HFVS Animals & Adventures Episode with Guest DJ, Stephen Michael Schwartz (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Animals & Adventures Episode
with Guest DJ, Stephen Michael Schwartz

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Stephen Michael Schwartz, a children’s singer/songwriter for over thirty years, is best known as a member of the popular trio, Parachute Express. Here he shares with us some of his favorite traveling songs and tunes about animals, both real and make believe.  His talent for songwriting gives him a unique perspective on what makes a classic song and his love of performing qualifies him to handpick this special selection of our very best singer/songwriters. – www.stephenmichaelschwartz.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 25th & 26th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST

  • Stephen Michael Schwartz – “Take A Hike” – Bucket of Wow!
  • Okee Dokee Brothers – “Through The Woods” – Through The Woods
  • Parachute Express – “What Will I Take To The Moon?” – Happy To Be Here
  • The Beatles – “Drive My Car” – Rubber Soul
  • Johnny Mercer/Peggy Lee “The Freedom Train” – Lost Capital Masters
  • John Denver – “Leaving On A Jet Plane” – The Essential John Denver
  • Harry Nilsson – “Nobody Cares About The Railroad Anymore” – Harry
  • Trace Adkins – “The Owney Song” – Tales From The Rails (Smithsonian Institute Mobile App)
  • Stephen Michael Schwartz – “Kitty Walks A Tightrope” – Songs From The Sandbox
  • The Irish Rovers – “The Unicorn Song” – The Best of the Irish Rovers
  • Stephen Michael Schwartz – “Toby The Worst Dog In The Whole Wide World” – Songs From The Sandbox
  • Dave Kinnoin – “My Dog Brings Out the Best of Me” – The Best In Me
  • Sarah McLachlan – “Blackbird” – Rareities, B-sides and other stuff/ Vol.2
  • Jimmie Dodd – “The Pencil Song” – Rare Mickey Mouse Recordings
  • Stephen Michael Schwartz – “Losing a Tooth” – Bucket of Wow!
  • Burl Ives – “Little White Duck” – Burl Ives Sings Children’s Favorites
  • Parachute Express – “See You Later Song” – Who’s Got A Hug

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HFVS Classic Children’s Books Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Classic Children’s Books Episode
with Guest DJ, Jason Didner

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Spend an hour with this episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show and you’ll grow your family’s love of reading, books and stories. “Jersey Jason” Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam, is the guest DJ ahead of his Massachusetts debut at the Eric Carle Museum, which inspired his featuring of songs that set storybooks to music, like “The Brown Bear Rap,” “Chicken Soup with Rice” and “The Dot Song.” Jason also reads a book titled “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade,” written by none other than children’s singer/songwriter Justin Roberts.  − junglegymjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 18th & 19th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST

  • Two of a Kind – “I Like a Good Story” – So Many Ways to Be Smart
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Magic Beans” – Make Believers
  • They Might Be Giants – “Fake Believe” – Here Come the ABC’s
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions – “Every Day I Write the Book” – Punch the Clock
  • Emily Arrow – “The Dot Song” – Storytime Singalong, Vol. 1
  • Baze and His Silly Friends – “Poor Mother Goose” – Best Day Ever
  • Carole King – “Chicken Soup with Rice” – Really Rosie
  • Book: Justin Roberts – “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade”
  • Miss Nina – “The Brown Bear Rap” – Sha Doo Be Doop
  • The Original Broadway Cast of Seussical the Musical – “Green Eggs and Ham” – Seussical
  • Monty Harper – “Hangin’ Out with Heroes at the Library” – The Great Green Squishy Mean Concert CD
  • Mister Billy – “A Guy Named Stan” – Super Superhero Songs
  • Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – “My Superpower” – Lollipop Motel
  • Lunch Money – “I Love My Library” – Dizzy
  • Justin Roberts – “A Wild One” – Lullaby

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Songs from South Africa this Saturday on the Hilltown Family Variety Show

Grenadilla’s Debbie Lan plays
‘Songs from South Africa’
on the Hilltown Family Variety Show this weekend.

Winner of a Parents Choice Gold Award, Grenadilla brings the sunny sounds of Cape Town to their music. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at http://www.valleyfreeradio.org.

The Hilltown Family Variety Show presents Guest DJ Debbie Lan, from the award winning band Grenadilla, (pronounced “gren-a-dill-a”, the South African name for passion fruit) this Saturday, May 19th from 9-10am on Northampton radio station 103.3FM WXOJ-LP  (Valley Free Radio), and may also be heard online on the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast immediately following the broadcast.  Having grown up in Cape Town South Africa, Debbie will share some of her favorite songs from South Africa, as well as songs from Grenadilla’s newest CD, Can’t Wait, winner of a Parents Choice Gold Award.

After the birth of her daughter in 2000, Debbie started writing the songs that were floating around in her head, and in 2009 Grenadilla was born. The core band members are Debbie on piano and lead vocals, Jodi Palinkas and Leah Glennon on vocals and pennywhistles, AnneMarie Callan, Natasha Williams and Brittany Sacash on vocals. Grenadilla’s music is layered voices with Kwela flavored rhythms,
 a touch of Cape Town jive and a hint of the blues. It features instruments traditional to the street music of Cape Town such as pennywhistles and saxophones, as well as the piano, drums and percussion, guitars, the bass, organs, a melodica and a balafon.

Perhaps growing up in apartheid South Africa surrounded by a vibrant musical culture set the stage for this music and the underlying themes of unity, diversity, community and tolerance. With a passion for kwela music and layered, lush vocals, Debbie colors her songs with the sounds and rhythms of the street music of her childhood, a worldly fusion of voices, percussion, pennywhistles and Debbie’s signature piano style. Her lyrics are a powerful celebration of life, friendship, connection and joyfulness and a reflection of the possibilities of love and growth that surround us everyday.

Music to Move to this Saturday on the Hilltown Family Variety Show

Sukey Molloy Brings Music to Move to
to the Hilltown Family Variety Show this Weekend!

Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at http://www.valleyfreeradio.org.

With NAPPA, Children’s Music Web, Preferred Choice, and Mom’s Choice Awards proudly in hand, children’s singer/songwriter Sukey Molloy is delighted to be a Guest DJ for a special “Music to Move To” radio broadcast of Hilltown Family Variety Show on Northampton radio station WXOJ-LP  (Valley Free Radio) on Saturday, April 28 at  9:00 a.m. and Sunday, April 29 at 7:00 a.m. and may also be heard online on the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast immediately following the airing on Saturday.

As a developmental movement educator, former professional modern dancer, and creator of three children’s CDs and the Sukey’s Circle DVD series for children,  Sukey Molloy specializes in music and movement styles the whole family can enjoy.  Her Hilltown Family Variety Show segment will offer an hour of fun songs to move to, along with tidbits on the benefits of movement alternatives in daily family living.  A wide range of songs from the U.S., the Caribbean, France, and Africa, along with four of Sukey’s own songs, will get listeners up and moving along!  Featured in Sukey’s segment will be musical selections by Tom Chapin, Brent Holmes, Dr. W.K. Amoaku, Dan Zanes, Alain Schneider, Jeffrey Friedberg, Coalishun, and Laurie Berkner, along with Sukey’s own “Jump Down Turn Around,” “Action Chant,” “Raindrops,” and “If I Had Hands.”  Sukey Molloy will also read her original tale, “The Story  of Little Flame in the Arctic.”

Sukey Molloy notes, “I thoroughly enjoyed putting this radio show together!  I’m very energized by the show’s ‘Music to Move To’ theme, and I’m eager to share all the songs and movement tidbits that will be aired. I’m also excited to read aloud, for the very first time, “The Story of Little Flame in the Arctic.”  It is based on my “Little Flame in the Arctic” song and features the melody throughout, with many special sound effects and a visit from the Great Arctic Wind.  Be sure to tune in!” 

ABOUT SUKEY MOLLOY

Trained as a professional modern dancer in New York City, Sukey Molloy performed and toured as a member of the Solomon’s Company/Dance and went on to study developmental movement with former Olympian, Garland O’Quinn, Ph.D., and infant development at the School for Body Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.  Sukey began designing and teaching music and movement programs in 1985 and, in 2005, launched her own Nyack, NY-based PlayMove&Sing, Inc. program of “Mommy & Me” and pre-K classes and teacher training workshops.  By 2007, Sukey had created the Sukey Molloy (Circle Song) Show, charming young audiences in live appearances with programs filled with musical storytelling, stuffed felt characters, and fun, interactive songs.   Coming next from Sukey Molloy, in fall 2012, will be a new lullaby album, I Am Sleepy!

Carole Demas of WPIX-TV’s beloved program, The Magic Garden, praised Sukey Molloy as “soothing and patient, assuring to parents about the welfare and education of the very young.” School Library Journal lauded Sukey for “striking the right balance of simplicity, bright graphics, and repetition” and described her DVDs as “a wonderful story time resource.”  Sukey’s award-winning body of work includes the CDs Circle Songs! with Sukey Molloy (2005; Children’s Music Web Award, Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award), I Like to Sing! with Sukey Molloy (2007; NAPPA Honors Award), and two Sukey’s Circle! DVDs (2009 and 2010; NAPPA Honors Award, Moms’ Choice Gold Award, Preferred Choice Award, NAPPA Rising Star Commendation).  Her newest album, I Am Happy!, will be released on April 24, 2012.

Check out Sukey Molloy’s website at www.sukeymolloy.com.

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