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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This week, we’ll hear new music from Go Banana Go!, Sam Tsui and Casey Breves, Lucy Kalantari, and more—plus we’ll talk with our new radio pal Elle...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2024
  • Length: 57:26
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This week, we’ll air our recent interview with the legendary They Might Be Giants about things ranging from their preferred forest type to what the...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2024
  • Length: 54:22
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This week, we’re talking with the legendary actor, singer, philanthropist, and actual space traveler William Shatner about his new album “Where Wil...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 56:02
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This week, Laurie Berkner’s going to call in to talk about the 25th anniversary of her album Victor Vito, plus we’ll hear new music from William Sh...

  • Added: May 23, 2024
  • Length: 54:54
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This week, Parker Woodland will call in to talk about their new song, Makeup—and we’ve got the premiere of it. Plus we’ll hear new music from Lucy ...

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  • Added: May 20, 2024
  • Length: 56:45
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This week, Frank Gallo from Rolie Polie Guacamole will call in and we’ll talk about their new record and about recording with Steve Albini, plus w...

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  • Added: May 20, 2024
  • Length: 57:38
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This week, we’ll hear new tracks from Birds of a Feather, Bad Bad Hats, and Sweet Potato Music, plus we’ll listen to songs by The White Stripes, El...

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  • Added: May 13, 2024
  • Length: 55:46
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This week, we’ll celebrate birds and graduates, with music from Adrian Quesada, Superchunk, Justin Roberts, Bob Marley, Men Without Hats, Quiet Com...

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  • Added: May 08, 2024
  • Length: 56:55
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This week, we’ll hear new songs from Sonya Cohen Cramer and F-105, plus songs from The Wiggles covering Tame Impala, The Brothers Johnson, James Br...

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  • Added: Apr 30, 2024
  • Length: 54:23
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This week, we’ll hear new songs from They Might Be Giants, Sam & Casey, and Keith Munslow, plus music from Dr. Dog, Okee Dokee Brothers, Jazzy Ash,...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2024
  • Length: 55:59
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This week, we’ll hear music from Dale Watson, Frances England, Mudhoney, Lucky Diaz, Curtis Mayfield, Mates of State, Pixies, and more! It’s indie ...

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2024
  • Length: 57:02
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This week, we’ll hear new music from Beyonce, Jon Langford & the Bright Shiners, Sonya Cohen Cramer, Go Banana Go!, and Again Again, plus we’ll hea...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2024
  • Length: 59:35
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This week, we’ll hear new music from They Might Be Giants, Beyonce, VIAL, and Rolie Polie Guacamole, plus we’ll hear songs from Kermit Ruffins, The...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2024
  • Length: 57:33
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This week, we’ll hear new music from Man Man, Ants on a Log, and the folks from Tumble Science Podcast for Kids, plus we’ll listen to songs from Al...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2024
  • Length: 54:36
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This week, we’ll hear new music from Go Banana Go!, Bryan Russell, Keith Munslow, and Brady Rymer, plus we’ll listen to songs from Stevie Wonder, S...

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2024
  • Length: 55:25
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This week, it’s South by Southwest week! Erin from Parker Woodland is calling in to talk about that band’s showcase and their forthcoming album, pl...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2024
  • Length: 56:07
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This week, we’re back from South by Southwest and we are looking back at music from the earliest days of Spare the Rock—so we’ll hear music from Sc...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2024
  • Length: 56:52
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This week, Todd ’n’ Tina will stop by and sing some songs from their new album, plus we’ll preview more of South by Southwest, including tracks fro...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2024
  • Length: 54:39
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This week, we’ll preview some of the family programming around South by Southwest, including tracks from SaulPaul, A Giant Dog, Sally Timms & Jon L...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2024
  • Length: 54:21
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This week, we’ll hear new music from Danny Weinkauf, plus songs from The Harmonica Pocket, Prince, Throwing Muses, Harry & the Potters, Mates of St...

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2024
  • Length: 56:09
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