JERSEY CITY, NJ – Double Dip Recess, a free-form, commercial-free radio show for “kids like you” on WFMU – an independent radio station headquartered in Jersey City – celebrates its 200th episode on Saturday, July 16 .
Listeners around the world can tune in from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Eastern Time at WFMU.org, and local listeners can find it at 91.1 FM locally.
Host Roger Sayre has created a weekly show that mixes music, jokes, stories and listener commentary in a format that’s as entertaining for adults as it is for kids.
Sayre, an artist and professor of art at Pace University, started organizing free-form children’s playlists for her daughter’s birthday parties.
Along with music from more established acts, each show also features listener contributions in the form of jokes, poems, stories, songs, and art. Listener/musician Key Wilde has written over 70 songs weekly for Double Dip Recess.
“With its laid-back, wide-eyed, decidedly wacky charm, Double Dip Recess is a spiritual cousin of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse or Uncle Floyd and over the course of its hundreds of episodes, offers listeners countless opportunities to hear something new and wonderful,” a statement said.
The show’s international audience of dedicated listeners of all ages has grown, a spokesperson said.
Double Dip Recess first aired in the summer of 2018, earning a regular slot on WFMU’s schedule every Saturday from 9-11 a.m. that fall.
On Double Dip Recess, you’re just as likely to hear a song from Sparks, Deerhoof or the Fall as you are something new from children’s artists like Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, the Shytunas or Ratboy Jr.
Iggy Pop’s “Now I Wanna Be Your Dog” fits perfectly with songs about animals, pets and simulation.
One of Roger’s specialties is popping up vintage children’s music, like the 50-year-old “Exercise” from Bob McCallister’s Wonderama TV show, a gem kids look forward to every week, marking the halfway mark. of each show.
Roger attributes the show’s success to the fact that Double Dip Recess is “always meandering, never flattering. There’s a huge crossover of music that appeals to kids and adults, especially if you’re an awkward adult like me.”
Roger’s themed setlists have included breakfast, moms, farts, fruit salad, bugs, human rights, pride and Juneteenth tops.
The previous 200 episodes are available to stream for free online.
For more information and to listen to the archive for free, visit the show’s page, follow Double Dip Recess on Instagram, or tune in to WFMU on Saturdays from 9-11am.
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