9 Hilltown Family Variety Show Holiday Podcasts

Originally broadcasted out of Northampton, MA on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM (Valley Free Radio) for the holidays, we’ve gathered nine holiday episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show from over the years to share with your family as we celebrate the season. Enjoy these hour long, commercial-free podcasts that celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, the New Year and the spirit of peace and giving. Choose a podcast here…

HFVS Songs of Gratitude Episode with Guest DJ, Eric Herman

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Songs of Gratitude Episode
with Guest DJ, Eric Herman

Eric Herman gets downright happy in this show featuring songs that celebrate feeling good about yourself and about life, and being positive and grateful. Find out more about Eric and his music by visiting www.erichermanmusic.com.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Nov 26th & 27th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “What a Ride” – Cool Tunes for Kids by Eric Herman


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

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

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Thanksgiving Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

This special Thanksgiving episode from Charity and the JAMband explores, through music and story, some of the many, many things we have to be grateful for in our lives — like the sun, rain, friends and family – – culminating in a vision for world peace where everyone finally has enough food, shelter, community and love. Incorporating songs by Snatam Kaur, Los Lobos, the Moody Blues, the Rolling Stones, and Nat King Cole, among others, the music and commentary weave a gentle yet thought-provoking meditation on gratitude, generosity, love and compassion to inspire folks of all ages this holiday season.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Nov 19th & 20th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Charity has a great song, “Loving Kindness.” She writes, “Love shouldn’t cost anything. This song emanated from the Buddhist practice of Loving Kindness (also called Metta), whereby you send wishes of health, happiness, safety and peace of mind to yourself and others.”  In this video she shows you the movements to the song so you can show your preK kids how to dance along! – www.jamjamjam.com


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  • Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” [Let It Bleed]
  • Beatles “Dear Prudence” [White Album]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Grateful” [Family Values]
  • Snatam Kaur – “Long Time Sun” [Sacred Chants for Healing]
  • Gene Kelley – “Singing in the Rain” [Best of Gene Kelley]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Green Beans Everywhere” [Family Values]
  • Nat King Cole – “Frim Fram Sauce” [The King Cole Trio]
  • William Steig – Sylvester and the Magic Pebble [Read by Charity Kahn]
  • Moody Blues – “Lovely To See You” [On the Threshold of a Dream]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Love Is Herel” [Family Values]
  • Johnny Nash – “I Can See Clearly Now” [single]
  • Los Lobos – “Peace” [Kiko]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Are the Ones” [Family Values]

Originally aired on November 21 & 22, 2012 on WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio

HFVS Awaken Joy Episode with Lucy Kalantari (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Awaken Joy Episode with Lucy Kalantari

Awaken Joy Episode with Lucy Kalantari, presenting a collection of songs that are bound to put a skip in your step and a smile on your face. — www.lucykalantari.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 12 & 13, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Jazzy Ash’s Heebie Jeebies


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  • Cake – “Love You Madly” [Comfort Eagle]

  • Lucy Kalantari – “Pockets Full of Joy” [Pockets Full of Joy]

  • Ella Fitzgerald – “Blue Skies” [Wonderful]

  • Phil Harris – “Bare Necessities” [The Jungle Book Soundtrack]

  • Barry Louise Parker – “All I Want Is You” [My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana and Other Provocative Songs for Children]

  • Wreckless Eric – “Whole Wide World” [Wreckless Eric]

  • The Beatles – “I Feel Fine” – [Beatles ’65]

  • Lisa Brigantino – “I Gotta Find Me Something” [Wonder Wheel]
  • Jazzy Ash – “Heebie Jeebies” [Bon Voyage]

  • Gypsy Moon – “Life’s A Beach” [Single]

  • The Lovin Spoonful – “Daydream” [Daydream]

  • Mister G – “Ratones” [ABC Fiesta]

  • Queen – “Seaside Rendezvous” [A Night at the Opera]

  • Martha Reich – “I’d Rather Be Surprised” [Peace Harvest]

  • Bob Marley – “Three Little Birds” [B s for Bob]

  • Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could – “Tomorrow’s People” [Just Say Hi]

  • Lucy Kalantari – “A Fresh Start” [Pockets Full of Joy]

 
 [Original broadcast: July 18th & 19th, 2015]

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
November 5th & 6th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  Story 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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HFVS Character Episode with Guest DJ, Lloyd H. Miller (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Character Episode
with Guest DJ, Lloyd H. Miller
of the Deedle Deedle Dees

Lloyd H. Miller, leader of the long-running band the Deedle Deedle Dees, hosts this musical exploration of the concept of “playing a character.” We all change how we present ourselves to the world in order to get different reactions, whether we’re putting on a costume for holiday, dressing up to act onstage, trying on different outfits and accessories to present a different persona to our peers, or trying out new modes of behavior (for example, attempting to be an extrovert when you’ve always felt like more of an introvert). Songs by Dean Jones, Rachel Loshak, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, SLV, Weezer, Yo La Tengo, the Deedle Deedle Dees, and other favorite artists of Lloyd’s provide a variety of interesting takes on the topic. — www.thedeedledeedledees.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 29th & 30th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Lloyd H. Miller


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  • Billie Holiday – When You’re Smiling
  • Yo La Tengo – I Can Feel the Ice Melting
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – Every Time I Stand Up (I Feel Like Falling Down)
  • Dean Jones – I Tried to Make a Friend
  • Francis and the Lights (featuring Bon Iver) – Friends
  • Weezer – My Best Friend
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – Tesla v. Edison
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – Secret Superhero
  • STORY
  • Rachel Loshak – Oh Girl
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – Super Strong
  • Vered – Something Other Than a Mom
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – Typhoid Mary Tells Her Side of Things
  • SLV – History
  • Lucy Kalantari – Fantastic

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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 22nd & 23rd, 2016
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]

[Original broadcast: Oct 26th & 27th, 2013]

HFVS with Guest DJs, Bill Harley & Keith Munslow (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJs, Bill Harley & Keith Munslow

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 This week guest DJs Bill Harley and Keith Munslow teamed up and selected a bunch of their favorite songs; some from their childhood, recent discoveries, and a couple of ditties from their CD as well! While not expressly “kids songs”, these are songs that Bill and Keith love. They love them for their humor, wit, silliness and musical wizardry. – www.billharley.com, www.keithmunslow.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 15 & 16, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “The Boy Who Hid In A Peanut” by Bill Harley


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  • Steve Martin, “Late For School [The Crow]
  • The Coasters, “Yakety Yak” [The Very Best of the Coasters]
  • Cab Calloway “Everybody Eats When They Come To My House” [The Hi-De-Ho Man]
  • Stan Freberg, “Banana Boat (Day-O)” [Tip of the Freberg]
  • Bill Harley and Keith Munslow, “A Dog Named Cat”
  • Raymond Scott, “Powerhouse”
  • Asylum Street Spankers, “Digga Digga Do” [Mercurial]
  • War, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” [Why Can’t We Be Friends?]
  • Bill Harley and Keith Munslow, “Stinkeye” [It’n Not Fair to Me]
  • The Coasters, “Poison Ivy” [The Very Best of the Coasters]
  • Bootsy Collins, “What So Never the Dance” [Back in the Day]
  • Randy Newman, “Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear” [Sail Away]
  • Slim Gaillard, “Potato Chips” [Slim Gaillard]
  • Stan Freberg, “Sh-Boom” [Tip of the Freberg]
  • The Chips, “Rubber Biscuit” [Doo Wop Classics]
  • Bill Harley and Keith Munslow, “Hideous Sweater” [It’s Not Fair to Me]

Originally broadcasted on March 23rd & 24th, 2013

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

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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
October 8th & 9th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: From Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday concert (Clearwater Concert) at Madison Square Garden in 2009. Featuring: Pete Seeger, Taj Mahal, Steve Earle, Toshi Reagon, Warren Haynes, and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.

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

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HFVS 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 1st & 2nd, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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


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PLAYLIST

  • 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]

 

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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 17th & 18th, 2016
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 New Beginnings Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy (Radio Show/Podcast)

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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 musicians friends. — www.alisonfaithlevy.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 10th & 11th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Fruit Bats – Beautiful Morning Light


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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]

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

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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 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 3rd & 4th, 2016
Original Broadcast: Aug 31, 2013
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)

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

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World Languages Episode with
Guest DJ, Sarah Aroeste

This week on the HFVS, 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
August 6th & 7th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  Sarah Aroeste, “Ora de Despertar”


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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 (Radio Show/Podcast)

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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
July 30th & 31st, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Black Footed Ferret by The Whizpops!


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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]

HFVS Novelty Music Episode with Guest DJ, Jack Forman from Recess Monkey (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Novelty Music Episode with Guest DJ, Jack Forman from Recess Monkey

Recess Monkey whisks listeners of the Hilltown Family Variety Show off on a trip to the Novelty Shop for a madcap hour of truly strange musical oddities! The band’s bassist frontman Jack Forman guides us through a collection of dust-covered rarities and instant classics, each guaranteed to out-weird the last! — www.recessmonkeytown.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 23rd & 24th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:Recess Monkey’s “Sweaty Yeti” from Novelties


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  • Tiny Tim – “Livin’ in the Sunlight, Lovin’ in the Moon Light” [God Bless Tiny Tim]
  • Recess Monkey – “Every Flavor” [Novelties]
  • Barnes & Barnes – “Fish Heads” [Fish Heads – Single]
  • Paul McCartney – “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” [RAM]
  • Spike Jones & His City Slickers – “Little Bo Peep Has Lost Her Jeep” [The Jones Laughing Record]
  • Recess Monkey – “Wind Up Robot” [Novelties]
  • Leonard Nimoy – “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” [Spaced Out – The Best of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner]
  • Mike Phirman – “What Makes the Breakfast?” [Single]
  • Recess Monkey – “Sweaty Yeti” [Novelties]
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – “Yoda” [Dare to be Stupid]
  • Parry Gripp – “Chimpanzee Riding on a Segway” [Single]
  • Alvin & the Chipmunks – “Witch Doctor” [Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years]
  • Flight of the Conchords – “Foux du Fafa” [Flight of the Conchords]
  • Paul McCartney – “Monkberry Moon Delight” [RAM]

 

HFVS with Guest DJ, Dean Jones from Dog on Fleas (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Dean Jones from Dog on Fleas

Grammy winning producer, Dean Jones from Dog on Fleas, is our guest DJ this week. — www.dogonfleas.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 16th & 17th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Jonathan Richman- “That Summer Feeling” (I, Jonathan)


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  • Jonathan Richman- “That Summer Feeling” (I, Jonathan)
  • Dean Jones – “Swiss Cheese Angels” (In My Dreams)
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “I Love Ukeleles” (Sundrops)
  • Michael Hurley – “Why Should I Have to Worry” (Long Journey)
  • The Efe Pymies – “Ikobi” (Echoes of the Forest)
  • Stevie Wonder – “Outside My Window” (Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants)
  • Joanna Newsom – “Bridges and Balloons” (The Milk-eyed Mender)
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – “Super Strong” (The Rocket Went UP)
  • Roberto Stepheson – Frevo Danado de Bom na Tocaca Furada (Guide to Pernambuco)
  • Dean Jones – “Humans are Still Evolving” (In My Dreams)
  • Donovan – “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” (Donovan’s Greatest)
  • Kishi Bashi – “Wonder Woman, Wonder Me” (151A)
  • Katie Ha Ha Ha – “Shenendoah” (Katie Ha Ha Ha)
  • Dog on Fleas – “Babies” (Beautiful World)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago – “The Key” (Fanfare for the Warriors)
  • Marcy Marxer – “Things are Coming My Way” (Things are Coming My Way)
  • Regina Spektor – “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas) (What We Saw from the Cheap Seats)

HFVS with Guest DJ, Cactus from Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Cactus from Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Family Funk and Half Pint Hip Hop specialist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo takes listeners on a journey through the weird and lovely sonic landscape of family music at its best! This show features the story “Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out,” fringe science explanations on the fantastic from bio physicist Jeff Firewalker Schmitt, and some very strange sponsors. Appropriate for ages 1 through 1 billion. — secretagent23skidoo.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 9th & 10th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  Barenaked Ladies – “Pollywog In A Bog” (Extended Version)


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  • Barenaked Ladies – “Pollywog in a Bog” [Snacktime]
  • Justin Roberts – “Pop Fly” [Pop Fly]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “My First Multiverse” [Infinity Plus One]
  • Sugar Free All Stars – Bunnybot {Sugar Free All Stars]
  • Pointed Man Band – “Old Mother Blubber Hunter” [Flight of the Blue Whale]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Weirdo Calhoun: Hip Hop Version” [Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out]
  • Mista Cookie Jar – “Be a Little Angel” [Music is Everywhere]
  • Molly Ledford and Billy Kelly – “Count Your Rings” [Trees]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Tastes Like Space” [Infinity Plus One]
  • Josh and the Jamtones – “I The Pop Ups – “Pictures Making Pictures” [Appetite for Construction]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Secret Superhero” [Infinity Plus One]
  • Parliament – “Placebo Syndrome” [Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome]

 

 

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HFVS History of Folk Music for Families Episode with Guest DJ, Greg McIlvainey (Radio Show/Podcast)

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History of Folk Music for Families Episode
with Guest DJ, Greg McIlvaine

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
July 2nd & 3rd, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: The Hollow Trees – I Can’t Dance (I’ve Got Ants in My Pants) :


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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 Bannanas” [One Light, One Sun]
  • Dan Zanes and Friends – “Smile Smile Smile” [Night Time!]
  • John Lithgow – “The Gnu Song” [Singin’ in the Bathtub]
  • Hullabaloo – “I Chew” [I Chew]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Linger” [Camp Lisa]
  • The Hollow Trees – “My Dog Has Fleas” [Hello Friend!]

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

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Fun in the Sun Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner

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

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 25th & 26th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Princess Katie & Racer Steve “Sand in my Sandwich” [Tiny Cool]


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

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HFVS with Guest DJ, Kb Whirly (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Kb Whirly

This week on the HFVS, Kb Whirly takes us on a funky musical journey. From dancing like a rooster in the kitchen with Pete Seeger, to celebrating all the critters with Andrew and Polly, KbWhirly will take us on a cruise through folk, blues, funk, pop and hip hop tunes that are sure to get your toes tappin’! – www.kbwhirly.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 18th & 19th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Big Bang Boom – “Hippie Mom” [Because I said So!]


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  • 1. Pete Seeger – “All Around the kitchen” [American Folk Games and Activities Songs]
  • 2. Kb Whirly – “Camp Song” [Camp Songs Vol.1]
  • 3. Randy Kaplan – “In a timeout Now” [Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie]
  • 4. Mills Trills – “Brooklyn” [Everyone Together now]
  • 5. Big Bang Boom – “Hippie Mom” [Because I said So!]
  • 6. Vered – “Peekaboo” Vered [Hello My Baby]
  • 7. Frances England – “City of Hills” [Explorer of the World]
  • 8. KB Whirly – “Peter Piper’s Pickled Palace” [Camp Songs vol.1]
  • 9. Sugar Free Allstars – “Grumpopotamus” [Sugar Free Allstars]
  • 10. Kb Whirly – “Scary Gary” [Camp Songs Vol.1]
  • 11. Shel Silverstein – “Peanut Butter Sandwhich” [Where the Sidewalk Ends]
  • 12. Shel Silverstein – “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout…” [Where the Sidewalk Ends]
  • 13. Jazzy Ash featuring Mister Cookie Jar – “Throw me Sumthin’ Mister” [Home]
  • 14. Kb Whirly featuring Jazzy Ash – “Hole in my Bucket [Camp Songs Vol.1]
  • 15. Josh and the Jamtones featuring Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “I >3 Ur Face” [Rocksteady]
  • 16. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Three Pointed Back” [The Perfect Quirk]
  • 17. Andrew and Polly – “Critters” [Odds and Ends]
  • 18. Kb Whirly – “Say Say My Playmate” [Camp Songs Vol.1]

HFVS You Are What You Eat Episode with Guest DJ, Eric Herman (Radio Show/Podcast)

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You Are What You Eat Episode with Guest DJ, Eric Herman

Family music artist Eric Herman serves up a smorgasbord of fun food songs. From chocolate-covered brussels sprouts to a thousand tiny doughnuts, Eric will musically explore the idea that you are what you eat. – www.erichermanmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 11th & 12th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “Crazy Over Vegetables”


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  • Alphabet Rockers – “Food Songs” [Go!]
  • Oliver! – “Food Glorious Food” [Oliver! – Original Cast Recording]
  • Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies – “You Are What You Eat” [Bubble Wrap]
  • The Imagination Movers – “What’s in the Fridge?” [Juice Box Heroes[
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could – “Pie” [Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could]
  • David Tobocman – “Ice Cream on a Hot Dog” [Lemonade School]
  • Chuck Cheeseman – “Chocolate-Covered Brussels Sprouts” [Dancing With No Shoes On]
  • Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang – “Sweet Marmalade” [Get Up & Dance]
  • Frances England – “Blueberry Pancakes” [Fascinating Creatures]
  • Kelli Welli – “Cookin’ Up Some Happiness” [single]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – “Food Fight” [Good Egg]
  • Recess Monkey – “Sack Lunch” [Field Trip]
  • Eric Herman and the Invisible Band – “Crazy Over Vegatables” [Monkey Business]
  • Barenaked Ladies – “Popcorn” [Snacktime]
  • Ginger Hendrix – “Macaroni Boy Eats at Chez Shooby Doo” [Macaroni Boy Eats at Chez Shooby Doo”]
  • Steve Cooper – “Ketchup and French Fries” [single]
  • Weird Al – “Eat It” [“Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D]
  • Mister G – “Chocolalala” [Chocolalala]
  • Caspar Babypants – “A Thousand Tiny Doughnuts” [Hot Dog!]
  • Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies – “Take a Bath” [Bubble Wrap]

HFVS Music of the World Episode with Guest DJ, Keith Terry (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Music of the World Episode
with Guest DJ, Keith Terry

Keith Terry from Crosspulse Ensemble is our Guest DJ this week! Keith’s program is about World Music AND Music of the World – not only songs from artists around the planet, but sounds of the planet, itself – from the calls made by insects and birds,  to  atmospheric sounds created by lightening.   Plus some found sound — music created by the sounds we don’t always think of as musical, such as fog horns and trains, even bricks.   Join Keith in this exploration of some new and unusual ways of creating and listening to music. – www.crosspulse.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 4th & 5th, 2016
Original broadcast: 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Keith Terry, organizer of the International Body Music Festival, stopped by The World studios in Boston to demonstrate the amazing music the human body can make.


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  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Body Beat” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do.]
  • Bayaka Pygmies – “Bayaka Song” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Ba Benzélé Pygmies – “Unknown” [Anthology of Afro Music – UNESCO]
  • Zap Mamá – “Brrrlak!”  [Divas volume two]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Cumbe” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]
  • Mangbetu – “Water Drumming” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Tangle Eye- “Katie Left Memphis with wood chopping” [Alan Lomax’s Roots of the Blues]
  • Unknown- “Bricks” [Unknown]
  • “Postal Workers Cancelling Stamps at the University of Ghana Post Office” [1975 field recording, James Koetting]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Flores” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]
  • Mayan Marching Band – “Unknown” [Unknown]
  • The Tahitian Choir – “Morotiri Nei” [Rapa Iti]
  • Keith Terry & Crosspulse – “Body Music” [Keith Terry & Crosspulse]
  • Vocal Sampling- “Una Forma Mas” [Una Forma Mas]
  • Barbatuques – “Cneiro verde” [O Seguinte é Esse]OK
  • Ants – “Ants” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Antonio Carols Jobim – “Foghorn” [original soundtrack from the film Black Orpheus]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Jalan Jalan” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]]
  • Talab Khan Barna- “Sat Bhayan Ki Ek Behanadli I” [Latcho Drom: Bande Originale Du Film Soundtrack]]
  • Atmospheric Whistlers – “Atmospheric Whistlers” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Barbatuques – “Respirando” [O Seguinte é Esse]
  • Inuits – “Unuit Throat and Harp Songs”  [Canadian Music Heritage Collection]
  • Sergio Mendez “Fanfarra Despedida” [Brasileiro]

HFVS Latin American Episode with Guest DJ, Sandra Velasquez (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Moona Luna’s Sandra Velasquez takes you on a Latin American bus adventure.  Based on her own travels by bus through Latin America, she provides you with a soundtrack for a journey that is as rich and diverse as the changing landscape. – www.moonalunamusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 28th & 29th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “PANORAMA” by Moona Luna


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  • Rana Santacruz – “Lo Unico Que Quiero” [Chicavasco]
  • Moona Luna – “Panorama” [Panorama]
  • Los Super Seven – “Canoero” [Los Super Seven]
  • Susana Baca – “Que Bonito Tu Vestido” [Afrodiaspora]
  • Ana Tijoux – “1977” [1977]
  • Moona Luna – “Vamos, Let’s Go” [Vamos, Let’s Go]
  • Rana Santacruz – “Ojitos De Maguey” [Chicavasco]
  • Paulihno Moska & Ceu- “10 Contados” [Ceu]
  • Pistolera – “Ponle Frenos” [El Desierto Y La Ciudad]
    Moona Luna – “Espejos” [Panorama]
  • Los Diablitos – “Los Caminos De La Vida” [Sorpresa Caribe]
  • Moona Luna – “La Llegada” [Panorama]

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
 May 14th & 15, 2016
Original broadcast: May 10th, 2014
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)

HFVS Elements of Hip Hop Episode with Guest DJ, Alphabet Rockers (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Elements of Hip Hop Episode
with Guest DJ, Alphabet Rockers

Elements of Hip Hop Episode with Guest DJ, Alphabet Rockers tells a story of the beginning of hip hop music, and features songs from pioneers and kid-hop artists alike. Hip Hop reflects the creativity of individuals who come together to make change in the world. Join in – celebrate who you are, write new rhymes, beatbox and dance with us. Alphabet Rockers makes learning come alive through the beats, rhymes and moves of hip hop for ages 3-9. — www.alphabetrockers.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 7th & 8th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Wiggle Jiggle


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  • Instrumental: Pete Rock & CL Smooth – “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” [Mecca and the Soul Brother]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “That’s Your Name, Wear it Out” [The Playground Zone]
  • Instrumental: A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It” [People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm]
  • Double Dee and Steinski – “Lesson 3 — The History of Hip-Hop Mix” [Mastermixes]
  • De La Soul – “Three is the Magic Number” [3 Feet High And Rising]
  • Schoolhouse Rock – “Three is the Magic Number” [Schoolhouse Rock!]
  • Aaron Nigel Smith – “One” [One]
  • Instrumental: Afrika Bambaataa – “Planet Rock” [Planet Rock: The Album]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Wiggle Jiggle” [The Playground Zone]
  • Yo Gabba Gabba – “I Like to Dance” [Music is Awesome]
  • Jimmy Castor Bunch – “It’s Just Begun” [It’s Just Begun]
  • Instrumental: Biz Markie – “Just a Friend” [The Biz Never Sleeps]
  • Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick – “The Show” [Single]
  • OzoKidz – “Moose on the Loose” [Ozomatli Presents Ozokidz]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Gotta Be Me” [Easy]
  • Mista Cookie Jar – “The Way We Gets Down” [Music is Everywhere]
  • Instrumental: A Tribe Called Quest – “What?” [The Low End]
  • Shine & The Moonbeams – “High 5” [Shine and the Moonbeams]
  • Instrumental: Antique Naked Soul – “Allow Me To Introduce Myself” [Time Travel]
  • Bobby McFerrin – “I’m My Own Walkman” [The Voice]
  • JJ Fad – “Supersonic” [Supersonic]
  • Choo Choo Soul – “One-Two One-Two-Three” [Choo Choo Soul]
  • Instrumental: Method Man & Redman – “Da Rockwilder” [Blackout!]
  • Sesame Street – “The Color of Me” [Season 45, Episode 4503 Proud to Be Me]
  • Genevieve Goings – “Rainbow Colors” [Do You Know?]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Gimme Some Skin” [The Playground Zone]
  • Instrumental: Luniz – “I Got 5 On It” [Operation Stackola]

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HFVS Earth Day Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Hilltown Family Variety Show
Earth Day Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

This special Earth Day show by Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband highlights songs and concepts that explore compassion, kindness, and our interconnectedness with Earth and all beings. The episode underscores the reminder that our love and intention are powerful forces that can inspire all of us to act in ways that protect and take care of the Earth. In addition to music along these lines, the show also includes a story (theme: interbeing) and a guided meditation (theme: non-harming). Because every day should be Earth Day! — www.jamjamjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 23rd & 24th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  EARTH DAY by Charity and the JAMband


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PLAYLIST

  • The Beatles – “Mother Nature’s Son” [The White Album]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Earth Day” [EARTH]
  • Joe Reilly – “I Love Nature” [Children of the Earth]
  • The Banana Slug String Band – “Sun, Soil, Water and Air” [Singing in Our Garden]
  • Melita – “Turn the World Around” [Light Within]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “I Am the Earth and the Earth Is Me” [EARTH]
  • STORY: “The Sun in My Belly” by Sister Susan, illustrated by Sister Rain, inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Speak for the Earth” [EARTH]
  • The Alphabet Rockers – “Change the World” [Playground Zone]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Meditation for Non-Harming” [Sit Breathe Love: Guided Meditations for Children and the Grown-Ups Who Love Them
  • Neil Young – “A New Day for Love” [The Monsanto Years]

HFVS Things Are Not Always What You Think They Are Episode with Guest DJ, Steven Erdman (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Hilltown Family Variety Show
Things Are Not Always What You Think They Are Episode
with Guest DJ, Steven Erdman

Join Lard Dog on a journey of quirky lyrics, melodies, and rhythms that demonstrate the power of music as a conduit for pop art and frivolity. Remember, things don’t always have to make sense to call ‘em your happy place! — www.houseoflard.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 16th & 17th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Beck Black Tambourine


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PLAYLIST

  • Ray Charles The Thing [Have A Smile With Me]
  • Jan & Dean Bucket T [All The Hits From Surf City To Drag City]
  • Antonio Jobim & Elis Regina Aguas De Marco – Waters Of March [Ellis & Tom]
  • Bob Dylan Mixed Up Confusion [The Freewheelin’ Sessions Outtakes]
  • Lard Dog & The Band Of Shy Yum Yum Head Gear Co. [Life’s A Real Dream]
  • Captain Beefheart Harry Irene [Shiny Beast]
  • Spike Milligan Q5 Piano Tune [Legends Of The 20th Century]
  • Lard Dog & The Band Of Shy Messed Up People Are Beautiful [Life’s A Real Dream]
  • Pokey LaFarge Central Time [Pokey LaFarge]
  • Johnny Otis Crazy Country Hop [The Capitol Years]
  • Beck Black Tambourine [Guero]
  • STORY SEGMENT “The Chalk Monster” by Steven Erdman
  • Lard Dog & The Band Of Shy Stupendous Holiday Finksten [Life’s A Real Dream]
  • Jerry Lewis I’m A Little Busy Body [The Essential Capitol Collection]
  • Dean Elliot You’re The Top [Zounds What Zounds!]
  • Howlin’ Wolf Wang Dang Doodle [His Best Chess 50th Anniversary Collection]
  • Phil Tanner The Gower Reel [The Gower Nightingale]
  • Lard Dog & The Band Of Shy Listen To The Bob Hope [Life’s A Real Dream]

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

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Musical Diversity Episode with Guest DJ, Liz DeRoche

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

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 26th & 27th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  “Show Me Your Happy” by The Singing Lizard


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

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

Purim Episode
with Guest DJ, Mama Doni

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

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 19th & 20th, 2016
Original Broadcast: 2/23/13

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

Featured video: What to wear for the holiday of Purim? Mama Doni and her band have some engaging ideas to sort through the choices in their original song, “Costume Conundrum.” Learn more about the Mama Doni Band online at mamdoni.com.


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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

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