The Queens of Kindie

kmphotoHosting the KindieComm Industry Showcase are two powerful voices who truly LOVE Kindie music; Kids Corner/WXPN-FM host Kathy O’Connell and Kids Place Live/SiriusXM host Mindy Thomas!

Kathy has been championing radio for kids for over 30 years, first as host of Small Things Considered in New York City, then co-host of America’s first national kids radio program KIDS AMERICA, followed by hosting Kids Corner in Philadelphia on WXPN-FM (now into its 28th year!). When not hanging at Kids Corner, Kathy loves her dog, her passion for classic television and all things Soupy Sales!

As host of the Absolutely Mindy Show – part of Kids Place Live on SiriusXM – Mindy considers it just an excuse to prolong her own childhood, which she spent sitting in her closet playing radio. She had the number one radio station in the whole house, and this gave her confidence to try it after college. When she’s not busy talking into her hairbrush microphone, she can be found playing in the great outdoors, teaching her cat how to smile, trying to learn the banjo, paying parking tickets, or dancing like a hillbilly!

Just as we did in our inaugural year, KindieComm has selected a mix of established Kindie artists as well as those just entering the wonderful world of Kindie to create another great KindieComm Industry Showcase!

Check out the lineup for the KindieComm 2015 Industry Showcase here!

Greetings From Philadelphia

Hello Kathy O'Connell photo by Mark WilkensKindie Nation!

It’s Kathy O’Connell from Kids Corner/WXPN-FM in Philadelphia.

I don’t know about you, but a­­fter the announcement of its end, I had a KindieFest-sized hole in my soul.

So much so that I am thrilled to announce that Kids Corner and WXPN have moved to create KindieComm … a weekend designed to nurture the Kindie community from all angles.

As you might know, WXPN-FM is also home to the Non-COMMvention an annual gathering of radio programmers and industry types from adult album alternative and public radio stations across the country.

KindieComm will serve the Kindie community with the same passion that the Non-COMMvention has delivered to the alt-radio community since 2000. KindieComm will strive to capture the camaraderie and creativity of our musical family, while sharing useful information in an intimate setting.

And the music…OH! The music!!

I have been playing music for families on the radio for 30 years, and I have never been so excited about the field. Kids Corner and WXPN have been advocates for independent kids’ music from the beginning. With the creation of KindieComm , we will take that advocacy to its next level. Our dream is that this annual gathering will inspire and inform musicians and the community of folks who comprise the infrastructure that supports and maintains the Kindie genre.

Kids Corner Producer Robert Drake and I are working closely with many of our Kindie contacts to help make sure all the right elements are in place making this THE Kindie gathering of the year – we hope you will join us!

For now, I ask that you save the date: Saturday, June 28 & Sunday, June 29, 2014 and join us in Philadelphia for the debut of KindieComm, where it’s all about the music … for kids.

Within the coming weeks we will open up Early-Bird Registration and roll out the details for this year’s KINDIECOMM, but for now – HOLD THE DATES FOR KINDIECOMM: JUNE 28 & 29, 2014 – and please join our KindieComm community on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/kindiecomm

All the best,

Kathy