Kids Corner on WXPN

Kids Corner on WXPN Hosted by Kathy O'Connell and produced by Robert Drake, Kids Corner is heard M-Th at 7pm on WXPN-FM, member-supported radio from the University of Penn.

Hosted by Kathy O'Connell and produced by Robert Drake, Kids Corner is a live, interactive radio show for children that has earned over two-dozen broadcasting awards including a George Foster Peabody Award and a Major Edwin Armstrong Award for Creative Use of Radio.

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Friendly reminder - if you missed a recent edition of Kids Corner, or simply want to listen to a show you enjoyed once m...
04/22/2021
Last Dozen Shows

Friendly reminder - if you missed a recent edition of Kids Corner, or simply want to listen to a show you enjoyed once more, we archive the past dozen shows online for your on-demand audio enjoyment!

Check it out!

Here you will find the last dozen episodes of Kids Corner on this page for you to listen to on demand, whenever you want! This way, if you missed a re...

Kids Corner and The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education have teamed up throughout April to celebrate our colle...
04/14/2021
Go Green

Kids Corner and The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education have teamed up throughout April to celebrate our collective home... the planet Earth. Each day on Kids Corner, we'll share another way you and your family can Go Green ... but you can hear all the tips right now! Just click a file below and GO GREEN! ♻️🌎

Kids Corner and the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education have teamed up throughout April to celebrate our collective home... the planet Earth...

HOWDY! Kids Corner producer Robert Drake here ... People ask about the success and longevity of Kids Corner and I always...
02/21/2021

HOWDY! Kids Corner producer Robert Drake here ... People ask about the success and longevity of Kids Corner and I always say that the secret is letting Kathy simply be Kathy. It is both a gift for the listeners/fans and for those of us who work alongside her at WXPN.

Sometimes you don't realize until hindsight, how important people are in your life's path, but thankfully Kathy O’Connell is not such a person. I realized upon meeting her back in January 1988 just how pivotal that moment was to be for me moving forward.

Fast forward to the present - Kathy and I have been together longer than most married couples (32+ years!) Together we have carved out a unique niche in local radio and truly love what we do ... and we have become the best of friends!

So - today I want to wish my partner-in-crime Kathy O'Connell a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 💜🎂🎉

HOWDY! Kids Corner producer Robert Drake here ... People ask about the success and longevity of Kids Corner and I always say that the secret is letting Kathy simply be Kathy. It is both a gift for the listeners/fans and for those of us who work alongside her at WXPN.

Sometimes you don't realize until hindsight, how important people are in your life's path, but thankfully Kathy O’Connell is not such a person. I realized upon meeting her back in January 1988 just how pivotal that moment was to be for me moving forward.

Fast forward to the present - Kathy and I have been together longer than most married couples (32+ years!) Together we have carved out a unique niche in local radio and truly love what we do ... and we have become the best of friends!

So - today I want to wish my partner-in-crime Kathy O'Connell a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 💜🎂🎉

02/10/2021

Tonight on Kids Corner (WED) we're checking in with kids to see how things are going in their world these days - from months of virtual learning to indoor and isolated play time ... it's been quite the year.

If there are kids in your world, have them listen to Kids Corner on WXPN tonight and call us to 'check in'!

Listen LIVE worldwide 7pm ET @ http://XPN.org

Call: 1-800-KIDSXPN

Each month on Kids Corner, Registered Dietician Mary Robinson joins Kathy to offer some Nutritional Nuggets to help us n...
01/27/2021
Nutritional Nuggets

Each month on Kids Corner, Registered Dietician Mary Robinson joins Kathy to offer some Nutritional Nuggets to help us not only eat healthy but also eat happy!

Embracing the HAES approach, Mary explains how you can be Healthy At Every Size. These segments, designed for the entire family, are also available on-demand at the link below!

Nutritional Nuggets are made possible on Kids Corner with support from The Giant Company.

Each month our Registered Dietician Mary Robinson RD, LDN will join us to offer some nutritional nuggets to help us not only eat healthy but also eat...

12/07/2020

AS HEARD ON KIDS CORNER....

Here's the list of artists/songs we played last week on Kids Corner! If you're having trouble finding an artist, comment and we'll point you in the right direction! Thanks for supporting the Kindie (independent kids music) Community!
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1, 2, 3 Andrés w/ Rissi Palmer - Cooperation
Alastair Moock & Friends - Be A Pain
Amanda Duncan - Light Those Candles Bright
Flor Bromley - I Am Crazy For Books / Amo los Libros
Genevieve Goings - Grateful
Gunnar Madsen - Library Party
Hondo Jenkins - Space Station
Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights - It Was The Elf
Joanie Leeds - All The Ladies
John Lithgow - Everybody Eats When They Come To My House
Justin Roberts - Be Not Afraid
Justin Roberts - From Scratch
Lunch Money - I Love My Library
Mama Doni - Latke Man
Matt Heaton - Happy Holidays
Milkshake - Starry Starry Night
Parry Gripp - Pancakes We Have Cooked On High
Peanut Butter Jams - Marlo's Going To Space
Pierce Freelon (feat. Rissi Palmer) - My Body
Randy Stonehill - All The Wondrous Pies
Ratboy Jr. - Marian The Barbarian Librarian
SaulPaul - Be The Change
Secret Agent 23: Skidoo - Tastes Like Space
Starfish - December Holidays
Terri Hendrix - Celebrate The Difference
The Candy Band - I Want A Big Fat Cookie For Christmas
The Cat's Pajamas - The Library Song
The Pop Ups - Space Adventure
The Roches - Sleigh Ride
The Story Pirates w/ Lin-Manuel Miranda - The Wizard Who Could Just Go P**f
They Might Be Giants - Meet The Elements
Thurl Ravenscroft - You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch
Tom Chapin - The All-purpose Carol
Yosi - She Just Doesn't Get It

Today, December 2, is the day of interment for Kids Corner librarian Joe Hilton. 💔As we mourn the passing of a member of...
12/02/2020

Today, December 2, is the day of interment for Kids Corner librarian Joe Hilton. 💔

As we mourn the passing of a member of the Kids Corner family, we celebrate the joy he brought us and generations of families over the past thirty years on Kids Corner. We continue to keep the joy of reading as part of the mission of our program and will be remembering Joe with a unique outreach program post-pandemic. Details will be announced after the holidays.

As Joe visited Kids Corner the first Wednesday of each month (tonight), it seems fitting to rebroadcast his final appearance on Kids Corner - recorded just days before his untimely passing, Saturday, November 21.

Listen tonight at 7pm ET on WXPN and live worldwide XPN.org

Share a story with someone this season, in memory of Joe. 📚

11/30/2020

AS HEARD ON KIDS CORNER....

Here's the list of artists/songs we played last week on Kids Corner! If you're having trouble finding an artist, comment and we'll point you in the right direction! Thanks for supporting the Kindie (independent kids music) Community!
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123 Andrés,- Zoom Holiday Party (w/ Divinity Roxx)
Andy Z - Turkey In The Straw
Best Coast - Peanuts
Bill Harley - Sittin' Down To Eat
Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could - Pet Song (We Thank You)
Cathy Fink - Thank You
Charlotte Blake-Alston - Yaru, Yaatu, Sutura, Mun
Clementown - Snails
Genevieve Goings - Grateful07:58 pm Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats - Do You Know How Long?
Jazzy Ash - The Sauce
Jimmy Buffett - An Attitude Of Gratitude
Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights - Tofurky Song
Josh & The Jamtones - Turkey Ran Away
Kyle Dine - It's Just Food
Little Miss Ann & Amy D - Ube
Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats - Grateful
Miss Dylan - Make Your Own Kind Of Music
Miss Kim - Thank You All Around The World
Nick Cope - I Feel Sick
Renee & Friends & Lisa Loeb - Gather Round
Sally Rogers - 1492
Secret Agent 23: Skidoo - Back Home
Secret Agent 23: Skidoo - Magic Beans
Sonia de los Santos - ¡Fiesta, Fiesta!
Sonia de los Santos - Esta es tu Tierra (this land is your land)
Sonia de los Santos - Songs For The People
The Jimmies - Every Day's A Holiday (original version)
The Little Rockers Band - Holiday
The Paisley Pickles - Run Turkey Run (Happy Thanksgiving)
Trout Fishing In America - Snow Day
Trout Fishing In America - Teddy Bear's Picnic
Vanessa Trien & the Jumping Monkeys - Feeling Thankful07:57 pm Phoebe Hanson/Kevin Hanson - Let's Stay Home
Ziggy Marley - Please Excuse Me Thank You (ft. Alanis Morissette)

Heavy hearts as we mourn the passing of one of the members of our Kids Corner family.Joe Hilton, Kids Corner's longtime ...
11/23/2020

Heavy hearts as we mourn the passing of one of the members of our Kids Corner family.

Joe Hilton, Kids Corner's longtime librarian, died peacefully in his sleep over the weekend. Joe had been with Kids Corner on WXPN since the start, celebrating the joy of reading with generations of kids from around the region and later, as technology grew, around the world.

Joe had a passion for books that was immeasurable! He was born to be a librarian. His typically-quiet demeanor faded away when given the opportunity to talk books with others, especially kids.

He joined Kids Corner soon after we began in 1988 and consistently had the most-popular monthly segment for years.

As the age of the internet grew in the early-to-mid ‘90s, we noticed a dip in the traffic and interest that kids had for reading and we were, frankly, a bit concerned.

Then in 1997, Harry Potter was introduced to the world and once again kids jammed the telephone lines to talk with Joe and Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell about all things Potter and more!

Joe Hilton represented the joy of reading - but to us, reading represented the joy of Joe.

Joe Hilton stepped up to volunteer at almost every Kids Corner outreach event, taking time to help kids create bookmarks while sharing inside secrets on what books they love best. Joe’s patience with kids was legendary - he’d arrive early and stay until every kid who wanted to talk books with him had that chance.

Since the pandemic, Joe has been recording his monthly visits with us safely in our studios. His most-recent visit was just a week or so ago and will air Wednesday, December 2 at 7pm ET on WXPN and worldwide at XPN.org

While we will miss Joe and all he brought to our little corner of the radio world, his passion for reading was infectious and will continue to be a cornerstone of the mission of Kids Corner in the years ahead.

Joe always said, there are many ways to tell a story. We plan to keep that mantra in mind moving forward.

Rest in Peace Joe, knowing you were loved. 💙

Each month our Registered Dietician Rabiya Bower, RD, LDN at the GIANT company, joins us to offer some nutritional nugge...
11/23/2020
Nutritional Nuggets

Each month our Registered Dietician Rabiya Bower, RD, LDN at the GIANT company, joins us to offer some nutritional nuggets to help us not only eat healthy but also eat happy! Tonight, Rabiya joins Kids Corner host Kathy O'Connell to discuss tree nut and peanut allergies! Listen tonight at 7pm ET on WXPN-FM and worldwide XPN.org

Previous Nutritional Nuggets can be found at the Kids Corner website - below

Each month our Registered Dietician Rabiya Bower, RD, LDN will join us to offer some nutritional nuggets to help us not only eat healthy but also eat...

11/21/2020

AS HEARD ON KIDS CORNER....

Here's the list of artists/songs we played the last two weeks on Kids Corner! If you're having trouble finding an artist, comment and we'll point you in the right direction! Thanks for supporting the Kindie (independent kids music) Community!
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123 Andrés - Zoom Holiday Party (w/ Divinity Roxx)
Aaron Nigel Smith & The One World Chorus - In A Book
A L O - Mashed Potatoes
Ants On A Log - Dog Of My Dreams
Ants On A Log - They're My Best Friend
Barry Louis Polisar - It's My Mother And My Father And My Sister And The Dog
Bella X Fifi - Facetiming Friends All Day
Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could - Good Looking Mask
Brighter Light Brigade - Kindness Is King
Caspar Babypants - Come Down Here Monkey
Caspar Babypants - Honey Pie
Caspar Babypants - Noodles & Butter
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer - Potato
Dan Zanes - What A Wonderful World
Dog On Fleas - Cranberry Sauce Flotilla
Duke Otherwise - Eats Like You
Elizabeth Mitchell - Lovely Day
Elliott Park - Blue Skies Over The Rainbow
Elliott Park - Rock Paper Scissors
Fox & Branch and Friends - Accentuate The Positive
Frances England - Honey
Froggins & Bug - Dessert Island
Genevieve Goings - Grateful
Gustafer Yellowgold - Gravy Insane
Hot Peas 'n Butter - Put Our Heads Together
Jazzy Ash - Honey
Jazzy Ash - Seize The Day
Jazzy Ash - The Sauce
Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights - Tofurky Song
John Hadfield - I'm Your Brain
John Lithgow - Everybody Eats When They Come To My House
Justin Roberts - Wild Life
Kira Willey - The Leader In Me
Koo Koo Kanga Roo - Gobble Gobble Turkey Wobble
Lard Dog & the Band of Shy - Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Lindsey Munroe - The More We Get Together
Lori Henriques - Something You Learn
Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats - Do You Know How Long?
Manny Cabo - Sanitizer Man
Marsha and the Positrons - Virtual School
Mary Poppins Returns Cast Recording - A Cover Is Not the Book
Michael and the Rockness Monsters - Seeing Life In 2020
Milkshake - Enemies
Miss Lynn - Good Words
Mista Cookie Jar - Don't Gotta Be Cool
Mista Cookie Jar - Kindness Is The Way
Mr. Saxaphone - Luke, I Am Your Father
Peanut Butter Jams - You And I
Pears 4 Bears - Peanut Butter Sandwiches
Pierce Freelon - Bubble
Renee & Maya Rudolph - Starfish and Coffee
Rocknoceros - God Bless America
Rocknoceros - This Thanksgiving
Roy Handy & The Moonshot - The Honey Song
Sean McCollough - Earworm
Sebastian - Under The Sea
Slim Gaillard and His Baker's Dozen - Potato Chips
Sonia De Los Santos - ¡Fiesta, Fiesta!
Sonia De Los Santos - Ojala que Llueva Cafe
The Oot n' Oots - I Like It Saucy
The Uncle Brothers - Teamwork
Tim Kubart - Dancin' In The Kitchen
Tim Kubart - Last Turn Home
Tree Tree 123 - Together We Can
Trout Fishing In America - Sailing
Twinkle Time w/ MC Magic - Together
Two Of A Kind - Family Photo Album
Two Of A Kind - When I Get Mad
Vicki Burke - The Giblet Song
Weird Al Yankovic - Eat It
Weird Al Yankovic - I Lost On Jeopardy
Wendy & DB - Kitchen Band
Ziggy Marley - Jambo (ft. Angelique Kidjo)

11/06/2020

THIS WEEK ON KIDS CORNER....

Here's the list of artists/songs we played this week on Kids Corner! If you're having trouble finding an artist, comment and we'll point you in the right direction! Thanks for supporting the Kindie (independent kids music) Community!
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Ants On A Log - Dog Of My Dreams
Brighter Light Brigade - Kindness Is King
Frances England - Glue
Jazzy Ash - Seize The Day
Lori Henriques - When I Look Into The Night Sky
Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats - Do You Know How Long?
Manny Cabo - Sanitizer Man
Marsha and the Positrons - Virtual School
Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies - Be The Light (Up To Us)
New Broadway Cast Recording - Tradition
Peanut Butter Jams - You And I
Peter Alsop - Dear Mr. President
Ralph's World - Fly Me To The Moon
Recess Monkey - Hey Puppy!
The Blenders - When We're Voters
The Firm - Star Trekkin'
The Imagonauts feat. CamTastic - Eat The Eggs
The Pocket Joys - Your Socks
They Might Be Giants - Walking My Cat Named Dog

11/05/2020

THIS WEEK ON KIDS CORNER....

Here's the list of artists/songs we played last week (10/26-29) on Kids Corner! If you're having trouble finding an artist, comment and we'll point you in the right direction! Thanks for supporting the Kindie (independent kids music) Community!

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Bears And Lions - Halloween Is Finally Here
Ben Chatrer - I Am A Monster
Bette Midler - I Put A Spell On You
Billy Kelly - The Human Bash
Bobby "Boris" Pickett - Monster Mash
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer - One Glass of Water
Danny Weinkauf - Halloween (The Night That I Love)
Duke Otherwise - Slow Monster
Jumpin' Jamie - Ghost In My House
Keith Munslow - Ghost Chicken
Kymberly Stewart - Halloween Is Here Tonight!
Lard Dog & the Band of Shy - Halloween in the Quarantine
Laurie Berkner - Monster Boogie
Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats - Do You Know How Long?
Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats - Flick Of My Wrist
Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats - My Mommy Is A Mummy
Lucy Kalantari - Haunting Days of Halloween
Mike Thatcher - Boo!
Mil's Trils w/ Uncle Jumbo - Put Your Mask On
momandpop - It's Spooky Tonight
Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars - Monster
Pierce Freelon - Zombi
Pointed Man Band - Halloween
Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies - Old Zonkey Donkey
Rocknoceros - Halloween Masquerade
Stacey Peasley - Spooky
Steve Elci and Friends - The Streets of New Orleans
The Good Ms Padgett - No Such Things As Monsters
The RTT's - Snack Time
The Story Pirates - Happy Monster Day
Trout Fishing In America - Boo!
Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys - Witch's Broom
Vicki Burke - Jacqueline The Pumpkin

Got Kids?Have them create their own turkey hand and then snap a pic and submit it to the Kids Corner Art Show!http://kid...
11/04/2020
The Kids Corner Art Show

Got Kids?

Have them create their own turkey hand and then snap a pic and submit it to the Kids Corner Art Show!

http://kidscorner.org/art

Stuck at home?Now is a perfect time to be artistic! Many kids are finding themselves home more than usual. So now is a perfect time to be artistic. Ki...

10/23/2020

THIS WEEK ON KIDS CORNER....

Here's the list of artists/songs we played this week on Kids Corner! If you're having trouble finding an artist, comment and we'll point you in the right direction! Thanks for supporting the Kindie (independent kids music) Community!
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Andrea Green - Don't Forget
Andrew & Polly - Ghostbusters
Annette Funicello - Pineapple Princess
Big Bang Boom! - Hippie Mom
Bill Harley - Joey, Chloe And The Swamp Monsters
Billy Kelly - The Ballad Of Johnny Box
Bobby "Boris" Pickett - Monster Mash
Bobby McFerrin - The Wizard Of Oz
Boxtop Jenkins - Gettin Down On Halloween
Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could - Good Looking Mask
David C. Perry - On Halloween
Elliott Park - To The Moon And Back
Grin Brigade - Halloween Party Tonight
Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights - Confusing Costume
John Zacherle - Dinner With Drac Part 2
Jonathan Grossan and the Nerdz - Monster
Julie Frost & Mike Dombrow - The Immune System Battle Song
Kiddie Karoo - Monster
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Halloween Spooks
Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats - Do You Know How Long?
Lucy Kalantari - Howl To The Moon
Mil's Trils w/ Uncle Jumbo - Put Your Mask On
Mista Cookie Jar and The Chocolate Chips - Halloween Every Night
Princess Katie & Racer Steve - Halloween
Purple Rock & The Heebie Jeebies - 27 Houses
Roy Handy & The Moonshot - I'm A Vampire
Seanster And The Monsters - Monsters In The Family
Smilin’ Rylan - Zombie Parade
Soupy Sales - My Baby's Got a Crush on Frankenstein
Stacey Peasley - Spooky
The Crystals - Frankenstein Twist
The Pop Ups - Costume Party
The Story Pirates - Happy Monster Day
Vicki Burke - Jacqueline The Pumpkin

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT! ICYMI: Kids Corner now has the last ten episodes archived online for easy playback whenever you choose! So, in case you missed a show - or perhaps a favorite kid in your world was on and you want to listen to them over and over, visit the Kids Corner Archives!
I don't have kids, but your show is great! I listen because it's fun and uplifting! Keep doing what you do!
Here’s Leo in his George Harrison costume- he wanted you to see it after telling you about it last night!
@Kids Corner on WXPN = I wonder if this is the costume described tonight? (10/15/19)
Listening to kids corner
Hello, Wonderful Families please attend our family show Maria Del Rey's Love in Action this weekend at The Ware Center 1pm September 28th at 1pm. Families are all invited! Thanks, Kathy, for the beautiful work you do!!!!!
This suns up the joy the OOT and OOTs and Kathy brought to the Lobby Stage when Kids Corner came to The Philadelphia Folk Fest! #pff58 #kidscorneronxpn
Rainy night at the cabin. No TV but Kids Corner is on full blast. We love wxpn! #makeyourownkidofmusic
Hey Kathy- We are long time Trout Fishing fans and we came out to see them tonight and we were disappointed that they performed such a short set. We are concerned that everything is ok with them. Are they ok?
Hello, I used to be able to listen to Kids Corner by saying "Alexa; please play WXPN" after 6p Central for dinner with my kids, but I haven't caught the show lately and I can't turn my radio on because Iowan 🤷🏻‍♂️
OMG! I can’t believe that Kathy O’Connel and Kids corner is still on the air in Philadelphia! When I was a kid (almost 30 years ago, I’m now 42) I listened to the show religiously! Kathy you may remember me begging Sylvester Stallone to come on kids corner. I’m so happy the kids of today can listen to and learn from you Kathy and your guests each and every night. Keep up the good work!
Thank you for empowering children! My daughter has called in twice now, and it sure makes her feel like her opinions are important. Thank you!!