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Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child

Series produced by Bill Childs

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Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, is a weekly radio show for kids and their grownups, broadcasting from Austin, Texas. It's indie music for indie kids.


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"Spare the Rock doesn’t, and that’s why everybody loves it."
- John Flansburgh, They Might Be Giants

"Remember how kids used to wake up on Saturday morning excited to watch cartoons? My kids wake up Saturday morning excited for the first strains of TMBG singing 'It’s Spare The Rock…with Bill & Ella…and sometimes Liam! Since we started carrying the show, it has become a local cultural phenomenon. Plus, Bill Childs is a nerd. So are his kids. And nerd is the new cool. Do you think they are going to let crappy kids music hit the airwaves? I’ve heard everything from Rush to Dan Zanes, The Pixies to Brady Rymer. Pete Seeger to The f****** Muppets. Yeah, I said it in a thing about kids music. I f****** love this show."
- Monte Belmonte, Program Director, WRSI (93.9 The River) For seven years, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child has been providing the soundtrack to thousands of childhoods in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts and southern Vermont. The show plays “indie music for indie kids,” including the best of music aimed at kids (like Dan Zanes, Elizabeth Mitchell, Lunch Money, Caspar Babypants, and They Might Be Giants) right along side kid-friendly tracks from the likes of The Ramones, Mike Doughty, Ella Fitzgerald, Brian Eno, Pizzicato Five, Andrew Bird, Fishbone, and more. Throw in book reviews and exclusive in-studios from dozens of artists, including the likes of Jonathan Coulton, Asylum Street Spankers, Dan Zanes, Dog on Fleas, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Elizabeth Mitchell, They Might Be Giants, and many more, and you’ve got an idea of what the show is about. One thing it’s not is your typical kids’ programming. We’re radio nerds, and we want to raise another generation of radio nerds. That means a set that starts with Elvis Costello, switches to Brooklyn history-oriented family rock band the Deedle Deedle Dees, and then pivots to Guided By Voices, or one that starts with British folk punker Frank Turner, then family hip-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (featuring Cactus from Granola Funk Express), and finishes up with Earth Wind & Fire. Check out some recent playlists (at http://sparetherock.com) and you’ll get the idea. It’s Kidz Bop- and condescension-free, and genuinely curated, not randomly generated by the RadioCompuBot 3000. It is good radio, period, not just good-for-kids. Now, Spare the Rock is broadcast from Austin, Texas, and is available in a one-hour format to any radio station that wishes to air it, commercial or non-commercial, anywhere in the world. Listen here on PRX.org, read more at our syndication page, or send me an email at show@sparetherock.com for details. Hide full description


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"Spare the Rock doesn’t, and that’s why everybody loves it."
- John Flansburgh, They Might Be Giants

"Remember how kids used to wake up on Saturday morning excited to watch cartoons? My kids wake up Saturday morning excited for the first strains of TMBG singing 'It’s Spare The Rock…with Bill & Ella…and sometimes Liam! Since we started carrying the show, it has become a local cultural phenomenon. Plus, Bill Childs is a nerd. So are his kids. And nerd is the new cool. Do you think they are going to let crappy kids music hit the airwaves? I’ve heard everything from Rush to Dan Zanes, The Pixies to Brady Rymer. Pete Seeger to The f****** Muppets. Yeah, I said it in a thing about kids music. I f****** love this show."
- Monte Belmonte, Program Director, WRSI (93.9 The River)For seven...

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We've got none other than They Might Be Giants in the studio, plus new music from Mister G and, well, TMBG themselves too!

  • Added: Jun 27, 2015
  • Length: 52:30
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Dale Watson in-studio! New music from The Wiggly Tendrils, Mister G, Jazzy Ash, and the Bazillions! Jimi Hendrix! Jellyfish! Chickasaw Mudd Pup...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2015
  • Length: 51:17
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With an in-studio from Gustafer Yellowgold, new music from Quiet Company and They Might Be Giants, plus songs from The Fastbacks, Rani Arbo & daisy...

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  • Added: Jun 12, 2015
  • Length: 51:43
  • Purchases: 1
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With Lucky Diaz performing in-studio, plus new music from Yellow Whale and Red Yarn -- and much more.

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2015
  • Length: 52:42
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New music from Recess Monkey, The Bazillions, Play Date, Red Yarn, Ratboy Jr., and world premiere music from Alastair Moock's amazing new record! ...

  • Added: Jun 03, 2015
  • Length: 48:51
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With Adam Levy (Honeydogs, Bunny Clogs) in the studio, plus new music from Matt & Kim and Turkey Andersen -- and so much more!

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  • Added: May 27, 2015
  • Length: 53:38
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With the Doubleclicks in the studio, plus new music from Pointed Man Band, Elena Moon Park, Harmonica Pocket, and much more!

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  • Added: May 23, 2015
  • Length: 51:35
  • Purchases: 1
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With Don Tate talking about his books and the We Need Diverse Books initiative, plus new music from Recess Monkey and Lucky Diaz, plus songs from L...

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  • Added: May 17, 2015
  • Length: 55:57
  • Purchases: 1
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With Carrie Rodriguez in-studio, plus great songs from Lori Henriques, The Deedle Deedle Dees, Willie Nelson, The Pixies, Sharon Jones & the Dap Ki...

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  • Added: May 11, 2015
  • Length: 56:12
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With a visit from Mates of State to sing a couple of songs, plus Mothers Day tunes, Brian Eno, Lead Belly, Prince, and more, including brand new Lu...

  • Added: May 03, 2015
  • Length: 53:33
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With new music from Future Hits, Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly, the Bunny Clogs, and Pointed Man Band, plus great songs from Booker T. Jones, Guided ...

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  • Added: Apr 27, 2015
  • Length: 54:31
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New music from Steve Weeks, Keith Munslow, Mista Cookie Jar, Lloyd Miller, Recess Monkey, and Big Block Singalong, plus great stuff from Strumero, ...

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  • Added: Apr 20, 2015
  • Length: 54:22
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New They Might Be Giants, Vered, and Matt & Kim! Plus Whirligigs, Shine & the Moonbeams, ScribbleMonster, Pink Floyd, and more!

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2015
  • Length: 50:01
  • Purchases: 1
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We've got new music from Turkey Andersen and Lloyd Miller, plus an in-studio song from Danny Weinkauf, music from Red Yarn, Lunch Money, Baby Loves...

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  • Added: Apr 06, 2015
  • Length: 55:30
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New music from Turkey Andersen, Future Hits, Papa Crow, Karen K & the Jitterbugs, Mista Cookie Jar, and Earthworm Ensemble. Plus a warm welcome to...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2015
  • Length: 53:49
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With some previews of Northampton's Meltdown, plus new music from Turkey Andersen, The Doubleclicks, Alison Faith Levy, and Lloyd Miller -- plus an...

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  • Added: Mar 24, 2015
  • Length: 53:14
  • Purchases: 1
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World-premiere new music from Lloyd Miller! New music from Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly, Turkey Andersen, They Might Be Giants, and Alison Faith Lev...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2015
  • Length: 51:17

  • Added: Mar 07, 2015
  • Length: 54:10
  • Purchases: 1
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With new music from Suz Slezak, They Might Be Giants, Poco Drom, Lori Henriques, and the Bunny Clogs -- plus Miles Davis, Chicago, Salim Nourallah,...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2015
  • Length: 54:01
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Show 495: with new music from The Nields, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Cat Doorman, and Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly! Plus we celebrate Liam's 13th bi...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2015
  • Length: 55:06