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Radio WOOF Hits Home

by Bill Wellington

The second recording in the Radio WOOF series includes more fun and folklore brought to you by Bill Wellington, a zany cast of characters, and some first-rate pickers.
Genre: Kids/Family: Kid Friendly
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What's on the Radio?/All You Kids
2:08 $0.99
2. Tell Me a Story
5:33 $0.99
3. Magalena Hagalena
1:51 $0.99
4. North Carolina Breakdown
1:03 $0.99
5. Ode to Toy
2:45 $0.99
6. The Haunted Chewing Gum
12:11 $0.99
7. The Salad Bowl
2:56 $0.99
8. Big Scioty
1:42 $0.99
9. My Name is Joe
4:11 $0.99
10. Slumber Party
3:27 $0.99
11. Whine-A-Day Vitamins
1:19 $0.99
12. Senior Coyote
4:57 $0.99
13. McMahon's Hornpipe
0:54 $0.99
14. Tape Recorder
5:30 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Bill Wellington

Parents’ Choice Magazine once said: “Children couldn’t ask for a better storyteller than Bill Wellington.” Bill is not only a great storyteller, he is also an accomplished musician, an award-winning recording artist, and one of the funniest family entertainers around. He has performed everywhere from one-room schoolhouses to the National Theatre, sharing his love of folk music, folktales, and folk dance.

Wellington is the former Old Time Banjo Champion of West Virginia. He also excels on fiddle, guitar and Irish Flute. He has played for square dance all across the Easter United States, and continues to be in demand as a dance musician and dance caller.

One of Bill’s talents is to write songs that really hit a nerve with kids. The titles of such songs include: “Grounded,” “Stay Out of My Room,” and “How Could We Live Without TV?” They reveal how Wellington writes from a kid’s point of view without any sense of trying to tell children how to be. “He relates to children in a childlike way,” according to Booklist.

Bill’s most popular song may be Gnarly Roadrash, which tell the story of a boy who overcomes adversity to become a skateboarding legend. This song compares learning how skateboard to any worthwhile challenge, showing youngsters that the desire to succeed is the most important thing. While the words are written by Bill, the melody is an old American fiddle tune called Red Wing. Woody Gutherie used the same melody for his song “Union Maid.”

Bill Wellington began making recordings for children in 1990. The release of “Radio WOOF” in that year was a huge success, as this recording won both the American Library Association “Notable” Award and the Parents’ Choice Gold Award. There are now seven Radio WOOF recordings, each using a format that allows Wellington to play such characters as Dr. I. M. Anonymous, the founder of folklore; Rover Reporter, a real news hound; and Laurence, the world’s most whimsical walrus.

WOOF has won rave reviews in the national media including USA Today, who called Radio WOOF a “cure for the back-to-school blues,” and Parents Choice Magazine who called WOOF a “funnybone feast.”



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Janet Conrad

Radio Woof
I have been a fan of this album since my daughter and I saw Bill at Ore Valley Elementary(York, PA) some time around '99 or '01.
Having recently bought a new car we had to update to CD version so our youngest could enjoy these great folk songs.

Ron Coverly

Radio WOOF Hits Home
I bought the cd for the song: My Name is Joe. My 6 yr old grandson was visiting me in New Jersey from Texas and we heard it on the radio. We were both jamming to it. It was a great memory so I searched for the song and was pleasantly surprised to find the song along with many other good songs on this cd. I mailed it to him and he loves it.


Music Director
A lot of funny songs! I specialize in silly songs at school, so I was happy to find these. Do these have sound tracks and lyrics? I would love for our elementary kids to perform some of the songs. And listened to all that this site would let me and imagined a whole program.

Melissa Arruda

There's nothing quite like driving to work and singing "Magalena Hagalena" at the top of my lungs! Radio Woof is great fun for kids of all ages!