The Children's Hour

9:00AM Saturday

Enriching, educating, enlightening and entertaining radio for kids of all ages.


Mar 6, 2018
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The Children's Hour, Sat 3/10 9a: Trees do a lot more for us than we ever do for them. This week we'll learn more about the mighty cottonwood, and other trees of New Mexico. Plus we'll have a live performance from High Desert Pipes and Drums to get us ready for St. Patrick's Day. 

Reading To Dogs

Mar 1, 2018
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The Children's Hour, Sat 3/3 9a: The studio is going to the dogs with our friends from Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library’s Read to The Dogs program. It’s going to be a dog party!

Kids Making History

Feb 21, 2018
Courtesy of Casey Smith

The Children's Hour Sat 2/24 9a: History is being made every day, and kids are part of the story. 14 year old Donovan Smith, an unsung hero of black history himself, will tell us about his latest efforts in making Albuquerque a better place to live. Plus, we’re hearing about kids leading the way in Florida and around the world to make schools safer, but this isn’t the first time kids have been on the front lines for their rights. 

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The Children's Hour, Sat 2/17 9a: Continuing in our unsung heroes of Black History series, we’ll be joined this week by UNM Professor of Africana Studies, Dr. Marsha Hardeman who will educate us about the Black History of New Mexico and the American Southwest.

Photo by of Cecil J. Williams, and used with his gracious permission

The Children's Hour Sat 2/10 9a: We’ll continue our celebration of Black History with the story of an unsung hero, Cecil J. Williams, who as a teenage photographer documented some of the most momentous events of the Civil Rights Movement. His iconic photographs told the story of the movement in ways words couldn’t capture. Plus, it’s Valentine’s Day next week and we’ll find out how one Albuquerque family takes the holiday to a whole new level. And find out about the DaVinci exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. 

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The Children's Hour, 2/3 Sat 9a: February is Black History Month, and we'll talk about the unique history black Americans have in our country, and find out about some unsung heroes in the struggle for civil rights, including the story of a brave 15 year old girl named Claudette Colvin. 

Grammy Nominees 2018

Jan 24, 2018
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The Children's Hour, Sat 1/27 9a: With the Grammys being awarded on Sunday, we wanted to hear from some of the nominees, including the ones up for best children’s album. Plus we’ll celebrate the birthday of one of the world’s most prolific child prodigies, the composer, pianist and violinist, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Does listening to Mozart really make you smarter? 

Kids In The Roundhouse

Jan 17, 2018
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In New Mexico, the 30 Day legislative session has begun, but what do kids have to do with it? We talked with state senator Bill O’Neill and some of the Wild Friends New Mexico about how kids can be part of the legislative process. Originally broadcast Jan 20, 2018

Media Literacy

Jan 10, 2018
BobMcCannon.org, LaderaWest.org

What is it to be media literate? This show was originally broadcast in 2002 with the late, legendary Bob McCannon, who was an expert in educating kids about being media savvy. rdays, 9 to 10am.

At Your Request

Jan 5, 2018
Cristina Ortega

It's an all request show with our listeners creating a playlist. Originally aired Jan 6 2018.

Puns Aplenty

Dec 28, 2017
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Turnip your radio! It’s a pun-ny show with the KUNM Kids. We’re talking puns with Paul Krza, whose game is playing with words. Puns aplenty, possibly provoking painful groans and moans. Original broadcast date: Dec 30, 2017

Holidays 2017

Dec 21, 2017
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The Children's Hour Sat. 12/23 9a: Celebrate the holidays this week on The Children’s Hour with some great holiday music and stories for kids of all ages. 

Best of 2017

Dec 14, 2017
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The Children's Hour Sat 12/16 9a:  The KUNM Kids present the best of 2017 for kids. We'll play our favorite new songs, review a couple of the best books for kids, and cover movies worth seeing. Plus, what happened on this date in 1773? It wasn't an ordinary tea party! Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and more, all in an hour. 

President Jimmy Carter

Dec 6, 2017
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The Children's Hour featured kids from Jimmy Carter Middle School’s Junior National Honors Society who educated us all about their school’s namesake: our 39th president, Nobel Prize winning humanitarian, Jimmy Carter. From the peanut farm to the White House, there’s a lot to know about President Carter. 

Ralph Covert

The Children’s Hour hosted Grammy nominated Ralph Covert from Ralph’s World in a tiny studio concert with the KUNM Kids. 

Sunny Days, Stormy Days

Nov 23, 2017
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The KUNM Kids will explore the weather with our friend from the National Weather Service, Kerry Jones. 

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Thc Children's Hour: Learn about the porcupines of the Rio Grande Valley with biologist Dan Shaw and some of his team of student scientists. These elusive furry rodents are hanging out along the river, and are often misunderstood and feared. Porcupines! Originally broadcast November 11, 2017 with music by Zee Avi, Bayou Seco, Artichoke  and Trepsi. 

Animal Humane Society

The Children's Hour 11/4 9a: What should you do when you find a stray dog or cat, and have you been looking for a FURR ever friend?  Animal Humane New Mexico will join the KUNM Kids in the studio with some critters and advice about animal rescue and adoption. 

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The Children's Hour's Spooky Scary Halloween Special starts at 9am Saturday Oct. 28. 

Washington Middle School

The Children's Hour: Kids from Mrs. Hawks Spanish Language Arts class at Albuquerque's Washington Middle School talk about the meaning of the words in the Pledge of Allegiance, recent flag and pledge protests, DACA, and patriotism. With music by Wagogo, Los Tigres del Norte, Sonia De Los Santos, Peter Lenton & Friends, Keith Munslow, Yosi, Bob McGrath, Randy Kaplan, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Dog on Fleas, and The Roches. The Children's Hour broadcast date: Oct 21, 2017

Mapping The Ocean Floor

Oct 12, 2017
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Learn how scientists map the bottom of the ocean. We’ll find out from Albuquerque teacher Helen Haskell, who spent the summer onboard a ship conducting hydrographic surveys of the American coastline in Alaska with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Originally broadcast Oct. 14, 2017

Balloon Fiesta 2017

Oct 3, 2017
Courtesy of Dr. Jonathan Wolfe

For the first two weekends and the week between in October, Albuquerque's Rio Grande valley fills with hot air balloons. On this episode of The Children’s Hour, we sent some of the KUNM Kids to the field, and some on the chase,  for the very first day of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Featuring "The Voice of the Balloon Fiesta" Art Lloyd. 

Musical Theatre

Sep 28, 2017
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Sat. 9/30 9a: The stage is set, the orchestra is tuned, are you ready for a celebration of Broadway musicals?  This Saturday, The Children’s Hour is dedicated to the art of the musical. Learn the history of Broadway, and how musicals are much more than just entertaining. Sing along with us to some of our favorites. 


Sep 13, 2017
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The Children's Hour, Sat 9/16 9a:  To sleep, perchance to dream? Dream a little dream with us this Saturday, from 9 to 10am when we talk about dreams. Why do we dream? What do we dream? And how do our dreams at night influence our lifelong dreams. 

Therapy Dogs

Aug 30, 2017
Animal Protection of New Mexico

The Children's Hour 9/2 Sat 9a: Sometimes, the dog house is exactly where you want and need to be. This Saturday on The Children’s Hour, therapy dogs will be our studio. We’ll learn the differences between therapy dogs and service animals, and how to bring these canine comforts to classrooms and beyond. 

Dinosaurs of New Mexico

Aug 24, 2017
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New Mexico is loaded with fossilized bones, and boasts several unique species who lived here millions of years ago.  This episode of the Children’s Hour features educators from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History on the show to talk about dinosaurs of New Mexico.  

Chaco Canyon

Aug 16, 2017
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8/19: Take a trip with The Children's Hour to Chaco Canyon. This UNESCO world heritage site was the center of pueblo civilization just 1000 years ago, and then was abandoned. Find out the story of Chaco Canyon and what it offers for families today. 

Assistance Dogs of the West

8/12 Sat 9a: This week on The Children's Hour, the studio will go to the dogs, and their masters. Learn about assistance dogs with our friends from Assistance Dogs of the West. Plus, young New Mexican author Marisol Paramo talks with the KUNM Kids about her first book.  With great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more.  The Children's Hour is for kids of all ages! 

Take A Hike

Aug 2, 2017
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8/5  On this edition of The Children’s Hour, we found out about Senator Martin Heinrich's favorite hikes with kids in New Mexico, and how he's trying to get all 4th graders unlimited access to parks, monuments and wildlife refuges across the country. 

Courtesy of UNMHSC

When a kid’s parent gets cancer, it’s confusing and scary for everyone. This edition of The Children’s Hour features kids who have been there. They'll tell us about The Children's Treehouse Foundations CLIMB program at the New Mexico Cancer Center, which has helped them cope. Plus, we'll be joined by kids who are refugees to find out about their next big thing. We’ll also celebrate some notable birthdays, including that of a future king. Great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more. Original airdate: July 22, 2017