Greasy Kid Stuff, the long running show for alternakids, and their grown ups, was born in 1995 on freeform pioneer WFMU, spent their awkward/awesome teen years on alternative 94.7 FM, and is now mellowing out – but not growing up – on Portland’s newest radio station, KXRY/XRAY.FM.
When it debuted in 1995, hosts Belinda and Hova directed WFMU’s anything-goes aesthetic toward an imagined audience of 5- to 10-year-olds, and the show soon struck a chord with punk-generation moms and dads casting about for alternatives to Raffi and Barney. While the kids’ music world has since blown up both commercially and artistically, Greasy Kid Stuff has remained somewhat at a distance from the movement it helped to inspire. Part of the reason is Belinda and Hova’s steadfast refusal to draw a distinction between “kid” and “adult” music. Their programming has always featured carefully curated music not originally intended for children.
Over the years, the show has enjoyed widespread acclaim, generating feature stories in The New York Times, New York Post and The Oregonian, producing a series of live broadcasts for the annual Radio Festival in New York, and hosting dance parties at the Portland Children’s Museum, OMSI, Tiny:TBA, and Baby Loves Disco. Belinda and Hova were also commissioned to compile three CD collections of Greasy Kid Stuff favorites for New York–based Confidential Recordings. Author Neal Pollack (“Alternadad”) called it “the best kid’s radio program of all time” and They Might Be Giants and Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Ballew from PUSA) each wrote and recorded songs in honor of the show.
Based in Portland since 2004, and featuring the growing presence and prescience of daughter DJ Georgia, Greasy Kid Stuff aired on WFMU until 2006, when they launched a local Portland version of the show. When Greasy Kid Stuff was invited to join listener supported XRAY.FM in August of 2014 they were excited to go back to their freeform roots.
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