HFVS with Guest DJ, Justin Roberts (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Guest DJ, Justin Roberts


2-Time GRAMMY nominee Justin Roberts plays some of his favorite tunes, ranging from creativity to playtime, family love and individuality. Some of the best songwriters in family  music are included in today’s show! — www.justinroberts.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 15th & 16th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  “Recess” by Justin Roberts

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  • Box of Crayons – The Pop Ups
  • When One Became Two – Verve Pipe
  • The Marvelous Toy – Tom Paxton
  • Pinecone Lovely – Gustafer Yellowgold
  • All For you – Rachel Loshak
  • Are We There Yet – Trout Fishing in America
  • There’s a Pea on My Plate – Bill Harley
  • Recess – Justin Roberts
  • Solar System – Beach Boys
  • On the Day You Were Born – Red Grammar
  • Love Makes a Family – Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
  • Bicycle – The Jellydots
  • All That We Got – Frances England
  • Otis – Justin Roberts
  • Gotta Be Me – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
  • I Miss Grandma – Barry Louis Pollisar

Must-Hear Music Monday: Jungle Gym

Jungle Gym

Justin Roberts isn’t just a musician; he’s a phenomenon. When we hear that Justin has a new CD coming out, we begin pining for it immediately. We don’t worry if it will be good or not—it’s just a question of which songs we will love the most.

And Justin has been receiving some much deserved accolades in the mainstream press lately. The New York Times wrote about him in April and I was glad to see that the reporter was a true fan who recognized Justin as a “natural poet,” quoting some of his best lines from classic songs like Picture Day and Sandcastle.

Justin was also featured in a recent article in Time Magazine, which was accompanied by a video interview online.

At his root Justin is an incomparable lyricist. His songs move smoothly from verse to chorus and are divine to sing along to. He gets you thinking, laughing, and every so often even crying—and sometimes that can all happen in the same song (like From Scratch, which gets to me every time I hear it).

His new CD, Jungle Gym, is no exception. The songs take the perspective of a child, but in a way that we can all relate to. We all know what it feels like to get an unexpected day off—whether we’re a kid finding out school’s canceled due to a Snow Day or a mom who’s just been given the afternoon to herself. And in the song Never Getting Lost, is he really singing about a child getting lost in a mall or about losing our way in life and needing to reconnect?

Justin’s new CD is set to release this week but can be pre-ordered now. In the meantime, you can check out this video for Obsessed by Trucks:

And once you’ve got your new CD and you’re singing every song by heart, you’ll be ready for Justin’s upcoming performances, including the Regattabar in Cambridge, MA on July 25th. Yes, it’s time to get excited.

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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.)

Featured Artist: Justin Roberts Episode on HFVS (08/22/09)

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Featured Artist: Justin Roberts Episode

08/22/09 PLAYLIST

Saturday from 9-10am
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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  • Justin Roberts – “Pop Fly” [Pop Fly] Music
  • Justin Roberts – “Roller in the Coaster” [Way Out]
  • Peter Himmelman – “Endless Green” [My Trampoline] Music
  • Justin Roberts – “Apple Tree” [Great Big Sun]
  • Ralph Covert – “Dance Around” [Welcome to Ralph’s World]
  • Station Id: Yosi & The Superdads [www.yosimusic.com]
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Funky Monkey” [Super Kids Rock 3] Music
  • Dan Zanes – “Jump Up” [Family Dance]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Magic Toast” [Electric Storyland]
  • STORYTIME:  Frank Luther – “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” [Happy Stories for Gloomy Days]
  • Gary Rosen – “The Three Bears” [Putumayo Animal Playground]
  • Justin Roberts – “Cartwheels & Somersaults” [Meltdown!]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Steve Weeks – “Someday” [Alphabet Songs Vol. III: Rabbit Run]
  • Rebecca Frezza – “Take A Ride” [Tall and Small]
  • Justin Roberts – “Willy Was A Whale” [Yellow Bus]
  • Justin Roberts – “Meltdown” [Meltdown!]

Tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show on Saturdays from 9-10am on Valley Free Radio (VFR), 103.3FM (Northampton, MA), or listen via streaming audio at www.ValleyFreeRadio.org.

Every Saturday VFR offers four hours of commercial-free, quality family program from 6-10am, including Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child from 7am-9am. It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons!  Turn off the T.V. and turn on local community radio!

HFVS Giveaway: (Tickets & CD) Justin Roberts at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA


Justin Roberts new CD, Pop Fly.

Justin Roberts new CD, "Pop Fly."

At the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA

Sunday, AUGUST 23rd at 2pm

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win a family 4-pack of  tickets to see Justin Roberts at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA, plus a copy of his newest award-winning CD, Pop Fly. Find out how to enter to win below.


Bring your dancing shoes to these toe-tapping, all-ages concerts featuring 5-time Parents’ Choice GOLD award-winner. Known for catchy, unique music that keeps kids and parents coming back for more, Justin’s concerts feature a wide range of musical styles. He and the Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out intelligent and whimsically rocking music for all ages to enjoy together.

Justin and the Not Ready for Naptime Players will perform new tunes and old favorites, some of which are featured as music videos on Noggin TV. Their tunes have been featured on NBC-TV’s Today show and many other radio and television shows.

Justin celebrates the success of his newest CDs, Meltdown and Pop Fly, which both win national awards and critical acclaim. Pop Fly was selected as one of the top children’s music releases of 2008 by USA Today, Amazon.com, NPR Music and the annual Fids and Kamily Poll.

You can discover more about Justin Roberts at www.justinroberts.org.

  • On Saturday, August 22nd, Justin Roberts will be a featured artist on the Hilltown Family Variety from 9-10am on 103.3FM WXOJ, Northampton, MA (Valley Free Radio)  Tune in or listen live via streaming audio at Valley Free Radio.


The No Nap Happy Hour concert series will feature the kinds of bands that seem to have taken their cue from They Might Be Giants in believing that kids’ music doesn’t have to condescend or, well, suck. The Iron Horse is teaming up with WRSI radio program for kids, Spare The Rock, Spoil The Child, to present a monthly Sunday afternoon concert for kids at the Iron Horse.  This Sunday matinee concert series for kids continues at the Iron Horse on Sunday, August 23rd at 2PM with Justin Roberts. Click HERE to see what’s coming up in this wonderful concert series for kids.


Your chance to win a family 4-pack of  tickets to see Justin Roberts at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA, plus a copy of his newest CD, Pop Fly is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 08/19/09 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go! Tickets for the No Nap Happy Hour concert series are available at the Northampton Box office, online at IHEG.com, or by calling 413-586-8686.

HFVS Weekly Music Giveaway: Justin Robert’s Newest CD

Justin Roberts: Pop Fly


Brand new music by Justin Roberts! Robert’s newest release, Pop Fly, takes the events of childhood and puts them into play for both kids and adults with lyrics that are engaging and rhythms that are catchy and high-energy. This is Justin’s sixth family music CD. His last CD was the top winner of the Fids & Kamily Awards. Click here to read more. www.justinrobertsmusic.com


For your chance to win, simply post us a comment below and be sure to tell us where you live. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment and contact the winner via email, so be sure to leave an accurate email. IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is 04/21/08 @ 7pm (EST).


on winning last weeks contest. They will receive Brady Rymer’s newest release, Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could.

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