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
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
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.
Hilltown Family Funk Show with Guest DJ, Chris Wiser from Sugar Free Allstars
Get ready to get up, get down and get FUNKY! Guest DJ, Chris Wiser (a.k.a. Boom) from Sugar Free Allstars hosts a show all about funk, soul and R&B music. You won’t be able to sit still while listening to this one, so grab your dance shoes, it’s time to get this party started! — www.sugarfreeallstars.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am March 12th & 13th, 2016 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
“Shake A Tail Feather” — Blues Brothers with Ray Charles
Families Make Music Episode with Guest DJ, Michael Napolitano
Michael Napolitano of Michael & the Rockness Monsters and Preschool of Rock brings to you an educational show spanning years of family music. Michael started his musical lifestyle at an early age of 3 when placed lovingly behind his father’s drum set. This show features musical acts composed of families immersed in music. You’ll find some of your favorite Kindie artists as well as some new and old classics – more family combinations then you can wrap your head around! — www.preschoolofrock.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am February 27th & 28th, 2016 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Featured Video: “Pirate Song” by Michael & The Rockness Monsters.
Mardi Gras Episode
with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington
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. – www.johnettedowning.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am February 6th & 7th, 2016 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Featured video: Reading Rocks! By Johnette Downing Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing sings “Reading Rocks!” from her Reading Rocks! CD to get children boppin’ into books and rockin’ into reading!
Hilltown Family Variety Show
Insect Episode with Jeff & Paige
Go on a musical hike with guest DJs Jeff and Paige to explore insects. Through music and story you’ll learn: how to identify an insect, how insects connect with animals, how insects help humans, and how humans can help insects! Jeff and Paige will play some of their favorite songs as well as fun tunes from other children’s musicians and from a few adult acts. Make sure you have room to dance as you explore nature and science with Jeff and Paige. – www.jeffandpaige.org
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am January 30th & 31st, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Featured Video: “A Conversation Between an Entomologist and an Insect”
Hilltown Family Variety Show
History Through Stories & Songs Episode
Guest DJ, David Grover
David Grover is our Guest DJ with a History through Stories & Songs Episode. David puts together an eclectic mix of favorite folk songwriters and singers that highlights the history of our country. – www.davidgrover.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am January 9th & 10th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Guest DJ Jason Didner, a children’s musician, leader of the Jungle Gym Jam, spins a collection of holiday music that he and his family enjoy. You’ll hear performances by independent children’s musicians and a few household names too. You’ll hear timeless holiday classics and some original numbers written by some of these performers to get you in the spirit. Songs will celebrate winter fun, Christmas, Hanukkah and the joy of an occasional “snow day” off. — www.junglegymjam.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am December 26th & 27th, 2015 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Hullabaloo – Frosty the Snowman [Holiday Hullabaloo]
Sugar Free AllStars – Funky Christmas [Single]
Groovy David – The Great Dreidel Tournament
Rob Thomas – A New York Christmas [Single]
Milkshake – Christmas in Baltimore [Single]
Andrew & Polly Featuring Mista Cookie Jar – L.A. Christmas [Other Days]
Danny Weinkauf – Wonderful Christmas Day [Single]
Dan Zanes – Angels We Have Heard On High [Christmas in Concord]
Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – Summertime Santa [Single]
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town [Single]
Justin Roberts – Snow Day [Jungle Gym]
Judy Pancoast – The House on Christmas Street [Single]
Little Rockers Band – Hanukkah Is Here [Yule Be Cool]
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles [Learning to Crawl]
Josh and the Jamtones – This Lil’ Lite of Mine [Amen!! Holiday Singles Collection]
Sound of Mexican Music Made in the USA Episode with Guest DJ, Sonia De Los Santos
Join Sonia De Los Santos (from Dan Zanes and Friends) as she presents this episode on “The Sound of Mexican Music Made in the USA”. She’ll play some of her favorite songs from a variety of Mexican genres like: Son Jarocho, Norteño, Mariachi, Son Guerrerense, Banda, Huapango and Corrido. Learn about Mexican Traditional instruments and get to know who’s making Mexican music in the USA! — www.soniadelossantos.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am December 19th & 20th, 2015 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Featured Video: Sonia De Los Santos sings and plays jarana at La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem, NYC on July 11th 2015. Elena Moon Park on violin and vocals and Martin Vejarano on percussion.
Join Sugarcrash Kids as they guest DJ on the Hilltown Family Variety Show. The songs range from dance party to camping trip, and the Sugarcrash Kids crew talks about the importance of being yourself and embracing who you are. — www.sugarcrashkids.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am December 12th & 13th, 2015 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Featured Video: Sugarcrash Kids – “I Got the Hiccups”
– Sugarcrash Kids – “I Got the Hiccups” (Play All Day and Sleep All Night)
– Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert – “Starship” (Deer Sounds)
– Josh and the Jamtones – “I Love U” (Bear Hunt!)
– Andrew & Polly – “Grapes” (Odds & Ends)
– The Pop-Ups – “Robot Dance” (Appetite for Construction)
– The Singing Lizard – “The Singing Lizard Beat” (Make Believe)
– The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Through the Woods” (Through the Woods”)
– Sugarcrash Kids – “These Are My Friends” (Play All Day and Sleep All Night)
– The Pop-Ups – “Costume Party” (Appetite for Construction)
– Big Block Singsong – “Princess” (Greatest Hits)
– The Singing Lizard – “Pirates” (Make Believe)
– Sugarcrash Kids – “Different” (Rad Songs)
– Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “Lines and Dots” (A Potluck)
– Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Noise” (Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti)
– Big Block Singsong – “Big Foot” (Greatest Hits)
– Imagination Movers – “Be Yourself” (Back in Blue)
– Slugs & Bugs – “I Wanna Help” (Under Where?)
– Recess Monkey – “Hand Me Downs” (Hot Air)
– Sugarcrash Kids – “Are You Ready to Fly?” (Rad Songs)
Home and Away Episode with Guest DJs, Andrew & Polly
Andrew & Polly spin their favorite songs about being home and away. They’ll play some of their childhood favorites, some quirky holiday songs, and a grab-bag of tunes about traveling and the different places they’ve lived. — www.andrewandpolly.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am November 28th & 29th, 2015 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Featured Video: Los Angeles children’s musicians, Andrew & Polly and Mista Cookie Jar, team up on this LA-tastic holiday jam.
This special Thanksgiving episode by Charity Kahn 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 21st & 22nd, 2015 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
VFR Fundraising Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am November 14th, 2015 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Featured Video: 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
Song Off Episode with Guest DJs, Adam and Kristin Marshall
Adam and Kristin Marshall from The Bazillions enjoyed guest hosting the Hilltown Family Variety Show by challenging each other to a song off. Each of them chose their favorites from categories like best educational song, best remake, best bedtime song and many more. They both shared little musical information tidbits about some categories along the way with a lot of laughs! Tune in to see who wins. — www.thebazillions.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am November 7th & 8th, 2015 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
FEATURED VIDEO: “Water Cycle” by The Bazillions. ‘Round and ’round it goes! Let these animated watercolors teach you all about the precipitation, accumulation, evaporation, and condensation that makes water — our planet’s most precious resource — go!
Monster Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito
Are you ready for a Monster Dance Party with guest DJ’s Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito from Play Date? This silly & spooky episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show features a collection of monster-iffic tunes to get your monster toes tapping and creepy claws clapping. Tune in, turn it up and get silly with the Monster Dance Party we know you’re dying to have this weekend! – www.iloveplaydate.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am October 31st & November 1st 2015 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
FEATURED VIDEO: Play Date “Dance Like A Monster” (Official Music Video) feat. The Ghouligans!
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 October 24th & 25th, 2015 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.
Anti-Bullying Episode with Guest DJ, Danny Lapidus
On this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Hot Peas ‘n Butter front man and founder, Danny Lapidus tackles the difficult topic of “Bullying” through songs that promote friendship, peace, and Anti-Bullying messages. — www.hotpeasnbutter.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am Ocotber 10th & 11th 2015 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
FEATURED VIDEO: Free To Be You and Me – “William Wants A Doll”
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 3rd & 4th, 2015 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
FEATURED VIDEO: Story Laurie & Friends – Picking Pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch
Good Arts & Good Eats Episode
with Guest DJs, Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle of Sunshine Collective
Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle of Sunshine Collective are guest DJs on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, and it’s all about Good Arts & Good Eats! This husband-and-wife-team of music makers tumble through toe-tapping vintage jazz, modern artful pop, and retro novelties, while tying together two of life’s best treats. Listen in for a taste of the good stuff! — www.sunshinecollective.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am September19th & 20th, 2015 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
FEATURED VIDEO: Sunshine Collective’s “Love Makes Life So Sweet”
This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, join Guest DJ Frank Gallo from Rolie Polie Guacamole for an episode which focuses on healthy living through eating good foods and getting lots of exercise. — www.roliepolieguacamole.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am September12th & 13th, 2015 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
FEATURED VIDEO: Rolie Polie Guacamole video, “This Land Is Your Land” off of their album, Chips & Salsa. The classic Woody Guthrie tune, played in a not so classic way. Peter Barr begins with a drum solo. Mike Dillon soon joins in on timbale, bongos, and vibes. Then the song kicks in with the rest of the band, including Frank Gallo on vocals & guitar, Andrew Tuzhilin on Bass, and Christian McCarthy on lead guitar. As the chorus kicks in, The Chapin Sisters (Abigail and Lily), and Jen Chapin, join in. Footage shot on iPhone 6 from the bands 2015 summer tour.
Come join us as the Hilltown Family Variety show goes on the road with Steve Weeks. We’ll be visiting the Dakotas, the gulf coast, the Great Smoky Mountains, Southern California, the Canadian maritimes and more as we hear from folks all across the country and discover what’s going on in their local communities. Bring 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 August 22nd & 23rd, 2015 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
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