Since 2012, KBGA DJs Tu Madre and Moonshine have been broadcasting music for kids and families that isn’t your typical “Daniel Tiger” or “Hampsterdance” fare. The show, “Gang of Fun,” mines obscure and forgotten gems, like Johnny Cash’s 1975 children’s album, as well as artists like Pete Seeger, Malvina Reynolds, The Beatles and Bruce Haack, all of whom appeal to kids and adults alike. Tu Madre and Moonshine, aka Julie Tompkins and Jasmine Raymond, have an ear for weird and wild songs little peanuts find irresistible, and they even add the occasional lullaby: Suzanne Vega’s version of “Stay Awake” from Disney’s Mary Poppins soundtrack showed up on a recent playlist.
The DJs’ own tastes stem from traditional folk, glam and punk. “I never wanted to listen to mainstream children’s music because it was so corny and boring,” Tompkins says.
The show, which airs each Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., is an alternative to the kind of dumbing down that seems to start in childhood with “Barney” and end in adulthood with Jason Aldean. It also offers kids some variety during those years when “Let It Go” pushes your sanity to the brink.