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Grandfather Stark's Photo After 16 years as host of Ska's the Limit, Grandfather Stark decided it was time for something new. Musical Merry-Go-Round (every Saturday morning on 88.1 FM) is a relatively new show where we share family-friendly music from all genres and time periods. When you get a chance, please visit us at the Musical Merry-Go-Round's other internet home. We're always looking for feedback at

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Favorite Family CD Releases of 2009

Lots of great releases this year, it was hard to narrow the list down to 10. There are some very clever musicians out there, producing some very smart music for families. Here’s the Best of the Best:

KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round 2009 Top 10 Favorite Family Releases from Grandfather Paul Stark

    Here Comes Science

  1. They Might Be Giants-Here Comes Science-Disney Sound
  2. My Trampoline

  3. Peter Himmelman-My Trampoline-Minivan Records
  4. Family Time

  5. Ziggy Marley- Family Time-Tuff Gong Worldwide
  6. Los Lobos

  7. Los Lobos-Los Lobos Goes Disney-Walt Disney Records
  8. Field Trip

  9. Recess Monkey-Field Trip-Monkey Mama
  10. Pink

  11. Rocknoceros-Pink-Rockno Records
  12. Great Day

  13. Milkshake-Great Day-Milkshake Music
  14. 76 Trombones

  15. Dan Zanes & Friends-76 Trombones-Festival Five Rec.
  16. Picnic

  17. Various Artists-Putumayo Picnic Playground-Putumayo World Music
  18. Time Machine

  19. Sippy Cups-Time Machine-Snacker Disc

Next Five 2009 Honorable Mentions

Billy Jonas-Happy Accidents-Bang-A-Bucket Music
Lunch Money-Dizzy-Squirrel Mechanic Records
Ben Rudnick and Friends-A Frog Named Sam-Bartlett Ave. Records
Eric Herman & The Invisible Band-What A Ride-Butter-Dog Records
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family-Go Wagaloo-Smithsonian Folkways

Thanks to 2009 MMGR Musical Guests

Photo of Choro Guys, Live at KDHX by Sara Finke

Photo of Choro Guys, Live at KDHX by Sara Finke

A special year end thanks to all the wonderful musicians who have visited us on the Musical Merry-Go-Round (which airs every Saturday 8 – 10 a.m. CT on 88.1 and streaming at in 2009.

- Grandfather Stark

1/3/09 Miss Jubilee and The Humdingers
1/10/09 Cowboy Randy Erwin
1/17/09 Jim Meyer from St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
1/24/09 Hot Club of Cowtown
1/31/09 Brave Combo
2/7/09 Village Green Preservation Society
2/14/09 Forbidden Fruitsnacks
2/21/09 Bob Case
2/28/09 Choro Guys

See the rest of the list after the jump.

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Marshall Crenshaw May 9 on KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round

Marshall Crenshaw has been working both on-stage and behind the scenes in the music biz since he was 10. His biggest hit was his classic debut album in 1982, but he’s continued to craft catchy pop for discerning fans ever since. Hear him communicate to a younger generation on Musical Merry-Go-Round on Saturday, May 9 at 9:00 am CST.

Crenshaw has become a “power pop” icon, though he somewhat eschews the term. His career is extensive: He got his start playing John Lennon off-broadway, portrayed Buddy Holly in the film La Bamba, penned the Gin Blossom’s hit “Till I Hear it From You,” and recently was nominated for Grammy for the title track to the film Walk Hard. His sound reflects his past and present, evoking the rhythm structure of Buddy Holly while retaining the storytelling present in “Till I Hear it From You.” Jaggedland, his newest release, offers musings on the state of Crenshaw’s world as it intersects with the world around him. He performed at a house concert in Saint Louis and at Off Broadway on April 2, 2009.

Written by Megan Dougherty for KDHX website

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KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round Live Performances

This Saturday (March 28) and next (April 4), in celebration of KDHX Spring Membership Drive,

Grandfather Stark & The Musical Merry-Go-Round will be presenting highlights some of the live musical performances served up every Saturday morning for the past thirty-two weeks on the show.

In the slightly more than six months that this new show has been on the air, MMGR has been introducing families to a variety of styles from performers from the St. Louis area and beyond.

Included in next two weeks are songs recorded in KDHX studio by

Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, Farmer Jason Ringenberg, Brave Combo, Trout Fishing in America, Asylum Street Spankers, Hot Club of Cowtown, Wack-A-Doo, Celia, Jesse Irwin, The Village Green Preservation Society, Bob Case, KDHX’s own Bob Reuter, & many more interesting people.

Tune in Saturday mornings from 8-10 am Central time and take a ride on 88.1 FM KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round.