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
Guest DJ, Twinkle Time


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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 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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  • 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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  • 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)

 

HFVS Occupation Episode with Guest DJ, Brandon Smith (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Occupation Episode with Guest DJ, Brandon Smith

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Brandon wants to be an astronaut. What do you want to be? Listen for a variety of songs about what you can be when you grow up!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 1st & 2nd, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  “The Old Wooden Broom” by Brandon Smith


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PLAYLIST

  • The Beatles – “Money (That’s Want I Want)” [With The Beatles]
  • Brandon Smith – “Sing Along With Me” [Treasure Hunt]
  • Stevie Wonder – “Sir Duke” [Songs in the Key of Life]
  • Billy Joel – “The Entertainer” [Streetlife Serenade]
  • Elvis Presley – “Guitar Man” [Single]
  • The Stampeders – “Sweet City Woman” [Against the Grain]
  • Lemon Pipers – “Green Tambourine” [Green Tambourine]
  • Brandon Smith – “Robot” [Treasure Hunt]
  • Brandon Smith – “I Want to be an Astronaut” [Treasure Hunt]
  • The Beatles – “Paperback Writer” [Single]
  • The Marvelettes – “Please Mr. Postman” [Single]
  • Harry Nilsson – “Coconut” [Nilsson Schmilsson]
  • Rose Royce – “Car Wash” [Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
  • DEVO – “Working in a Coal Mine [Single]
  • Harry Belafonte – “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” [Calypso]
  • Brandon Smith – “Hero” [Treasure Hunt]
  • Earth, Wind, and Fire – “Shining Star” [That’s the Way of the World]
  • Frank Sinatra – “That’s Life” [That’s Life]

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

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

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Grow your family’s love for reading with this episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show! Jason Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam, features songs inspired by storybooks, like “The Brown Bear Rap,” “Chicken Soup with Rice,” and “The Dot Song.” Jason also reads “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade,” by children’s singer/songwriter, Justin Roberts.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 23 & 24, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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

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

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Animals & Adventures Episode
with Guest DJ, Stephen Michael Schwartz

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

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


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PLAYLIST

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

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

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

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

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


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PLAYLIST

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

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HFVS Rivers, Critters and Pirate Misfit Episode with Guest DJs, Funkinships (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Rivers, Critters and Pirate Misfit Episode
with Guest DJs, Funkinships

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During this segment an unlikely band of musical misfits known as Funkinships, share some of their favorite songs about the river that brought them together. Learn about the critters that make the water a magical place and why we need to keep the rivers clean for them. —www.funkinships.com

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

Featured Video: From Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday concert (Clearwater Concert) at Madison Square Garden in 2009. Featuring: Pete Seeger, Taj Mahal, Steve Earle, Toshi Reagon, Warren Haynes, and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.

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PLAYLIST

  • Funkinships – “Sea Legs” [Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Shel Silverstien – “Captain Hook” [Where The Sidewalk Ends]
  • Pete Seeger and Ed Renehan – “The Old Ben Franklin and the Sloop Sally B”[Fifty Sail on Newburgh Bay]
  • Funkinships – “The Shad and The Eel”[Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Make and Clancy – “A Place in the Choir” [The Makem and Clancey Collection]
  • Kermit the Frog – “Rainbow Connection” [The Muppet Movie Original Soundtrack]
  • Lyle Lovett – “If I had a Boat” [Pontiac]
  • Funkinships – “Left Foot, Right Foot”[Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Sesame Street – “Alligator King” [The Count Counts: Vol. 1]
  • Pete Seeger – “Sailing Down my Golden River” [Pete]
  • Funkinships – “If You Cant Sing Well Sing Loud”[Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Derek McGee – “The Donkey Of Violet Hill”
  • John Hartford – “Turn Your Radio On” [Steam Powered Aero Plane]
  • Funkinships – “The Great Whale Ball”[Post Folk Absurdist]

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HFVS Pioneers of Sound Episode with Guest DJ, Elska (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Pioneers of Sound Episode with Guest DJ, Elska

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Listen to the modern “Pioneers of Sound!” with Elska as she takes us on a sonic journey into the world of early electronic music, synthesizers, micro-beats, bells and more.  Broadcasting from her Arctic island home, Elska teaches us about the origins of the most innovative sounds in pop music, how they were made, and then she plays us fascinating examples from pop music, art music, classical and some music that defies classification all together.  Get ready for a true sonic journey with “Pioneers of Sound!” − www.islandofelska.com

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

Featured video:  Hiddi Hiddi is how one says “hello” on the Island of Elska!


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PLAYLIST

  • Elska – “Arctic Fox” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • múm – “I am 9 Today” [Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today is OK]
  • Björk – “Frosti” [Vespertine]
  • Walter Carlos – “Two-Part Invention in F Major” [Switched-On Bach]
  • Walter Carlos – “Two-Part Invention in B Flat Major” [Switched-On Bach]
  • Suzanne Cianni – “Buchla Live in 1975” [Lixiviation]
  • Elska – “Hiddi Hiddi” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • Devo – “Peek-A-Boo!” [Oh, No! It’s Devo!]
  • Kraftwerk – “The Robots” [The Man-Machine]
  • Elska – “Click Click” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • Steve Reich – “Music for 18 Musicians: V. Section IIIB” [Music for 18 Musicians]
  • Talking Heads – “This Must Be the Place” [Speaking in Tongues]
  • Laurie Anderson – “Walk the Dog” [Big Science]

Original broadcast: March 2014

HFVS Guest DJ, Morgan Taylor of Gustafer Yellowgold Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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GUEST DJ, MORGAN TAYLOR OF GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD EPISODE

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 12th & 13th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

 

Featured Video:  Our hero Gustafer builds a cakey robot with a surprising personality in another classic hand-drawn music video from Gustafer Yellowgold. Music and Art by Morgan Taylor. Co-produced and performed with Dean Jones. — www.gustaferyellowgold.com


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  • Beatles – “Hello Goodbye” (Magical Mystery Tour)
  • Bread – “The Guitar Man” (The Guitar Man)
  • John Sebastian – “Welcome Back” – (Welcome Back)
  • Meco – “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” (Have A Nice Decade)
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Four Leaved Clover” (Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year In The Day)
  • Hot Butter – “Popcorn” (Have A Nice Decade)
  • Earth Wind and Fire – “Got To Get You Into My Life” – (Greatest Hits)
  • Recess Monkey – “Jet Pack” – (The Final Funktier)
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Dream In Green” – (Gustafer Yellowgold’s ‘Have You Never Been Yellow?’)
  • Paul McCartney and Wings – “Let ‘Em In” – (Wingspan)
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Werewolves Rock” – (Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year In The Day)
  • Harry Nilsson – “Me And My Arrow” – (The Point)
  • Lobo – “Me And You And A Dog Named Boo” – (Have A Nice Decade)
  • Pilot – “Magic” – (Have A Nice Decade)
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “New Is The New Old” – (Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year In The Day)

HFVS Local Food Episode with Guest DJ, Orange Sherbet Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Local Food Celebration with Guest DJ, Orange Sherbet

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am

June  28th & 29th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  Orange Sherbet wrote this little musical ditty about seasonal foods that can be found on the Local Foods Wheel. Animation by Sarah Klein www.orangesherbet.org


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PLAYLIST

  • Brady Rymer – Fresh Brown Eggs – What’s Eatin’ Yosi?
  • Michelle Shocked – Strawberry Jam – Arkansas Traveler
  • Orange Sherbet – Waffle Day – Delicious
  • The Nields – Aiken Drum – All Together Singing in the Kitchen
  • The Little Willies – Roly Poly– The Little Willies
  • Dan Zanes – All Around the Kitchen – Family Dance
  • Henhouse Prowlers – Homegrown Tomatoes – Henhouse Prowlers
  • Orange Sherbet – Garden Song – Delicious
  • Barenaked Ladies – Food Party – Snacktime!
  • King Curtis and the Kingpins – Memphis Soul Stew – King Size Soul
  • Orange Sherbet – Springtime – Delicious
  • Chip-Man & The Buckwheat Boys – Peanut Butter Jelly Time – Peanut Butter Jelly Time
  • Session Americana – Food Opera – Table Top People Vol 1
  • Jose-Luis Orozco –El Chocolate – De Colores – Vol 9
  • Dave Rawlings Machine – Sweet Tooth – A Friend of a Friend
  • The King Cole Trio – Save the Bones for Henry Jones – Nat King Cole
  • Orange Sherbet – Delicious – Delicious
  • Cab Calloway & His Orchestra – Everybody Eats When They Come to My House – Nicky’s Jazz For Kids

HFVS Bluegrass & American Roots Episode with Guest DJ, Jordan Shapiro (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Bluegrass & American Roots Episode
with Guest DJ, Jordan Shapiro of Astrograss

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 21st & 22nd, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “This Land is Your Land” by Astrograss, filmed in Manhattan & Brooklyn, NY. – www.astrograssforkids.com


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PLAYLIST

  • The New Lost City Ramblers – Sail Away Ladies – The New Lost City Ramblers – Volume Five
  • The Foghorn String Band – Golden Slippers  – Weiser Sunrise
  • Pete Seeger – Yankee Doodle – American Folk, Game and Activity Songs for Children
  • Cat Stevens – If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out – Footsteps in the Dark: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
  • The Be Good Tanyas – Oh, Susanna – Blue Horse
  • Jerry Garcia/David Grisman – Hot Corn, Cold Corn – Not For Kids Only
  • Astrograss – Cluck Old Hen – The Colored Pencil Factory
  • Barry Lewis Polistar – All I Want is You – ‘Juno’ soundtrack
  • Billy Bragg/Wilco – Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key – Mermaid Avenue
  • Pete Seeger/Arlo Guthrie – If I Had a Hammer – Precious Friend
  • Astrograss – Drunken Sailor – Let Me Stay Up All Night
  • Dan Zanes – Sloop John B. – Sea Music
  • John Hartford – Good Old Electric Washing Machine – Catalogue
  • Shel Silverstein – Boa Constrictor – Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Astrograss – Hungry Mungry – Astrograss for Kids
  • Woody Guthrie – The Car Song – This Land is Your Land: The Asch recordings, Vol. 1
  • Woody Guthrie – Rubber Dolly – Muleskinner Blues (The Asch Recordings 2)
  • Astrograss – This Land is Your Land – This Land is Your Land

HFVS Birds of Spring Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Birds of Spring Episode

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This week’s archived episode is a celebration of SPRING! It finally feels like winter’s death grip has loosened here in the Hilltowns of Western MA, and the birds and buds are finally starting to appear.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Original Broadcast: April 2008
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  “Gaia She Know” by The Hipwaders. An ode to Mother Earth. Inspired by a real-life 6 year old named Gaia and animated by Planet Sunday.


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  • Imagination Movers – “Springtime!” [Eight Feet]
  • Peter Himmelman – “My Green Kite” [My Green Kite]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Springtime Fantastic” [Electric Storyland]
  • Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Come On Out” [Special Kind of Day]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Winter’s Come & Gone” [You Are My Little Bird]
  • Dan Zanes – “Hey Little Red Bird” [House Party]
  • Milkshake – “Bluebird” [Bottle of Sunshine]
  • Mr. Ray – “When the Spring Comes” [Family Ride]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Coming of Spring (Instrumental)” [Grace’s Bell]

HFVS Occupation Episode with Guest DJ, Brandon Smith (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Occupation Episode with Guest DJ, Brandon Smith

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Brandon wants to be an astronaut. What do you want to be? Listen for a variety of songs about what you can be when you grow up!

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

Featured video:  “The Old Wooden Broom” by Brandon Smith


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PLAYLIST

  • The Beatles – “Money (That’s Want I Want)” [With The Beatles]
  • Brandon Smith – “Sing Along With Me” [Treasure Hunt]
  • Stevie Wonder – “Sir Duke” [Songs in the Key of Life]
  • Billy Joel – “The Entertainer” [Streetlife Serenade]
  • Elvis Presley – “Guitar Man” [Single]
  • The Stampeders – “Sweet City Woman” [Against the Grain]
  • Lemon Pipers – “Green Tambourine” [Green Tambourine]
  • Brandon Smith – “Robot” [Treasure Hunt]
  • Brandon Smith – “I Want to be an Astronaut” [Treasure Hunt]
  • The Beatles – “Paperback Writer” [Single]
  • The Marvelettes – “Please Mr. Postman” [Single]
  • Harry Nilsson – “Coconut” [Nilsson Schmilsson]
  • Rose Royce – “Car Wash” [Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
  • DEVO – “Working in a Coal Mine [Single]
  • Harry Belafonte – “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” [Calypso]
  • Brandon Smith – “Hero” [Treasure Hunt]
  • Earth, Wind, and Fire – “Shining Star” [That’s the Way of the World]
  • Frank Sinatra – “That’s Life” [That’s Life]

HFVS Pioneers of Sound Episode with Guest DJ, Elska (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Pioneers of Sound Episode with Guest DJ, Elska

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Listen to the modern “Pioneers of Sound!” with Elska as she takes us on a sonic journey into the world of early electronic music, synthesizers, micro-beats, bells and more.  Broadcasting from her Arctic island home, Elska teaches us about the origins of the most innovative sounds in pop music, how they were made, and then she plays us fascinating examples from pop music, art music, classical and some music that defies classification all together.  Get ready for a true sonic journey with “Pioneers of Sound!” − www.islandofelska.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 29th & 30th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  Hiddi Hiddi is how one says “hello” on the Island of Elska!


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PLAYLIST

  • Elska – “Arctic Fox” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • múm – “I am 9 Today” [Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today is OK]
  • Björk – “Frosti” [Vespertine]
  • Walter Carlos – “Two-Part Invention in F Major” [Switched-On Bach]
  • Walter Carlos – “Two-Part Invention in B Flat Major” [Switched-On Bach]
  • Suzanne Cianni – “Buchla Live in 1975” [Lixiviation]
  • Elska – “Hiddi Hiddi” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • Devo – “Peek-A-Boo!” [Oh, No! It’s Devo!]
  • Kraftwerk – “The Robots” [The Man-Machine]
  • Elska – “Click Click” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • Steve Reich – “Music for 18 Musicians: V. Section IIIB” [Music for 18 Musicians]
  • Talking Heads – “This Must Be the Place” [Speaking in Tongues]
  • Laurie Anderson – “Walk the Dog” [Big Science]

HFVS Family & Friends Episode with Guest DJs, Mike Carrera and Debbie Cavalier (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Family & Friends Episode with Guest DJs, Mike Carrera and Debbie Cavalier

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Join Mike Carrera and Debbie Cavalier on a fun musical journey all about friends and families.  Sing along with fun songs, hear stories about Debbie and Mike’s family and friends, and learn more about their favorite songs. Get ready for a super fun time! – www.debbieandfriends.net

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

Featured video:  “Cinderella”  by  Debbie and Friends off of the album, Variety Show.


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PLAYLIST

  • Justin Roberts – “D-O-G” [Not Naptime]
  • Kenny Loggins – “House at Pooh Corner” [The Essential Kenny Loggins]
  • Sister Sledge – “We Are Family” [The Best of Sister Sledge]
  • Debbie and Friends – “When You Were One” [Variety Show]
  • Debbie and Friends – “I’ve Got a Song” [Variety Show]
  • Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer – “Is Not, Is Too!” [Scat Like That]
  • Steve Songs – “We’re On Our Way” [Marvelous Day]
  • Pharrell Williams – “Happy” [G I R L]
  • Debbie and Friends – “Cinderella”  [Variety Show]
  • Bill Harley – “You’re In Trouble” [You’re In Trouble]
  • James Taylor – “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” [James Taylor: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1]
  • Debbie and Friends – “Love is a Family” [Story Songs and Sing Alongs]

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

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Guest DJ, Justin Roberts

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

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

Featured video:  “Recess” by Justin Roberts


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PLAYLIST

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

HFVS Latin Music Episode with Guest DJ, Andrés Salguero (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Latin Music Episode
with Guest DJ, Andrés Salguero

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Get ready to travel around the Americas with Andrés Salguero from ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!. On today´s episode we will hear Latin music coming from different countries in Latin America and even the USA. We will learn the instruments on a Mariachi band, an important rhythm known as “Clave”, what are the three cultures present in Latin music and much more! – www.123andres.com

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


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PLAYLIST

  • Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco – “Quimbara” [Anthology: Celia Cruz]
  • Comunidad Pachamama – “Huayño” [Wayra: Music of the Yampara and Charkas Indians]
  • Tupay – “La Saya” – [América Latina]
  • Carlos Gardel – “Mi Buenos Aires querido” – [Remasterizado año 2010]
  • Mariana Iranzi – “Milonga Temprana” – [Aventura Collage]
  • ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! – “If I Had a Mariachi” [¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!]
  • Grupo Afrocuba de Matanzas – “Las Leyendas de Grecia” [Raíces Latinas]
  • ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! – “La Clave” [¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!]
  • Juan Luis Guerra – “‘Ojalá que llueva café” [Éxitos]
  • Prince Royce – “Stand By Me” [Prince Royce]
  • Atención Atención – “Había un sapo” [Vamos a Bailar]
  • Totó La Momposina y Sus Tambores – “Curura” [La Candela Viva]
  • Mexican Institute of Sound – “Cumbia Meguro” [Político]
  • João Gilberto – “O Pato” [The Warm World of João Gilberto]
  • ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! – “Salta, Salta” [¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!]

HFVS Road Trip Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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ROAD TRIP EPISODE

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

Rebroadcast from May 30th, 2009

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  • Caspar Babypants – “Little Broken Truck” [Here I Am] Music
  • The Pop Rockets – “Trucks” [Blast Off with The Pop Rockets]
  • The Pop Stars – “Go, Giddyup, Minivan!” [The Pop Stars (Pink)] Music
  • Ziggy Marley (w/Jack Johnson & Paul Fugo) – “Cry, Cry, Cry” [Family Time] Music
  • Sippy Cups – “My Angry Voice” [The Time Machine] Music (Click here to read Bill’s review)
  • Joe McDermott – “Come to Hawaii” [Great Big World]
  • Terri Hendrix – “Nerves” [Celebrate the Difference]
  • Daddy A Go-Go – “Irritation Man” [Eat Every Bean, and Pea on Your Plate]
  • Adam and the Couch Potatoes – “Riding Without Fighting!” [One Size Fits All]
  • Ellis Paul – “Road Trip” [The Dragonfly Races]
  • Twink – “Pussy Cat” [The Broken Record]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Claire Bloom – “The Story of the Four Little Children Continued” [Nonsense Stories and Poems by Edward Lear]
  • Elton Hayes – “The Owl & the Pussycat”
  • Station Id: Princess Katie & Racer Steve [www.princessracer.com]
  • 23 Secret Agent Skidoo – “Luck” [Easy]
  • Sippy Cups – “Seven is the New 14” [The Time Machine] Music
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]


Support Local Community Radio: Valley Free Radio!

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For the past five years the Hilltown Family Variety Show has been broadcasting from the studios of Valley Free Radio as part of a four-hour block of commercial-free, family-friendly programming every Saturday morning from 6-10am! Nowhere else in Western MA can families find such a long block of Saturday morning family entertainment without all the commercial interruptions!  A great alternative to Saturday morning cartoons!

And do you know why they can do this?  Because the radio station is supported by it’s listeners, not by advertisers!

This week the radio station is in the middle of their fundraising drive!  We’d like to urge all the listeners of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, both far and near, to take a moment to show their support for both HFVS & VFR by making a donation to the station.  Then send HFVS hostess, Sienna, an email with your donation amount and a we’ll send you a  special thank you to show you our appreciation!  Your support of the station will continue the broadcast of the Hilltown Family Variety Show!

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Amber’s 2010 Spring Picks: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Amber’s 2010 Spring Picks
Playlist by Amber Bodnar of Boston Children’s Music

Amber has put together a list of her and her son’s top 12 songs from this past spring of musicians who perform in MA, chiefly in the Boston area, with many who have performed here in Western MA too.

Visit both Amber’s site, Boston Children’s Music (Eastern MA) and check here on Hilltown Families (Western MA) for recommended family concerts, music and ticket giveaways.  Between the two we’re bridging the state to let families all throughout MA know about great concerts for families!

Featured Video: “Willy Won’t” by Debbie and Friends
This is a new song from the new Debbie and Friends CD. It’s a song about Debbie’s nephew Will, who makes silly faces when his picture is being taken. See how many famous places Willy visits and learn “why” he does what he does in pictures!


Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June  26th & 27th, 2010
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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PLAYLIST BY AMBER BOBNAR

  • “Two Mommies” by Alastair Moock [A Cow Says Moock]

Alastair released his first children’s album, A Cow Says Moock, last year and it’s amazing. He has a sort of folk/blues sound and covers some cool old songs, like “Fishin’ Blues” and “Spaghetti in My Shoe.” He does a lot of shows at Club Passim in Harvard Square and always sells out.

  • “A Frog Named Sam” by Ben Rudnick & Friends [A Frog Named Sam]

BR&F released their newest CD, A Frog Named Sam, in 2009. This is their fifth CD and even though we love all of them, I would say this newest one is probably our favorite. BR&F have an American roots/bluegrass style that is just so family friendly and I love that they always include a nice instrumental or two on each album. They perform all over Mass and are Arlington favorites.

  • “So, So Happy” by Debbie & Friends [More Story Songs & Sing Alongs]

This song is off of D&F’s newest CD, More Story Songs & Sing Alongs, released earlier this year. D&F’s have a wonderful way of taking familiar stories and nursery rhymes and turning them into something new and exciting. Ivan has always loved their “Three Little Pigs” song, but I think “So, So Happy” is his new favorite. D&F also have a really cool animator who has been creating fun videos for their songs (you can see them here: http://debbieandfriends.net/fun.php). D&F play all over Mass. Their shows are very interactive and perfect for young kids who have never been to a full band show before.

  • “Shake!” by the Flannery Brothers [Wake Up Songs]

The Flannery Brothers are from Maine and they are making quite a splash in the children’s music scene. Their newest album, Wake Up Songs, just came out this year and it is a short, six-song CD intended to help get your kids out of bed in the morning. We really do listen to this CD every morning! Their shows are super energetic and that energy is contagious. They’ve been playing more and more shows in Mass and they’re getting to be very popular. They’re working on a new CD set to release later this year.

  • “Panther Stamps Pants” by Gustafer Yellowgold [Mellow Fever]

Gustafer Yellowgold is the creation of Morgan Taylor, a multi-talented artist who writes, sings, and animates all at once! Each Gustafer song is accompanied by an animated video and the live performances are really spectacular as the band plays in front of a large screen displaying the characters. The songs follow Gustafer and his friends on their adventures that vary from the absurd to the inspirational. Morgan’s music is mellow and light and accessible to both kids and adults. He and his band are from New York but they have been coming up for regular shows at Club Passim in Harvard Square. Their newest album, Mellow Fever, is a must hear and there’s rumor that we can expect a new Gustafer album by early 2011.

  • “Owl Hootenany” by Vanessa Trien [Carnival Day]

Vanessa Trien is as sweet in person as she is on her albums. She’s the real deal! Vanessa is talented and full of energy, which is really saying something when you consider she’s also a mom to two young children. Her newest CD, Carnival Day, just came out last year and it is a must have. Owl Hootenany is probably my favorite song on the CD. Vanessa performs all around Mass, but mostly in the Boston metro area. She plays both big theaters and little charity events. Don’t miss out on one of her shows!

  • “Finger Puppets” by Little Groove [Building Blocks]

Little Groove, headed by lead singer Sara Wheeler, is another regular around town. Little Groove has put on big shows at TCAN in Natick and the Coolidge in Brookline as well as lots of smaller library shows. Sara’s style is almost celtic and very melodic. The music is mostly acoustic and kids just love her ladybug costume! Their CD, Building Blocks, was released in 2008. We love to listen to it in the afternoons when Ivan needs to calm down after a long day at school.

  • “Friends are on their Way” by Joe’s Backyard Band [Kick Up a Breeze]

JBB is from Rhode Island and their music is just beautiful. They play in a kind of folk rock style with lots of instrumentation, from harmonica to saxophone and everything in between. They’re really quite a sight when seen live. Most of their songs are about enjoying life and friends and that’s an important message for anyone! Their album, Kick Up a Breeze, came out last year.

  • “Yucky” by Judy Pancoast [Weird Things are Everywhere]

Judy, a musician from New Hampshire, has a way of making everything silly. Her shows are so much fun for kids as she gets them to pretend they are swimming through jello or meeting aliens. Her newest CD, Weird Things are Everywhere, came out last year and is a story told in both spoken word and song about a trip across the USA. As she travels across the country Judy talks about the books that have been written about each state. Judy is a big supporter of literacy programs and you can often find her performing at local libraries in Mass.

  • “I Came Out Backwards” by Leeny And Tamara [Sharing The Same Stars]

L&T are just fun. Most of their songs attempt to teach kids something valuable, but in an entertaining way, which is no easy feat! But L&T really do pull it off. Their shows are fun and super interactive – they encourage kids to come on stage and help them sing in the microphone. Their CD, Sharing The Same Stars, came out last year and has already won a Parent’s Choice Award. They’re from Gloucester and perform all over Mass.

  • “Pájaro Carpintero (Woodpecker)” by Mariana Iranzi [Aventura Collage]

Mariana is originally from Argentina and sings all her songs in Spanish. She has a delightfully rich voice and many of her songs remind me of the bosanova style. Her songs are playful and skillfully arranged. It’s hard to believe that Aventura Collage is her first CD! She’s both a music teacher and performer in the greater Boston area and she performs regularly at the Children’s Museum.

  • “Elephant Hide and Seek” by SteveSongs [Marvelous Day]

SteveSongs is such a staple of children’s music in New England and he’s become a big star now that he’s on PBS as Mr Steve! Marvelous Day is his fifth CD and the Elephant Song is just such a classic! Steve is one of those vocalists who is simply astounding and I love the silliness he injects in every song. Plus his back up singers, the Sensational Sillies, are phenomenal! And they’re little girls! Steve’s been doing fewer live shows lately and he also tours the country quite a bit, but you can still catch him back on his home turf now and then. But his shows almost always sell out so get your tickets fast when he’s here!

Father’s Day Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Father’s Day Episode with Guest DJ Yosi & The Superdads


Featured Video: “Educated Kid” by The Hipwaders

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June  19th & 20th, 2010
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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PLAYLIST

Father’s Day 2010 Radio Show with Guest DJ, Yosi & the Superdads

  • Yosi & The Superdads Intro
  • Yosi & The Superdads  – “Oo, La, La (Travelin’)” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Brady Rymer  – “Drawing on The Sidewalk” [I Found It!]
  • Yosi Father’s Day Station ID
  • The Hipwaders – “Educated Kid” [Educated Kid]
  • Steve Songs – “Marvelous Day” [Marvelous Day]
  • Yosi & The Superdads discuss presents for Dad
  • Yosi & The Superdads  – “Thank You” [Super Kids Rock]
  • The Hipwaders – “Twitchy” [The Hipwaders]
  • Yosi & The Superdads have e-mail!
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Hey” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Sara Hickman – “Radiation Man” [Big Kid]
  • Yosi & The Superdads phone call
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “B-E-A-C-H” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Dinosaur in Love” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Yosi Father’s Day Station ID
  • Brady Rymer – “Dilly Dally Daisy” [Every Day is a Birthday]
  • Yosi & The Superdads News (w/Bill Melater & Prof. Smarty Pants)
  • Dr. Noize – “Banana” [The Ballad Of Phineas McBoof]
  • Yosi – “Pass The Purple Pesto Pasta Please” [What’s Eatin’ Yosi?]
  • Yosi – “Chilly Chili” [What’s Eatin’ Yosi?]
  • Yosi & The Superdads wish you a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Funky Monkey” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Alliteration Alphabet” [Super Kids Rock]

Hilltown Family Variety Show with Guest DJ Randy Kaplan

Randy Kaplan Guest DJ Show

Randy Kaplan joins the Hilltown Family Variety Show as a Guest DJ. Last week Randy was in town promoting his new CD with a free family performance at Cup & Top Cafe in Florence, MA (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 22nd & 23rd, 2010
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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PLAYLIST

  • Randy Kaplan – “My Little Laugh” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
  • Randy Kaplan – “No Nothing” (Loquat Rooftop)
  • Randy Kaplan – “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
  • Randy Kaplan – “Is She a Girl or Is She a Monkey” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
  • Randy Kaplan – “The Hebrew-Speaking Bear” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
  • Dan Bern – “Hiccup Song” (2 Feet Tall)
  • Billy Jones – “Yes! We Have No Bananas” (Chart Toppers of the 1920s)
  • Randy Kaplan – “The Kid Is All Id” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
  • Truckstop Honeymoon – “Weeki Wachee Mermaid”  (Christmas in Ocala)
  • Randy Kaplan – “Little Bee” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
  • Randy Kaplan – “Whistle For Willie” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio

HFVS Rollin’ On Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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ROLLIN’ ON EPISODE

Saturday from 9-10am
September 19th, 2009
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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  • Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Big Truck” [Rockin’,Rollin’ and Ridin’]Music
  • Joe West – “Dump Truck and Tractors” [If The World Was Upside Down]Music
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Old Joe Clark” [A Frog Named Sam]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • PSA: Library Card Sign-Up Month
  • Lunch Money – “I Love My Library” [Dizzy]
  • Laura Doherty – “Firefly” [Kids in the City]Music
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Wish” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – “Teddy Days” [Freedom in a Box!]
  • Mr. David – “Crocodiles are Hungry” [Jump in the Jumpy House]
  • Burl Ives – “The Sailor and the Crocodile” [Burl Ives Favorites for Children]
  • Burl Ives- “The Crocodile Song” [Burl Ives Favorites for Children]
  • Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Hey-O” (featuring Roscoe Orman) [Rockin’, Rollin’ and Ridin’]Music
  • Wicked Hemlocks – “Number Count” [Quill of the Mad]
  • School House Rock – “Three is a Magic Number” [School House Rock]
  • Station Id: Yosi & The Superdads [www.yosimusic.com]
  • AudraRox – “Moms & Dads” [Park Slope Parents: The Album]
  • Peter Himmelman – “Main Dish” [My Trampoline]Music
  • Uncle Rock – “Hippie Harvest Kitchen” [Uncle Rock U]

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HFVS Road Trip Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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ROAD TRIP EPISODE

Hilltown Family Variety Show
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Saturday mornings from 9-10am
May 30th, 2009

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  • Caspar Babypants – “Little Broken Truck” [Here I Am] Music
  • The Pop Rockets – “Trucks” [Blast Off with The Pop Rockets]
  • The Pop Stars – “Go, Giddyup, Minivan!” [The Pop Stars (Pink)] Music
  • Ziggy Marley (w/Jack Johnson & Paul Fugo) – “Cry, Cry, Cry” [Family Time] Music
  • Sippy Cups – “My Angry Voice” [The Time Machine] Music (Click here to read Bill’s review)
  • Joe McDermott – “Come to Hawaii” [Great Big World]
  • Terri Hendrix – “Nerves” [Celebrate the Difference]
  • Daddy A Go-Go – “Irritation Man” [Eat Every Bean, and Pea on Your Plate]
  • Adam and the Couch Potatoes – “Riding Without Fighting!” [One Size Fits All]
  • Ellis Paul – “Road Trip” [The Dragonfly Races]
  • Twink – “Pussy Cat” [The Broken Record]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Claire Bloom – “The Story of the Four Little Children Continued” [Nonsense Stories and Poems by Edward Lear]
  • Elton Hayes – “The Owl & the Pussycat”
  • Station Id: Princess Katie & Racer Steve [www.princessracer.com]
  • 23 Secret Agent Skidoo – “Luck” [Easy]
  • Sippy Cups – “Seven is the New 14” [The Time Machine] Music
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]


HFVS Mid-Winter Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
Mid-Winter 2009 Episode


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

02/07/09 PLAYLIST

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  • The Nields – “Aikendrum” [All Together Singing in the Kitchen]
  • The Nields – “Percy on Pluto” [Rock All Day]
  • Lunch Money – “It Only Takes One Night to Make a Balloon Your Friend” [Dizzy] Music
  • The Ovaltineys & Monte Ray – “Balloons” [Vintage Children’s Favorites]
  • Captain Bogg & Salty – “Purple Tiki” [Emphatical Piratical] Music
  • Captain Bogg & Salty – “Port Side” [Emphatical Piratical] Music
  • The Nields – “Superhero Soup” [Rock All Day]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Tom Glazer – “Snowflake, Snowflake” [Weather Songs]
  • Eric Herman – “Snow Day” [Snow Day]
  • Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Snow Day” [Special Kind of Day]
  • Carole King – “Chicken Soup with Rice” [Really Rosie]
  • Vince Guaraldi- ” Skating” [A Charlie Brown Christmas]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock – “Chinese Proverb” [Experience… 101]
  • Duplex – “Dear Emily”
  • Charity and the JAMband – “The Bird” Music
  • Michael Hearst – “Where Do Ice Cream Trucks Go in the Winter?” [Songs For Ice Cream Trucks]
  • Lunasa – “January Snows” [Otherworld]

Support Valley Free Radio, Home of the Hilltown Family Variety Show

It’s fundraising time over at Valley Free Radio,
WXOJ 103.3FM Northampton, MA,
home of the Hilltown Family Variety Show.
(413) 584-1160, (413) 585-1033

Valley Free Radio (WXOJ 103.3FM) is a non-profit, community based and volunteer run radio station for the Greater Northampton area. It is truly a non-commercial radio station. The station is supported by members of our community and accepts no underwriting.

Join me (host, Sienna) and good friend and long time supporter Helen from Cup and Top this Saturday (09/27/08) from 9-10am for our fundraising drive.  We are giving away A LOT OF FREE STUFF to listeners that call in between 9-10:30am to make a pledge of $25 or more to the station.  If you make a pledge of $40 or more you get to pick two.

Check out our juicy list of premiums below of CD’s, DVD’s, Book’s and T-Shirt’s from all the great artists we feature on the Hilltown Family Variety Show.  But this is only while supplies last.  So call us on Saturday between 9-10:30am to make your financial pledge to this great community resource!

CD’S

  • I Can Do it By Myself by AudraRox
  • Grace’s Bell by Ben Rudnick & Friends
  • Here comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could by Brady Rymer
  • Napper’s Delight by Dean Jones
  • Freedom in a Box by The Deedle Deedle Dees
  • Different by Elizabeth Street
  • Cranberry Sauce Flotilla by Dog on Fleas
  • When I Get Little by Dog on Fleas
  • Best Friends by Ellen and Matt
  • Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang by Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang
  • I Wanna Play by Bill Harley
  • Silly Reflections by Lunch Money
  • The Pod Squad by Hot Peas ‘N Butter
  • Might As Well Sing by Mr. Richard
  • Tummy Talk by Mr. Richard
  • Opus Ditty and the Joyride Jet Engine Bus by Opus Ditty
  • Road Trip by Rebecca Freeza
  • Music in My Heart by Rebecca Frezza
  • Monkey Town by Recess Monkey
  • Wonderstuff by Recess Monkey
  • Music Makes Me Happy by Robbie K & Friends
  • Electric Storyland by The Sippy Cups
  • Kids Rock for Peas by The Sippy Cups
  • Plays Well With Others by Uncle Rock
  • Uncle Rock U by Uncle Rock

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Suggested Events 07/19/08 – 07/20/08

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SUGGEST AN EVENT

If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page.

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns
The following key represents the sum cost of one adult and one child:
(>$) Under $10; ($) Between $10-$19; ($$) Between $20-$44; ($$$) Over $45

SATURDAY – 07/19

GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL – (Greenfield) On the grounds of the Greenfield Community College. LINK

7am – 9am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) Are you prepared to rock?! Join Bill & Ella on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child every Saturday on The River 93.9FM (101.5FM in Brattleboro), or 103.3 FM WXOJ-LP to hear two hours of quality family-friendly music. [All ages] (Free) LINK

9am-10am – FAMILY RADIO & STORYTELLING – (Air Waves) Join our Hilltown Family! Spend a little time with The Hilltown Family Variety Show every Saturday on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM to hear a full hour of commercial-free, quality family-friendly music and storytelling. [Families] (Free) LINK

9am-9:30pm – SCOTTISH FESTIVAL – (Florence) Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival at Look Park. [All Ages] ($) LINK

9:30am-4:30pm – CULINARY HISTORY – (Deerfield) Histoic Deerfield offers open hearth cooking demos with their program “Warm Weather, Cold Hearth” every Saturday in July. [All Ages] (Free with admission) MORE INFO

9:30am-11:30am – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP – (Northampton) Pioneer Valley Women of Color Moms Group at the Forbes Library. [Mothers] (Free) MORE INFO

10am – KIDS FILM FEST – (Williamstown) Kids First! Film Club at Images Cinema. [Ages 2-12] (>$) MORE INFO

11am-3pm – COMMUNITY GARDENING – (Northampton) Open house at the NOHO community garden on Burt’s Pit Road. Garden games for the kids, refreshments, networking and educating. [All Ages] (Free)

11am – MASS MoCA – (North Adams) Kids Can Too at Club B-10 at MASS MoCA. [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

1pm – KIDS CONCERT & PICNIC – (Stockbridge) David Grover and the Big Bear Band at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. 584-5190 [All Ages] (>$)

3pm-11pm – FUNDRAISER – (Florence) Memorial motorcycle ride and classic car cruise benefit. BBQ, live music auction, raffle and fireworks at dusk. 268-3145 [All Ages] (Fundraiser) MORE INFO

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HFVS Counting Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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COUNTING EPISODE

Hilltown Family Variety Show
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Saturday mornings from 9-10am

May 10th, 2008

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Playlist

  • Dan Zanes – “West Indian Counting Song” [House Party]
  • Bill Bragg & The Blocks – “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8” [Rare Family Songs of Woody Guthrie]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter – “Number One” [Hot Peas ‘N Butter Vol. 3, Mo Hotta]
  • Carole King – “One Was Johnny” [Really Rosie]
  • Jambo – “Two Feet” [Lucy’s Parade]
  • The Jellydots – “Three is a Magic Number” [“Hey You Kids!]
  • Twink – “Three Blink Mice” [The Broken Record]
  • Nat King Cole Trio – “Three Blind Mice” [Nicky’s Jazz for Kids]
  • Robbie Schaefer – “Sally, Can I Walk You Home?” [Songs for Kids Like Us]
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “Four Spaces” [Ladybug One]
  • They Might Be Giants – “High Five!” [Here Come the 123s]
  • SHOW ID: Princess Katie & Racer Steve (www.princessracer.org)
  • Count Basie – “Jive at Five” [The Best of Early Basie]
  • David Grover & The Big Bear Band – “Six” [Watch Me Now!]
  • Imagination Movers – “Seven Days a Week” [Juice Box Heroes]
  • Charity and the JAMBand – “Counting Tricks” [Peanut Butter and JAM]
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock – “Counting in Swahii” [A Child’s Celebration of the World]
  • Justin Roberts – “Nine Planets” [Not Naptime]
  • Erin Flynn with the Co-Op Band – “Count to Ten” [Dreamers Of Dreams]
  • Louis Armstrong – “Ten Feet Off the Ground” [Nicky’s Jazz For Kids]
  • Terrible Twos – “When I Get to Eleven” [If You Ever See an Owl]
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock – “Counting in Japanese” [A Child’s Celebration of the World]
  • Ralph Covert – “Eighteen Wheels on a Big Rig” [At the Bottom of the Sea]
  • SHOW ID: Steve Weeks (www.steveweeksmusic.com)

COUNTING

There are heaps of songs we didn’t get to play on this week’s episode that would have fit our theme perfectly, including “7, 8, 9” off of the new album Snacktime by Barenaked Ladies and a favorite from my childhood, “Figure Eight” from the Schoolhouse Rock episodes. Here are their videos below. Check ’em out.

HFVS is Moving to Saturdays!

The Hilltown Family Variety Show is Moving & Expanding!

On May 3rd, the Hilltown Family Variety Show will moving to Saturday mornings, and expanding to a full hour! Tune in between 9am-10am to 103.3FM (Northampton) to hear great family music and storytelling every Saturday! Our weekly podcast will be following suit, expanding to a full hour. Click here to subscribe to our free podcast.

But we’re not the only ones moving, our friends over at Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child will be moving up an hour from 7am-9am on Saturday’s too! – It’s a party!

So get your kids to exercise their groove-thang by turning off the Saturday morning, commercial-laced, cartoons on the boob-tube, and tune-in to WXOJ-LP 103.3 FM from 7-10am for three full hours of back-to-back, commercial-free, local family programing. It’ll be a rockin’ good time!

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