Sean McCollough

Metro Pulse

Shades of Howdy Doody, only no puppet and the host will be Sean McCollough, not Cowboy Bob, and he’ll play banjo and guitar. Nearly three months after its WDVX debut in June, McCollough will take his weekly radio show, KidStuff, live once a month beginning with the Saturday, Aug. 27, broadcast. Best known to legal-agers as a member of the LoneTones and the John Myers Band, McCollough has always favored putting a few kids’ songs into his repertoire, and released a collection of them, This Is Our House, in November. The disc has picked up an approval rating from the pretty prestigious Parents Choice Foundation for 2011, and some of the tracks will be played on the live show, as they do on the pre-taped version.

The centerpiece for the spontaneous episodes, though, will be a kid performer, chosen by the staff at the Joy of Music School, where weekly lessons and instruments are provided to disadvantaged and at-risk kids at no charge. “The show’s an hour long, and probably 10 minutes of that will be the kid performer, playing whatever they’ve been learning in their lessons at the time,” McCollough says. “They’ll probably also play something with me, too, and we’ll have other adult performers doing music for kids.”

For the premiere episode, McCollough’s put together what he calls a “little band,” which includes Kyle Campbell of the Bearded and Nancy Brennan Strange, along with some other members of the LoneTones. Look for ex-Knoxvillian Phil Pollard to show up soon—even though he reportedly dwells in Richmond, Va., the Band of Humans’ frontman has already been on the canned show twice.

Knoxville News Sentinel

Sean: "I just believe in playing real music for kids...."

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The Daily Times

...It's music that doesn't sound prefabricated or condescending, tunes that can be enjoyed by all ages even if the target audience is kids....

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Metro Pulse

Rose: How do you feel about Raffi?

Sean: I like Raffi. I've even done a couple of his songs over the years, but I lean more towards Pete Seeger.

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Knoxville News Sentinel

Knoxville artist tuning in to kids

WDVX, local musician team up for children's radio show

Local musician Sean McCollough has performed hundreds of shows for both children and adults, but he admits to being a little nervous at the prospect of hosting his own radio show for children.

"I'm sure I'll have to kind of feel my way," says McCollough. "I've never been a DJ before. I hope the show gets tighter and I get looser."

The show "Kidstuff" will premiere at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 4, on WDVX (89.9, 102.9 and 93.9 FM and www.wdvx.com).

A little over a week before, he went into the WDVX studio to learn the controls and was immediately put on the air to promote the show.

"I was a little nervous, but it was kind of exhilarating," says McCollough.

WDVX program manager Tony Lawson says the idea for a children's radio show on WDVX had been in consideration for some time.

"We were not in a position to do it, staff-wise, and then Sean put out his children's record," says Lawson. "Sean's so good with kids, and he's a great musician. ... Who better to host a kids' show for us?"

McCollough's album, "This Is Our House," was released in late 2010 and was recently given a Parents' Choice recommendation. It's been selling well to libraries and earning good reviews. One of the most important aspects of the disc is that it's as entertaining for adults as it is children. That may be because of McCollough being in the bands The Lonetones and the John Myers Band, which are not children's groups.

McCollough says children appreciate being engaged on several levels. He plans to present a wide variety of genres in the show and take time to tell a little about the music.

"I'd also like to stretch beyond music that's just intended specifically for kids and just pick music that I think kids would like," says McCollough. "I really want to stay away from thinking this just has to be children's performers."

While, he says, it will take some time to establish the show's format, McCollough intends "Kidstuff" to be a variety show with live performers, recorded music and, possibly, storytelling.

"I hope to make it thematic," says McCollough. "One week I'll focus on a certain instrument or a certain artist or songwriter. I also hope to include, either live or recorded, performances by kids themselves. There are a lot of young performers around here who are really talented, so we'll try to include that as well."

McCollough's album features performances by the Pinklets, which is made up of his daughter Willa and the three daughters of fellow musician Kevin Abernathy.

Lawson says that during the station's New Year's Eve live-music celebration, 4-year-old Harlan Gladson, the son of Pea Ridge Rambler member Todd Gladson, was playing the fiddle on stage at the Knoxville Visitor's Center. Other children wanted to get on stage, too.

The plan for "Kidstuff" includes presenting at least one show per month live in front of an audience - sort of a "Blue Plate Special" for children and families.

"Hopefully," says Lawson, "it'll reach the inner kid in everyone."