I wanted to pop in to wish you and yours a very happy holiday, hopefully filled with family, friends and good food. I also wanted to say howdy! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to update the Ages 3 and Up! blog with a playlist, mostly because of some technical problems with WRFL’s website, and it’s been a REALLY long while since I’ve been able to provide you with an update on what’s going on with me, my family, and my other projects. I’ve just been so darned busy!
Here’s a quick run down:
We (Kid-O and I) still do Ages 3 and Up! every Saturday morning from 8-9 EST on WRFL FM. That’s 88.1 FM on the dial in Lexington and Central Kentucky, or http://wrfl.fm/ online. We are going on 5 1/2 years now!
We launched a new program geared toward a national audience this past spring, called Pied Piper Radio. Doing the show was TOTAL fun, much like doing Ages 3 and Up! is, but producing it was a completely different experience. We learned a lot about what to do and what not to do, and about what seems to work and what doesn’t. We produced twenty episodes, and made them available to radio stations and the general public through Public Radio Exchange. A couple of episodes even got played at a pretty great sounding station in Kodiak Island, Alaska. We just wrapped up production on PPR for the year, and will be working on episodes for our Spring/Summer season (due out in April or May of 2011). We’re working on some nifty changes, that we think listeners of both of our programs will dig.
Originally, we intended for Ages 3 and Up! and Pied Piper Radio to be to completely different, distinct, mostly unrelated entities. Our intention has changed. We are working on some projects that will link the two programs. We don’t want to make any announcements yet, but as soon as we get the details worked out, you (faithful Ages 3 and Up! readers and listeners) will be the first to know.
We also spent quite a lot of time working with Rock N Romp Lexington, an organzation that organizes a rock concert series for local kids. RNR Lex has ended its season for this year, but will be back in the Spring. You can keep up with what’s happening with Rock N Romp by “Like”ing their Facebook page. (While you’re there, you can also “Like” ours and Pied Piper’s.)
Kid-O and I keep on keepin’ on. He’s in the third grade, and I’m working with a really nice department at the University of Kentucky. All in all, everyone seems pretty happy right now. That’s not to say that the past year or so hasn’t been without its challenges (because everyone’s got those) but instead, to say that we are looking forward to what the future will bring. We are thankful for many people in our lives- our family, friends, and those who have lent their ears and offered support to us and our projects. We’re also thankful for important things like food, shelter, and clean water; and for our talents and abilities, even the ones we might sometimes take for granted, like the ability walk, our senses, or the ability to read.
Alright! Let’s wrap this up. I’m gonna leave you with the story of The Churkendoose. This comes from the Kiddie Records Weekly website. If you’ve been reading this blog or listening to Ages 3 and Up! for any amount of time, you’ll know that it is one of my favorite resources. You may recognize the narrator on this as Ray Bolger. He’s better known as the actor who played the Scarecrow on The Wizard of Oz.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving! And this was good… perhaps we’ll do more actual blogging in 2011.