Earworms! Ya know, those songs that get stuck in your head? Well, Sean McCollough knows all about them! Sean is a radio host for the KidStuff Show on WDVX and you know what that means? He’s certified and bonafied! He knows his music and it was a blast to talk to him about all of his experiences in the music world. “Sean McCollough has been entertaining and educating families and school groups with his energetic shows since the mid-90s. He has been compared to Pete Seeger and John McCutcheon for his use of traditional music and storytelling as well as his charismatic performances.
Sean plays the guitar, banjo and mandolin and draws heavily on the music of the Appalachian Mountains, mixing world music, original songs, and other contemporary sounds into his performances that are built around audience participation”
If you’re a fan of music that’s great then you and your family will love Sean. You can hear the song ‘Earworm’ at the end of the show.
The multi-talented Craig Pomranz joins me to talk about his book, Made By Raffi, and so much more!
Inspired by a true-life incident, Made By Raffi is the story of a little boy who likes to knit and sew — at first he is teased for his hobby, but in the end he becomes a hero to his class. Recently released in Chinese and Korean the Made by Raffi is now published in 8 languages and 11 countries so far by UK publishers Frances Lincoln. Award-winning artist Margaret Chamberlain is the illustrator.
Craig wrote the book to support young boys and girls who are perceived as “different” because of their appearance or hobbies. It is a funny colorful book with a serious message and will interest those who care about promoting diversity and embracing our differences, as well as all children seeking to fit in.
Additionally, composers Amanda McBroom (Bette Midler’s “The Rose”) and Michele Brourman (The Land Before Time) wrote a song “Different” which you can hear at the end of the episode.
Derek McKinley and I immediately became best friends as we started talking. We covered all kinds of topics like Japan, skiing, teaching, and of course the music that Derek makes. Derek cares for children and children’s rights as well as the environment and his music reflects that! “The main goal of Sing Song Party Time is to provide fun and creative children’s music with an emphasis on healthy living and environmental awareness so that children will feel empowered to live full and happy lives.”
Be sure to listen to his song ‘Llama Lou’ at the end of this episode! Email email@example.com with question or if you think you have good stuff to share!
Ethan Berlin has contributed in many different ways to the world of Kids Media. He’s made apps, he’s worked on TV Shows, he’s the voice of L.I.S.A from the Pants on Fire Podcast, hosts a public access show for kids, and he’s also an author. I had the opportunity to meet and work with Ethan, and I knew that he would be a perfect guest for the Good Stuff Kids Podcast. After all, he makes funny stuff for kids, and we all need more funny stuff in our lives. Got something that you think is good stuff? Email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
This one is a blast of fun and joy! Mr. Tommy and I hit it off right away and we had an awesome conversation as he set up for his concert at the Florida State Fair. He even sang me a song!
“Mr. Tommy, Tommy Girvin, is a dynamic performer, entertainer, author & educator with 35+ years of experience as a touring rock musician and musical director with the famous rock singer Eddie Money. Mr. Tommy’s mission is to bring children joy, encourage imagination & creativity and build self-esteem through music and musical experiences. Mr. Tommy’s Mobile Music Bus that is an ongoing, ever changing, enchanting and inspiring music and exercise enrichment program. Endorsed by the Early Learning Coalition, this music classroom on wheels brings a fun, active, dynamic, and educational music session to pre-schools and children’s events that serves over 300+ kids a week.”
Stay tuned until the end of the show for his songs ‘Hippopotamus’ and ‘If I was a Fish’. They’re both instant classics!
Funky Farms and Martians! It’s all fair game for Beth Jean and her music that is so perfect for families. “Beth Jean’s knack for writing catchy, clever songs is enriched with her memorable style and talent of creating lively sets for various media that makes for a unique niche in today’s children’s market. Her DIY spirit has allowed her to produce an unforgettable world of sparkling images, hooky tunes and family friendly sketches.” Sparkles galore! Unicorns!
"Swamp Romp," is the brand new Louisiana dance party album from Johnette and Scott. Johnette is a well-known musician and children's book author, and Scott is a 3-time GRAMMY winning producer and A&R director at Rounder Records." It's a tasty gumbo of awesome...
Two Good Stuff Family favorites are back to talk about new records and so much more. I caught Lucky Diaz right before he was about to leave on tour and we talked about the Lucky Band’s ‘Buenos Diaz’, as well as the new band name and look. We also, obviously, talked about Pee Wee’s big adventure and a whole lot more. You can hear the song ‘Buenos Dias’ at the end of the show. “With 11 songs vibrantly arranged by GRAMMY-winning producer Dean Jones, Buenos Diaz is a bilingual celebration of family life. Lucky and Alisha are celebrating a decade of creating exciting media for children as Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. Now touring as The Lucky Band, their refreshingly retro Space Age look reflects the modern vintage sound the new music.Our guy, Randy Kaplan, also came back to talk about his brand new album ‘Shake It And Break It’, in which he puts his signature stamp on delta and ragtime blues classics. He also gave me a bit of a history lesson on some music that I don’t know much about. You can hear the incredible ‘Shake It And Break It’ at the end of the show. “Shake It and Break It, a collection of pre-WWII country blues, ragtime, and Delta blues classics retrofitted with lyrics that sing of characters living in a zany, brainy world of nonstop, rapid-fire comedy.”
When my kids need to chill, and they often need to chill, we put on Little Stories for Tiny People. When they don’t want to sleep we put on Little Stories for Tiny People. On long car rides? Yep, Little Stories for Tiny People. It was so good to talk to Rhea Pechter, fellow podcaster and member of Kids Listen about her show and what inspires her to do the things she does. Rhea has one of the most creative shows out there. She’s 100% original. Her show is “perfect for bleary-eyed parents, innovative teachers, and at-wits’-end babysitters looking for an alternative and non-annoying way to engage the toddlers and young kids they love at bedtime or any time!”
Uncle Ty-Rone is a ventriloquist, puppeteer, and comedian who found his passion when he was young. He was so interested in being a ventriloquist that it even helped him learn how to read. Uncle Ty-Rone also does not forget where he came from and all of the people that helped him along the way. “A professional since 1994, comedian and ventriloquist Uncle Ty-Rone got his big break at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he learned how to attract and entertain large crowds. Ever since, the Virginia native has been sharing his love for entertaining where ever he can find people who want to laugh and enjoy good clean fun. He has appeared at comedy clubs, fairs, festivals, libraries, corporate events, educational venues all across the country to well satisfied audiences.”