HFVS: Friends Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Denyes of Hullabaloo

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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This week’s show is all about friends. Good friends, unlikely friends, real friends that stick with you through the good times and bad. Steve from Hullabaloo hand picks his favorites and shares a story about how he met his best friend.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 7th & 8th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Out Standing” by Hullabaloo (from the album Raise a Ruckus)

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Guest DJ Playlist

  • Dan Zanes – Fine Friends Are Here – Catch That Train
  • Frances England – Place in Your Heart – Mind of My Own
  • Caspar Babypants – I Don’t Mind – Hot Dog!
  • Melissa Green – The Playdate – Sing Loud! 
  • Okee Dokee Brothers – Lucy & Tighty – Take it Outside
  • Elska – Don’t Make Fun of the Goobler – Middle of Nowhere
  • Hilltown Story Intro
  • Hullabaloo – Shy Kid Blues – Shy Kid Blues
  • Hullabaloo – 365 Days on Earth – Shy Kid Blues
  • Hullabaloo – Best Friends Forever – Shy Kid Blues
  • Dan Zanes – Side By Side – Night Time!
  • Randy Kaplan – Joe & Finn – The Kids Are All Id
  • Frances England – Cookies & Milk – Mind of My Own 
  • Jack Johnson – We’re Going to Be Friends – Sing-Alongs and Lullabies for
  • the Film Curious George
  • The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts: Greatest Hits
  • Bruno Mars – Count on Me – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
  • Randy Newman –  You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Toy Story
  • James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor Greatest Hits: Vol. 1
  • Dan Zanes – Surrounded in Friendship – House Party
  • Dan Zanes – House Party Time – House Party

Must-Hear Music Monday: Mister Rabbit by Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants’ New Kids’ Books

Bunny Rabbit in the SunlightDid you know that Caspar Babypants is now writing kids’ books? It’s true!

I’m sure you’ve noticed that all of Caspar’s album covers are beautifully illustrated with paper cut out pictures. All of those adorable little creatures were created by Caspar’s, that is Chris Ballew’s, real wife, Kate Endle.

So doesn’t it make perfect sense that they would team up to create a couple of bright, colorful, and fun-to-read books for kids? Of course it does!

With Kate illustrating and Caspar writing, these two new books are perfectly balanced and delightfully beautiful. Bunny Rabbit in the Sunlight is a simple board book for little guys and My Woodland Wish is a longer book for bigger guys.

Both are adorable and both follow a similar theme: pictures of cutey pie wild animals and rhymes about what those animals do (and how much we want to play with them).

Plus, each book comes with a FREE Caspar Babypants song that you can download at Caspar’s website.

And speaking of all things cute, bunny, and Caspar Babypants… have you seen the video for Mister Rabbit?


Amber BobnarAmber Bobnar

Amber lives with her husband and son in Watertown, MA. Originally hailing from Hawaii, Amber and her family moved to Watertown to be closer to the Perkins School for the Blind where her son attends preschool. She has a Master’s degree in English from Tufts University and spends most of her “free time” writing about being a parent of a disabled child on WonderBaby.org or about the family’s musical adventures around Boston on BostonChildrensMusic.com. But really most of her time is spent caring for and playing with her little boy. info@bostonchildrensmusic.com. (Originally posted at Boston Children’s Music.)

Caspar Babypants Guest DJ Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

Caspar Babypants Guest DJ Episode

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 27th & 28th, 2010
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Googly Eyes” by Caspar Babypants off of the album, This is Fun!

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Enter to win two CD by Caspar Babypant. Deadline to enter to win: 12/01/10 @ 7pm (EST)

  • The Monkees – “The Monkees” [The Best of The Monkees]
  • The Beatles – “Everybodys Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey”  [White Album]
  • The Beatles –  “I Saw Her Standing There”[Please Please Me]
  • Van Halen – “Ice Cream Man” [Van Halen]
  • Elvis Costello – “Mystery Dance”  [My Aim Is True]
  • Mike Seeger – “Mister Rabbit” [Animal Folk Songs For Children… and Other People!]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Mister Rabbit” [This is Fun!]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Buckeye Jim” [You Are My Little Bird]
  • Petersburg Symphony Orchestra – “Andantino” [Prokofiev, Peter and The Wolf]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Buckeye Jim” [This is Fun!]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Rhymes with Orange”  [Multis A]
  • NRBQ – “Spider” [You Are Nice People You Are]
  • Enzo Garcia – “Hand Over Hand” [Field Trip With Enzo]
  • Charlie Hope – “Blue Balloon” [I’m Me! (A Collection of Songs for Children)]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Silver” [This is Fun!]
  • Mike Seeger – “Whoa Mule! Can’t Get The Saddle” [Animal Folk Songs For Children… and Other People!]
  • Jeff Moss –  “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon” [Platinum All Time Favorites]
  • Ella Jenkins – “No More Pie” [Adventures in Rhythm]
  • Ella Jenkins – “Did You Feed My Cow?” [African-American Folk Rhythms]
  • Dean Jones – “The Littlest Song” [Rock Paper Scissors]
  • Spider John Koerner – “The Leather-Winged Bat” [Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Been]
  • Rabbit – “Blue Sky” [Connect the Dots]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Googly Eyes” [This is Fun!]

HFVS Music Giveaway: Two CDs by Caspar Babypants

Music Giveaway
Here I Am and This is Fun by Caspar Babypants

Chris Ballew of Caspar Babypants will Guest DJ the Hilltown Family Variety Show this Saturday, Nov. 27th from 9-10am and has these two CDs to offer one lucky listener. Find out how you can enter to win below. Deadline is December 1st, 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

This Saturday, November 27th, Chris Ballew of Caspar Babypants will Guest DJ the Hilltown Family Variety Show.  Tune in from 9-10am to 103.3FM WXOJ (Northampton, MA) or check back here for the podcast.

Caspar Babypants has two CDs to offer to one of our lucky listeners, Here I Am and This is Fun. Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, December 1st 2010. Details below.


Caspar Babypants, also known as Chris Ballew, is the lead singer and Grammy-nominated songwriter for the four-times platinum rock and roll band, The Presidents of the United States of America.  As Caspar Babypants, however, Ballew’s focus in on music for kids and families.

Chris explains, “I’m very serious about making something to help the world relax and help parents take time to sing with their kids and enjoy music together.  I work with a number of non-profit groups that focus on early childhood education and parent education and provide assistance to homeless and low-income families.  If I can make songs that lighten the load for someone under stress or get a family singing, then I am doing what I was put here to do!”

Warren Truitt on Kids’ Music That Rocks named the debut Caspar Babypants album, Here I Am, as the #1 Album of the Year, and their second release, More Please!, was chosen among the Best of the Year by Cool Mom Picks.  Music from both albums have been featured several times on the Hilltown Family Variety Show.


Your chance to win a free set of Caspar Babypants CDs, Here I Am and More Please! is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, December 1st 2010. @ 7pm (EST).

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