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
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am March 11 & 12, 2017 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.
Mardi Gras Episode
with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington
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Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing and Grammy Award winning producer Scott Billington offer a carnival of Louisiana roots music; a showcase of Cajun, New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, Zydeco, Brass Band and Jazz music by Louisiana artists.
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am March 4th & 5th, 2017 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! – www.johnettedowning.com
Professor Longhair – “Go to the Mardi Gras” (The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings,
Vol. 6: Classic New Orleans R&B and More, 1958-1965)
The Hawkettes – “Mardi Gras Mambo” (The History of Rhythm & Blues, Volume 3 –
The Rock’n’roll Years)
Zachary Richard – “File’ Gumbo” (Zack’s Bon Ton)
Johnette Downing – “Bon Jour Mes Amis,” (From the Gumbo Pot)
Papillion – “Cocodrie” (Cajun for Kids)
Johnette Downing – “Why the Possum Has a Large Grin,” (Reading Rocks!)
Huey Smith and the Clowns – “Don’t You Just Know It” (Having a Good Time With
Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & His Clowns – The Very Best of, Vol. 1)
Robert Parker – “Barefootin’” (Introduction to Robert Parker)
Fats Domino – “Walkin’ to New Orleans” (The Fats Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest
Nathan the the Zydeco Cha Chas – “Festival Zydeco” (Creole Crossroads)
Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “Little Liza Jane” (My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now)
Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band – “Dixieland
Jazz” (Dixieland Jazz for Children)
Louie Prima – “Banana Split for My Baby,” (Louis Prima Collectors Series)
Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World,” (What a Wonderful World)
Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band – “It’s Time for
Mardi Gras,” (Dixieland Jazz for Children)
About Johnette Downing
Dubbed the “Musical Ambassador to Children” and the “Pied Piper of Louisiana Music Traditions,” Johnette Downing is a multi-award winning children’s book author and musician performing concerts and author visits for children, and workshops and keynote for educators globally. Dedicated to celebrating childhood, sharing cultures and fostering literacy through her music, books and programs, Johnette has performed in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Central America, North America and the Caribbean, has received twenty-one awards and has received rave reviews in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Disney Family Fun Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Parents Magazine and many more.
Scott Billington is a musician, writer and Grammy® Award winning record producer. With a discography of over 100 albums of roots-based music, Scott has received the Porretta (Italy) Sweet Soul Music Award, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award, and the Offbeat (New Orleans) Lifetime Achievement Award. His records have garnered a total of ten Grammy® nominations, along with awards from the French Academie du Jazz, Living Blues magazine and many others. His writing has appeared in the Oxford American, Gambit, the Boston Globe and numerous other publications. Scott’s harmonica playing has been featured on albums by artists as diverse as Appalachian folk singer Hazel Dickens, rockabilly musician Sleepy LaBeef and soul singer Irma Thomas.
The Art of Storytelling Episode
Guest DJ, Flor Bromley
Join us this week at the Hilltown Family Variety Show where guest DJ Flor Bromley, a children’s singer-songwriter, storyteller and puppeteer, will take you on an adventure through the art of storytelling. We will be listening to songs with stories, stories with a song and a live storytelling of “The Lion and the Mouse” by Flor herself. From Laurie Berkner to Pink Martini, Dragons to Bears, and a special appearance by Archie the puppet, you will enjoy all the characters we have compiled for you in this hour of fun and storytelling! – www.florbromley.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am Feb 4th & 5th, 2017 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Featured Video: Flor Bromley sings “Kitty” at her album release concert for “Chiqui Music Boom” at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling in Harlem, NYC on October 1st, 2016 with band members Sinuhe Padilla, Erik Barragan, Hector Iván Ortiz and Vanessa Caycho.
This week, Little Miss Ann, a former Chicago School Teacher, first generation Filipina American, and decade long kids musician, has created a playlist with the theme “Yes I Can!” She chose songs to inspire and empower kids to recognize their strengths, be themselves, and try new things. This special playlist includes artists like Cat Stevens, Charlie Hope, Dean Jones, and Frances England. – www.littlemissann.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am Jan 28th & 29th 2017 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
with Guest DJs, Michael & Tony Napolitano
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Preschool of Rock takes you on a magical musical journey from the late 1940’s to present day music.
Michael Napolitano hosts the show with his father, Tony Napolitano. Their musical experiences span 7 decades from Tony’s childhood singing Doo-wop on street corners in Newark NJ to Michael’s youth Rocking drums in the basement! With songs like Preschool of Rock’s Family Song they discuss how the Napolitano Family continues this musical lineage as Michael’s children sing on this track with their parents and grandparents. From Bobby Darin to Led Zeppelin, this show is certain to educate and entertain. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes!!
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am Jan 7th & 8th, 2016 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Lookin’ Back and Forth
with Guest DJ, Danny Weinkauf
Danny Weinkauf, of They Might Be Giants and Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band, looks back to the past and forward into the future with old favorites and brand new releases from fellow kindie artists. He also shares a couple of requests from his own family members.
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am December 10th & 11th, 2016 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Featured video: “Look at Those Clouds” – Music by Danny Weinkauf’s album Red Pants Band.
1. Danny Weinkauf – “Picky Eaters” (Red Pants Band)
2. Fountains of Wayne – “Survival Car” (Fountains of Wayne)
3. Danny Weinkauf – “My Magic Helicopter“ (Red Pants Band)
4. They Might Be Giants. – “Moles, Hounds Bears, Bees, and Hares “ (Why?)
5. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Secret Superhero” (Infinity Plus One)
6. Justin Roberts – “Lemonade” (Lemonade)
7. XTC – “Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” (Nonsuch)
8. Danny Weinkauf – “Look at Those Clouds” (Red Pants Band)
9. Francis England – “Explorer of the World” (Explorer of the World)
10. The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Jackalope” (Saddle Up)
11. They Might Be Giants – “Elephants” (Why?)
12. Stacy Peasley – “Rocketship” (RSVP)
13. Jumpin’ Jamie – “Astronauts Love” (Single)
14. Steve songs – “Song without a rhyme” (Orangutan Van)
15. Danny Weinkauf – “I’m a Girl (Step Aside)” (Single)
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…
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
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]
-Story by Eric Herman-
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]
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
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
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.
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”
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.”
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
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!
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
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)
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) :
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]
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!]
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
Hilltown Family Variety Show
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.
Latin American Episode with Guest DJ, Sandra Velasquez
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
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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