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

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

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

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

Featured Video: “Avocado” by Rolie Polie Guacamole


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

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

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

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

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

Featured Video: Moozika! – Bubbles


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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Día del Niño Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle

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

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

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


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

[Original broadcast: April 28 & 29, 2018]

HFVS Food Episode with Guest DJ, Gunnar Madsen (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Food Episode with Guest DJ, Gunnar Madsen

From Beans to Pancakes to Egg Salad, all tastes are considered in week’s episode. Learn about how corn is in your car, your home, your clothes, and your medicines. Songs about sharing food, renting food, and even calling food will keep your toes tapping and your mouth watering. — www.GunnarMadsen.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 30 & 31, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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


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  • Cab Calloway – “Everybody Eats When They Come To My House” [Hi De Ho Man]
  • The Bobs – “Food To Rent” [Songs For Tomorrow Morning]
  • Chops – “I Like Cereal” [Ping Pong Playa Soundtrack]
  • They Might Be Giants – “John Lee Supertaster” [No!]
  • Gunnar Madsen – “I Am Your Food” [I Am Your Food]
  • Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention – “Call Any Vegetable” [Absolutely Free]
  • Dave Van Ronk – “One Meatball” [No Dirty Names]
  • Gunnar Madsen – “In My Soup” [I Am Your Food]
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – “Farmer’s Market” [The Hottest New Group In Jazz]
  • Gunnar Madsen – “Egg Salad In The Sun” [I Am Your Food]
  • Harry Nilsson – “Coconut” [Personal Best: The Harry Nilsson Anthology]
  • The Presidents Of The United States Of America – “Peaches” [The Presidents Of The United States Of America: Ten Year Super Bonus]
  • Gunnar Madsen – “10,000 Pancakes” [I Am Your Food]
  • Monty Python – “Spam” [Monty Python Sings]

[Original broadcast: July 21 & 22, 2018]

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

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HFVS Great Outdoors Episode with Guest DJ, Andy Z

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

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

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


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

Original broadcast: May 4, 2018

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Dave Orleans Save Some Trees [Single]

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

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

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

14. James Coffey Use it Again [Single]

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

16. Kelli Welli Springtime Dance [Single]

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

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

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

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

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Community & Neighbor Episode with Guest DJs, Wendy & DB

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

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


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

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

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International Foods with Guest, DJ, Ann Torralba

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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Spring Equinox Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Purim Episode
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. Produced by Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg. — www.mamadoni.com

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

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


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PLAYLIST

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

Original Broadcast: 2/23/13

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

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Sheep Shearing & Maple Syrup Episode

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

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

Northampton, MA

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


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PLAYLIST

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

Original broadcast: Feb 2009

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

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

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

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

Featured Video: The Dilly Dallies, “Superhero”


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

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

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HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle

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Award-winning Peruvian-American Kindie Rocker, Twinkle Time, shares her favorite message…L-O-V-E…LOVE! This week, Twinkle’s spinning the best family music with songs teaching kids about spreading love, peace, and happiness, globally!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 15 & 16, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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


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  • Twinkle Time -“L-O-V-E” [Made In The U.S.A]
  • Tim Kubart feat.Genevieve Goings – “Block Party” [Building Blocks]
  • Dolly Parton -“A Friend Like You” [ I Believe In You]
  • Suzi Shelton -“Never Let You Go” [Hand in Hand]
  • Andy Z – “I Love You Because You’re You” [Welcome To Andyland]
  • Vered – “Good Morning My Love” [Good Morning My Love]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “L&A” [Made In LA]
  • Splash N Boots -“Don’t Forget (I Love You)” [Big Yellow Tunes]
  • Mista Cookie Jar &The Chocolate Chips – “UltraMagnetic Universal Love Revolution” [UltraMagnetic Universal Love Revolution]
  • The Not- Its – “I Love Food” [Tag, You’re It !]
  • Raffi – “Mama Loves It” [Love Bug]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Life Is Music” [Easy]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – “I Love New York” [Bandwagon]
  • Hullabaloo- “I Love My Guitar” [20 Songs in 20 Days]
  • Frances England -“Place In Your Heart” [Mind Of My Own]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “The Peace Song” [All the Sounds]
  • Laurie Berkner -“My Family” [Love]
  • Mista Cookie & the Chocolate Chips -“Gratitude” [Music is Everywhere]
  • Twinkle Time -“Life is Beautiful” [Just Dance]

Original Broadcast: February 16 & 17, 2019

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

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 Office Hours Episode with Guest DJ,
Jack Forman of Recess Monkey

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Jack Forman hosts this week’s Hilltown Family Variety Show, but forgot to ask Sienna Wildfield if it was okay to remodel the studio with 1970s wood paneling and inspirational posters. In celebration of his second album Office Hours, Jack takes us on a high-energy musical romp through the workday. Though he really won’t be very useful with questions about your homework or last night’s reading, he can certainly fill the hour with fun!

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

Featured Video: “Yodeling Yoda” by Jack Forman


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  • Jack Forman – “This Cat (Will Eat Anything)” [Office Hours]
  • Recess Monkey – “Take Your Kid to Work Day” [Wired]
  • Justin Roberts – “Otis” [Recess]
  • Andrew & Polly – “Mail” [Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast]
  • Jack Forman – “My Car” [Office Hours]
  • Keith Munslow – “Coffee Breath” [Tiny Destroyer]
  • Recess Monkey – “Time to Make the Donuts” [Novelties]
  • The Not-Its! – “Busy” [Kidquake!]
  • Jack Forman – “#GOALS” [Office Hours]
  • The Pop Ups – “Getting the Job Done” [Appetite for Construction]
  • Amy Adams – “Happy Working Song” [Disney’s Enchanted Soundtrack]
  • They Might be Giants – “Seven Days of the Week (I Never Go to Work)” [Here Come the 123s]
  • Jack Forman – “When I Was Young” [Office Hours]
  • Todd Rundgren – “Bang The Drum All Day” [The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect]

Original broadcast: March 2019

HFVS 100 Years of Music Episode with Guest DJ, Michael Napolitano (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS 100 Years of Music Episode
with Guest DJ, Michael Napolitano

Michael Napolitano from Michael & the Rockness Monsters brings you and exploration of 100 years of music. Listen to songs from 1920-2020 while Michael and his daughters take you for a little ride through musical history. Michael also takes the opportunity to play songs for his daughters that his mother played for him in the 70’s and 80’s.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 1st & 2nd, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Seeing Life In 2020”


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  • The Hofgarten Ballroom Orchestra – “Donkey Serenade” [Wiener Bonbons, Folge 1]
  • Michael & the Rockness Monsters – “You Are My Sunshine” [Seeing Life In 2020]
  • The Merry Macs – “Mairzy Doats” [Classic Years of the Merry Macs
  • Little Walter – “Mellow Down Easy” [The Essential Little Walter]
  • Michael & the Rockness Monsters – “All Together Now” [Seeing Life In 2020]
  • Harry Nilson – “The Puppy Song” [Harry]
  • The Pointer Sisters – “Yes We Can, Can” [The Pointer Sisters]
  • Michael & the Rockness Monsters – “Seeing Life In 2020” [Seeing Life In 2020]
  • The Zombies – “This Will Be Our Year” [The Original Studio Recordings, Vol 1]
  • Paul Simon – “Loves Me Like A Rock” [The Essential Paul Simon]
  • Three Dog Night – “Joy to the World” [20th Century Masters]
  • Michael & the Rockness Monsters – “A Life That’s Good” [Seeing Life In 2020]
  • Phish – “Waste” [Billy Breathes]
  • Manu Chao – “Bongo Bong” [Clandestino]
  • Monsters of Folk – “The Sandman, The Brakeman and Me” [Monsters of Folk]
  • Built To Spill – “You Were Right” [Keep It Like A Secret]

HFVS Have an Awesome Day Episode with Guest DJ, Jesse Jukebox (aka Jesse Friedberg) (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Have an Awesome Day Episode with Guest DJ, Jesse Jukebox (aka Jesse Friedberg)

Join children’s singer Jesse Jukebox as he shares some of his favorite songs that have to do with going through your day, from when you wake up to when you go to bed! Get ready to rock out with Jesse while he plays an eclectic mix of awesome tunes!

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

The official music video for Awesome! by Jesse Jukebox. From the album, Awesome!


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  • Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment – “Wonderful Everyday: Arthur” [Single]
  • Electric Light Orchestra –“Mr. Blue Sky” [Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of  Electric Light Orchestra]
  • Jesse Jukebox – “Listen To Your Gut” [Awesome!]
  • Steve Martin –“Late For School” [The Crow: New Songs For the Five String Banjo]
  • The White Stripes –“We’re Going To Be Friends” [White Blood Cells]
  • Jesse Jukebox –“I Wanna Learn!” [Awesome!]
  • Sam Cooke –“(What A) Wonderful World” [Tribute To A Lady]
  • Weird Al Yankovic –“Eat it” [“Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D]
  • Newsies –“Seize The Day” [Newsies]
  • Stacey Peasley –“Lucky Day” [Lucky Day]
  • The Polyphonic Spree –“ Light and Day/Reach For the Sun” [The Beginning Stages of…]
  • Dog On Fleas –“Pardon My Pajamas” [Buy One Get One Flea]
  • Otis Redding –“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”  [The Dock of the Bay]
  • They Might Be Giants –“Nine Bowls Of Soup” [Here Come The 123’s]
  • Billy Joel –“Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)” [River of Dreams]
  • Everly Brothers –“All I Have To Do Is Dream” [Greatest Hits]
  • Jesse Jukebox –“Awesome!” [Awesome!]
  • Mister Rogers –“Tomorrow” [It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best Of Mister Rogers]

HFVS Winter Wonderland Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Winter Wonderland Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley

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Let’s add music and story to our winter fun! Join HFVS guest DJ, Flor Bromley, as she takes us on an adventure through her favorite winter songs. She will share music and stories about playing in the snow, learning about migration and hibernation, and dancing to keep ourselves warm.

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

Featured Video: “Kitty” by Flor Bromley off of the album Chiqui Music Boom


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PLAYLIST

  • John Legend – “Refuge or When It’s Cold Outside” [Get Lifted]
  • Tim Kubart – “Winter Wonderland” [written for Sesame Studios]
  • Super Agent 23 Skidoo – “PJs All Day” [The Perfect Quirk]
  • Flor Bromley – “Las Aves Vuelan/Birds Fly” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “It’s Snowing” [It’s the Holidays!]
  • Justin Roberts – “Snow Day” [Jungle Gym]
  • Caspar Babypants – “I Want To Be a Snowman” [Sing Along!]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Keep Me Warm” [Winterland]
  • Erin Lee – “Snowdance” [Snowdance]
  • The Pop Ups – “Winter Beard” [Winter Beard – Single]
  • The Not-Its – “Freeze Tag” [Tag, You’re It!]
  • Rose Coen – “Winter Solstice” [Musical Round-Up]
  • Marsha Goodman-Wood – “The Penguin Song” [Gravity Vacation]
  • Flor Bromley – “Hibernation” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • STORY: Why Brown Bear Has a Short Tail? – Iroquis Folktale told by Flor Bromley
  • Brent Holmes – “I Can’t Wait to Hibernate” [Silliest Songs]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun” [Abbey Road]

Original broadcast: 2/9/19

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HFVS Story Song Episode with Guest DJ, Dana (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Story Song Episode with Guest DJ, Dana

Who doesn’t love a good story? This episode of the HFVS is chock full of funny, silly stories set to upbeat music. Guest DJ, Dana has put together some of her favorite story songs from her own recordings and those of her favorite singing storytellers. From familiar tales like Dana’s rockin’ version of “The Gingerbread Man” and “On Top of Spaghetti” (given a groovy twist by Steve Blackwood) to entertaining yarns like “The Pizza That Ate Chicago” by Tom Paxton, each story will engage listeners young and old. Popular storytelling artists Bill Harley and Dan Crow are included among other delightful performers.

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

Featured Video: “Follow the Leader” by Dana


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  • Dana – “Once Upon A Time (Never Rocked This Way)” [Dana’s Best Rock & Roll Fairy Tales]
  • The Fairy Tale Pops – “Huffin’ and Puffin’ Rebuffin’” [Happily Ever Laughter: Funny Fairy Tale Songs]
  • Andy Z – “Ooga Booga” [Single]
  • Dana – “The Gingerbread Man” [Dana’s Best Rock & Roll Fairy Tales]
  • Seth Decker & The Missing Piece – “Edna the Elephant” [Intergalactic Tour]
  • Dan Crow – “The Ballad of Reuben Rooster” [Oops!]
  • Bill Harley – “A Walk Around the Block” [The Best Candy In the Whole World]
  • Steve Blackwood – “On Top of Spaghetti” [On Top of Spaghetti – Classic Children’s Fairy Tales]
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – “A Flea and a Fly in a Flue” [Rockin’ the Uke]
  • Dana – “Barnyard Hoedown” [Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes]
  • Lou Del Bianco – “Nikki, Terror of the Family” [When I Was A Kid]
  • Katherine Dines – “Goodness Gracious Snakes Alive” [Hunk Ta Bunk Ta BOO]
  • Tom Paxton – “The Pizza That Ate Chicago” [Your Shoes, My Shoes]
  • Dana – “Fish Tale” [Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes]
  • Norman Foote – “Spider Dan” [Pictures on the Fridge]

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HFVS Expectations Episode with Guest DJs, Louis & Dan and the Invisible Band (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Expectations Episode with Guest DJs,
Louis & Dan and the Invisible Band

Join Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band as they guest DJ this week’s episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show. This week’s theme is EXPECTATIONS. You’ll hear songs that, one way or another, are about meeting or defying expectations. You might not expect a whole radio show about expectations to be fun, but they promise: it will be!

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


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1. Walter Martin – “Wishing Well” [My Kinda Music]
2. Randy Kaplan, “Shampoo Me” [Five Cent Piece]
3. Raffi – “Bananaphone” [Bananaphone]
4. Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band – “Underwear Spaghetti” [Louis and Dan and the
Invisible Band]
5. Caspar Baby Pants – “Go Slow Sluggy” [Sleep Tight!]
6. Pete Seeger – “Little Boxes” [Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection]
7. Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band – “Yupster Food Song/Hotdog” [Louis and Dan
and the Invisible Band]
7. Lisa Loeb – “Opposite Day” [Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake
and Other Zany Songs]
8. Randy Newman – “Memo to my Son” [Sai Away]
9. Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band – “Can We Get Along” [Let’s Imagine]
10. John Lennon – “Beautiful Boy” [Double Fantasy]
11. Jolly Pops – “Bad bad dinosaur” [Bad Bad Dinosaur]
12. Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band – “Cheese Digest” [Let’s Imagine]
13. Haley Bonar – “Sing with me” [Sing With Me]
14. Ella Jenkins – “Big Bigger Biggest” [Growing Up With Ella Jenkins]
15. Sharon Lois and Bram – “A You’re Adorable” [Great Big Hits]
16. Ella Fitzgerald. “Do you know the muffin man?” [The Early Years – Part 2]
17. Cat Stevens – “Peace Train” [Teaser and the Firecat]

HFVS Songs of Hope & Healing Episode with Guest DJ, Alastair Moock (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Songs of Hope & Healing Episode
with Guest DJ, Alastair Moock

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Alastair Moock Guest DJs our Songs of Hope & Healing Episode. Alastair and his twin girls guide us through a selection of songs that remind us of the small joys and sometimes difficult moments that pull us together. These new and old rootsy tunes — from Pete Seeger to The Okee Dokee Brothers — will have you and your kids dancing, singing, and hugging!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 28th & 29th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Alastair Moock music video for “When I Get Bald” from the album Singing Our Way Through: World’s Bravest Kids, an CD for kids with (and without) cancer.


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  • Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem – “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” [Ranky Tanky]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Brother” [Can You Canoe?]
  • Alastair Moock and Friends – “Take a Little Walk With Me (Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell)” [Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids]
  • Aaron Nigel Smith and One World Children’s Chorus – “Grateful (Feat. Dan Zanes)” [Welcome to the Village]
  • Grenadilla – “Peace Will Come” [Grenadilla]
  • Alastair Moock and Friends – “B-R-A-V-E” [Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids]
  • Rosie Grier – “It’s All Right to Cry” [Free to Be… You and Me]
  • Lori Henriques – “Curiosity” [The World Is A Curious Place To Live]
  • Mister G – “Friends” [Bugs]
  • Alastair Moock and Friends – “This Little Light of Mine” [Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids]
  • Pete Seeger – “Mister Rabbit” [Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes: Little & Big]
  • Justin Roberts – “Fruit Jar” [Pop Fly]
  • Alastair Moock and Friends – “When I Get Bald” [Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids]
  • Bob Marley – “Three Little Birds (Alternate Mix)” [Songs Of Freedom]
  • Papa Crow – “That’s the Life For Me” [Things That Roar]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Peace Like a River” [You Are My Little Bird]

[Original broadcast: September 14th & 15th, 2013]

HFVS City Songs with Jesse Goldman of Moozika! (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS City Songs with Jesse Goldman of Moozika!

Jesse Goldman of Moozika! shares joyful city-based adventure songs that highlight the
diversity of cultures, languages, and music in urban settings.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 21st & 22nd, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Live performance from 2018 of Moozika’s original song ‘Supa Dupa Soup.’


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  • Rolie Polie Guacamole – “Subway Train” [Live on the Fourth of July]
  • Moozika! – “Moose on the Loose” [Moove to the Moozika!]
  • Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats – “Sounds of Summer” [All the Sounds]
  • Barbatuques – “Baiâo Destemperado” [Corpo Do Som]
  • Sonia de los Santos – “¡Alegria!” [Alegria]
  • Moozika! – “Brooklyn Baby” [Moove to the Moozika!]
  • Mil’s Trills, Amelia Robsinson – “Plinkity Plonk” [Ridiculous Nonsense]
  • Katie Ha Ha Ha – “Beautiful City” [These Things Go Together]
  • Vered – “Little Bit Tough” [Songs for Sisters and Brothers]
  • Jazzy Ash – “Eh La Bas” [Swing set]
  • Moozika! – “Supa Dupa Soup” [Moove to the Moozika!]
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole – “Don’t Poop on Me Pigeon” [Triathlon]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – “Rainbow Bagels from Outer Space” [Brooklyn Baby!]
  • Stevie Wonder – “Living For The City” [The Definitive Collection]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Shine” [Rise Shine #Woke]
  • Mil’s Trills, Amelia Robinson – “Put Your Pants On” [Ridiculous Nonsense]
  • Hopalong Andrew – “Thank God I’m a City Boy” [Hopalong Andrew]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “Cuantos Tacos (The Taco Song)” [Adelante]
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HFVS Love Activist Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Love Activist Episode
with Guest DJ, 
Charity Kahn

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What does it mean to be a Love Activist? Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband takes listeners on a musical axnd philosophical journey examining how we all, whether young or old, can use our love, kindness, time, resources and gifts to bring positive change to the world.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 14th & 15th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Valentine” by Charity and the JAMband.


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PLAYLIST

  • Stevie Wonder – “Love’s In Need of Love” [Songs in the Key of Life]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Share Your Love” [EARTH]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Stand Up for You” [Rise Shine #Woke]
  • Heart – “Love Alive” [Little Queen]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Lemonade” [Family Values]
  • Cat Stevens – “Don’t Be Shy” [The Very Best of Cat Stevens]
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – “Love Is Law” [Now, Then & Forever]
  • Joni Mitchel – “Big Yellow Taxi” [Ladies of the Canyon]
  • The Invisible Bee – “O People” [Brokedown Palace]
  • Mavis Staples – “For What It’s Worth” [Mavis Staples Live: Hope At the Hideout]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Peace Breath” [Sit Breathe Love: Guided Meditations for Children and their Grown-Ups]
  • The Invisible Bee – We Are Love” [Brokedown Palace]

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HFVS Holiday Show Episode with Guest DJ, the Jolly Pops (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Holiday Show Episode with Guest DJ, the Jolly Pops

The Jolly Pops, the Happy Dads, guest host an hour of music and family fun celebrating the Holiday Season. Chompy the Alligator and Bacon the Pig take over for Mr. Billy who has gone Holiday shopping. They spin tunes, make a snowman and even enjoy a visit from Santa Claus himself.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 7th & 8th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: The Jolly Pops – “I Want a Puppy”


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PLAYLIST

  • The Jolly Pops – “Bad Bad Dinosaur” [Bad Bad Dinosaur]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Feel What You Feel” [Feel What You Feel]
  • Lee Ann Womack – “I Hope You Dance” [I Hope You Dance]
  • Mason Jennings – “Table Hockey” [Music for MN Kids Vol. 1]
  • Medeski, Martin & Wood – “Pirates Don’t Take Baths” [Let’s Go Everywhere]
  • Suzi Shelton – “Can You Feel the Power?” [Hand in Hand]
  • Harry Connick Jr. – “Frosty the Snowman” [Harry for the Holidays]
  • Louis and Dan and The Invisible Band– “Aunt Maggie Nakeddooda Time” [Let’s Imagine]
  • The Jolly Pops – “I Want a Puppy” [Bad Bad Dinosaur]
  • Bunny Clogs – “Peaches and Frankie” [Music for MN Kids Vol.1]
  • John Mellencamp – “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” [A Very Special Christmas]
  • The Jolly Pops – “Not Your Cheese” [Bad Bad Dinosaur]
  • Okee Dokee Brothers – “Lucy and Tighty” [Music for MN Kids Vol.1]
  • Farewell Milwaukee – “You’re the Cure” [Music for MN Kids Vol. 1]
  • Bing Crosby – “White Christmas” [White Christmas]
  • Dan Zanes & Lou Reed – “What a Wonderful World” [Night Time!]Save

HFVS Around the World Holiday Episode with Guest DJs Katherine Dines & James Coffey (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Holidays Around the World Episode
with Guest DJs, Katherine Dines & James Coffey

This episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show is a celebration of global holidays and light with Guest DJs, James Coffey and Katherine Dines from the Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Band. It features many award-winning artists, as well as fantastic educational content about several of the holidays highlighted, including Chinese New Year and Diwali.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 30th & December 1st, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Divali, Diwali or Deepawali (depending on where you are from), is one of the most joyous celebrations for Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists. The name comes from two Sanskrit words: “Diyas” which means “clay lamps” and “avali” which means “rows.” During the 5-day celebration, people place rows and rows of clay lanterns around rooftops, doorways and windows, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, hope over despair and light over darkness.


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PLAYLIST

1. Andy Zamenes (Andy Z) – “Turkey in the Straw” [Classic Songs and Traditional Tunes]
2. Lucy Kalantari – “It’s the Holidays” [It’s the Holidays]
3. Katherine Dines – “Somewhere in the World” [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Holidays Song and Stories that Celebrate Global Light]
4. Hot Peas N’ Butter – “Firelight” [Back to the Land]
5. Joyce Rouce – “Green Christmas” [Earth Mama; Christmas Heart]
6. Barb Tilsen – “Lucia Day” [Take the Seed]
7. Katherine Dines – “Nian” [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Holidays Song and Stories that Celebrate Global Light]
8. SoulAviv – “Candles of Chanukah” [Digital Track]
9. Katherine Dines – “Light Rises Over Darkness” [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Holidays Song and Stories that Celebrate Global Light]
10. KB Whirly and M.I.S.T.A. Cookie Jar – “Love Light Shine” [Digital Track]
11. Kelli Welli – “Little Ray of Sunshine” [Digital Track]
12. West LA Children’s Choir – “As We Go Round the Sun” [Digital Track]
13. Greta Pederson – “Kwanzaa is Here” [Digital Track]
14. Heather Dale – “Huron Carol” [This Endris Night]
15. Joanie Leeds – “Nightlights” [Bandwagon]
16. Katherine Dines – “Stars” [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Holidays Song and Stories that Celebrate Global Light]

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

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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

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

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


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PLAYLIST

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

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