Sunday, June 04, 2006

"Paws Claws Scales and Tales" on XM Kids!

XM Kids has added "Paws Claws Sclaes and Tales, Reprise" from my new CD to their rotation!

To me this is a very big deal. We listen to XM Kids all the time around here and we love it! We think of it as the national headquarters for children's music. The playlist is heavily influenced by listener requests from all over the country and they do a weekly countdown of the 13 most requested songs. Way cool!

As I understand it, my song will by played infrequently for about two weeks, and if it doesn't generate any requests they'll drop it. If it generates requests they'll play it more often.

Once it gets bumped up in the rotation, it's more likely to generate requests, since people have a better chance of hearing it to begin with.

So during these crucial first days, your request can make a big difference!

If you are an XM Kids listener, please call in to request my song! (If you can, call before 6/14/06!).

If you don't have XM Kids (you should get it), please pass on this info to someone who does! XM radio is built in to many new vehicles, and it's part of the satellite TV service, DirecTV. So you might know somebody who has it, even if you didn't know you knew it!

XM Kids is channel 116.

You can make a request online, by going here: XM Kids.

Better yet, call in and you can hear yourself on the air! The DJs are very friendly and are great at talking with kids. Evalyn has been on the air several times, usually requesting "Baby Kangaroo" by Joe McDermott. She's even told a few jokes! Her first call was at age three.

Here are some tips for calling in to request "Paws Claws Scales and Tales" (or any song you want to hear!):

- The number is 866 328 2345
- Call anytime a live DJ is on the air.
- If you get the answering machine, hang up and try again. Keep dialing until you get through.
- Be prepared to tell your name, where you live, and the song you want to request
- In our experience, D. Dynamite is the easiest to get through to (evenings), then Kenny Curtis (mornings), then Absolutely Mindy (afternoons)
- You won't go on the air live. You'll hear yourself five or ten minutes after you hang up the phone.
- Relax, stay calm, and just talk. The DJs are patient and they will only use the best bits of your conversation on the air.
- It's ok for mom or dad to make the request, or to speak first and introduce the child

Have fun!

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