HFVS Back to School Episode with Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds (Radio Show/Podcast)

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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.”


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  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “Back to School” (Bandwagon)
  • Pop Ups- “Math Rock” – (Radio Jungle)
  • Dizzy Gillespie – “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)” – (School Days)
  • Justin Roberts – “Recess” – (Recess)
  • Bari Koral – “Backpack” (Family Rock Band)
  • Recess Monkey – “Science Fair” (The Final Funktier)
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – Use Your Words- (Bandwagon)
  • Lunch Money – “I Love My Library” – (Dizzy)
  • Astrograss – “Continental Geography” – (The Colored Pencil Factory)
  • Miss Nina – “New Alphabet” – (Sha Doo Be Doop)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Meet the Elements” – (Here Comes the Science)
  • The Verve Pipe – “Homework Blues Stomp” – (Are We There Yet)
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – Bandwagon- (Bandwagon)
  • Chuck Berry – “School Days” – (The Anthology)
  • Trout Fishing in America – “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers” – (Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers)
  • Crossing Guard – “Rocknoceros” – (Pink!)
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “Nightlights”- (Bandwagon)

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HFVS World Languages Episode with Guest DJ, Sarah Aroeste (Radio Show/Podcast)

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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

Featured video:  Sarah Aroeste, “Ora de Despertar”


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  • Will Stroet – “La récréation” [Wordplay] FRENCH
  • Sarah Aroeste – “Ora de Despertar” [Ora de Despertar]  LADINO
  • Manos Vafiadis – “Horalia” [Xana Zoo]  GREEK
  • World Music with DARIA  – “Yaw, Yaw, Puka Polleracha” [Beautiful Rainbow World]  QUECHUA
  • Lillebjørn Nilsen  – “Reven ut på hønsejak” [Haba Haba!]  NORWEIGAN  the Fox & the Farmer
  • DJ Serdar Ayyıldız & DJ Selami Bilgiç “Mini Mini Bir Kuş (feat. Zeliha Sunal)” [Çocuk Diskosu]  TURKISH
  • Les Sambalelê – “Atirei o Pau No Gato” [Brésil] PORTUGUESE
  • Arik Einstein – “Adon Shoko” [Shirey Hayeladim] HEBREW
  • Sarah Aroeste – “Las komidas” [Ora de Despertar] LADINO
  • K3 – “Als het binnenregent” [10.000 luchtballonnen]    DUTCH
  • Pamyua  – “Bubble Gum” [Side a / Side b ]   YUP’IK 
  • Macdara – “Beidh Aonach Amárach”  [The Love Token] GAELIC
  • Elena Moon Park – “Diu Diu Deng”  [Rabbit Days and Dumplings] TAIWANESE
  • Loreen Hattar – “I have a Train” [Arabic Children’s Songs: A New Day] ARABIC
  • All Around This World – “Kabuli Tutu” [All Around This World: Africa] SWAHILI
  • Bole 2 Harlem – “Hoya Hoye” [Bole 2 Harlem, Vol.1]  AMHARIC
  • Geraldino – “Wenn du Singst” [Wow!] GERMAN
  • Sarah Aroeste – “Nochada Buena” [Ora de Despertar]  LADINO

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HFVS Wildlife Episode with Guest DJs, Casey & Kevin from The Whizpops (Radio Show/Podcast)

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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!


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  • The Tokens – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” [The Lion Sleeps Tonight]
  • The Pop Ups – “The Bat” [Radio Jungle]
  • The Whizpops – “Monarch” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Butterfly Driving A Truck” [Sing Along!]
  • The Whizpops – “Pika” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • The Big Wu – “Kangaroo” [Tracking Buffalo Through The Bathroom]
  • The Pop Ups – “Elephant” [Radio Jungle]
  • The Whizpops – “Everything’s Better With A Mustache (Walrus Song)” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • FunkeyMonkeys – “Mustache” [[Mustache]
  • The Salamanders – “Please Don’t Eat My Guitar” [[The Salamanders]
  • Ylvis – “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” [The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) – Single]
  • The Whizpops – “Swift Fox” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • Blitzen Trapper – “Furr” [Furr]
  • Sallie Ford and the Outside Sound – “Not an Animal” [Dirty Radio]
  • Brent Holmes – “I Can’t Wait To Hibernate” [Bear Tunes for Kids]
  • Recess Monkey – “Lovestruck Unicorn” [Novelties]

HFVS Novelty Music Episode with Guest DJ, Jack Forman from Recess Monkey (Radio Show/Podcast)

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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


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  • Tiny Tim – “Livin’ in the Sunlight, Lovin’ in the Moon Light” [God Bless Tiny Tim]
  • Recess Monkey – “Every Flavor” [Novelties]
  • Barnes & Barnes – “Fish Heads” [Fish Heads – Single]
  • Paul McCartney – “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” [RAM]
  • Spike Jones & His City Slickers – “Little Bo Peep Has Lost Her Jeep” [The Jones Laughing Record]
  • Recess Monkey – “Wind Up Robot” [Novelties]
  • Leonard Nimoy – “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” [Spaced Out – The Best of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner]
  • Mike Phirman – “What Makes the Breakfast?” [Single]
  • Recess Monkey – “Sweaty Yeti” [Novelties]
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – “Yoda” [Dare to be Stupid]
  • Parry Gripp – “Chimpanzee Riding on a Segway” [Single]
  • Alvin & the Chipmunks – “Witch Doctor” [Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years]
  • Flight of the Conchords – “Foux du Fafa” [Flight of the Conchords]
  • Paul McCartney – “Monkberry Moon Delight” [RAM]

 

HFVS with Guest DJ, Dean Jones from Dog on Fleas (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Dean Jones from Dog on Fleas

Grammy winning producer, Dean Jones from Dog on Fleas, is our guest DJ this week. — www.dogonfleas.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 16th & 17th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Jonathan Richman- “That Summer Feeling” (I, Jonathan)


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  • Jonathan Richman- “That Summer Feeling” (I, Jonathan)
  • Dean Jones – “Swiss Cheese Angels” (In My Dreams)
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “I Love Ukeleles” (Sundrops)
  • Michael Hurley – “Why Should I Have to Worry” (Long Journey)
  • The Efe Pymies – “Ikobi” (Echoes of the Forest)
  • Stevie Wonder – “Outside My Window” (Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants)
  • Joanna Newsom – “Bridges and Balloons” (The Milk-eyed Mender)
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – “Super Strong” (The Rocket Went UP)
  • Roberto Stepheson – Frevo Danado de Bom na Tocaca Furada (Guide to Pernambuco)
  • Dean Jones – “Humans are Still Evolving” (In My Dreams)
  • Donovan – “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” (Donovan’s Greatest)
  • Kishi Bashi – “Wonder Woman, Wonder Me” (151A)
  • Katie Ha Ha Ha – “Shenendoah” (Katie Ha Ha Ha)
  • Dog on Fleas – “Babies” (Beautiful World)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago – “The Key” (Fanfare for the Warriors)
  • Marcy Marxer – “Things are Coming My Way” (Things are Coming My Way)
  • Regina Spektor – “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas) (What We Saw from the Cheap Seats)

HFVS with Guest DJ, Cactus from Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Cactus from Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

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)


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  • Barenaked Ladies – “Pollywog in a Bog” [Snacktime]
  • Justin Roberts – “Pop Fly” [Pop Fly]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “My First Multiverse” [Infinity Plus One]
  • Sugar Free All Stars – Bunnybot {Sugar Free All Stars]
  • Pointed Man Band – “Old Mother Blubber Hunter” [Flight of the Blue Whale]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Weirdo Calhoun: Hip Hop Version” [Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out]
  • Mista Cookie Jar – “Be a Little Angel” [Music is Everywhere]
  • Molly Ledford and Billy Kelly – “Count Your Rings” [Trees]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Tastes Like Space” [Infinity Plus One]
  • Josh and the Jamtones – “I The Pop Ups – “Pictures Making Pictures” [Appetite for Construction]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Secret Superhero” [Infinity Plus One]
  • Parliament – “Placebo Syndrome” [Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome]

 

 

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HFVS History of Folk Music for Families Episode with Guest DJ, Greg McIlvainey (Radio Show/Podcast)

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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) :


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  • The Hollow Trees – “What Do You Want on Your Taco?” [Hello Friend!]
  • Stella Mahew – “I’m Looking for Something to Eat” [UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive]
  • Chubby Parker – “King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O” [Anthology of American Folk Music (Edited by Harry Smith)]
  • Lake Howard – “Chewing Chewing Gum” [The Story That the Crow Told Me Vol. 2]
  • Cousin Emmy – ”Johnny Booker” [The Story That the Crow Told Me Vol. 1]
  • Phil Harris and His Orchestra – “The Thing” [Vintage Children’s Favourites]
  • Charles Penrose – “The Laughing Policeman” [Vintage Children’s Favourites]
  • Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards – “Singing in the Rain” [Singing in the Rain]
  • Hoosier Hot Shots – “From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies” [Everybody Stomp]
  • Burl Ives – “Tam Pierce” [The Wayfaring Stranger]
  • Woody Guthrie – “Riding in My Car” [Woody’s 20 Grow Big Songs]
  • Ed McCurdy – “The Old Woman and the Pig” [Children’s Songs – The Greatest Hits]
  • The Hollow Trees – “I Can’t Dance (I’ve Got Ants in My Pants” [Hello Friend!]
  • Richard Dyer-Bennet – “The Leprechaun” [With Young People in Mind]
  • Burl Ives – “The Goat” [Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck And Other Children’s Favorites]
  • Carole King – “One Was Johnny” [Really Rosie]
  • Tom T. Hall – “How Do You Talk to a Little Baby Goat [Country Songs for Children]
  • Raffi – “Apples and Bannanas” [One Light, One Sun]
  • Dan Zanes and Friends – “Smile Smile Smile” [Night Time!]
  • John Lithgow – “The Gnu Song” [Singin’ in the Bathtub]
  • Hullabaloo – “I Chew” [I Chew]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Linger” [Camp Lisa]
  • The Hollow Trees – “My Dog Has Fleas” [Hello Friend!]

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

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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]


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  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Get This Party Started” [Just Say Hi]
  • Justin Roberts – “Kickboard Baby, Yeah” [Pop Fly]
  • Suzi Shelton – “It’s a Beautiful Day” [Smile in my Heart]
  • Jimmy Cliff – “I Can See Clearly Now”” [We All Are One…The Best of Jimmy Cliff]
  • Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – “Day at the Beach” [Lollipop Motel]
  • Baze and His Silly Friends – “Silly Sandy Shark’s Swinging Summer Surf Song” [Best Day Ever]
  • Yosi and the Superdads – “B-E-A-C-H” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – “Havin’ a Party” [The Best of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes]
  • Princess Katie & Racer Steve “Surf Radio” [Tiny Cool]
  • Princess Katie & Racer Steve “Sand in my Sandwich” [Tiny Cool]
  • Miss Nina and the Jumping Jacks “Sunshine Blue Skies” [Every Day’s Your Birthday]
  • Chicago, “Saturday in the Park” [Chicago V]
  • Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam, “Stay in the Pool” [Everyone’s Invited!]
  • Hullabaloo, “Waterfront” [I Chew]
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole, “Swim Like the Dolphin” [Time for Hummus]
  • Darlene Graham and the Shades of Green Band, “I’m Going to the Beach” [Big Hugs from Mama.”
  • Laurie Berkner Band, “Under a Shady Tree” [The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band]

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HFVS with Guest DJ, Kb Whirly (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Kb Whirly

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!]


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  • 1. Pete Seeger – “All Around the kitchen” [American Folk Games and Activities Songs]
  • 2. Kb Whirly – “Camp Song” [Camp Songs Vol.1]
  • 3. Randy Kaplan – “In a timeout Now” [Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie]
  • 4. Mills Trills – “Brooklyn” [Everyone Together now]
  • 5. Big Bang Boom – “Hippie Mom” [Because I said So!]
  • 6. Vered – “Peekaboo” Vered [Hello My Baby]
  • 7. Frances England – “City of Hills” [Explorer of the World]
  • 8. KB Whirly – “Peter Piper’s Pickled Palace” [Camp Songs vol.1]
  • 9. Sugar Free Allstars – “Grumpopotamus” [Sugar Free Allstars]
  • 10. Kb Whirly – “Scary Gary” [Camp Songs Vol.1]
  • 11. Shel Silverstein – “Peanut Butter Sandwhich” [Where the Sidewalk Ends]
  • 12. Shel Silverstein – “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout…” [Where the Sidewalk Ends]
  • 13. Jazzy Ash featuring Mister Cookie Jar – “Throw me Sumthin’ Mister” [Home]
  • 14. Kb Whirly featuring Jazzy Ash – “Hole in my Bucket [Camp Songs Vol.1]
  • 15. Josh and the Jamtones featuring Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “I >3 Ur Face” [Rocksteady]
  • 16. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Three Pointed Back” [The Perfect Quirk]
  • 17. Andrew and Polly – “Critters” [Odds and Ends]
  • 18. Kb Whirly – “Say Say My Playmate” [Camp Songs Vol.1]

HFVS You Are What You Eat Episode with Guest DJ, Eric Herman (Radio Show/Podcast)

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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

Featured video: “Crazy Over Vegetables”


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  • Alphabet Rockers – “Food Songs” [Go!]
  • Oliver! – “Food Glorious Food” [Oliver! – Original Cast Recording]
  • Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies – “You Are What You Eat” [Bubble Wrap]
  • The Imagination Movers – “What’s in the Fridge?” [Juice Box Heroes[
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could – “Pie” [Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could]
  • David Tobocman – “Ice Cream on a Hot Dog” [Lemonade School]
  • Chuck Cheeseman – “Chocolate-Covered Brussels Sprouts” [Dancing With No Shoes On]
  • Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang – “Sweet Marmalade” [Get Up & Dance]
  • Frances England – “Blueberry Pancakes” [Fascinating Creatures]
  • Kelli Welli – “Cookin’ Up Some Happiness” [single]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – “Food Fight” [Good Egg]
  • Recess Monkey – “Sack Lunch” [Field Trip]
  • Eric Herman and the Invisible Band – “Crazy Over Vegatables” [Monkey Business]
  • Barenaked Ladies – “Popcorn” [Snacktime]
  • Ginger Hendrix – “Macaroni Boy Eats at Chez Shooby Doo” [Macaroni Boy Eats at Chez Shooby Doo”]
  • Steve Cooper – “Ketchup and French Fries” [single]
  • Weird Al – “Eat It” [“Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D]
  • Mister G – “Chocolalala” [Chocolalala]
  • Caspar Babypants – “A Thousand Tiny Doughnuts” [Hot Dog!]
  • Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies – “Take a Bath” [Bubble Wrap]

HFVS Music of the World Episode with Guest DJ, Keith Terry (Radio Show/Podcast)

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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.


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  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Body Beat” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do.]
  • Bayaka Pygmies – “Bayaka Song” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Ba Benzélé Pygmies – “Unknown” [Anthology of Afro Music – UNESCO]
  • Zap Mamá – “Brrrlak!”  [Divas volume two]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Cumbe” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]
  • Mangbetu – “Water Drumming” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Tangle Eye- “Katie Left Memphis with wood chopping” [Alan Lomax’s Roots of the Blues]
  • Unknown- “Bricks” [Unknown]
  • “Postal Workers Cancelling Stamps at the University of Ghana Post Office” [1975 field recording, James Koetting]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Flores” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]
  • Mayan Marching Band – “Unknown” [Unknown]
  • The Tahitian Choir – “Morotiri Nei” [Rapa Iti]
  • Keith Terry & Crosspulse – “Body Music” [Keith Terry & Crosspulse]
  • Vocal Sampling- “Una Forma Mas” [Una Forma Mas]
  • Barbatuques – “Cneiro verde” [O Seguinte é Esse]OK
  • Ants – “Ants” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Antonio Carols Jobim – “Foghorn” [original soundtrack from the film Black Orpheus]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Jalan Jalan” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]]
  • Talab Khan Barna- “Sat Bhayan Ki Ek Behanadli I” [Latcho Drom: Bande Originale Du Film Soundtrack]]
  • Atmospheric Whistlers – “Atmospheric Whistlers” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Barbatuques – “Respirando” [O Seguinte é Esse]
  • Inuits – “Unuit Throat and Harp Songs”  [Canadian Music Heritage Collection]
  • Sergio Mendez “Fanfarra Despedida” [Brasileiro]

HFVS Latin American Episode with Guest DJ, Sandra Velasquez (Radio Show/Podcast)

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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

Featured video: “PANORAMA” by Moona Luna


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  • Rana Santacruz – “Lo Unico Que Quiero” [Chicavasco]
  • Moona Luna – “Panorama” [Panorama]
  • Los Super Seven – “Canoero” [Los Super Seven]
  • Susana Baca – “Que Bonito Tu Vestido” [Afrodiaspora]
  • Ana Tijoux – “1977” [1977]
  • Moona Luna – “Vamos, Let’s Go” [Vamos, Let’s Go]
  • Rana Santacruz – “Ojitos De Maguey” [Chicavasco]
  • Paulihno Moska & Ceu- “10 Contados” [Ceu]
  • Pistolera – “Ponle Frenos” [El Desierto Y La Ciudad]
    Moona Luna – “Espejos” [Panorama]
  • Los Diablitos – “Los Caminos De La Vida” [Sorpresa Caribe]
  • Moona Luna – “La Llegada” [Panorama]

HFVS Science & Education Episode with Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants (Radio Show/Podcast)

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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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PLAYLIST

  • The Beatles – “Help!” (Help!)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Archaeology” (No School Today)
  • Fountains of Wayne – “Hat and feet” (Fountains of Wayne)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Meet the Elements” (Here Comes Science)
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Haul Away Joe” (A Mississippi River Adventure Album)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Champion of the Spelling Bee” (No School Today)
  • Queen – “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon” (A Night at the Opera)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “ice Cream” (No School Today)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Alphabet Lost and Found” (Here Come the ABCs)
  • Justin Roberts – “Recess” (Recess)
  • The White Stripes – “My Doorbell” (Get Behind Me Satan)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Electric Car” (Here Comes Science)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Marsupial” (No School Today)
  • Caspar Babypants – “Kangaroo” (I Found You)
  • Laurie Berkner – “Fireflies” (Laurie Berkner Lullabies)
  • Lincoln “To Build a House” (Lincoln)
  • The Ramones ” I Want to be Sedated” (Road to Ruin)
  • They Might Be Giants – “I am a Paleontologist” (Here Comes Science)

HFVS Elements of Hip Hop Episode with Guest DJ, Alphabet Rockers (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Elements of Hip Hop Episode
with Guest DJ, Alphabet Rockers

Elements of Hip Hop Episode with Guest DJ, Alphabet Rockers tells a story of the beginning of hip hop music, and features songs from pioneers and kid-hop artists alike. Hip Hop reflects the creativity of individuals who come together to make change in the world. Join in – celebrate who you are, write new rhymes, beatbox and dance with us. Alphabet Rockers makes learning come alive through the beats, rhymes and moves of hip hop for ages 3-9. — www.alphabetrockers.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 7th & 8th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Wiggle Jiggle


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  • Instrumental: Pete Rock & CL Smooth – “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” [Mecca and the Soul Brother]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “That’s Your Name, Wear it Out” [The Playground Zone]
  • Instrumental: A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It” [People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm]
  • Double Dee and Steinski – “Lesson 3 — The History of Hip-Hop Mix” [Mastermixes]
  • De La Soul – “Three is the Magic Number” [3 Feet High And Rising]
  • Schoolhouse Rock – “Three is the Magic Number” [Schoolhouse Rock!]
  • Aaron Nigel Smith – “One” [One]
  • Instrumental: Afrika Bambaataa – “Planet Rock” [Planet Rock: The Album]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Wiggle Jiggle” [The Playground Zone]
  • Yo Gabba Gabba – “I Like to Dance” [Music is Awesome]
  • Jimmy Castor Bunch – “It’s Just Begun” [It’s Just Begun]
  • Instrumental: Biz Markie – “Just a Friend” [The Biz Never Sleeps]
  • Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick – “The Show” [Single]
  • OzoKidz – “Moose on the Loose” [Ozomatli Presents Ozokidz]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Gotta Be Me” [Easy]
  • Mista Cookie Jar – “The Way We Gets Down” [Music is Everywhere]
  • Instrumental: A Tribe Called Quest – “What?” [The Low End]
  • Shine & The Moonbeams – “High 5” [Shine and the Moonbeams]
  • Instrumental: Antique Naked Soul – “Allow Me To Introduce Myself” [Time Travel]
  • Bobby McFerrin – “I’m My Own Walkman” [The Voice]
  • JJ Fad – “Supersonic” [Supersonic]
  • Choo Choo Soul – “One-Two One-Two-Three” [Choo Choo Soul]
  • Instrumental: Method Man & Redman – “Da Rockwilder” [Blackout!]
  • Sesame Street – “The Color of Me” [Season 45, Episode 4503 Proud to Be Me]
  • Genevieve Goings – “Rainbow Colors” [Do You Know?]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Gimme Some Skin” [The Playground Zone]
  • Instrumental: Luniz – “I Got 5 On It” [Operation Stackola]

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HFVS Earth Day Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Earth Day Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

This special Earth Day show by Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband highlights songs and concepts that explore compassion, kindness, and our interconnectedness with Earth and all beings. The episode underscores the reminder that our love and intention are powerful forces that can inspire all of us to act in ways that protect and take care of the Earth. In addition to music along these lines, the show also includes a story (theme: interbeing) and a guided meditation (theme: non-harming). Because every day should be Earth Day! — www.jamjamjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 23rd & 24th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  EARTH DAY by Charity and the JAMband


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PLAYLIST

  • The Beatles – “Mother Nature’s Son” [The White Album]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Earth Day” [EARTH]
  • Joe Reilly – “I Love Nature” [Children of the Earth]
  • The Banana Slug String Band – “Sun, Soil, Water and Air” [Singing in Our Garden]
  • Melita – “Turn the World Around” [Light Within]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “I Am the Earth and the Earth Is Me” [EARTH]
  • STORY: “The Sun in My Belly” by Sister Susan, illustrated by Sister Rain, inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Speak for the Earth” [EARTH]
  • The Alphabet Rockers – “Change the World” [Playground Zone]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Meditation for Non-Harming” [Sit Breathe Love: Guided Meditations for Children and the Grown-Ups Who Love Them
  • Neil Young – “A New Day for Love” [The Monsanto Years]

HFVS Things Are Not Always What You Think They Are Episode with Guest DJ, Steven Erdman (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Things Are Not Always What You Think They Are Episode
with Guest DJ, Steven Erdman

Join Lard Dog on a journey of quirky lyrics, melodies, and rhythms that demonstrate the power of music as a conduit for pop art and frivolity. Remember, things don’t always have to make sense to call ‘em your happy place! — www.houseoflard.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 16th & 17th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Beck Black Tambourine


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PLAYLIST

  • Ray Charles The Thing [Have A Smile With Me]
  • Jan & Dean Bucket T [All The Hits From Surf City To Drag City]
  • Antonio Jobim & Elis Regina Aguas De Marco – Waters Of March [Ellis & Tom]
  • Bob Dylan Mixed Up Confusion [The Freewheelin’ Sessions Outtakes]
  • Lard Dog & The Band Of Shy Yum Yum Head Gear Co. [Life’s A Real Dream]
  • Captain Beefheart Harry Irene [Shiny Beast]
  • Spike Milligan Q5 Piano Tune [Legends Of The 20th Century]
  • Lard Dog & The Band Of Shy Messed Up People Are Beautiful [Life’s A Real Dream]
  • Pokey LaFarge Central Time [Pokey LaFarge]
  • Johnny Otis Crazy Country Hop [The Capitol Years]
  • Beck Black Tambourine [Guero]
  • STORY SEGMENT “The Chalk Monster” by Steven Erdman
  • Lard Dog & The Band Of Shy Stupendous Holiday Finksten [Life’s A Real Dream]
  • Jerry Lewis I’m A Little Busy Body [The Essential Capitol Collection]
  • Dean Elliot You’re The Top [Zounds What Zounds!]
  • Howlin’ Wolf Wang Dang Doodle [His Best Chess 50th Anniversary Collection]
  • Phil Tanner The Gower Reel [The Gower Nightingale]
  • Lard Dog & The Band Of Shy Listen To The Bob Hope [Life’s A Real Dream]

HFVS Musical Diversity Episode with Guest DJ, Liz DeRoche (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Musical Diversity Episode with Guest DJ, Liz DeRoche

Liz DeRoche is our Guest DJ with Musical Diversity Episode. Liz will take listeners on a musical adventure exploring diversity in music. She showcases a wide variety of genres that are as unique and diverse as we are. — thesinginglizard.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 26th & 27th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  “Show Me Your Happy” by The Singing Lizard


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  • Sunshine and the Moonbeams – “Melody in Me” [Melody In Me]
  • The Pop Ups – “Pretend We Forgot” [The Great Pretenders Club]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Gimme Some Skin” [The Playground Zone]
  • Frances England – “Explorer Of The World” [Explorer Of The World]
  • 

The Singing Lizard – “Club Called Awesome” [Club Called Awesome]
  • The Roots – “Lovely, Love My Family” [Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is… Awesome!]
  • 

Dolly Parton – “Love Is Like A Butterfly” [Love Is Like A Butterfly]
  • 

Ludwig van Beethoven – “Für Elise”
  • Cornelius – “Count Five or Six” [Fantasma]
  • Sam Cooke – “Twistin’ The Night Away” [Twistin’ The Night Away]
  • 

Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine – “Conga” [Primitive Love]
  • The Singing Lizard – “Be Yourself” [Club Called Awesome]
  • I’m from Barcelona – “Just Because It’s Different Doesn’t Mean Scary” [Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is… Awesome!]
  • 

John D. Boswell – “Mister Rogers Remixed: Garden of Your Mind” [PBS Remixed]
  • Skeewiff – “Twelve Featuring The Pointer Sisters (Combo Breaker Remix)”
  • Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers – “Bustin’ Loose” [Bustin’ Loose]
  • 

Mista Cookie Jar – “Happy Place” [Ultramagnetic Universal Love Revolution]
  • 

Lori Henriques – “How Great Can This Day Be” [How Great Can This Day Be]
  • The Singing Lizard – “Show Me Your Happy” [Club Called Awesome]

HFVS Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Radio Show/Podcast)

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. — www.mamadoni.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 19th & 20th, 2016
Original Broadcast: 2/23/13

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.


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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

HFVS Hilltown Family Funk Show with Guest DJ, Chris Wiser (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Hilltown Family Funk Show with Guest DJ, Chris Wiser from Sugar Free Allstars

Get ready to get up, get down and get FUNKY! Guest DJ, Chris Wiser (a.k.a. Boom) from Sugar Free Allstars  hosts a show all about funk, soul and R&B music. You won’t be able to sit still while listening to this one, so grab your dance shoes, it’s time to get this party started! — www.sugarfreeallstars.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 12th & 13th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

“Shake A Tail Feather” ­ — Blues Brothers with Ray Charles


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  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars ­ “Uptown Funk” [Uptown Special]
  • James Brown ­ “I Got You (I Feel Good)” [20 All Time Greatest Hits!]
  • Parliament ­ “Flash Light” [F​unkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome]​
  • Sugar Free Allstars ­ “Grumpopotamus (and the Crankosaurus Rex)” [Sugar Free Allstars]
  • Stevie Wonder ­ “Higher Ground” [Innervisions]
  • Jackson 5 ­ “ABC” [ABC]
  • Michael Jackson ­ “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” [Off The Wall]
  • Blues Brothers with Ray Charles ­ “Shake a Tail Feather” [The Blues Brothers: Original Soundtrack Recording]
  • Booker T. & the MG’s ­ “Hip Hug­Her” [Hip Hug­Her]
  • Sly & the Family Stone ­ “Dance to the Music” [Dance to the Music]
  • Sugar Free Allstars ­ “Mr DJ” [Sugar Free Allstars]

 

HFVS Hullabaloo Animal Zoo Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Denyes (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Hullabaloo Animal Zoo Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Denyes

Steve Denyes of Hullabaloo creates the “Hullabaloo Animal Zoo”, playing his favorite animal songs by his favorite artists. Plus, Steve tells the world’s shortest short story! — www.hullabalooband.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 5th & 6th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  “I Chew” by Hullabaloo


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  • Casper Babypants “Stompy the Bear” [Hot Dog]
  • Casper Babypants “Bunny Brown” [Hot Dog]
  • Hullabaloo “I Chew” [I Chew]
  • Papa Crow “Fireflies” [Full Moon, Full Moon]
  • Heidi Swedberg “Little Birdie” [My Cup of Tea]
  • Casper Babypants “Sugar Ant” [Hot Dog]
  • Casper Babypants “Crazy Blue Beetle” [Hot Dog]
  • Hullabaloo “Senator John Arthur Clydesdale III” [I Chew]
  • Elska “Winter Bear” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • Elska “Arctic Fox” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • Hullabaloo “Worm With Wings” [I Chew]
  • Red Yarn “Mole in the Ground” [Deep Woods Revival]
  • Red Yarn “Grizzly Bear” [Deep Woods Revival]
  • Red Yarn “Animal Fair” [Deep Woods Revival]
  • Hullabaloo “Shake, Shake, Shake” [I Chew]
  • Vered “Galloping Horse” [Hello, My Baby]
  • The Not Its “Funniest Cat Video” [Raise Your Hand]
  • The Not Its “Bee’s Knees” [Raise Your Hand]
  • The OkeeDokee Brothers “Black Bear Mama” [Through the Woods]
  • Ralph’s World “The Mighty Worm” [Peggy’s Pie Parlor]
  • Ralph’s World “Puppy Dog” [Peggy’s Pie Parlor]
  • The Hollow Trees “Free Little Bird” [Wacky’s Tackle]

HFVS Families Make Music Episode with Guest DJ, Michael Napolitano (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Families Make Music Episode with Guest DJ, Michael Napolitano

Michael Napolitano of Michael & the Rockness Monsters and Preschool of Rock brings to you an educational show spanning years of family music. Michael started his musical lifestyle at an early age of 3 when placed lovingly behind his father’s drum set. This show features musical acts composed of families immersed in music. You’ll find some of your favorite Kindie artists as well as some new and old classics – more family combinations then you can wrap your head around! — www.preschoolofrock.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 27th & 28th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Pirate Song” by Michael & The Rockness Monsters.


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  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – “Feeling Alright” [If I Were Your Woman]
  • Michael & The Rockness Monsters – “Pirate Song” [Michael & The Rockness Monsters]
  • The Ronettes – “Be My Baby” [Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica]
  • We Are Family – “Sister Sledge” [We Are Family]
  • Part Of Me – “Tedeschi Trucks” [Made Up Mind]
  • Michael & The Rockness Monsters – “Fisherman” [Michael & The Rockness Monsters]
  • Sly & The Family Stone – “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” [Single]
  • The Beach Boys – “Trombone Dixie” [The Pet Sounds Sessions]
  • The Everly Brothers – “Bye-Bye Love” [The Everly Brothers]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – “Bandwagon” [Bandwagon]
  • Keely Smith & Louis Prima – “Old Black Magic” [Single]
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Trenchtown Rock” [Live!]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Family Tree” [Easy]
  • Lennon and Maisy – “In The Waves” [Single]
  • Michael & The Rockness Monsters – “In A Band” [Michael & The Rockness Monsters]
  • Alistair Moock – “A Twinkle Baa Reprise” [These Are My Friends]

HFVS Black History Month Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Black History Month Show

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 20th & 21st, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Ella Jenkins, the First Lady of the Children’s Folk Song, performs “I Know a City Called Okeechobee.”


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  • Booker T. & The MG’s — “Green Onions
  • Ella Jenkins — “Black Royalty” [A Life of Song]
  • Count Basie & Tony Bennett — “Jeepers Creeper”
  • Duke Ellington — “Merry Go Round”
  • Earl “Fatha” Hines — “Stoway”
  • Nat King Cole — “Kee-Mo Ky-Mo”
  • Queen Latifah — “Walk the Dinosaur”
  • Bessie Smith — “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”
  • Little Richard — “Good Golly Miss Molly”
  • Aretha Franklin — “Respect”
  • Diana Ross — “When We Grow Up”
  • Mahalia Jackson — “I’m On My Way”
  • Ella Fitzgerald— “Chew-Chew-Chew”
  • James Brown — “Give It Up or Turnit A Loose”
  • Taj Mahal — “Brown Girl in the Ring”
  • Michael Jackson — “The Girl is Mine”
  • Rufus Thomas — “Walking the Dog”

HFVS Mardi Gras Episode with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Mardi Gras Episode
with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington

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. – www.johnettedowning.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 6th & 7th, 2016
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!


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PLAYLIST

  • 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
  • Hits)
  • 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)

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HFVS Insect Episode with Jeff & Paige (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Insect Episode with Jeff & Paige

Go on a musical hike with guest DJs Jeff and Paige to explore insects. Through music and story you’ll learn: how to identify an insect, how insects connect with animals, how insects help humans, and how humans can help insects! Jeff and Paige will play some of their favorite songs as well as fun tunes from other children’s musicians and from a few adult acts. Make sure you have room to dance as you explore nature and science with Jeff and Paige. – www.jeffandpaige.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 30th & 31st, 2016

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “A Conversation Between an Entomologist and an Insect”


 

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PLAYLIST

  • Jeff and Paige – “A Conversation Between an Entomologist and an Insect” [Get Outdoors]
  • Ayla Nereo – “Eastern Sun” [Hollow Bone]
  • They Might Be Giants – “Why Does the Sun Shine?” [Here Comes Science]
  • The Smurfs – “Poor Little Silly Shy Smurf” [The Smurfs All Star Show]
  • Banana Slug String Band -“Decomposition” [Singing in our Garden]
  • Jeff and Paige – “New Tree Grows” [21st Century Energy Superheroes]
  • Justin Roberts – “Pop Fly” [Pop Fly]
  • The Bell Hours – “Farther Apart [The Bell Hours]
  • Sarah Jarosz – “Little Song” [Song Up In Her Head]
  • Jeff and Paige – “Bats” [Get Outdoors]
  • Mikey Mike -“Likin’ the Lichen” [Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist]
  • Jeff and Paige – “Thank You Honeybee” [Songs from the Trail]
  • Blitzen Trapper – “Fur” [Fur] 4:08
  • Jeff and Paige “The Great Monarch Migration” [Mighty Wolf]

HFVS Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 16th & 17th, 2016
Original broadcast: 2008

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


 

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HFVS History Through Stories & Songs Episode with Guest DJ, David Grover (Radio Show/Podcast)

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History Through Stories & Songs Episode
Guest DJ, David Grover

David Grover is our Guest DJ with a History through Stories & Songs Episode. David puts together an eclectic mix of favorite folk songwriters and singers that highlights the history of our country. – www.davidgrover.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 9th & 10th, 2016

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Pete Seeger – “Forever Young”


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  • Where am I Going A.A. Milne/music Bob Reid
  • God’s Counting on You Pete Seeger/Lorre Wyatt
  • English is Crazy/Pete Seeger
  • If I Only Had a Brain/Liv Taylor
  • John Henry/David Grover
  • Ragtime Cowboy /Joe Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
  • 4 Little Sailors/Bill Staines
  • The Declaration of Independence/Pete Seeger
  • To the South Pole/Bill Harley
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Civil War Music/David Grover
  • America the Beautiful/David Grover

HFVS Sound of Mexican Music Made in the USA Episode with Guest DJ, Sonia De Los Santos (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Sound of Mexican Music Made in the USA Episode with Guest DJ, Sonia De Los Santos

Join Sonia De Los Santos (from Dan Zanes and Friends) as she presents this episode on “The Sound of Mexican Music Made in the USA”. She’ll play some of her favorite songs from a variety of Mexican genres like: Son Jarocho, Norteño, Mariachi, Son Guerrerense, Banda, Huapango and Corrido. Learn about Mexican Traditional instruments and get to know who’s making Mexican music in the USA! — www.soniadelossantos.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 19th & 20th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  Sonia De Los Santos sings and plays jarana at La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem, NYC on July 11th 2015. Elena Moon Park on violin and vocals and Martin Vejarano on percussion.


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PLAYLIST

  • Las Cafeteras – “La Bamba Rebelde” [It’s Time]
  • Sonia De Los Santos – “La Golondrina” [Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island]
  • Los Cenzontles – “Soy Mexico Americano” [Raza de Oro]
  • Jarana Beat – “Dolor de Aquí” [¡Echapalante!]
  • Villalobos Brothers – “María Chuchena” [Aliens of Extraordinary Ability]
  • Mariachi Flor de Toloache – “Son de Toloache” [Mariachi Flor de Toloache]
  • Dan Zanes and Friends – “Colás” [¡Nueva York!]
  • Banda De Los Muertos – “El Sinaloense/El Jalisciense” [Banda De Los Muertos]
  • Radio Jarocho – “Bemba y Tablao” [Café Café]
  • Sones de México Ensemble – “Xochipitzahuatl” [13 Baktun]
  • Pedro Rocha and Lupe Martinez – “Corrido De Pennsylvania” [Mexican-American Border Music]
  • Sonia De Los Santos – “Monterrey” [Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island]

Hilltown Family Variety Show Holiday Podcasts

Originally broadcasted out of Northampton, MA on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM (Valley Free Radio) for the holidays, we’ve gathered eight 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…

HFVS Heart Of Chanukah Show with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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The Heart of Chanukah
Mama Doni Guest DJ Show

The Heart of Chanukah hosted with Mama Doni (Doni Zasloff Thomas) Guest DJ Playlist with special guests Millie, Alexander, and Chris Thomas. – www.MamaDoni.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 5th & 6th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Title track from album, “Chanukah Fever: 13 Macca-beats For the Whole Family.”


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PLAYLIST

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Mama Doni- “Chanukah Fever” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Mama Doni- “The Legend of Sour Creeam Vs Apple Sauce” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Graham Clarke- “Five Little Latkes” [American Blue]
  • Kugelplex- “Still Playing For Latkes” [Ceci N’est Pas Klezmer]
  • Groovebarbers- “I Had A Little Dreidel” [Glory]
  • Mama Doni- “La Vida Dreidel” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Tor Hyams- “This is Chanukah” [This is Chanukah]
  • Mama Doni- “The Funky Gold Menorah” [Chanukah Fever]
  • The Hit Crew- “8 Little Lights of Mine” [Kids Happy Hanukah]
  • Alisa Fineman- “Ocho Kandelikas” [Closing the Distance; Poems, Prayers & Love Songs]
  • STORYTIME: “Too Many Latkes,” written & illustrated by Richard Codor, published by Behrman House Publishers
  • Ruby & Ava Lockner- “Is it Chanukah or Hannukah?” [Just One Angel]
  • Mama Doni- “Land of Sufganiyot” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Billy Sherwood- “Rockin’ Hannukah” [Ulitmate Holiday Party Vol 1]
  • Woodie Guthrie- “Hannukah Dance”
  • Michele Citrin- “Pass The Candle” [Lights, Vol 2, A Hanukah Sampler]
  • Craig Taubman- “Maotzur” [Lights Vol 2, A Hanukah Sampler]
  • Mama Doni- “Eight” [Chanukah Fever]

HFVS Song Off Episode with Guest DJs, Adam and Kristin Marshall (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Song Off Episode with Guest DJs, Adam and Kristin Marshall

Adam and Kristin Marshall from The Bazillions enjoyed guest hosting the Hilltown Family Variety Show by challenging each other to a song off. Each of them chose their favorites from categories like best educational song, best remake, best bedtime song and many more. They both shared little musical information tidbits about some categories along the way with a lot of laughs! Tune in to see who wins. — www.thebazillions.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 7th & 8th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:    “Water Cycle” by The Bazillions. ‘Round and ’round it goes! Let these animated watercolors teach you all about the precipitation, accumulation, evaporation, and condensation that makes water — our planet’s most precious resource — go!


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PLAYLIST

  • The Jackson 5 – “ABC” [ABC}
  • Stevie Wonder – “Sir Duke” [Songs in the Key of Life]
  • The Bazillions – “Water Cycle” [On the Bright Side]
  • Blind Melon – “Three is the Magic Number” [Schoolhouse Rock Rocks]
  • Björk – “It’s Oh So Quiet” [Post]
  • Self – “What a Fool Believes” [Gizmodgery]
  • Jorge Ben “Umbabarauma” [Africa Brasil]
  • Justin Roberts “Pop Fly” [Pop Fly]
  • Liz Phair and Material Issue – “The Tra La La Song” [Saturday Morning Cartoon’s Greatest Hits]
  • Matthew Sweet – “Scooby Doobie Doo” [Saturday Morning Cartoon’s Greatest Hits]
  • The Mamas and the Papas – “Dream a Little Dream of Me” [The Papas and the Mamas]
  • Paul Simon – “St. Judy’s Comet” [There Goes Rhymin’ Simon]
  • The Bazillions – “Family Tree” [On The Bright Side]
  • The Bazillions – “Super Hero Rock Band” [On The Bright Side]
  • XTC – “That’s Really Super, Supergirl” [Skylarking]

 

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