Ralph Archbold, who portrayed Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia for decades, passed away in March 2017.
Ralph Archbold began portraying Benjamin Franklin in 1973, and went on to perform as the Founding Father around the world. His family says, the sculpture of Benjamin Franklin that graces the Vine Street Expressway was modeled using Ralph's likeness. "May we always remember him, in colonial costume, doing what he loved best," said his family in a statement announcing Ralph's death.
So that's exactly what we will do here on Kids Corner!
Ralph Archbold visited the Kids Corner studios several times - most recently in 2007. Below you can listen to this special chat between Kathy O'Connell and Dr. Benjamin Franklin.
Our Gardening Guru Jeff Clarke of the Camden Children's Garden joined us at the start of spring to talk about - what else - GARDENING! Listen to his conversation with Kathy and the kids about how to start your garden off right, what's easy to grow and also learn some interesting facts about caterpillars too!
Jeff Clarke is the Garden Supervisor at Camden Children's Garden - you can see him just about any day they're open! The Camden Children's Garden is operated by the Camden City Garden Club.
The mission of CCG is to inspire and educate people of all ages by providing opportunities to improve their quality of life, health and community through horticulture. The Camden Children's Garden is designed for children and families. It is a special place to explore and discover the natural world. The four-acre garden provides horticultural experiences for creative and imaginative play.
Learn more: camdenchildrensgarden.org/
IT'S THE HOLIDAY SEASON!
It's the most wonderful time of the year - and that is due, in part, because of all the great holiday music that we get to play on Kids Corner! Some songs are Kids Corner classics - others just came out this year - and together they make a colorful 90-minute audio stream of holiday joy!
Click the LAUNCH PLAYER button in the box to start up the WXPN Media Player and stream the Kids Corner Holiday Music Mix ... it's the perfect tool to help you and your family feel (and dance to) that holiday spirit!
Here's the list of songs and artists you'll hear on the stream
- this is in order from start/finish
Starfish / December Holidays
Lisa Loeb / Christmas Cookie
The Little Rockers / Feliz Navidad
Craig & Company / Chanukah Rap
Mista Cookie Jar / Got The Spirit
Billy Kelly / Glebells Jing!
Electric Mayhem Band / Zat You, Santa Claus?
Lisa Loeb / Light
Bob Rivers / Toy Sack
Trout Fishing In America / Chocolate Christmas
Maxwell, Miranda, Parsley / Going To Get The Tree
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy / Mr. Heatmiser
Rocknoceros / The Dreidel Song
Kevin Kammeraad & Friends / A Pickle For My Christmas Tree
Ernie & Neal / AlfRED The Disgruntled Elf RED
Mama Doni / Honey This Ain't Money
Yosi & The Superdads / You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch
Holiday Express / Disco Santa
Trout Fishing In America / I Got A Cheese Log
Mister G / Challah-lalala
Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights / It Was The Elf
The Jimmies / I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
Kenny Ellis / Swingin' Dreidel
Renee & Jeremy / Sunny Christmas
David Tobocman / Hanukkah All Over The World
The Roches / Sleigh Ride
Jaymay / Up In The Sky
Ilene Weiss / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Santa Rap
Amanda Duncan / Light Those Candles Bright
Band Of Merrymakers / Snow Snow Snow
Rocknoceros / Snow Day
Since the very first show back on January 4, 1988, music has been an important part of Kids Corner. Over the past quarter-century, Kids Corner has helped listeners discover fun, quality music for kids and the grownups around them. Over the past decade or so there has been a new wave of kids music ... we call it Kindie: music created for kids by independent artists. What does that mean? It means that these musicians compose, produce and perform these songs on their own without the support of a major company. They are independent and they are good!
Since we know how important the music of Kids Corner is to you - we've created the Kids Corner Music Channel!
It's a audio streaming loop (about 90 minutes or so) featuring some of the best songs by some of our favorite musicians. Below is the playlist and links to the artist's websites - as well as our media player. Click launch and enjoy the music!!
The Kids Corner Music Channel Mix Playlist
Imaginary Friend / Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Food Fight / Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights
Dad Upside Down / Hullabaloo
Animal Kingdom / Key Wilde & Mr Clarke
L-M-N-O-P Break / The Billy Jonas Band
Scurvy / Captain Bogg & Salty
Pirates On A Train / Nick Bayard
Stop Your Sobbing / Stacey Peasley
Thingamajig / Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
The Duck Song / John Flynn
Creepy Dead Bug / Trout Fishing In America
Eleanor You Can't Have The Moon / Seanster and the Monsters
Mind Of My Own / Frances England
Whether The Weather / Alphabet Rockers
Why Is Dad So Mad / The Board of Education
The Cheese Song / Bubboon's Tunes
Getting The Job Done / The Pop Ups
Catboy / Pencilhead and the Playground Punks
Champion Of The Spelling Bee / Danny Weinkauf
The People Exhibit At The Zoo / Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam
Hey There Little Insect / The Good Ms. Padgett
Luke I Am Your Father / Mr. Saxophone
My Family / The Laurie Berkner Band
My Daddy's Record Collection / Sugar Free All-Stars
Nose In A Book / The Not-Its!
Your Brains'll Fall Out / Soupy Sales
The Beatles / Walter Martin
Uncle Ukulele's Band / Laura Doherty
My Name Is Joe / Bill Wellington
Harriet The Spy / Two Of A Kind
Teach Me Your Magic / Skip Denenberg
Robot Monkey Head / John Hadfield
Music is a BIG part of Kids Corner ... kids and adults love listening, discovering and singing along with the songs we play each night! On this MUSIC page, you can enjoy the music of Kids Corner whenever you want - with the Kids Corner Music Channel! Then take time to read CD Reviews from Kathy - learn what to add to your family's music collection! Plus explore the playlists of previous Kids Corner shows and search the database for a specific artist. You can scroll down and check out a list of who's coming to our region to perform live on stage and you'll also find the Kids Corner TV ... a playlist of some of our favorite musicians and their recent videos!
Now you can listen, watch and enjoy live the music on Kids Corner!
In a given month, Kids Corner host Kathy O'Connell receives close to two DOZEN brand-new CDs from musicians across the country and around the globe! Part of her job at Kids Corner is to listen and decide which CDs are just right for Kids Corner. To help those adults shopping for good music for those little ears in their world, Kathy has begun to share some reviews of new CDs you should check out! Click here to learn more
Since we know how important the music of Kids Corner is to you - we've created the Kids Corner Music Channel! It's a audio streaming loop (about 90 minutes or so) featuring some of the best songs by some of our favorite musicians. Click here to reach the playlist and links to the artist's websites - as well as the Kids Corner Music Channel media player.
Sometimes you'll hear a song on Kids Corner but forget the title or the artist - well now, all you have to to is search the Kids Corner Playlists for your answer! Click here and you'll access our database, where you can search for a specific show date or search for an artist!
Of course, if you can't find what you're looking for, just click the envelope in the top right corner of the website and drop us a note - we'll do our best to help you out!
- Kids Corner Music TV