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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!

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!” 

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.

HFVS Occupation Episode with Guest DJ, Brandon Smith this week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show! 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, any time on the HFVS podcast…

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.

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.

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.

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

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!”

Hilltown Family Variety Show welcomes Guest DJ, Morgan Taylor of international phenomenon Gustafer Yellowgold. Listen now to our commerical-free podcast for an hour-long family program of great music and a terrific guest DJ! Spin the dial and listen to what Morgan has on his playlist!

Mark your calendars! See Mogan perform live at the Eric Carle Museum this summer in Amherst! Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show happens on Saturday, July 26.

Hilltown Family Variety Show welcomes Guest DJ, Orange Sherbet. This week’s show has a delicious flavor as he celebrates local food through music!

Listen now to our commerical-free podcast for an hour-long family program of great music and a terrific guest DJ!

Hilltown Family Variety Show this week welcomes Guest DJ, Jordan Shapiro of Astrograss. He brings us a rich variety of Bluegrass & American Roots music!

Listen now to our commerical-free podcast for an hour-long family program of great music and a terrific guest DJ!

This week’s episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show (HFVS) is Birds of Spring! Great indie children’s musician sing about birds and spring! Elizabeth Mitchell’s “Winter’s Come & Gone,” waves farewell to a cold winter, while Imagination Movers’ “Springtime!” is an upbeat celebratory song of the season. Peter Himmelman’s “My Green Kite” will get you excited to enjoy a windy spring day, and The Sippy Cups “Springtime Fantastic” is an all time favorite tune for spring celebrations! This episode originally broadcasted in the spring of 2008. Listen anytime to our podcast…

Occupation Episode with Guest DJ, Brandon Smith this week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show! 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, any time on the HFVS podcast…

This week on the HFVS: Pioneers of Sound Episode with Guest DJ, Elska! 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!”

Mike Carrera and Debbie Cavalier are our guest DJs this week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show with a Family & Friends Episode. Join Mike & Debbie and sing along with fun songs, hear stories about Debbie and Mike’s family and friends, and learn more about their favorite songs!

2-Time GRAMMY nominee Justin Roberts is our guest DJ this week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show! Justin plays some of his favorite tunes, ranging from creativity to playtime, family love and individuality by some of the best songwriters in family music are included in today’s show! Listen to the podcast now…

Get ready to travel around the Americas with Andrés Salguero from ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! this week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show. On this weekend´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! Listen now to our hour long, commercial-free podcast!

Listen to Podcast: ROAD TRIP EPISODE Hilltown Family Variety Show WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA Rebroadcast from May 30th, 2009 New Podcasts ♦ Archived Podcasts ♦ Subscribe to Podcast Radio ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter 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… Read More

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… Read More

LISTEN TO PODCAST 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… Read More

LISTEN TO PODCAST 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 listen NOW | listen on WXOJ | archived shows/podcasts |  request a song | subscribe to free podcast | contests & giveaways | myspace | facebook | twitter PLAYLIST… Read More

Randy Kaplan Guest DJ Show Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am May 22nd & 23rd, 2010 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA  Archived Podcasts ♦ Radio ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter 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… Read More

Listen to Podcast: ROLLIN’ ON EPISODE Saturday from 9-10am September 19th, 2009 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA FEATURED VIDEO: Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Big Truck” [Rockin’,Rollin’ and Ridin’] New Podcasts ♦ Archived Podcasts ♦ Subscribe to Podcast Radio ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Big Truck” [Rockin’,Rollin’ and Ridin’]Music Joe West – “Dump Truck and Tractors” [If The World Was Upside Down]Music… Read More

Listen to Podcast: 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 New Podcasts ♦ Archived Podcasts ♦ Subscribe to Podcast Radio ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter 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)]… Read More

Listen to Podcast: 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 New Podcasts ♦ Archived Podcasts ♦ Subscribe to Podcast Radio ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter 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”… Read More

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… Read More

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: BENEFIT FOR VALLEY FREE RADIO ON AUGUST 9TH (POSTPONED!) 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. Suggest an Event | Local forecast | Get directions | Free Museum Passes Farmer’s Market | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) Events Happening in the Hilltowns The following… Read More

Listen to Podcast: COUNTING EPISODE Hilltown Family Variety Show WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA Saturday mornings from 9-10am May 10th, 2008 New Podcasts ♦ Archived Podcasts ♦ Subscribe to Podcast Radio ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter 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… Read More

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… Read More

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