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, Laura Bruce from Mi Casa Es Tu Casa is calling in to talk about their Latin Grammy nomination, plus we’ll hear new music from Dan & Clau...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2021
  • Length: 55:11
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This week, we’re being thankful for the four benefit records on Spare the Rock Records, so we’re listening to a lot of those songs—plus Thanksgivin...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2021
  • Length: 56:12
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This week, we’ll hear a new song from the Harmonica Pocket, plus we’ll listen to music from The Not-Its, The Impressions, Queen Latifah, SaulPaul, ...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2021
  • Length: 53:58
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This week, we’ll celebrate Hanukkah with new music from Jingle Punx and Joanie Leeds & Josh Shriber, plus songs from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, ...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2021
  • Length: 51:04
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This week, we’ll start some holiday celebrations and hear new music from Zanny Piano, Claudia Robin Gunn, The Alto-Rays, and Miss Paula, plus we’ll...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2021
  • Length: 55:49
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This week, we’ll celebrate the holidays with new music from Claudia Robin Gunn and Zanny Piano, plus we’ll hear songs from The New Standards, Lucky...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2021
  • Length: 55:22
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This week, we’ll start to celebrate the new year with new music from Todd ’n’ Tina, Red Yarn, and Laura Doherty, plus we’ll hear songs from Bruce R...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2021
  • Length: 56:09
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This week, we’ll listen to new music from Triple Rainbow, Todd ’n’ Tina, Divinity Roxx, Red Yarn with Uncle Devin, and—in our first ever song entir...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2021
  • Length: 55:07
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This week, we’ll listen to new music from the Strawbitty Yops, Dawn Landes, and Red Yarn, plus we’ll hear songs by Fountains of Wayne, Pierce Freel...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2022
  • Length: 55:11
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This week, we’ll listen to new music from Father Goose and Falu, plus songs from Dessa, Fyutch, Foxygen, Frances England, David Bowie, Rhythm Child...

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  • Added: Jan 12, 2022
  • Length: 54:29
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This week, we’ll play a never-before-heard kids’ song from Honus Honus and Cyrus from legendary Philly band Man Man, plus new music from Divinity R...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2022
  • Length: 57:13
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This week, we’ll play another new song from a couple the guys from Man Man, plus new music from Falu, Vistas, Dan & Claudia Zanes, Tiny Music, and ...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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This week, we’ll listen to a good number of songs about friends and working for justice in memory of friend of the show Professor Jon Western. We’l...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2022
  • Length: 55:44
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This week, we’ll celebrate Black History Month with Grammy nominee Rissi Palmer guest hosting the whole show. She’ll play some of her amazing music...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2022
  • Length: 54:39
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This week, we’re continuing our celebration of Black History Month and Black excellence, with Claudia and Dan Zanes guest hosting! They’ll play son...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2022
  • Length: 58:28
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This week, we’re finishing up our celebration of Black History Month and Black excellence, with SaulPaul returning as a guest host! He’ll play some...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2022
  • Length: 54:04
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This week, we’ll play a new song from Frank Turner, plus some songs to celebrate our South by Southwest show, and tracks from Lee Bains & the Glory...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2022
  • Length: 57:16
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This week, our friend Lloyd H. Miller from the Deedle Deedle Dees is guest hosting a show dedicated to the music and spirit of Schoolhouse Rock and...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2022
  • Length: 56:30
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This week, we’ll recover from South by Southwest or whatever you need to recover from, with music from the Chambers Brothers, Dan & Claudia Zanes, ...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2022
  • Length: 54:47
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This week, we’ll hear new music from Jazzy Ash and Jesse Norell, plus we’ll listen to songs by Father Goose, ESG, Aeon Station, Riders Against the ...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2022
  • Length: 56:56