [Jekyll and Hyde]
  • Greg Lato feat. Bill Harley – “Two Slow Snails” [Create My Own World]
  • John Mayer – “Daughters” [Heavier Things]
  • Kenny Chesney feat. Mac McAnally – “Down The Road” [Lucky Old Sun]
  • Loggins and Messina – “Danny’s Song” [Sittin’ In]
  • Dennis DeYoung – “Don’t Wait For Heroes” [Desert Moon]
  • Greg Lato – “Try” [Create My Own World]

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

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

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 6 & 7, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Mexico celebrates Children’s Day in the midst of the quarantine caused by COVID-19.


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

[Original broadcast: April 28 & 29, 2018]

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
May 30 & 31, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “From fairy gardens to garden towers, Walter Bracken STEAM Academy transformed its school grounds into a student-centered, garden-learning wonderland.”


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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]

[Original broadcast: July 21 & 22, 2018]

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

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

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 23 & 24, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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


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

Original broadcast: May 4, 2018

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HFVS Global Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Global Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley

Let’s party around the world with a Global Party Dance Episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show! Guest DJ, Flor Bromley, will take listeners on a musical adventure to visit countries like Argentina, Czech Republic, Italy, South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and the USA. Learn and rhythms from these countries and get ready to dance! – www.florbromley.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 25 & 26, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Flor Bromley – “We Came to America” from her album Fiesta Global


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  • Flor Bromley – “Fiesta” [Fiesta Global]
  • Various Artists – “Real in Rio” [Rio (Music From the Motion Picture)]
  • Canticuénticos – “La Murga del Monstruo” [¿Por Qué, Por Qué?]
  • Flor Bromley Feat. 123 Andrés “Lalalalalá” [Fiesta Global]
  • Mimmo Mirabelli – “La Danza Della Panza” [Mega Party Compilation, Vol. 1]
  • Armelle – “Si Tu As D’la Joie Au Coeur” [Encore]
  • K3 – “Mamasé!” [Mamasé]
  • Lollipopz – “Lízátková Párty” [Lízátková Párty]
  • Pica Pica – “Bailando” [Bailando]
  • Miriam Makeba – “Pata Pata” [Pata Pata]
  • Duo Karma & Rita del Prado “Mambo Congrí” [En Guarandinga por Toda Cuba]
  • Flor Bromley “Bamba” [Fiesta Global]
  • Kids Imagine Nation – “Rock Party” [Two]
  • Twinkle Time Feat. Mista Cookie Jar – “Kidz Rock” [Just Dance]
  • Flor Bromley Feat. Jazzy Ash “Balloon Party” [Fiesta Global]
  • Tim Kubart Feat. Genevieve Goins, Carly Ciarrocchi & Drue Davis “Block Party” [Building Blocks]

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HFVS Earth Day Episode with Guest DJs Katherine Dines and James Coffey. (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Earth Day Episode with Guest DJs Katherine Dines and James Coffey.

Katherine Dines (Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Music) and James Coffey (Bluevision Music) have been working together for several years. The two guest DJ’s decided on an Earth Day theme and hope it will be a good fit for listeners during the current global pandemic and far into the future. The songs they collected encourage everyone to continue making positive changes and to spread happiness, harmony, love, peace, hope, and strength around the world. – hunktabunkta.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 18 & 19, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: A full-length single song video with some animation by Robert Gillihan performed by Katherine Dines. From the album, Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta BOO-2.


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1. Katherine Dines – All the Way Around the World [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta BOO-2]

2. Two of a Kind – We’re All in This Together [We’re All in This Together]

3. Fausto Uquillas and the Hipwaders Gaia She Knows [Single]

4. James Coffey I’m a Little Seed [Single]

5. Katherine Dines Thanks to the Sun [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta HOLIDAYS: Songs and Stories that Celebrate Global Light]

6. Earth Mama (AKA Joyce Rouse) Every Day is Earth Day [Around the World with Earth Mama]

7. Greg Cooney So Many Things to See [Won’tcha Get Off the Couch?]

8. Joanie Calem Every Day is Earth Day [Single]

9. Liz Buchanan This Fragile Earth [Singing All the Way Home]

10. Dave Orleans Save Some Trees [Single]

11. MMM (AKA Music Movement and Magination) That’s the Earth [It All Adds Up]

12. Marsha Goodman-Wood (AKA Marsha and the Positrons) A Better Way [Marsha and the Positrons]

13. Dave Kinnoin Walk Gently on the Earth [The Earth’s Birthday]

14. James Coffey Use it Again [Single]

15. Pam Donkin Let the World Be Well [Single]

16. Kelli Welli Springtime Dance [Single]

17. Patricia Shih Small Blue Marble [Leap of Faith]

18. Katherine Dines The Sun Will Rise [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta HOLIDAYS: Songs and Stories that Celebrate Global Light]

19. Ruth and Emilia Repair the World [The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard]

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HFVS Community & Neighbor Episode with Guest DJs, Wendy & DB (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Community & Neighbor Episode with Guest DJs, Wendy & DB

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 11 & 12, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “We The People” was born out of the idea that there was a need for a song to express inclusion and empathy and the loneliness that immigrants feel coming to a strange land. America had always been a welcoming nation and had always helped our neighbors that were struggling or worse off then we are. This song reminds us that others may need our help and acceptance to have a better life and no matter where you are we can all do better to help others have a better life. Sullivan High School Immigrant students were involved in the writing and creating this song. www.wendyanddb.com


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  • Ella Jenkins (the world is big – the world is small) album same
  • Pete Seeger (Little Boxes) we shall overcome
  • Wendy and DB (Hey Big World) album same
  • Fred Rogers (some people are good) the best of mr Rogers
  • Paul Simon (Homeless) Graceland
  • Camila Cabello (Havana) Camila
  • James Taylor (Mexico) Gorilla
  • Will I am (I am what I am) Sesame Street
  • Mr. G (Vamas a la Playa) ABC Fiesta
  • Wendy and DB special guest Alina Celeste (La Dey Da) Hey Big World
  • Mariachi Divas (Popurri mi tiemba) Ay Mi Mexico
  • Falu (Tararum pum pum) Falu’s
  • Kalani Pei (E Na Nini) single
  • Wendy and DB (Giralephant) Hey Big World
  • Alphabet Rockers (Until your Free) Love
  • Waiting for the world to change (John Mayer) Continuum
  • Lady black Mambaso (Umbikhumbulie) unknown

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HFVS International Foods with Guest, DJ, Ann Torralba (Radio Show/Podcast)

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International Foods with Guest, DJ, Ann Torralba

Join Little Miss Ann as she explores all things International Foods, or in other words, foods from around the world. If you’ve never heard of ube, masala, matzoh balls, or even if you want to hear about taquitos, chocolate, and Tofurkey, tune in to this fun and YUMMY show about International Foods!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 4 & 5, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Chocolate” by Sonia De Los Santos from the album
Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island


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  • Little Miss Ann and Amy D – “Ube” (Keep On)
  • Falu – “Masala” (Falu’s Bazaar)
  • Cielito Lindo – “There’s No Tortillas” (Cielito Lindo – The Album)
  • Sonia de los Santos – “Chocolate” (Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island”)
  • Suzi Shelton – “So Long Chocolate Cake” (Simply Suzi)
  • Lucky Diaz – “Palatero Man” (Made in L.A.)
  • The Macaroons – “Matzoh Ball (Don’t Kick it)” (Let’s Go Coconuts)
  • Parry Gripp and BooneBum – “Hailing Taquitos” (Hailing Taquitos – single)
  • Mista Cookie Jar featuring Little Miss Ann – “Halo-Halo” (Halo-Halo – single)
  • Koo Koo Kanga Roo – “Hot Sauce” (Hot Sauce –single)
  • Vampire Weekend – “Horchata” (Contra)
  • Joanie Leeds -“Tofurky” (What a Zoo!)
  • Little Miss Ann (and Jeff Weisfeld) – “Honey Bear Ham” (Walk with Me)
  • Lucy Kalantari “Travelin’ All Around” (All the Sounds)
  • Culture Queen – “Culture Everyday” (I like the Me I See!)
  • Bruno Coulais – “Exploration” (Coraline – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • 123 Andres – “Daddy was a Migrant Worker” (Uno, dox, tres con Andres!)
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Shoo Lie Loo” (Sunny Day)
  • Little Miss Ann – “All Around the Kitchen” (Clap for Love)
  • Karen O and the Kids -“Food is still Hot” (Where the Wild Things Are – Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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

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

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 28 & 29, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

 

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


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

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

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

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 21st & 22nd, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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


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

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HFVS Music from South Africa Episode with Guest DJ, Debbie Lan (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Music from South Africa Episode, with Guest DJ, Debbie Lan

Guest DJ Debbie Lan, from the award-winning band Grenadilla, (pronounced “gren-a-dill-a”, the South African name for passion fruit) is our host, sharing some of her favorite songs from South Africa, as well as songs from Grenadilla’s CD, Can’t Wait, winner of a Parents Choice Gold Award. − www.grenadillasings.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 14th & 15th, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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  • Spokes Mashiyane – “Chobolo” [King Kwela]
  • Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens – “Jive Motella” [The Best of Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens.]
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo – “Hello my baby” [Favorites]
  • Doris Brasch – “Brave Brave Mouse” [Pollywiggle]
  • Jimmy Rayson – “The Lonely Croc” [Pollywiggle]
  • Grenadilla – “Exactly where I want to be” [Can’t Wait]
  • Soweto String Quartet – “Mbayi Mbayi’ [Zebra Crossing]
  • Miriam Makeba – “The Click Song” [Pata Pata]
  • Amompondo – “Nomabongo” [A Nation in Song]
  • Mafikozolo – “Kwela Kwela” [Kwela]
  • Grenadilla – “Oh Sing a Song to the Sun” [Can’t Wait]
  • Mango Groove – “Pennywhistle” [Jazz offerings from South Africa]
  • Grenadilla – “Can’t Wait” [Can’t Wait]
  • Big Voice Jack – “ Kgaitsegi Rebecca” [South African Jazz]
  • African Cream Freedom Chior – “Jabula” [A Nation in Song]
  • Spokes Mashiyane – “Sheshisa’ [King Kwela]
  • The Mahotella Queens – “Sibuye” [The Best of The Mahotella Queens]
  • Grenadilla – “Sitting on Top of the World” [Can’t Wait]

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

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

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 7 & 8, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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


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PLAYLIST

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

Original Broadcast: 2/23/13

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

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Sheep Shearing & Maple Syrup Episode

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

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 29 & March 1st, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio

Northampton, MA

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


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PLAYLIST

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

Original broadcast: Feb 2009

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HFVS Four Seasons Episode with Guest DJs, Steve & Jenn from The Dilly Dallies (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Four Seasons Episode with Guest DJs, Steve & Jenn from The Dilly Dallies

Winter, Spring Summer and Fall! Steve Slater and Jenn Ekman from The Dilly Dallies are excited to share some of their favorite songs about all four of the seasons that we all share. Tune is to hear what their favorite seasons are and see how each song is related to your favorite season.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 22 & 23, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: The Dilly Dallies, “Superhero”


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PLAYLIST

  • Holly Throsby – “The Seasons” [See!]
  • The Dilly Dallies – “Rainy Day” [Walking Around With Giants]
  • Caspar Babypants – “When a Penguin Moves to California” [Keep It Real!]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Snowpeople” [Winterland]
  • Real Estate – “Snow Days” [Real Estate]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • Frances England – “Spring Has Sprung” [Family Tree]
  • U2 – “Beautiful Day” [All That You Can’t Leave Behind]
  • Johnny Nash – “I Can See Clearly Now” [I Can See Clearly Now]
  • The Dilly Dallies – “Share The Sun” [Walking Around With Giants]
  • Alice Cooper – “School’s Out” [School’s Out]
  • Beach Boys – “Surfin’ U.S.A.” [Endless Summer]
  • The Dilly Dallies – “School Day” [Walking Around With Giants]
  • The White Stripes – “We’re Going to Be Friends” [White Blood Cells]
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” [Greatest Hits]
  • Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – “La Cosecha” [All The Sounds]
  • The Dilly Dallies – “Weekend” [The Dilly Dallies]

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

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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 15 & 16, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Place in your Heart” by Frances England featuring Mates of State. featuring kids talking about their favorite toys and treasures. Frances collected & photographed all of the toys and blankets featured in this video from friends in San Francisco and could honestly feel the love that’s been poured into these treasures over the years.


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PLAYLIST

  • 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]

Original Broadcast: February 16 & 17, 2019

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

Hilltown Family Variety Show

 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
February 8th & 9th, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Yodeling Yoda” by Jack Forman


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PLAYLIST

  • 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]

Original broadcast: March 2019

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