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 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 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 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 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 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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  • 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)

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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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  • 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)

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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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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 Sweets & Treats Episode with Guest DJ, Again Again (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Sweets & Treats Episode with
Guest DJ, Again Again

In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Anne and Jen from Again Again take you on a sweet musical journey exploring how sugar and treats make their way into song. Keep your ears open for some tidbits on fruits and veggies, just to keep the hour balanced.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 26th & 27th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: What can kids do when they’re bored?  Use their imaginations and let a whole exciting world come to life! “Bubble Gum and Cheese” by Again Again.


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  • The Chordettes – “Lollipop”  [Lollipop/Baby Come-A Back-A]
  • Eurythmics – “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” [Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)]
  • Again Again – “Bubble Gum and Cheese” [Listen. Love. Repeat.]
  • The Beach Boys – “Vegetables” [Smiley Smile]
  • The Beatles – “Strawberry Fields Forever” [Magical Mystery Tour]
  • Again Again – “Camping (Lullaby)” [Listen. Love. Repeat.]
  • Little Richard – “Tutti Frutti” [Here’s Little Richard]
  • Renee and Friends – “Starfish and Coffee” (ft. Maya Rudolph)- [Simpatico]
  • Again Again – “Dinosaur Party” [Listen. Love. Repeat.]
  • The Archies – “Sugar Sugar” [Everything’s Archie]
  • Kacey Musgraves – “Spoonful of Sugar” [We Love Disney]
  • Again Again – “Families Come in Blended Way” [Listen. Love. Repeat.] 
  • Sammy Davis Jr. “Candy Man” [Sammy Davis Jr. Now]
  • Neil Diamond –  “Sweet Caroline” [Sweet Caroline] 
  • Abba – “Honey Honey” [Waterloo]
  • James Taylor – “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” [Gorilla]
  • New Edition – “Candy Girl” [Candy Girl]
  • Grateful Dead – “Sugar Magnolia” [American Beauty]
  • Jack Johnson – “Banana Pancakes” [In Between Dreams]Save

HFVS Connection Episode with Guest DJ, Kare Strong (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Connection Episode with
Guest DJ, Kare Strong (Radio Show/Podcast)

In this episode you’ll hear loving, fun and poetic songs about special ways of being in relationship, with each other, with animals and with the earth. Along the way you’ll meet amazing animals, grandparents, children and more.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 19th & 20th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: What Wolves Can Teach us About Human Connection.


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  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “Two Toads & a Bee” [Rivers of Love]
  • Nick Cope “Have You Heard About Hugh?” [Have You Heard about Hugh?]
  • Sarah Pirtle “Colors of the Earth” [The Wind is Telling Secrets]
  • Sarah Goslee Reed “Katydid Waltz” [SongFest]
  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “To the Country We Will Go” [Beneath the Cherry Tree]
  • Dave Kinnoin & Jimmy Hammer “Tookie Tookie” [All I Do Is Hop]
  • Timmy Abell “Like Love” [Little Red Wagon]
  • Kari Kovick “Howdjadoo” [It’s You I Like]
  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “A Party For Pig” [Beneath the Cherry Tree]
  • Sarah Pirtle “Mama’s Weaving” [Pocket of Wonder]
  • Elizabeth Mitchel & Suni Paz “ Cantaras Una Canción” [Tu Eres Mi Flor: Children’s Songs in
  • Spanish] Elizabeth Mitchel “ Los Pollitos Dicen” (The Little Chicks) [You Are My Little Bird]
  • Lui Collins “Waltzing With Bears” [North of Mars]
  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “The Flower Faeries” [Beneath the Cherry Tree]
  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “Sing, I Love You” [ Rivers of Love]

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HFVS Intro to the History of Rock Episode with Guest DJs, Ari & Ezra from The Oot n’ Oots (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Intro to the History of Rock Episode
with Guest DJs, Ari & Ezra from The Oot n’ Oots

Ari and Ezra from The Oot n’ Oots play songs and tell stories to highlight the evolution of rock music from the 1950s to the 1970s, covering major trends and introducing listeners of all ages to a distinctly American musical tradition. – www.theootnoots.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 5th & 6th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: 10-year-old Oot n’ Oot lead singer Ruth Cipes belts out the rock n’ roll classic “Too Much Monkey Business.” Originally by Chuck Berry, this version features alternate lyrics told from a kid’s perspective.


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  • Little Richard – “Tutti Frutti” [Single]
  • Chuck Berry – “Roll Over Beethoven” [Chuck Berry Is on Top]
  • Wanda Jackson – “Let’s Have a Party” [Wanda Jackson]
  • The Coasters – “Charlie Brown” [Single]
  • The Oot n’ Oots – “Little Sammy Davis” [Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo]
  • The Beatles – “I Want to Hold Your Hand” [Meet the Beatles!]
  • The Kinks – “Picture Book” [The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society]
  • Aretha Franklin – “Respect” [I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You]
  • The Byrds – “Mr. Tamborine Man” [Mr. Tamborine Man]
  • The Oot n’ Oots – “Where the Purple Geese Fly” [Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo]
  • Carole King – “Beautiful” [Tapestry]
  • David Bowie – “Starman” [The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars]
  • The Oot n’ Oots – “I Like It Saucy” [Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo]
  • Stevie Wonder – “Sir Duke” [Songs in the Key of Life]
  • Ramones – “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” [Rocket to Russia]
  • The Oot n’ Oots – “Animal Sounds” [Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo]
  • The B-52’s – “Rock Lobster” [The B-52’s]

[Original broadcast: 9/29/18]

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HFVS Good Fortune Episode with Guest DJ, Dave Kinnoin (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Dave Kinnoin from Grin Brigade (Radio Show/Podcast)

In this episode, join HFVS Guest DJ, Dave Kinnoin from Grin Brigade for a show about good fortune. Listen to songs about things you like that you have some control over, and other things that are just plain lucky. Along the way, you’ll hear a few Spanish words which you may or may not know, think about what you can and can’t be, get tips on getting a high-paying job, mix some concrete, and eat a delicious taco. We’ll explore ways of being kind and generous that lead to wonderful feelings … good fortune, indeed.

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

FEATURED VIDEO: “Dog Alphabet Song” by Grin Brigade


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  • Grin Brigade – “Just Like Magic” [All I Do Is Hop] featuring Randy Sharp
  • Kare Strong and Josh Goforth – “The Happy Groundhog” [Beneath the Cherry Tree]
  • Jonathan Sprout – “Chocolate King” [American Heroes #3]
  • Sarah Goslee Reed – “Garden of Plenty” [Plenty]
  • Grin Brigade – “High-Paying Job” [All I do Is Hop] featuring Dave Kinnoin
  • Nathalia – “Baila Conmigo” [En La Radio]
  • Craig N’ Company – “Every Little Bit” [My Jewish Discovery]
  • Grin Brigade – “What Can’t Be” [All I Do Is Hop] featuring Oliver Kinnoin
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Under the Big Umbrella” [Under the Big Umbrella]
  • Tracy Newman – “Did You Ever Once Feel Like I Feel?” [I Can Swing Forever]
  • The Lucky Band- “Taco Tuesday” [Buenos Diaz] featuring Lucky Diaz
  • Kare Strong and Josh Goforth – “The Family Over the Hill” [Rivers of Love]
  • Grin Brigade – “Mi Pelota” [All I Do Is Hop] featuring Melanie Browoleit

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HFVS Transportation Episode with Guest DJ, Camille Harris. (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Transportation Episode
with Guest DJ, Camille Harris.

Musician and comedian, Camille Harris, explores the word “transportation” and the various ways in which we move around the world each day. Songs and stories about cars, buses, trains, trolleys, planes, rockets, and subways are all featured in this fun educational episode.

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

FEATURED VIDEO: “Baby on the Subway” by Camille Harris.


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  • Camille Harris – “Wheels on the Bus” [Baby on the Subway]
  • Camille Harris – “Baby on the Subway” [Baby on the Subway]
  • Judy Garland – “The Trolly Song” [Meet Me in St. Louis]
  • The Who – “Magic Bus” [Magic Bus: The Who on Tour]
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips – “Midnight Train to Georgia” [Imagination]
  • Ozzy Ozbourne – “Crazy Train” [Blizzard of Oz]
  • Camille Harris – “Get Up and Try Again” [Baby on the Subway]
  • Queen – “Bicycle Race” [Jazz]
  • Peter, Paul, and Mary – “Leaving on a Jet Plane” [Album 1700]
  • Julie London – “Fly Me to the Moon” [The End of the World]
  • Elton John – “Rocketman” [Honky Château]
  • Dick Van Dyke – “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” [Chitty Chitty Bang Bang]
  • The Beach Boys – “Little Deuce Coupe” [Little Deuce Coupe]
  • The Beatles – “Baby You Can Drive My Car” [Rubber Soul]
  • Camille Harris – “Jiggly Wiggly” [Baby on the Subway]

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HFVS Hispanic Heritage Month Episode with Guest DJs, Andrés and Christina (Radio Show/Podcast)

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What does it mean to be bilingual? Can songs help us learn a new language? Andrés and Christina from 123 Andrés are guest DJs for this episode, and they are tell us about the languages they speak and we get to hear some of the songs that helped them learn!

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

FEATURED VIDEO: ¡Salta, Salta! | música infantil | movimiento para la familia | Ganador del Latin Grammy 123 Andrés


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  • 123 Andrés – “¡Salta, Salta!” [¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! en español y en inglés]
  • Palavra Cantada – “Sopa” – [Vamos Brincar]
  • Papaoutai – Stromae – [Racine carrée]
  • Ronda de las Vocales – “Canticuentos” [Los 60 Mejores Canticuentos]
  • Kermit the Frog and Ladysmith Black Mambazo  – “African Alphabet” [Sesame Street: Lyrical Letters]
  • 123 Andrés – “El abecedario” [Canta las Letras]
  • Leonor Gonzalez Mina – “Yo me llamo Cumbia” [Lo Mejor de Mi Vida]
  • BBC English By Radio – “Ernest the Elephant” [Inglés Junior]
  • Emmanuel – “Toda la Vida” [Emmanuel: 20 Exitos Originales]
  • Queen – “We Will Rock You” [The Platinum Collection (Greatest Hits I, II & III)]
  • 123 Andrés – “My friend Manuel” [¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! en español y en inglés]
  • Cher – “Believe” [Believe]
  • José Feliciano – “Feliz Navidad” [FELIZ NAVIDAD]
  • Elmo and Romeo Santos – “Quiero Ser Tu Amigo” [The Best of Elmo 3]
  • 123 Andrés – “Hola Amigo” [¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! en español y en inglés]

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HFVS Pirate Episode with Guest DJ, Tom Mason of the Blue Buccaneers (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Pirate Episode with Guest DJ, Tom Mason of the Blue Buccaneers

Captain Tom Mason of the Blue Buccaneers takes the helm as HFVS Guest DJ for an hour of songs about pirates and the sea. Listen to songs from islands the pirates visited, dance to both the peg-leg jig and the peg-leg tango, and sing along to sea shanties old and new. Captain Tom also gives a brief lesson in how to talk like a pirate, as well as a few words about fine dining on the deep sea.

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

Featured Video: Are Ghost Ships Real?

According to TED-Ed, “In 1884, the British steamer “Rumney” crashed into the French ship “Frigorifique.” Seeing their ship filling with water, the French crew climbed aboard the “Rumney.” But as they sailed towards port, a silent form emerged from the fog – the abandoned “Frigorifique,” seemingly back for revenge. So what happened? Peter B. Campbell investigates the fascinating phenomenon of ghost ships.”


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  • Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers “If You Want to be a Pirate” [“If You Want to be a Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers”]
  • Pete Seeger “Blow the Man Down”
  • Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers “It’s a lot of Work to be a Pirate” [“If You Want to be a Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers”]
  • Captain Bogg and Salty “Pegleg Tango”
  • The Bushwackers “South Australia” [Australian Songbook]
  • Silly Grandpa “Biscuits and Gravy” [Chicken in the Yard]
  • Bill Crosby “Selfish Shellfish” [Boomerang Orangutan]
  • Ralph Covert “Pirates” [Welcome to Deadsville]
  • Dicey Doh Singers “Sloop John B” [Smithsonian Classic Maritime Music]
  • Bruce Springsteen “Buffalo Gals” [Seeger Sessions]
  • Roane “John Kanaka” [Libertalia]
  • Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers “Talk Like a Pirate” [“If You Want to be a Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers”]
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers “Jammin’” [Bob Marley and the Wailers Gold]
  • The Almanac Singers “The Coast of High Barbary” [America’s Political Songwriter No.10]
  • The Dubliners and The Pogues “The Irish Rover” [The Best of the Pogues]
  • Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers “Sailing On” [“If You Want to be a Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers”]

Original Broadcast: September 15 & 16, 2018

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HFVS Scrapbooking Spectacular Episode with Recess Monkey (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Recess Monkey leads listeners on a wacky, musical step-by-step process for creating photo memory books that will rival any Instagram post. – www.recessmonkey.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 31st & September 1st, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Wind-Up Robot” by Recess Monkey. Drew uncovers a forgotten toy and it threatens to take over the entire city, the lovable blockhead!


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  • Recess Monkey – “Together” [Family Photo Album]
  • Justin Roberts – “Picture Day” [Way Out]
  • The Pop Ups – “Pictures Making Pictures” [Appetite For Construction]
  • Recess Monkey – “Wake Up” [Family Photo Album]
  • The Jimmies – “Fine Art” [Practically Ridiculous]
  • Big Block Singsong – “Hair” [Greatest Hits]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Shampoo Me” [Five Cent Piece]
  • Patti Page – “(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window” [16 Most Requested Songs]
  • Recess Monkey – “Not For You” [Family Photo Album]
  • Recess Monkey – “All My Friends Are Here” [Family Photo Album]

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HFVS Family Vacation Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Family Vacation Episode
with Guest DJ, Jason Didner

Fire up the engine in the family car and hit the road with “Jersey Jason” Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam. Jersey Jason will be playing his favorite songs related to family vacation time.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 24th & 25th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “Along a 30-mile stretch of road in North Dakota, massive scrap metal sculptures seem to sprout from the earth and touch the sky. But where did they come from? In an effort to bring more visitors to his dwindling town of Regent, Gary Greff began welding the figures in 1989. Each sculpture takes five to six years to complete, making this project a true labor of love.” – What’s your “passion project?”


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  • Lindsey Buckingham – “Holiday Road” – [National Lampoon’s Vacation Soundtrack]
  • The Go-go’s – “Vacation” – [Vacation]
  • Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – “Jam Packed” – [Lollipop Motel]
  • The Not-Its – “Busy” – [KidQuake!]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Night Lights – “Are We There Yet?” – [Bandwagon]
  • Frances England – “Explorer of the World” – [Explorer of the World]
  • Jazzy Ash – “Throw Me Sometin’ Mista!” (featuring Mista Cookie Jar) – [Home]
  • Frank Oz & Kermit the Frog – “Movin’ Right Along” – [The Muppet Movie Soundtrack]
  • Hullabaloo – “10-4 Good Buddy” – [Road Trip]
  • Justin Roberts – “Obsessed by Trucks” – [Jungle Gym]
  • Little Rockers – “I Wanna Go Somewhere” – [Ready for Rockin’]
  • Yosi – “Friends Around the World” – [Under a Big Bright Yellow Umbrella]
  • Marsha Goodman-Wood – “Gravity Vacation” – [Gravity Vacation]
  • Bon Jovi – “Who Says You Can’t Go Home – Duet with Jennifer Nettles” – [Have a Nice Day]
  • Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – “Lollipop Motel” – [Lollipop Motel]

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

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HFVS Surprise Episode with Guest DJs, Randy & Dave

Sometimes things happen that aren’t quite what you’d expect.  Hit songwriters Randy Sharp and Dave Kinnoin, known in the children’s music business as Randy & Dave, bring you songs that are full of surprises.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 17 & 18, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: The surprising truth of which life form REALLY dominates the earth…


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• Randy & Dave – “Absolutely Nowhere to Go” [Snorkel]
• Connie Francis – “High Hopes” [Connie Francis Greatest Hits Volume One]
• Justin Roberts – “Henrietta’s Hair” [Pop Fly]
• Kare Strong and Josh Goforth – “The Family Over the Hill” [Rivers of Love]
• Katherine Dines – “The Goobaws” [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Boo-2]
• Randy & Dave – “Squirrel” [Snorkel]
• Eric Ode – “Bobby Brought a Skunk to the Pet Parade” [Trash Can]
• Val Smalkin and Silly Goose – “Itsy Bitsy Spider” [live in studio]
• Bill Harley – “I’m Busy” [Dinosaurs Don’t Say Please]
• Randy & Dave – “Mixed-Up Day” [Snorkel]
• Jonathan Sprout – “Washington’s Hat” [American Heroes]
• Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer – “Ballet Dancing Truck Driver” [Changing Channels]
• Dana Cohenour – “Cow in the Car” [Dana’s Best Travelin’ Tunes]
• Randy & Dave – “Snorkel” [Snorkel]

[Original broadcast: July 28 & 29, 2018]

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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
Aug 10 & 11, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Egg Salad in the Sun” by Gunnar Madsen


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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 Guest DJ, Lisa Loeb (Radio Show/Podcast)

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 Guest DJ, Lisa Loeb

Lisa Loeb is a singer-songwriter and founder of the Camp Lisa Foundation to send kids to summer camp. In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Lisa plays some of her favorite songs about summer and camp from her own catalog of music and from other favorites!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 3rd & 4th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: “Father Abraham”


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  • Lisa Loeb – “Best Friend” [Camp Lisa]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “You Are My Sunshine (Pt. 1)” [You Are My Sunshine]
  • Lisa Loeb – “The Cookie Jar Song” [Camp Lisa]
  • Super Simple Songs – “Peanut Butter & Jelly” [Humpty Dumpty & More Kids Songs]
  • Lisa Loeb – “When It Rains” [Camp Lisa]
  • The Hues Corporation – “Rock The Boat” [Rock The Boat]
  • Ray Anthony and His Orchestra – “The Bunny Hop (Vocal Version)” [Capitol Collectors Series]
  • Melanie – “Brand New Key” [Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie]
  • Christopher Cross – “Sailing” [Christopher Cross]
  • The Surfaris – “Wipe Out” [Wipe Out]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Stay (I Missed You)” [Tails]
  • Neil Young – “Love is a Rose” [Decade]
  • Renee & Friends – “Starfish and Coffee (feat. Maya Rudolph)” [Simpatico]
  • The Monkees – “Last Train to Clarksville” [The Monkees]
  • Joni Mitchell – “The Circle Game” [Ladies of the Canyon]
  • Sister Sledge – “We Are Family” [We Are Family]
  • Lisa Loeb – “It’s Not Goodbye” [Camp Lisa]

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HFVS Love and Togetherness Episode with Guest DJ, Alina Celeste (Radio Show/Podcast)

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 Love and Togetherness Episode
with Guest DJ, Alina Celeste

Nature, dancing and good friends and family are some of Alina Celeste‘s favorite things. In this week’s episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show as our Guest DJ, Alina shares some of her favorite songs in Spanish and English (and both!) that make you want to move your body and appreciate the world around you. So get dancing and celebrating!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 20th & 21st, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Pineapple Watermelon Mango


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  • Gloria Estefan “Hablemos el Mismo Idioma” [Mi Tierra]
  • Alina CelesteCoquinas” [Love Is Te Quiero]
  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Pajarito” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • Mister G “Chocolalala” [Chocolalala]
  • Hector Lavoe “Che Che Cole” [Hector Lavoe Greatest Hits]
  • Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats “Una Gran Familia” [Hold Tight, Shine Bright]
  • Alina CelesteBaila Conmigo” [Love Is Te Quiero ]
  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Laila” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • Antonio Machín & Cuarteto Vocal Tropicana “El Manisero” [Vintage Cuba Selection From EPs Collectors]
  • Feist “Sea Lion Woman” [The Reminder]
  • Maná “Se Me Olvido Otra Vez” [MTV Unplugged]
  • Mister G “Fireflies” [Fireflies]
  • Alina CelesteStardust” [Love Is Te Quiero ]

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HFVS Funny Country Songs Episode with Guest DJ, Cowboy Andy (Radio Show/Podcast)

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 Funny Country Songs Episode
with Guest DJ, Cowboy Andy

HFVS Guest DJ, Cowboy Andy, lead singer and songwriter for the family friendly band The Salamanders, lives on a lavender farm in the mountains of Western Montana. In this week’s episode  he explores humor in music across a wide range of genres and decades!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 13th & 14th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Matt Damon Magnetized Me


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  • Ed Wynn, Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke – “I Love to Laugh” [Mary Poppins (Original Soundtrack)]
  • Mike Phirman – “What Makes the Breakfast” [What Makes the Breakfast]
  • Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders – “Bowl of Eggs” [Put Your Arms in the Air]
  • The Hoosier Hot Shots – “I Like Bananas, Because They Have No Bones” [Vintage Novelty Songs For Kids]
  • Roger Miller – “Kansas City Star” [Best of Roger Miller: His Greatest Songs]
  • Roger Miller – “Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd [Best of Roger Miller: His Greatest Songs]
  • Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders – “Letter Why” [Put Your Arms in the Air]
  • Jack Forman – “When I Was Young” [Office Hours]
  • David Seville – “Witch Doctor” [Witch Doctor (Remastered)]
  • Syd Barrett – “Effervescing Elephant” [The Best of Syd Barrett – Wouldn’t You Miss Me?]
  • George Harrison – “It’s Johnny’s Birthday” [All Things Must Pass]
  • Ozomatli & Ozokidz – “Moose On the Loose” [Ozomatli Presents Ozokidz]
  • Donald O’Connor – “Make ‘em Laugh” [Singin’ in the Rain (Original Soundtrack)]
  • Spike Jones – “Jamboree Jones” [(Not) Your Standard Spike Jones Collection]
  • Spike Jones – “Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Good-bye)” [(Not) Your Standard Spike Jones Collection]
  • Shel Silverstein – “Peanut Butter Sandwich” [Where The Sidewalk Ends]
  • Grover – “Near and Far” [Sesame Street: Grover Sings the Blues]
  • Rhonda Vincent – “Banana Phone” [Sing Along With Putamayo]
  • Sheb Wooley – “Purple People Eater” [Purple People Eater]
  • Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders – “Mom Only Counts to Three” [Put Your Arms in the Air]

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HFVS Songs About America Episode with Guest DJ, Rocknoceros (Radio Show/Podcast)

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 Songs About America Episode with
Guest DJ, Rocknoceros

Rocknoceros joins us as our Guest DJ with a Songs About America Episode. The musical trio explore their record collections to find tunes that celebrate, illustrate, and even criticize the Land of the Free.  Starting with the Chuck Berry-inspired rock ‘n roll of the 1950s, the selections quickly span the decades that followed and the various styles that continue to thrive today.  Join in the fun as the band members discuss the people and places that help make American music what it is, with a few asides about lemonade stands and Irving Berlin.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 6th & 7th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: “In this special short Crash Course, John celebrates American Independence Day by teaching you how the holiday came to be on the 4th of July, and the many ways that Americans celebrate the day. This is a little different than the normal Crash Course episode, so be prepared.” – History of the 4th of July: Crash Course US History Special


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  • Rocknoceros – “United States of America” [Rocknoceros]
  • Otis Redding – “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” [The Essentials: Otis Redding]
  • Ramones – “Rockaway Beach (Live)” [It’s Alive (Live)]
  • Recess Monkey – “Lemonade” [In Tents]
  • Chuck Berry – “Sweet Little Sixteen” [20th Century Masters – The Millenium Collection: The Best of Chuck Berry]
  • The Beach Boys – “Surfin’ U.S.A.” [Surfin’ USA]
  • Van Halen – “Dancing In the Street” [Diver Down]
  • Bruce Springsteen – “Born In the U.S.A.” [Born In the U.S.A.]
  • Rocknoceros – “Squeakers” [Plymouth Rockers]
  • Elton John – “Philadelphia Freedom” [Greatest Hits 1970-2002]
  • Grateful Dead – “U.S. Blues” [From the Mars Hotel]
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – “I’m My Own Grandpa (feat. Riders In the Sky)” [Dancin’ In the Kitchen]
  • Dwight Yoakam – “The Late Great Golden State” [21st Century Hits:  Best of 2000-2012]
  • David Bowie – “Young Americans” [Young Americans]
  • Rocknoceros – “God Bless America” [Plymouth Rockers]

Original broadcast:  June 27th & 28th, 2015

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

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HFVS Fun in the Sun Episode with
Guest DJ, Twinkle Time


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Award-winning, Peruvian-American, Kindie Rocker Twinkle Time is bringing in the summer with some Fun in the Sun! Twinkle Time spins the best family music tunes teaching kids that Summertime is all about making memorable memories with friends and families. Twinkle Time will be performing at The Big E Fair in Springfield, MA, September 19-23, closing out the summer. She looks forward to seeing you there!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 29th & 30th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Twinkle Time, “Fun In The Sun” [Official Music Video]


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  • Twinkle Time -“Fun in the Sun” [Made in the U.S.A.]
  • Tim Kubart – “Jump Right In” [Building Blocks]
  • Recess Monkey – “Beach Ball” [Deep Sea Diver]
  • Saul Paul -“Hula Hoop WeMix” [All Star Anthems]
  • Arrow – “Hot -Hot-Hot” [Lambadas Interncionais- As Melhores]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “Paletero Man” [Made in LA]
  • Joanie Leeds -“Sunglasses” [I’m a Rock Star]
  • Pinkfong -“Baby Shark” [The Best of Baby Shark]
  • Andy Z – “Boogie Board Boogie” [Summer in Andyland Remastered]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Are You Ready for the Summer” [Camp Lisa]
  • Gloria Estefan – “Conga” [Miami Sound Machine-Greatest Hits]
  • Nathalia – “Pop Pop Pop” [Dream a Little (Suena un Poquito)]
  • Twinkle Time -“Diversion en El Sol” [Made in the U.S.A.]
  • The Not- Its! -“Vacation” [Tag,You’re It!]
  • Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit and Grease Live Cast – “Summer Nights” [Grease Live]
  • Recess Monkey – “Bouncy House” [In Tents]
  • Dj Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince -“Summertime” [Will Smith Greatest Hits]

HFVS Bicycle Episode (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Kids just learning how to ride a bike? Our readers have great advise to lend parents in our post, How Are You Teaching Your Kids to Ride A Bike? Need a bike? Our readers also have recommendations on Where to Get New/Used Bikes for the Family in Western MA. – Can’t get enough bikes? We have another episode of the HFVS from 2007, Summer Bike Riding Episode!


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  • Parker Bent – “Charlie Davidson’s Tricycle Club” [Charlie Davidson’s Tricycle Club]
  • Lunch Money – “Tricycle” [Silly Reflection]
  • Asylum Street Spankers – “Training Wheel Rag” [Mommy Says No!]
  • Justin Roberts – “Taking off My Training Wheels” [Meltdown!]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter – “Different Spokes for Different Folks” [The Pod Squad]
  • The Pop Stars – “Your Life as You Know it is Over” [The Pop Stars (Pink)]
  • Joe West – “If the World Was Upside Down” [If the World Was Upside Down]
  • Tom Paxton – “Ride My Bike” [I’ve Got a Yo-Yo]
  • Recess Monkey – “Pedal Power” [Tabby Road]
  • Ralph Covert – “Banana Seat Bike” [Ralph’s World Peggy’s Pie Parlor]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Mr. Saxaphone – “Go Go Go” [Songs from the Treehouse]
  • Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang – “Bicycle Ride” [Get Up & Dance]
  • Artichoke – “Rattlesnake” [26 Animals]
  • Ani DiFranco w/ Missoula Coyote Choir & Friends – “The Great TV Rebellion” [Ask the Planet]
  • Herbie Tree – “Change” [Putumayo Kids Presents European Playground]
  • The Jellydots – “Bicycle” [Hey You Kids]
  • The Hipwaders – “My Green Bicycle” [The Hipwaders]

[Original Broadcast: June 2009]

 

 

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HFVS Adapted Story Episode with Guest DJs, Lee & Katie of the Story Pirates (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Adapted Story Episode with Guest DJs, Lee & Katie of the Story Pirates


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The Story Pirates take stories written by real kids and turn them into sketch comedy, songs, books, and a podcast. In today’s show, hosted by Lee from the Story Pirates, they play some of their songs based on kids’ stories, plus the songs that inspired them!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 25 & 26, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “All 8 Unicorns,” based on an original story by Cece, age 4, from Brooklyn, NY.


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PLAYLIST

  • The Story Pirates – “Nothing Is Impossible” [Nothing is Impossible]
  • Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble – “This Is Me” [The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)]
  • Queen – “We Are The Champions” [The Platinum Collection]
  • Carole Shelley & Idina Menzel – “The Wizard And I” [Wicked (Original Broadway Cast Recording)]
  • The Story Pirates – “Riding A Seagull Was Good” [Nothing Is Impossible]
  • Chromeo – “Fancy Footwork” [Fancy Footwork]
  • Phoenix – “Lisztomania” [Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix]
  • Santigold – “Disparate Youth” [Master of My Make-Believe]
  • The Story Pirates – “Fart Out Loud Day” [Nothing Is Impossible]
  • Chic – “Everybody Dance (12″ Mix)” [Dance, Dance, Dance: The Best of Chic]
  • Isaac Hayes – “Theme From Shaft” [Greatest Hits Singles]
  • The Story Pirates – “All 8 Unicorns” [Nothing Is Impossible]

 

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HFVS Guest DJ, Mr. Billy of the Jolly Pops (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Guest DJ, Mr. Billy of the Jolly Pops

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Mr. Billy of the Minnesotan children’s music group The Jolly Pops is joined in studio by his two young daughters to guest DJ. The three of them spin an hour long mix of family favorites while discussing what music means to them and how the songs make them feel.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 4th & 5th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Spinning Rims on the Minivan”


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PLAYLIST

  • The Jolly Pops – “Spinning Rims on the Minivan” [We are Happy Dads]
  • Little Mix – “Black Magic” [Get Weird]
  • Suzi Shelton – “Put Your Hands in the Air” [Hands in Hand]
  • Alicia Keys – “Girl on Fire” [Girl on Fire]
  • Go Fish – “Pop Goes the Weasel” [Party Like a Preschooler]
  • The Jolly Pops – “Snack Attack” [Tater Tot Hot Dish]
  • Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider” [Let it Go]
  • Louis and Dan – “Confused Animals” [Louis and Dan and The Invisible Band]
  • The Band Perry – “If I Die Young” [The Band Perry]
  • The Jolly Pops – “Minnesota Happy Day” [We are Happy Dads]
  • Coldplay – “Fix You” [X&Y]
  • Miranda Lambert – “All Kinds of Kinds” [Four the Record]
  • Zedd and Elley Duhe – “Happy Now” [Single]
  • Pink – “A Million Dreams” – [Greatest Showman Soundtrack]

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HFVS Transitions Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Transitions Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari

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What do David Bowie, Harry Belafonte, and Sara Lovell have in common? They are fantastic, and they are on this playlist! GRAMMY Award-winning artist, Lucy Kalantari, Guest DJ’s this episode about the constant flux in life, changes, and transitions.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 27th & 28th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: From the GRAMMY Award Winning Album, All the Sounds by Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats, a young cellist, Darius Kalantari, plays this little tune teaching listeners musical terms and the joy of making music.


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PLAYLIST

  • Butterfly Boucher – “Changes” [Shrek 2 (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)]
  • Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights – “My Butterfly” [What A Zoo!]
  • Marsha and the Positrons – “The Monarch Butterfly Song” [Positronic]
  • The Nields – “Butterfly” [Science Fair]
  • Vered – “You’re Gonna Be” [Songs For Sisters And Brothers]
  • Margot Bevington – “Changes (feat. Ruth Tousignaut)” [One and Two Is Three]
  • Kath Bee, Claudia Robin Gunn – “Making My Way” [Making My Way]
  • Queen – “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon” [A Night at the Opera]
  • Teeny Tiny Stevies – “Light As A Bubble” [Helpful Songs for Little People]
  • Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – “I Know A Little Fellow” [All the Sounds]
  • Mclusky – “Rice Is Nice” [My Pain and Sadness is More Painful And Sad Than Yours]
  • Sara Lovell – “The Problem Song” [Wild Is Everywhere]
  • Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” [All the Sounds]
  • Harry Belafonte – “Oh Freedom” [My Lord What A Mornin’]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “I’m Coming Out” [Under the Big Umbrella]
  • Tim Seston – “Time to Look Back” [Here to Play]
  • Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – “All the Sounds” [All the Sounds]

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