HFVS Día del Niño Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Día del Niño Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle

“It’s All about the Kids -Los Ninos” with Award-winning Peruvian-American bilingual kindie music phenomenon Twinkle. — http://www.twinkleandfriends.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 6 & 7, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Mexico celebrates Children’s Day in the midst of the quarantine caused by COVID-19.


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  • Twinkle feat. Mista Cookie Jar – “Kidz Rock-Remix” [Just Dance]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “Los Ninos” [Made in LA]
  • The Not -Its! – “Kid of the Week” [Are You Listening?]
  • Recess Monkey -“Bravest Kid In the World” [Flying!]
  • Jazzy Ash- “Big Kid Now” [Ready!]
  • Genevieve Goings -“All Grown Up” [Do You Know ?]
  • Kim Wilde – “Kids In America” [Kim Wilde]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – “Kids Place” [Good Egg]
  • Twinkle Time – “Dream Big” [Twinkle Time]
  • Mister G – “Luckiest Kid in the World” [Pizza for Breakfast]
  • The Laurie Berkner Band – “My Family -Dance Remix” [Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes]
  • The Not -It’s! -“Great To Be a Kid” [Tag, You’re It!]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band feat. Mista Cookie Jar – “Magic Believers” [Made in LA]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Make the Future” [Make Believers]
  • Andrew and Polly – “Forever Young” [Odds and Ends]
  • Alphabet Rockers – ” I’m Proud” [Rise Shine #Woke]
  • Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips – “Inner Child Rock ” [Ultramagnetic Universal Love Revolution]
  • Twinkle Time – “It’s OK 2 Be Me” [Twinkle Time]

[Original broadcast: April 28 & 29, 2018]

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
May 30 & 31, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “From fairy gardens to garden towers, Walter Bracken STEAM Academy transformed its school grounds into a student-centered, garden-learning wonderland.”


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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 Great Outdoors Episode with Guest DJ, Andy Z (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Great Outdoors Episode with Guest DJ, Andy Z

Join Guest DJ, Andy Z for a musical journey to “the great outdoors,” and experience songs that teach, inspire, and remind all to look for miracles in nature, big and small. Selections include pop and rock classics, children’s music standouts, and contemporary kindie hits. – www.andyz.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 23 & 24, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “From spirals to spots to fractals, nature is full of interesting patterns. Many of these patterns even resemble geometric shapes. One of the most common? Hexagons. Why do we see this six-sided shape occur so many times in nature? This week we explore why hexagons are so common in the natural world, from honeycomb to bubbles to rocks, and what their mathematics, physics, and biology may have in common.” – via It’s Okay To Be Smart


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  • Frances England – “Explorer Of The World” [Explorer Of The World]
  • Justin Roberts – “Rolling Down The Hill” [Lemonade]
  • John Denver – “Rocky Mountain High” [John Denver’s Greatest Hits]
  • Nick Drake – “From The Morning” [Way To Blue (An Introduction To Nick Drake)] The Okee Dokee Brothers — “Saddle Up” [Saddle Up]
  • Andy Z – “Camping Song” [Camp Andyland]
  • Grin Brigade – “It’s Spring” [Crazy With Happiness]
  • Tom Petty – “Wildflowers” [Wildflowers]
  • Marla Lewis – “I Love To Talk To Plants” [I Love To Talk To Plants]
  • Andy Z – “Bizzy Bee” [Camp Andyland]
  • Chicago – “Saturday In The Park” [Chicago IX – Chicago’s Greatest Hits]
  • Andy Z – “Drink More Water” [Camp Andyland]
  • The Singing Lizard – “I’m A Little Cloud” [AlphaBeat]
  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky” [All Over The World: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra]
  • Andy Z – “Galaxy Song” [Camp Andyland] America – “A Horse With No Name” [America]

Original broadcast: May 4, 2018

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HFVS STE(A)M Episode with Guest DJs, Dan Crow, and John Wood (Podcast/Radio Show)

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STE(A)M Episode with guest DJ’s Dan Crow and John Wood, featuring various artists singing the praises of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 28 & 29, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

 

Featured Sick Science! videos for summer science experiments to do at home.


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Dan Crow – You’re An Engineer [Concoctions]
Katherine Dines – It’s Amazing What You Can Do With Your Brain [Hunkta Bunkta Boo 2]
Roger Day – The Brain Train [Why Does Gray Matter]
Danny Weinkauf – Botany [Danny Weinkauf and The Red Pants Band]
Janet and Judy – Thank A Plant [Musical Almanac]
Dan Crow – Science, Science, Science [Concoctions]
Dave and Oliver Kinnoin – Weightless [Crazy With Happiness]
Lucky Diaz and The Family Band – Gato Astronauta [Fantastico]
Bill Harley – Milky Way [Down In The Backpack]
Marla Lewis – Sedimentary Rock [Life’s Lessons 3rd-5th Grade]
Jonathan Sprout – E=MC2 [American Heroes #4]
Eric Ode – Poor Planet Pluto [When You Smile]
Patricia Shih – The Abacus [The Power Of One]
The Brian Waite Band – Five Cool Cats [Can’t Sit Still]
David Fisher: The Rock ’n Rope Warrior – Jump [Dinosaur Disco]
James Coffey – I’m An Engineer [Come Ride Along With Me]

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HFVS Spring Equinox Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Spring Equinox Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

Spring returns this week on March 20! Celebrate it’s arrival with our guest DJ, Charity Kahn, sharing music and insights that lift the spirits as spring begins to emerge. – www.jamjamjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 21st & 22nd, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video“Ever wonder why we have seasons? A lot of people think it’s because the Earth gets further away from the sun in winter, and closer in the summer. But, it’s actually more interesting than that. In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina talks about how the Earth’s tilt is responsible for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.” Crash Course Kids


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  • Wendy Waldman – “Spring is Here” [Wendy Waldman]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Get Your Booty Out of Bed” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]
  • Cat Stevens – “Changes IV” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Need Mud” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • Arnold Lobel – “The Corner” [Frog and Toad All Year]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • Bob Marley – “Sun is Shining” [Trojan Reggae Chill-Out (CD 2)]
  • Justin Roberts – “Taking Off My Training Wheels” [Meltdown!]
  • Cat Stevens – “The Wind” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Pinecone Lovely” [Have You Never Been Yellow?]
  • Ruth Krauss/Norman Rose – “The Carrot Seed”
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Happy Birthday Baby” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • XTC – “Greenman” [Apple Venus Volume 1]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “The Bird” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]

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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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  • 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 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 Winter Wonderland Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Winter Wonderland Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley

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Let’s add music and story to our winter fun! Join HFVS guest DJ, Flor Bromley, as she takes us on an adventure through her favorite winter songs. She will share music and stories about playing in the snow, learning about migration and hibernation, and dancing to keep ourselves warm.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 18th & 19th, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Kitty” by Flor Bromley off of the album Chiqui Music Boom


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  • John Legend – “Refuge or When It’s Cold Outside” [Get Lifted]
  • Tim Kubart – “Winter Wonderland” [written for Sesame Studios]
  • Super Agent 23 Skidoo – “PJs All Day” [The Perfect Quirk]
  • Flor Bromley – “Las Aves Vuelan/Birds Fly” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “It’s Snowing” [It’s the Holidays!]
  • Justin Roberts – “Snow Day” [Jungle Gym]
  • Caspar Babypants – “I Want To Be a Snowman” [Sing Along!]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Keep Me Warm” [Winterland]
  • Erin Lee – “Snowdance” [Snowdance]
  • The Pop Ups – “Winter Beard” [Winter Beard – Single]
  • The Not-Its – “Freeze Tag” [Tag, You’re It!]
  • Rose Coen – “Winter Solstice” [Musical Round-Up]
  • Marsha Goodman-Wood – “The Penguin Song” [Gravity Vacation]
  • Flor Bromley – “Hibernation” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • STORY: Why Brown Bear Has a Short Tail? – Iroquis Folktale told by Flor Bromley
  • Brent Holmes – “I Can’t Wait to Hibernate” [Silliest Songs]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun” [Abbey Road]

Original broadcast: 2/9/19

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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 Peace & Love Episode with Guest DJ’s Wendy & DB (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Wendy & DB show us the way to Peace & Love listening to some of their favorite songs and by telling us some stories about Peace that have touched their lives. All Aboard the Peace Train!

Featured VideoPeace and love start right where you are. Join the Kindie Music Duo Wendy & DB on their adventure in their “Way Is Peace” music video filmed in partnership with wonderful organizations: Shelley Nyzynski-Reese of A Better Life for Kids (ABLFK) was able to help by providing sign language from students in ABLFK homes for orphans in Ghana, Africa. Throughout the creation of the video, producers Wendy Morgan & David Box were able to draw from many organizations that help young students from pre-school age programs such as Easterseals Early Head Start as well as, high-school-age students in the MYA VX Recording Choir led by Gary Fry & HHW Gospel Choir directed by Daniel Henry and Jean Pinkerton-Hendricks.


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  • Ben Harper (With my own two Hands) Diamonds on the Inside
  • Dolly Parton (Peace Train) cover song by Cat Stevens
  • George Harrison (Give me Peace on Earth) Living in the Material World
  • Eagles (Peaceful Easy Feeling)
  • Mister G (Together as One) Fireflies
  • Bob Marley (One Love) Exodus
  • Kim & Reggie Harris (It’s all about Love) Resurrection
  • Fred Rogers (Won’t you be my Neighbor)
  • Lucy Kalantari (The Peace Song) All the sounds
  • Isley Brothers (Harvest for the World)
  • Wendy & DB (Way is Peace) Single release
  • Beatles (All together now)
  • Wendy & DB LIVE PERFORMANCE  (If I had A Hammer) Seegar/Hays
  • Paul Simon (Love me like a Rock) There goes Rhyming Simon
  • Wendy & DB (Miracle) HomeEarth

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HFVS Food Episode with Guest DJs, The Green Orbs (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Food, glorious food!!! We all eat it, so why not sing some songs about it! Heather Hirshfield and Eddie RosenBerg III, otherwise known as The Green Orbs, take you on a musical culinary journey with songs from artists like Weird Al, The Pop Ups, and Cookie Monster on the menu.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 16th & 17th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: The Green Orbs – “The Suction Cup Shuffle” [Thumb Wrestling Champions]


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  • Weird Al Yankovic – “Eat It” [Greatest Hits]
  • Mike Phirman – “What Makes The Breakfast” [Songs To Sing At Children]
  • Gunnar Madsen – “10,000 Pancakes” [I Am Your Food]
  • They Might Be Giants – “Nine Bowls Of Soup” [Here Come the 1, 2, 3’s]
  • Shirley Temple – “Animal Crackers In My Soup” [Remember Shirley]
  • The Green Orbs – “Soup (An Epilogue)” [Thumb Wrestling Champions]
  • Jumpin’ Jamie – “I Wanna Be Healthy” [Kookie]
  • The Green Orbs – “Twelve Steps To Eating Your Veggies” [Thumb Wrestling Champions] Brian
  • Wilson – “Vega-Tables” [Smile]
  • The Green Orbs – “Robert Broccoli” [Thumb Wrestling Champions]
  • Dan Zanes ft. Loudon Wainwright III – “All Around The Kitchen” [Family Dance]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “Our Garden” [Big Things]
  • The Beatles – “Wild Honey Pie” [The White Album]
  • Cookie Monster – “C Is For Cookie” [Sesame Street: Sing The Alphabet]
  • Dee Dee Sharp – “Mashed Potato Time” [Cameo Parkway-The Best of Dee Dee Sharp] Laurie
  • Berkner – “Victor Vito” [Victor Vito]
  • Yosi – “On Top Of Spaghetti” [What’s Eating Yosi?]
  • Joanie Leeds – “Sushi” [City Kid]
  • Raffi – “Apples And Bananas” [One Light, One Sun]
  • The Pop Ups – “Banana” [Radio Jungle]
  • The Wiggles – “Fruit Salad” [Lachy!]
  • The Hit Crew Kids – “Party In My Tummy” [Kids Just Wanna Have Fun]

Original Broadcast: November 10, 2018

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HFVS Being Bilingual Rocks Episode with Guest DJ, Hamlet Meneses of Mi Amigo Hamlet (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Being Bilingual Rocks Episode with Guest DJ, Hamlet Meneses of Mi Amigo Hamlet

Being Bilingual Rocks! is what musician-educator Hamlet Meneses (a.k.a. Mi Amigo Hamlet) is all about. In this episode he shares a great variety of bilingual songs from his bilingual friends, as well as other artists who have influenced and inspired some of his songwriting. And through the music he takes you in a journey of learning about numbers, days of the week, family, things being connected, being happy, coming together and dance, about love, and he closes beautifully with a statement of empowerment, “Sí Se Puede / Yes We Can” a song by his friend and Western MA musician, Mister G.

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

Featured Video: “Laila” off of Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz


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  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Happy Land” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • 123 Andrés “¡Salta, Salta!” [¡Uno, Dos, Tres Con Andrés! En Español Y En Ingles]
  • Laura Doherty “Uno Dos Tres” [Kids In The City]
  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Dias De La Semana” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats “Una Gran Familia” [Hold Tight, Shine Bright]
  • Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies “Everythingsconnected” [Bouncing Ball of Energy
  • Nathalia “When I grow Up (feat. Daniel Jimenez Afanador)” [Cuando Era Pequeña]
  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Los Instrumentos” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • Sonia De Los Santos “¡Alegría! [¡Alegría!]
  • Flor Bromley “Las Aves Vuelan” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • Natalia y La Forquetina “O Pato (El Pato)” [Casa]
  • Joan Manuel Serrat “Barquito de Papel” [Mediterráneo]
  • Francisco Gabilondo Soler Cri Cri “El Chorrito” [Mas Canciónes del Grillito Cantor]
  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Laila” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • Alina Celeste “Te Quiero” [Love Is Te Quiero ]
  • Mister G “Sí Se Puede / Yes We Can” [Mundo Verde / Green World]

[Original broadcast: 11/3/18]

HFVS Best Friend Episode with Guest DJ, Kid Pan Alley (Radio Show/Podcast)

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In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Kid Pan Alley features songs from their newest album, “Best Friends,” as well as songs from some of their favorite children’s music artists about this very subject. Tune in and feel inspired and rejuvenated with a collection of great new songs to enjoy with your family and friends.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 2nd & 3rd 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Best Friends · Kid Pan Alley · Vance Gilbert


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  • Kid Pan Alley – “Best Friends (feat. Vance Gilbert)” [Best Friends]
  • Robbie Schaefer – “My Favorite Person” [My Favorite Person]
  • Andrew & Polly – “Little Bitta You” [Odds & Ends]
  • Recess Monkey – “All My Friends Are Here” [Family Photo Album]
  • Sugar Free Allstars – “If I Didn’t Have You” [Sugar Free Allstars]
  • Kid Pan Alley – “I’ve Got An Apple Pie In My Book Bag (feat. Lisa Loeb)” [Best Friends]
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer with Brave Combo – “On the Day You Were Born” [All Wound Up”]
  • Frances England – “Carefree” [Blue Skies and Sunny Days]
  • Kid Pan Alley – “Quit This Job (feat. Steve Poltz)” [Best Friends]
  • Lori Henriques – “I Like Myself” [What Do You Wish]
  • Stephen Michael Schwartz – “Bubble Gum Friend” [Ditto Kiddo]
  • Jazzy Ash – “Everybody Loves My Baby” [Swing Set]
  • Randy & Dave – “Happy To Help” [Life On A Trampoline]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Not Alone” [The Love]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “One Day by the Riverside” [Press Play]
  • Kid Pan Alley – “Sister for Sale (feat. Bill Harley)” [Best Friends]
  • Emily Arrow – “Follow Your Arrow” [Storytime Singalong, Vol. ]

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

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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]
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HFVS Inspiration Episode with Guest DJ, Jamie Broza (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Inspiration Episode with Guest DJ, Jamie Broza

Inspiration. What is it? Where does it come from? What inspires us to make music? In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Jamie Broza takes us through a diverse array of fantastic songs and singers that have inspired him to make music, and hopefully will inspire some of our listeners to start writing their own songs! – www.jamielawrenceproductions.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 12 & 13, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Waters of March


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  • Aretha Franklin – Respect
  • Pete Seeger – If I Had a Hammer
  • Bonnie Raitt – Baby Mine
  • Ivor Cutler – Good Morning How Are You
  • Jamie Broza – I Want a Dog
  • Tom Chapin – Don’t Play with Bruno
  • Jamie Broza -Little Sister
  • The Beach Boys – Sloop John B
  • Jamie Broza – Waters of March
  • They Might Be Giants – John Lee Supertaster
  • Nora York – What I Want
  • Jamie Broza – Stop I Dad You’re Embarrassing Me
  • Jamie Broza – I Can’t Go to School Today
  • Jack Broza – Contigo En La Distancia
  • Otis Redding – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

[Original broadcast: October 6 & 7, 2018]

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

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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 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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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
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  • 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 Rock and Keep Rolling Episode with Guest DJ, Tim Seston (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Exploring a single word through music can uncover the many ways we use language on an everyday basis. In this episode of the HFVS, the word “roll” in Rock and Keep Rolling is used to describe the movement of waves, wheat fields, and a manatee.  It describes the fun of rolling down a hill to the more sophisticated meaning of letting something roll off you back.  A roll can be a food item, or a drum sequence, or quite simply the partner of rock. – www.frompagetoplay.com

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

Featured Video: Tim Seston – “Here to Play”


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  • Tim Seston – “Bring on the Thunder” [On a Roll]
  • Doobee Brothers – “Black Water” [Best of the Doobees]
  • Fran Friedman – “The Colors of the Earth” [Dreams for Tomorrow]
  • Justin Roberts – “Rolling Down the Hill” [Lemonade]
  • Tim Seston – “Rolling in the Mud” [Here to Play]
  • Little Richard – “On Top of Spaghetti” [A Child’s Celebration of Silliest Songs]
  • Karen K & the Jitterbugs – “Slow Roll” [Blue Bike Chronicles]
  • Dorothy Cresswell – “Mary Manatee” [More Songs for Curious Kids]
  • Keith Boynton – “Be Like a Duck” [Philadelphia Chickens]
  • Tim Seston – “Jelly and Coral” [On a Roll]
  • Andy Z – “This Land is Your Land” [Classic Songs & Traditional Tunes]
  • Ratboy Jr. – “Bill” [Champions of the Universe]
  • Wayne Potash – “Seven Nights to Rock” [Don’t Forget the Donut!]
  • Liz Buchanan – “Rockin in the Rabbit Hole” [Once Upon a Tune]
  • Uncle Devin – “Drum Roll Call” [Drum Tales!]
  • Tim Seston – “On a Roll” [On a Roll]

Original broadcast: June 15th & 16th, 2018

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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
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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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HFVS Bicycle Episode

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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PLAYLIST

  • 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 Under the Big Umbrella Episode with Guest DJ, Brady Rymer (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Under the Big Umbrella Episode with Guest DJ, Brady Rymer


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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Brady Rymer invites you under the big umbrella! A place where individuality is celebrated and kindness wins the day! Come on under and sing and dance with us. There’s “room for everyone!”

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 15th & 16th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Three-time GRAMMY nominees Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could invite you Under the Big Umbrella, a place where individuality is celebrated and kindness wins the day. This vibrant and colorful song is from Rymer’s most ambitious album yet, a collection of songs full of hope for a future with “room for everyone.”

 


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PLAYLIST

  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Under the Big Umbrella” [Under the Big Umbrella]
  • Kira Willey – “Real Girl” [Every Voice]
  • Alastair Moock – “It Takes All Kinds” [All Kinds of You and Me]
  • Emily Arrow – “Follow Your Arrow” [Storytime Singalong, Vol.1]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (featuring Sonia De Los Santos) – “Don’t You Push Me Down” [Under the Big Umbrella]
  • Prince – “Starfish and Coffee” [Sign O’the Times]
  • Josh and the Jamtones – “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” [We Are O.N.E.!]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Snowpeople” [Winterland]
  • Bo Diddley – “You Can’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover” [His Best]
  • The Pop Ups – “Costume Party” [Appetite for Construction]
  • Mil’s Trills & Amelia Robinson– “This is the Body” [Ridiculous Nonsense]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (featuring David Gibb) – “With a Little Help From My Friends” [Under the Big Umbrella]
  • David Gibb – “From A to B” [Letters Through Your Door]
  • Renee & Jeremy – “Kindness is Cool” [Kindred]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo- “Gotta Be Me” [Easy]
  • The Laurie Berkner Band – “I’ve Got So Much to Give” [Superhero]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Different is Beautiful (Like A Rainbow)” [Under the Big Umbrella]

HFVS Guest DJ, Hopalong Andrew (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Hopalong Andrew


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HFVS Guest DJ this weekend is none other than New York City’s singing-est cowboy, Hopalong Andrew, aka Andrew Vladeck. Hopalong Andrew is playing some of his favorite stories ever sung. You’ll learn what it’s like to herd cattle, battle pirates, work on the farm or factory, and ride the rails late with the mail — all in the form of story songs traded around campfires by folks from all walks of life. You’ll also get to laugh and learn from nature itself, with anthropomorphic tales of silly horses, funny felines, amorous frogs and independent mermaids.

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

Featured video:  Hopalong Andrew — Tyrannosaurus (Night at the Museum)


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PLAYLIST

  • Harry McClintock – “Big Rock Candy Mountain” (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
  • Roy Rogers – “Cowboy Night Herd Song” (American Yodeling 1911-1946)
  • Sam Hinton – “A Horse Named Bill” (Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts and Other Folk Songs for Children)
  • Hopalong Andrew – “Tyrannosaurus (Night at the Museum)” (Howdy Do! Songs of the Urban Cowpoke)
  • The Carolina Tar Heels – “Peg and Awl” (Anthology Of American Folk Music Volume 1: Ballads)
  • Pete Seeger – “The Coast of High Barbaree” (American Industrial Ballads)
  • Johnny Cash – “Casey Jones” (Blood, Sweat, and Tears)
  • Cisco Houston – “The Cat Came Back” (The Folkways Years 1944-1961)
  • Doc Watson – “Froggie Went A-Courtin’” (Home Again!)
  • Hopalong Andrew – “Broadway was a Native American Trail” (Howdy Do! Songs of the Urban Cowpoke)
  • Burl Ives – “The Blue Tail Fly” (I Know an Old Lady)
  • Burl Ives – “The Eddystone Light” (Down to the Sea in Ships)
  • Pete Seeger – “The Fox” (Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes)
  • Woody Guthrie – “Talkin’ Dust Bowl Blues” (Dust Bowl Ballads)
  • The Almanac Singers – “Union Maid” (Talkin Union and other Union Songs)
  • Hopalong Andrew – “I’ve Been Everywhere in New York City” (Howdy Do! Songs of the Urban Cowpoke)
  • Chubby Parker – “King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O” (Anthology Of American Folk Music Volume 1: Ballads)
  • Sidney Hemphill – “John Henry” (Deep River of Song – Black Appalachia)
  • Hopalong Andrew – “Thank God I’m a City Boy” (Howdy Do! Songs of the Urban Cowpoke)
  • The Bently Boys – “Down on Penny’s Farm” (Anthology Of American Folk Music Volume 1: Ballads)

 

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