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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New music from Sarah Aroeste and They Might Be Giants, plus a French/Paris set!

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2015
  • Length: 54:39
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New They Might Be Giants! New Lucky Diaz! New Best Coast! DISCO DANCE PARTY!

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2015
  • Length: 49:05
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New music from Staci Gray, Joe McDermott, The I Don't Cares, and more! Plus a super fun dance set!

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 53:30
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Marian Call visits! New Lisa Loeb! New Joe McDermott! The Pop Ups backstage at ACL! Good heavens, so many exclamation points!

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2015
  • Length: 49:35
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It's Mister G live in the studio, plus the Fids & Kamily Music Awards!

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 50:36
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We've got Tim Kubart in the studio, plus new music from Danny Weinkauf, The Pop Ups, and Brian Beattie featuring Okkervil River's Will Sheff!

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2015
  • Length: 52:09
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In-studio from the Telephone Company! New music from The Pop Ups, Jose-Luis Orozco, Sonia de los Santos, and Linda Perry & Sara Gilbert!

  • Added: Oct 05, 2015
  • Length: 50:27
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New music from Frances England, Duke Otherwise, Andrew & Polly, Vered, They Might Be Giants, and Steve Weeks! More ACL Festival Previews! So much...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2015
  • Length: 54:37
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Previewing Austin City Limits Music Festival, plus new music from Sonia De Los Santos and Tim Kubart!

  • Added: Sep 20, 2015
  • Length: 55:54
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With new music from Caspar Babypants, Renee & Friends, Gustafer Yellowgold, and Sonia De La Santos...plus Roger Miller, Nina Simone, James Brown, a...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2015
  • Length: 54:35
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Introducing Human Person, plus new music from Tim Kubart, Rolie Polie Guacamole, The Umoza Music Project, and the Doubleclicks!

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  • Added: Sep 07, 2015
  • Length: 53:37
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With an exclusive in-studio song from The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, a world premiere song from Tim and the Space Cadets, new music from The Hipwade...

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  • Added: Aug 31, 2015
  • Length: 48:56
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With Austin Musician of the Year Gina Chavez in studio, plus new music from They Might Be Giants, The Doubleclicks, Ralph's World, Charlie Hope, Ro...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2015
  • Length: 51:45
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We've got new music from Glen Hansard, Renee & Friends, and They Might Be Giants, plus an in-studio from Red Yarn & Friends!

  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 52:44
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It's our 10th anniversary and we're playing all music from the very first shows we did. We've got TMBG, Justin Roberts, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ella F...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2015
  • Length: 57:56
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We've got new music from Renee & Friends, The Wiggly Tendrils, Gustafer Yellowgold, Chibi Kodama, Mista Cookie Jar, The Bazillions, They Might Be G...

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  • Added: Aug 04, 2015
  • Length: 52:47
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We've got new music from Mil's Trills and Michael Franti (not together), an interview from local Lego convention the Brick Fiesta, plus great songs...

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2015
  • Length: 53:16
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New music from Ratboy Jr., Sumet Ong-Art, Red Yarn, Josh & the Jamtones, Play Date, Mister G and Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights! The Merry Macs! ...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2015
  • Length: 54:36
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TMBG's Danny Weinkauf comes by the studio, plus we've got new music from Red Yarn, Andrew & Polly, and more -- including a quick appearance by NPR'...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2015
  • Length: 50:39
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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!

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2015
  • Length: 52:30
  • Purchases: 1