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
February 17th & 18th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Why is the South African flag what it is, what came before, and what’s the significance behind it all?” – History With Hilbert


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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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Mardi Gras Episode with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing and Grammy Award winning producer Scott Billington offer a carnival of Louisiana roots music; a showcase of Cajun, New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, Zydeco, Brass Band and Jazz music by Louisiana artists. — http://www.johnettedowning.com/

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

Featured Video: An intimate look at the traditions associated with New Orleans music and the preservation of those traditions through the work of local musicians and educators who mentor young talent. For more information, visit http://greatmuseums.org.


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  • Professor Longhair – “Go to the Mardi Gras” (The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings,
  • Vol. 6: Classic New Orleans R&B and More, 1958-1965)
  • The Hawkettes – “Mardi Gras Mambo” (The History of Rhythm & Blues, Volume 3 –
  • The Rock’n’roll Years)
  • Zachary Richard – “File’ Gumbo” (Zack’s Bon Ton)
  • Johnette Downing – “Bon Jour Mes Amis,” (From the Gumbo Pot)
  • Papillion – “Cocodrie” (Cajun for Kids)
  • Johnette Downing – “Why the Possum Has a Large Grin,” (Reading Rocks!)
  • Huey Smith and the Clowns – “Don’t You Just Know It” (Having a Good Time With
  • Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & His Clowns – The Very Best of, Vol. 1)
  • Robert Parker – “Barefootin’” (Introduction to Robert Parker)
  • Fats Domino – “Walkin’ to New Orleans” (The Fats Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest
  • Hits)
  • Nathan the the Zydeco Cha Chas – “Festival Zydeco” (Creole Crossroads)
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “Little Liza Jane” (My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now)
  • Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band – “Dixieland
  • Jazz” (Dixieland Jazz for Children)
  • Louie Prima – “Banana Split for My Baby,” (Louis Prima Collectors Series)
  • Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World,” (What a Wonderful World)
  • Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band – “It’s Time for
  • Mardi Gras,” (Dixieland Jazz for Children)

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HFVS African Music Episode with Guest DJ, Jay Sand (Podcast/Radio Show)

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African Music Episode with Guest DJ, Jay Sand

Jay Sand of All Around This World, a global music and world cultures experience for kids and their families, takes us on a journey around the magnificently musical continent of Africa. Join Jay to explore African music that originates from countries such as Algeria, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, and Madagascar. Bring the whole family along to meet Africa through music! – www.allaroundthisworld.com

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

Featured Video: “Mansa Musa, the 14th-century African king of the Mali Empire, is said to have amassed a fortune that possibly made him one of the wealthiest people who ever lived. Jessica Smith tells the story of how Mansa Musa literally put his empire – and himself – on the map.” – TED-ED. View full lesson here.


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All Around This World – “We Are Happy (West Africa)” [All Around This World: Africa]
Khaled – “Aalach Tloumouni” [Desert Roses & Arabian Rhythms]
All Around This World – “Carnaval” – [All Around This World: Africa]
Muluken Melesse – “Nanu Nanu Ney” – [Muluken Melesse Volume 1]
All Around This World – “Tulo Tulo” – [All Around This World: Africa]
E.T. Mensah – “Ghana-Guinea-Mali” [Day By Day]
Fela Kuti – “Opposite People” [Opposite People/Sorrow Tears and Blood]
Babatunde Olatunji – “Akiwowo (Chant of the Trainman)” [Drums of Passion]
All Around This World – “Sai” [All Around This World: Africa]
Oliver Mtukudzi – “Pindurai Mambo” [Paivepo]
Smithsonian Folkways (Vocalists unlisted), “Thinantsha” [This Land is My Land: South African Freedom Songs]
Jaojoby – “Tsy Akeo” [E Tiako–Madagascar]
All Around This World – “Kora” [All Around This World: Africa]

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HFVS “Children’s Songs from Around the World” Episode, with Guest DJ, Priscilla Ahn (Podcast/Radio Show)

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“Children’s Songs from Around the World” Episode, with Guest DJ, Priscilla Ahn

This week, The Hilltown Family Variety Show brings you Children’s Songs from Around the World, with Guest DJ, Priscilla Ahn! Priscilla is a singer-songwriter who recently debuted her first album for children and their parents.  In this episode, she shares some of her favorite songs from places around the world (real and imaginary).  No matter the language or culture, Priscilla believes we can all connect through enjoying good music together. – www.priscillaahn.com

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

Featured Video: Lullabies from Around the World


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  • Priscilla Ahn – “Body Sounds” [LA LA LA]
  • Hikaru Utada – “Boku Wa Kuma” [こころに響く NHK みんなのうた ベスト ]
  • Caetano Veloso – “O Leaozinho” [Caetano Veloso]
  • African Moonlight Stories Voices – “Babalawo Mo Wa Bebe” [African Moonlight Stories Folksongs – EP]
  • Kishore Kumar – “Ina Mina Dika” [Bollywood Productions Present – The Glory Days, Vol. 32]
  • Neil Young – “Sugar Mountain [Live]” [Sugar Mountain Live At Canterbury House 1968]
  • Grethe Agatz – “Ekkoleg” [Viva La Muerte Soundtrack]
  • Harry Nilsson – “The Town (Narration)” [The Point!]
  • Harry Nilsson – “Me and My Arrow” [The Point!]
  • Mercedes Sosa – “Duerme, Negrito (Album Version)” [30 Años]
  • Deserts Chang – “Bao Bei (in a day)” [My Life Will…]
  • Hui Ohana – “Nanakuli” [Young Hawaii Plays Old Hawaii]
  • Lee Dahyun – “Mother” [Lee Dahyun Piano]
  • Cat Stevens – “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” [Footsteps in the Dark – Greatest Hits, Vol. 2]
  • Priscilla Ahn – “Dream” [A Good Day]

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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 Beginnings – 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 musician friends. — www.alisonfaithlevy.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 20 & 21, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

 

Featured Video: The title track from Alison Faith Levy’s debut album for children, “World of Wonder.”


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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 – 9 [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 with Guest DJ, Gina Ferragame (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS with Guest DJ, Gina Ferragame

Gina Ferragame (Music with Gina) is a singer, songwriter, teacher, and performer, who runs classes for children and their grown-ups.  She regularly performs for her community of families and offers shows that are full of fun and full of interaction.  Gina strives to use her music as a means to express the heart, become present, and feel connected to each other. —  www.musicwithgina.blogspot.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 13th & 14th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Music with Gina – “The Moon Song” (Cardinal Cardinal)


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  • John Williams – “Star Wars main theme” (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Beatles – “Love Me Do” (The Red Album)
  • Las Cafeteras – “El Chuchumbre” (Its Time)
  • Glee Cast – “Safety Dance” (glee: The Music, Vol. 3- Showstoppers Deluxe edition)
  • Anna Kendrick Trolls – “Get Back Up Again” (Trolls Original Motion Picture Soundrack)
  • Sinews O’Conor – “The Singing Bird” (Sean-Nos Nua)
  • Music with Gina – “The Moon Song” (Cardinal Cardinal)
  • Mos Def – “Quiet Dog” (the ecstatic)
  • Leslie Odom, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daverd Diggs, Okieriete Onaidowab & Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton – “The Room Where it Happens” (Hamilton- Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  • Cee-Lo – “Kung Fu Fighting” (Kung Fu Panda Dreamworks)
  • Music with Gina – “Friendship” (Cardinal Cardinal)
  • Beatles – “Yellow Submarine” (Beatles 1962-1966 The Red Album)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Three Little Birds” (Legend)
  • Starship – “We Built this City” (The Muppets- Original Soundtrack)
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Ensemble & Michael Ball – “Me ‘Ol Bamboo” (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Original London Cast Recording)

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HFVS New Year Dance Party with Guest DJ, Twinkle (Podcast/Radio Show)

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New Year Dance Party with Guest DJ, Twinkle

“New Year Dance Party” with Award-winning Peruvian-American bilingual kindie music phenomenon Twinkle. Twinkle brings all genres of dance music  -pop, electronic dance, rock, and hip-hop as she spins the hottest dance tracks for the kindie generation. – www.twinkleandfriends.com

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

Featured Video: Twinkle “Just Dance”


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  • Twinkle -“Just Dance” [Just Dance]
  • Andrew and Polly ft. Mista Cookie Jar- “Dancing Pants”  [Ear Snacks]
  • Genevieve Goings – “If Your Happy and You Know It”  [Disney Junior Music Nursery Rhymes]
  • Laurie Berkner Band -“I Really Love To  Dance – Dance Remix ” [Laurie Berkner The Dance Remixes]
  • Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band -“A Bailar ” [Fantastico!]
  • Tim Kubart -“Dancing in the Kitchen” [Home]
  • Twinkle -“Twinklematics” [Just Dance]
  • Alphabet Rockers -“The Nitro” [Rise Shine #Woke]
  • Rhymezwell -“Robots on the Dance Floor” [Robots on the Dance Floor]
  • Twinkle -“Music” [Just Dance]
  • Lisa Loeb -“Monster Stomp” [Songs for Movin’ and Shakin’]
  • Rhythm Child-“Everybody is the One” [Eat a Bowl of Cherries]
  • The Pop Ups -“Costume Party” [Appetite for Construction]
  • Laurie Berkner Band- “Drive My Car” [Laurie Berkner The Dance Remixes]
  • The Not- Its! – “Dance with Me” [Are You Listening ]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo -“Mozartistic -feat. Orion Weiss and Marley Carroll” [Mozartistic]
  • Rhymezwell -“Hip Hop” [Nursery Rhymez]
  • Twinkle -“Kidz Rock(Remix){Feat.Mista Cookie Jar}” [Just Dance]

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HFVS New Year Peace Episode (Podcast/Radio Show)

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New Year Peace Episode

Post-holidays, pre-New Year’s Day show with HFVS producer, Sienna Wildfield. This perennial favorite episode shares music which reflects the season and songs of peace by great musicians, including Lui Collins, Timmy Abell, The Hullabaloos, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, and many others. Plus, Fawnie Byer reads “Peace Feather Story,” from Peace in the World Smiling.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 30 & 31, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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  • Timmy Abell – “Peace will Dawn” off of Little Red Wagon 
  • Robbi K & Friends –  “The Peace Song” off of Music Makes Me Happy
  • Lui Collins – “Peace on Earth” off of North of Mars
  • Shirley Temple – “On the Good Ship Lollipop”
  • The Hullabaloos – “Hey Lolly, Lolly” off of Tall as a Tree
  • Tex Ritter – “Big Rock Candy Mountain”
  • STORYTIME: Fawnie Byer reads “Peace Feather Story” off of Peace in the World Smiling
  • Michelle Shocked – “Go in Peace” off of Deep Natural
  • Rosemary Clooney – “Suzy Snowflake” off of The Christmas Selection
  • Johnny Mathis – “Winter Wonderland” off of Merry Christmas
  • Uncle Rock –  “Season of Light” off of Uncle Rock U
  • Elizabeth Mitchell –  “This Little Light of Mine” off of You Are My Flower
  • Pat Humphries  – “Swimming to the Other Side” off of Hope
  • Twink – “Three Wishes” off of The Broken Record

[Originally aired: Dec. 27th, 2008]

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HFVS Winter Solstice Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Winter Solstice Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 23rd & 24th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


Featured Video: “Peanut Butter and Jam” by Charity and the JAMband (jamjamjam.com)


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Charity Kahn Guest DJ Playlist

  • Simon and Garfunkel — “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” [Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits]
  • Sweet Honey In the Rock — “So Glad I’m Here” [All For Freedom]
  • David Grisman & Jerry Garcia — “Hot Corn, Cold Corn” [Not For Kids Only]
  • Charity and the JAMband — “Happy Fluffy” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • Mavis Staples — “This Little Light of Mine” [We’ll Never Turn Back]
  • Charity and the JAMband — “We Are Stardust” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Charity and the JAMband — “Wise Old Owl” [unreleased]
  • Charity and the JAMband — “Loving Kindness” [free download below]
  • Supertramp — “Give a Little Bit” [Even in the Quietest Moments]
  • William Bell — “Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday” [Can You Handle It? Vol. 6]
  • Shirley Temple — “Come and Get Your Happiness” [The Very Best of Shirley Temple]

Charity Kahn writes:

The day after we recorded the show, Daryn (my producer/engineer/guitarist/partner) and I went on a hike in Briones Regional Park, just east of the Oakland Hills. On our way down, in the dusk, we heard the call of a Great Horned Owl, and then another, answering, from across the canyon. As we walked into the valley and back toward the car, at least three different owls continued calling to each other in the almost-darkness. We stopped to listen and absorb, and, miraculously, a huge Great Horned Owl flew out of the forest, over our heads, and perched on the tippy top of a scraggly branch at the tippy top of a tall tree, and stayed there for quite some time. Had we not researched the call of the owl the day before (so I would have a chance of mimicking it passably during the reading of the Owl Moon story for the show), we wouldn’t have recognized it and probably wouldn’t have been present for this magical moment and gift from nature.

In addition to a WONDERFUL holiday show, Charity has several gifts to offer…

FREE DOWNLOAD: First she is offering a free download of the song Loving Kindness this month, a song that “is rooted in a Buddhist meditation practice (also called Metta) whereby you simply send wishes for happiness, health, safety and peacefulness to yourself and others.”

[Original Broadcast:  December 11 & 12, 2011]

HFVS Holiday Show with Guest DJ, Mister G (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Holiday Show with Guest DJ, Mister G

Kick off the holidays with Mister G on this week’s HFVS. Broadcasting from his recording studio deep in the woods of Western MA, the Latin GRAMMY Award winner and previous contributing writer for Hilltown Families serves up a multicultural musical feast featuring holiday classics by Ray Charles, B.B. King, Johnny Cash along with tracks by fellow children’s musicians. It’s a fiesta for the ears! – www.mistergsongs.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 16 & 17, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Mundo Verde/Green World,” by Mr. G

 


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  • Lucy Kalantari “It’s Snowing” (It’s the Holidays)
  • José Gonzalez y Banda Criolla “La Llamada a Santa Clós” (¡Feliz Navidad Boricua!)
  • Mister G “Latkes for Breakfast” (The Mitzvah Bus)
  • Aaron Nigel Smith “Happy Holidays”
  • Recess Monkey “Snowball” (Novelties)
  • Dave Kinnoin “Children of the World” (Dunce Cap Kelly)
  • Mister G El Coquí” (Mundo Verde/Green World)
  • Alison Levy “All I Want for Chanukah is a Ukulele”
  • Brady Rymer “Revvin’ Up The Reindeer” (Revvin’ Up The Reindeer)
  • Culture Queen “Kemet” (I Like The Me I See)
  • Andy Z “Frosty the Snowman”
  • Ray Charles “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (Ray Charles Celebrates a Gospel Christmas with the Voices of Jubilation!)
  • The Sweetback Sisters “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” (The Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Spectacular)
  • Mister G “Hannukah” (The Mitzvah Bus)
  • Johnny Cash “There’s A Bear In The Woods” (The Johnny Cash Christmas Album)
  • B.B.King “Christmas Celebration” (The Christmas Collection: The Best of B.B. King)
  • Charles Brown “Santa’s Blues” (Cool Christmas Blues)
  • Mister G “Sí Se Puede/Yes We Can” (Mundo Verde/Green World)

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HFVS Holiday Show with Guest DJ, Brady Rymer (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Get into the holiday spirit with three-time Grammy nominee, Brady Rymer as he spins some of his seasonal favorites! It’s the perfect soundtrack for baking cookies, trimming the tree or an ugly sweater party! – http://www.bradyrymer.com/

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am

December 9th & 10th, 2017

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

Featured Video: Can’t Sit Still


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Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Revvin’ Up the Reindeer” [Revvin’ Up the Reindeer]
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – “White Christmas” [It’s A Holiday Soul Party]
Caspar Babypants – “Winter Party” [Winter Party!]
The Laurie Berkner Band – “Children Go Where I Send Thee” [A Laurie Berkner Christmas]
Raffi – “Christmas Time’s A-Coming” [Raffi’s Christmas Album]
Brenda Lee – “Marshmallow World” [Jingle Bell Rock]
Lisa Loeb – “Light” [Light-Single]
The Ronettes – “Frosty the Snowman” [A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector]
Justin Roberts – “From Scratch” [Pop Fly]
Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Holiday Jam” [Revvin’ Up the Reindeer]
Dan Zanes – “Deck the Halls” [
Emily Arrow – “Little Red Sled” [Wintertime Singalong]
Otis Redding – “Merry Christmas, Baby” [Christmas in Soulsville]
Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer – “I’m My Own Grandpa” [Dancing in the Kitchen]
Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Hanukkah Rocks” [Revvin’ Up the Reindeer]
Elizabeth Mitchell and Friends – “Silent Night” [The Sounding Joy]
Burl Ives – “Silver Bells” [The Very Best of Burl Ives Christmas]
Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Can’t Sit Still” [Revvin’ Up the Reindeer]
Stevie Wonder – “Someday at Christmas” [Someday At Christmas]

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HFVS One Little Song Can Change the World Episode with Guest DJ, Kid Pan Alley (Radio Show/Podcast)

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One Little Song Can Change the World Episode
with Guest DJ, Kid Pan Alley

At Kid Pan Alley, they’ve written over 2,700 songs with 50,000 kids! Throughout this experience, there is one subject that keeps popping up time and time again—treating each other and the Earth with respect. On this week’s Hilltown Family Variety Show, Kid Pan Alley is featuring not only songs from their album One Little Song Can Change The World, but also songs from some of their favorite artists about that very important subject. We’ve all felt transformed by a great song at some time in our lives. The hope is that this week’s show will leave our listeners inspired and rejuvenated with a collection of great songs to add to your family’s music library. — www.kidpanalley.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 2nd & 3rd, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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  • Kid Pan Alley – “We Need No Excuse For Dreaming” feat. Jevon McGlory [One Little Song Can Change The World]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Best Friend” [Camp Lisa]
  • Fred Penner – “Humility” w/ Terra Lightfoot &The Good Lovelies [Hear The Music]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Speak The Truth” w/ Gift Of Gab [Underground Playground]
  • Rabbit! – “Unlimited Love” [The Golden Carrot]
  • Kid Pan Alley – “I Don’t Think So, You’re A Bully” feat. Heath Francis [One Little Song Can Change The World]
  • John McCutcheon – “Play Fair” [Bigger Than Yourself]
  • Kid Pan Alley – “Skin” (feat. Lea Morris) [One Little Song Can Change The World]
  • Andrew & Polly – “Little Bitta You” [Odds & Ends]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “The Great Divide” [Can You Canoe? And Other Adventure Songs]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Charlie Brown” [Loquat Rooftop]
  • Kid Pan Alley – “Best Friends” feat. Vance Gilbert [One Little Song Can Change The World]
  • Billy Jonas – “Who’s Gonna Make Our Music” [Happy Accidents]
  • The Laurie Berkner Band – “Superhero” [Superhero]
  • The Lonely Tomato – “The Board of Education” [Kids Music For Parents Who Hate Kids Music]
  • Kid Pan Alley – “True To Me”(feat. Jevon McGlory) [One Little Song Can Change The World]
  • MÖMANDPÖP – “Take Care” [MÖMANDPÖP]
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HFVS Over Our Heads Episode with Guest DJ, Jess Penner (Podcast/Radio Show)

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“Over Our Heads” with Guest DJ, Jess Penner

This week, our podcast features songs about the sky and everything in it. From shooting stars to big jet planes, rainbows, birds, and hurricanes… and everything in between!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 25 & 26, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon!


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  • Stevie Wonder – “a place in the sun” [Greatest Hits]
  • Poolside – “Harvest Moon” [Pacific Standard Time]
  • Lee Dorsey – “Rain Rain Go Away” [The New Lee Dorsey]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Mister Cloud” [Away We Go]
  • Jess Penner – “Mister Sun” – [Imagination]
  • Gary Miles – “Look For A Star” [Look For A Star]
  • Roy Redmond – “Good Day Sunshine” [Best of Loma Records]
  • Earth, Wind, and Fire – “Shining Star” [Greatest Hits]
  • Havalina Rail Co. – “Moon River” [Havalina Rail Co.]
  • Jess Penner – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” [Imagination]
  • Hank Williams Jr. – “All For The Love Of Sunshine” [20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection]
  • Tom Glazer – “The Hurricane Song” [Weather songs (From Ballads For The Age Of Science)]
  • Angus & Julia Stone – “Big Jet Plane” [Down The Way]
  • Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band – “When it Rained” [Made In LA]
  • Jess Penner – “Blue Bird” [Growing In The Cold]
  • The Police – “Walking On The Moon” [Best Of Sting And The Police]
  • Bob Marley – “Three Little Birds” [Legend]
  • Casper Babypants – “The Softest Guitar On The Moon” [Jump For Joy]
  • Jess Penner – “I Don’t Want To Live On The Moon” [Imagination]

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HFVS Ukes and Harmonies Episode with Guest DJs, Steve & Jenn from The Dilly Dallies (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Ukes and Harmonies Episode with Guest DJs, Steve & Jenn from The Dilly Dallies

Steve Slater and Jenn Ekman are The Dilly Dallies, a band that writes and plays music for kids and their parents.  Their show highlights the magic of ukuleles as well as great harmonies. It’s full of eclectic, fun songs – something the whole family is sure to enjoy. – www.thedillydallies.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 18 & 19, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Superhero

 


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  • The Dilly Dallies – “Little Tiny Toes” [Walking Around With Giants]
  • The Beach Boys – “Surfin’ Safari” [Surfin’ Safari]
  • Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” [Alone in IZ World]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Saddle Up!” [A Western Adventure Album]
  • The Dilly Dallies – “I Get Up” [Walking Around With Giants]
  • Stuart Fuchs – “My Little Jumping Flea” [After All This Time]
  • Renee & Jeremy – “Yellow” [a little love]
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks – “Funkytown” [Alvin and the Chipmunks: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
  • Eddie Vedder – “Can’t Keep” [Ukulele Songs]
  • The Dilly Dallies – “Taken Over By Robots” [Walking Around With Giants]
  • The Laurie Berkner Band – “Moon Moon Moon” [Lullabies]
  • Justin Roberts – “Lemonade” [Lemonade]
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – “I’ll Be Dreaming of Hawaii” [Pillow Full of Wishes]
  • The Beatles – “Nowhere Man” [Rubber Soul]
  • The Ukuleles – “I’m Yours” [The Ukuleles]
  • The Dilly Dallies – “You Are Me and I Am You” [Walking Around With Giants]

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HFVS VFR Fundraising Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Valley Free Radio Fundraising Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 11 – 12, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

What do you get when you put musician Steve Weeks and director Dave Franklyn in a room filled with cardboard, paint, tape, glue, scissors and string? Watch the new video for Steve’s song “Change of Heart” and find out! — www.steveweeksmusic.com

 


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HFVS Friendship Episode with Guest DJ, David Tobocman (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Friendship Episode with guest DJ, David Tobocman

You can’t pick your family, but you can pick your friends and sometimes your best friends are in your family. This week, children’s recording artist David Tobocman takes you on a fun tour through musical styles and genres, all on that most endearing of subjects, friendship. — www.DavidTobocman.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 4th & 5th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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David Tobocman – “Home”


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  • Chick Corea – “Friends” [Friends]
  • The White Stripes – “We’re Going To Be Friends” [White Blood Cells]
  • James Taylor – “You’ve Got a Friend” [Mudslide Slim and the Blue Horizon]
  • Elton John – “Friends” [Friends Soundtrack]
  • The Beatles – “With a Little Help From My Friends” [Sgt. Pepper]
  • David Tobocman – “Singing Together” [Gonna Be Great]
  • Dave and the Boombox – “Special Friend” [Make Some Noise]
  • Sugar Free Allstars – “If I Didn’t Have You” [Sugar Free Allstars]
  • Frances England – “Best Friends” [Family Tree]
  • David Tobocman – “Playin’ On a Sunday” [Escalator]
  • The Deep Fried Pickle Project – “G and B Bot” [Green and Bumpy]
  • Chet Baker – “My Buddy” [Chet Baker Sings]
  • Queen – “You’re My Best Friend” [A Night at the Opera]
  • Robert Ellis – “Friends Like Those” [Photographs]
  • The Jackson 5 – “I’ll Be There” [Third Album]
  • The Band – “The Weight” [Music from Big Pink]

 

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HFVS Halloween Episode with Guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg (Radio Show/Podcast)

Halloween Episode
with Guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg

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This week’s guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg, shares songs about noises, monsters and the Boogie Man, performs Halloween songs live with her ukulele, and shares the Flamenco spiced “Story of the Cat and the Chicken” (with ukulele flamenco by her partner Daniel Ward). A little spooky and a lotta silly! – www.sukeyjumpmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Oct 28th & 29th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Kindie music singer songwriters Lori Henriques and Todd McHatton come together as You and Me and the Rain. The first release is a special holiday Halloween tune and video, For Halloween This Year.


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  • You and Me and the Rain- “For Halloween This Year” [single release]
  • Natalie Merchant -“Isabel” [Leave Your Sleep]
  • Johnathan Richman -“Party in the Woods” [Back in Your Life]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Boogie Man” [My Cup of Tea]
  • Pete Seeger – “Abi Yoyo” [Children’s Concert at Town Hall]
  • Albert Whelan – “My  Brother makes the Noises for the Talkies” [Imperial #2490]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Cup of Tea” [My Cup of Tea]
  • Skümbaag – “Pop Goes the Weazel” [Music is the Enemy]
  • Sam Hinton -“Old Boastun Was Dead” [Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts]
  • Sam Hinton – “Little old Woman all Skin and Bone” [Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Down in the Valley” [Play]
  • Scott Jarrett – “Edge on the Moon” [The Gift of Thirst]
  • Heidi Swedberg -“Oona’s Halloween Song” [Live]
  • Heidi Swedberg- “The Green-Eyed Dragon With the 13 Tails” [Live]

[Rebroadcast. Originally aired: Oct 26th & 27th, 2013]

Hilltown Family Variety Show, Autumn Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Autumn Episode with
Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari

Explore the joys of autumn with guest DJ Lucy Kalantari. With music spanning decades from the 1930s to the present she includes the voices of Ella Fitzgerald, Earth, Wind & Fire, The White Stripes, Joanie Leeds, Mister G, and many more. Everyone has something to say about autumn. — www.LucyKalantari.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 21st & 22nd, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights – “Falling”


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  • Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” [The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1]
  • Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights – “Falling” [Bandwagon]
  • Wendy & DB – “Jump Into Fall” [Pockets, Seasons, Rhymes And Reasons]
  • Chibi Kodama – “Moonlight Dance” [Stardust]
  • The White Stripes – “We’re Going To Be Friends” [White Blood Cells]
  • Sean’s Music Factory – “Kindergarten Shoes” [Love and Music]
  • Julie Andrews “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” [Mary Poppins (Soundtrack)]
  • Mister G – “Luckiest Kid in the World” [Pizza for Breakfast]
  • Laura Doherty – “I’m a Tree” [Shining Like a Star]
  • Sarah Vaughan – “September In The Rain” [Sarah Vaughan At Mister Kelly’s]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “It’s Halloween” [Big Things]
  • Grin Brigade – “Must Be Halloween” [Crazy With Happiness]
  • Ken Page – “Oogie Boogie’s Song” [The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “Mysterious Mose” [Big Things]
  • Tom Proutt & Emily Gary – “Fall of the Year” [A Celebration of the Seasons: Goodnight Songs]
  • Gene Kelly – “Singin’ In The Rain” [Singing In The Rain – Original Film Soundtrack]
  • Ella Fitzgerald – “Early Autumn” [Early Autumn]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “Balloon” [Big Things]
  • Jon Samson – “Why I Love the Seasons” [A New Kids Album]

[Rebroadcast. Originally aired: October 1st & 2nd, 2016]

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

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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
October 14th & 15th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured VideoStory Laurie & Friends – Picking Pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch


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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]

Original broadcast: September 20th & 21st, 2014

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Water, Boats, and Sailing Episode with Guest DJ, Wendy & DB (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Water, Boats, and Sailing Episode with Guest DJ, Wendy & DB

Chicago duo Wendy and DB are back guest DJing HFVS! In this episode, Wendy and DB will take you on an aquatic adventure, as they dive deeply into the rivers, lakes, and oceans of our planet and explore some of the creatures that live there. We’ll learn a little bit about Wendy’s experience on Pete Seegar’s Hudson River sloop and then sail away until next time!

Wendy and DB work with an organization called A Better Life for Kids, which helps children and families in Ghana. Learn more here: abetterlifeforkids.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 7th & 8th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Water Song

 


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  1. Live song (Wendy and DB Vocal & Guitar) : Wendy & DB Water is wide
  2. Jimmy Buffet, It’s All about the Water – Don’t Stop the Carnival
  3. Wendy & DB, Water song – HomeEarth
  4. Ella Jenkins, Wade in the Water – African American Folk Rhythms
  5. Joanie Leeds, Ferry Nice – Brooklyn Baby
  6. Raffi, Down by the Bay – Singable songs for the very young
  7. Ella Jenkins, Come Dance by the Ocean – Come Dance by the Ocean
  8. Beatles, Octupus’s Garden – Abbey Road
  9. Wendy & DB, Olly Orca – HomeEarth
  10. Mister G, Cocodrillo (Crocodile) ABC Fiesta
  11. Tim Kubert, Superhero – Anthems for Adventure
  12. Wendy & DB, Girl Superhero – HomeEarth
  13. Pete Seeger, Michael row you boat ashore – Sing out with Pete!
  14. Jazzy Ash, Down by the Riverside – Swing Set
  15. Richie Haven, Of time and River Flowing – Where have all the flowers gone?
  16. Okee Dokee Brothers, Can you Canoe? – Can you Canoe?
  17. Christopher Cross, Sailing – Sailing
  18. Dan Zanes, Sail Away – Turn, Turn, Turn
  19. Randy Newman, I will go sailing no more – Toy story

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HFVS What I Learned this Summer Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks (Radio Show/Podcast)

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What I Learned This Summer Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks

What did you learn this summer? Did you take any trips? Join Guest DJ, Steve Weeks, as we travel through the Dakotas, the gulf coast, the Great Smoky Mountains, Southern California, the Canadian maritimes, and more! We’ll meet folks from all across the country and discover what’s going on in their local communities. Grab your map, buckle up, and tune in for a Hilltown Family Variety Show road trip! —  www.steveweeksmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 30th & October 1, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “Change of Heart”by Steve Weeks


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  • Scribblemonster – “Our Summer Song” [Shark Sandwich]
    • Interview: Traci Juhala of North Dakota
    • Interview: Marivel Zambrano-Esparza of Santa Barbara, CA
  • Steve Weeks – “Dog Beach” [Once I Lived Upon the Sea]
    • Interview: Megrez Rudolph of Fairhope, AL
  • Peter Mulvey – “Sympathies” [Silver Ladder]
    • Interview: Ellis Rice of Las Vegas, NV
    • Interview: Rachel of Oak Ridge, TN
  • The Osborne Brothers – “Rockytop” [Appalachian Stomp]
    • Interview: Celeste of New Orleans, LA
  • Steve Weeks – “Once I Lived Upon the Sea” [Once I Lived Upon the Sea]
    • Interview: Gary LaFranier of Lame Deer, MT
  • North Bear – “Daddy’s Girl” [Feelings & Emotions]
    • Interview: Elia of Yuma Arizona
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Telephone Called” [Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom]
    • Interview: Cindy of Gulfport, MS
  • Steve Weeks – “My Grandpa Gave Me a Hammer ” [Once I Lived Upon the Sea]
    • Interview: Caleb Miles of Bridgetown, NS
  • Caleb Miles – “Satya” [Long Dark Road]

[Rebroadcast. Originally aired: September 27th & 28th, 2014]

Suggested Events for September 30th – October 6th, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Oct 6 – 29

Connecticut Trolley Museum will hold their popular Pumpkin Patch event starting Oct 6th and will run the rest of the month every Fri, Sat, & Sun including Monday, Oct 9th for Columbus Day. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field and each person can pick out a free pumpkin. Additionally, when you return back to the Museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted & enjoy the outside play area with spooktacular Halloween activities. Don’t forget you can take as many Trolley rides as you would like. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for youth (ages 4-12) and $3 for children (under age 3).

Oct 4

The Amherst BID’s 6th annual Block Party is on Wednesday, October 4, 5-9 pm. Portions of North Pleasant Street will be closed to cars and music, food, crafts, entertainers, businesses, and community members will join in the fun. WRSI The River brings the music with DJ Kaliis on the Futurliner stage and Trailer Park, ARHS local student band Glass House and lively traditional Valley favorites, Banish Misfortune. UMass Athletes will be there to meet and greet. A live performance demonstration by UMass bellydancing club on the Futurliner. Fun activities for children, including face painting, balloon art, and games. Show Circus returns to dazzle all ages. www.amherstdowntown.com. ann@amherstdowntown.com. This event is free and open to the public!

Oct 7

The New England Air Museum will hold an Open Cockpit Day on Saturday, October 7, from 10am to 4pm. Special activities include climbing aboard in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges. A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D “Thunderbolt,” the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well, as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 “Super Sabre” and the Lockheed F-104C “Starfighter.” See the new view of our collections from our mezzanines in two exhibit hangars. Food and beverage will be available, and all activities are included with museum admission. Rubber-soled shoes recommended. www.neam.org.

Oct 8

Magic is afoot! The Center Dance Studio invites community members of all ages to audition for A 21st Century Nutcracker, an exciting spin on a timeless classic. Auditions will be held on Sunday, October 8th at The Center Dance in Amherst (321 Main Street). Visit The Center’s Nutcracker page for details. For more information, email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com or call 413-230-1944. Let’s play with tradition! www.thecenterdance.com.

Oct 8

Sukkot Harvest Festival at Abundance Farm! Sunday, October 8th from 11am-3pm at 253 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA. Come celebrate the harvest with a bonfire, apple cider pressing, cob oven baking, live music, harvest games, nature-based arts and crafts, food and drinks, tea making, and seed saving activities. Rain or shine! Suggested donation: $5. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/114208499277011.

Oct 14

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, October 14 from 9-11am and a Harvest Festival immediately following. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about their child-led Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

Oct 15

Save Farms, Eat Food, & Have Fun with Kestrel Land Trust! Don’t miss the 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival on Sunday, October 15, at 11am. on the West St. Common, Hadley. Family-friendly 5K race on a flat route through scenic farmland or a beautiful 2-mile riverside walk. Farmers’ Market Festival after the race with music by “Banish Misfortune,” local crafts and seasonal produce for sale, plus nature & animal exhibits, and entertainment for kids with Trevor the Games Man. For adults, free local beer by Valley Malt for registered participants. Receive a commemorative pint glass and be entered into a drawing for lots of great local prizes when you pre-register! Register online and learn more at 5kforfarmland.org.

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Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

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

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

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

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 23rd & 24th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:   “I am a Paleontologist” from They Might Be Giants 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)

[Rebroadcast. Originally aired May 2014]

HFVS Inspiration for Hispanic Heritage Month with Guest DJs, Andrés & Christina

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HFVS Inspiration for Hispanic Heritage Month
with Guest DJs, Andrés & Christina

Andrés and Christina from 123 Andrés share the things that inspire them. Friends, travel, and dreams fill this episode, along with music from different artists… including a zombie! — www.123andres.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 16th & 17th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: 123 Andrés – “The Seed” [Arriba Abajo]


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  • 123 Andrés – “Ten Little Birds” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Nathalia – “Que llueva” [Cuando era pequeña (When I Was Your Age)]
  • Orlando Valle “Maraca” – “Almendra” [Formula Uno]
  • 123 Andrés – “Vuela, vuela” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Tu Rockcito – “Cantar En Un Concierto de Rock” [Rockcitis Aguda]
  • Chuchumbé (feat. Zenen Zeferino) – “Conga de San Benito” [¡Caramba Niño!]
  • Poncho Sanchez – “Watermelon Man” [Conga Blue]
  • Los Wemblers de Iquitos – “Sonido Amazónico” [La Danza del Petrolero]
  • 123 Andrés – “Tickles” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Palavra Cantada – “Bolacha de Água e Sal” [Especial Dia Das Crianças]
  • 123 Andrés – “The Seed” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Rita Rosa y Amigos – “La Rana” [Fiesta en la Tierra Akanamandla]
  • Rita del Prado & Dúo Karma – “Mambo Congrí” [En Guarandinga por Toda Cuba]
  • Manuel Garcia – “Acuario” [Acuario]
  • 31 Minutos – “Arwrarwrirwrarwro (Bombi)” [Arwrarwrirwrarwro (Banda Sonora Original de la Cuarta Temporada)]

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HFVS Back to School Episode with Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Back to School Episode with Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds

Joanie Leeds of Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights guest DJs our Back To School Episode. Joanie hand picked all of the school themed songs including a few from her new 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.  – www.joanieleeds.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 9th & 10th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights , “Back to School.”


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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)

[Orignial broadcast: August 31st & September 1st, 2013]

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

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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 2nd & 3rd, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video Series: TED-Ed Animals


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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: July 30th & 31st, 2016]

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

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Hilarious Episode with Guest DJs, Randy & Dave

You better warn your funny bone because it’s about to get a real workout.  Hit songwriters Randy Sharp and Dave Kinnoin, sometimes known as Randy & Dave, bring you songs and other silly stuff. Amidst the laughter, you might learn a few things about an American hero, get some advice on how to deal with your friends and relatives, or even receive tips on how to cope with unwanted flying objects. Randy & Dave recommend you not take any of it too seriously.  — songwizard.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 26th & 27th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and the Pearly Chorus – Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious [Mary Poppins original soundtrack]


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  • Alan Sherman – Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah [Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah]
  • Randy & Dave – Last Word [Calling All the Elephants]
  • Grin Brigade – Dorky Haircut [Crazy with Happiness}
  • Trout Fishing in America – My Hair Had a Party Last Night [My World]
  • Jonathan Sprout – Peanut Man [American Heroes #3]
  • Randy & Dave – Miriam’s Muse [Calling All the Elephants]
  • Sheb Wooley – Purple People-Eater [Purple People Eater]
  • Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and the Pearly Chorus – Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious [Mary Poppins original soundtrack]
  • Grin Brigade – Funky Hu – [Crazy With Happiness]
  • Randy & Dave – Last Time I Was Here [Life on a Trampoline]
  • Katherine Dines – Ooey Gooey Stew [Hunk-Ta-Bunkta Spooky]
  • Harry Nilsson – Coconut [Nilsson Schmilsson]
  • Bill Harley – There’s a Pea on My Plate [There’s a Pea on My Plate]
  • Shel Silverstein – Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out [Where the Sidewalk Ends]
  • Randy & Dave – Happy to Help [Life on a Trampoline]

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HFVS Eclectic Happiness Episode with Guest DJ, Chris Ballew (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 19th & 20th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Caspar Babypants – “Blackberry Pie” [Jump For Joy!]


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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 Summer in the City Episode with Guest DJ, Meredith Wright (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Summer in the City Episode with Guest DJ, Meredith Wright

Join Guest DJ Meredith Wright from Sweetbeatz for Summer in the City. She’ll be spinning a soulful mix of songs that will have you boppin’ to the beat of the city streets. Grab your metrocard (you’ll need it for the subway) for a fun adventure to Central Park, a ballgame and everything in between! – www.sweetbeatzbaby.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 12th & 13th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  The Subway! Large cast of Muppets sing about riding the subway.  It’s vintage New York City and Sesame Street all in one!


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  • Stevie Wonder – “Master Blaster” [Stevie Wonder the Definitive Collection]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter – “Baila/Dance” [Best of the Band, Ingles y Español]
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas- “Dancing In The Street” [20th Century Masters- the Millennium Collection- Motown 1960’s vol.1]
  • Sweetbeatz- “Neighborhood” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Bari Koral- “Subway” [Rock and Roll Garden]
  • Joanie Leeds- “Sunday in the Park” [City Kid]
  • Heritage O.P. – “Friendship” [Heritage]
  • Sweetbeatz – “Laundry” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Carly Simon- “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” [Baseball- a Film by Ken Burns]
  • Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton- “Ice Cream” [Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center)]
  • James Brown – “Get On The Good Foot, pt. 1” [20 All-Time Greatest Hits!]
  • Sweetbeatz- “Hairdos” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – “Give Me Soca” [Soca Greatest Hits]

[Original broadcast: August 24, 2013]

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HFVS Rivers, Critters and Pirate Misfit Episode with Guest DJs, Funkinships (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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

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During this segment an unlikely band of musical misfits known as 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 5th & 6th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Sesame Street: Alligator King


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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]

[Original broadcast: October 8th & 9th, 2016]

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