Friday, September 26, 2008


Hi there! This blog segment is for you, the Joykids Listener! Dale and I thought it would be fun to do a little post of some of the most common questions/comments that we hear about the Joykids radio show. So, here is an attempt to answer some of them...

I was thinking the other day about what we reallly do for the Joykids radio show... We continually run into people who are shocked that the radio show requires work outside of the radio station, or who wonder how we actually do the show and what do we do to plan our bantering (anyone who has listened to the show knows what I'm talking about, as we spend a good portion of the show talking back and forth with silly talking about, well, nothing).

So, without further ado, here is a short version of what goes into the show:

Well, through the week, Shanarah and I pick out the cd's (they are scattered throughout our apartment) and write up a run sheet of what order the songs come in. For a holiday such as Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving, we try to put a theme together. That can take at the least 1-2 hours and much more for the Holiday shows.

For things like jokes, fun facts and historical facts, I'm continually working on that. I will often be writing down thoughts as they come to me and Dale is continually laughing at me for ripping articles out of magazine that I want to share with listeners.

Dale will often think of things for our Joykids website (the link is listed on the right side of the page) and is the one responsible for putting together the 'tech'side of the show with making up the bumpers, music segments and computer aspect of Joykids. He will often help put the cd's together with Shanarah and I before we come into the station.

Things like Pray around the World (where we pick a country or place each week and ask people to pray for it) depends on a few things. Sometimes we get information about a country from the internet, or we use a couple of books that are wonderful teachers for children. Also, if there is a country that Dale and I have been hearing about on the news, sometimes we'll use that as the basis for the segment.

Also, for those of you wondering, we do not script out the show. It is all banter that happens spontaneously, based on articles I've found in magazines and articles I clip out of newpapers, items Shanarah has found in kids magazines and articles found on the internet.

So, there you have it! There is a lot of work that goes into the show.

We just wanted to give you a little behind the scenes look :)

For those of you who continually pray for the show, radio station and our family, THANK YOU!! It is such an encouragement to us.

Remember to listen into Joy1250 tomorrow at 8 am for Joykids!!! If you can't get it your broadcast area, you can go to and click on the link to listen in.

Bless you~!~


P.S. - If any of you have any questions about the show or us (maybe about our live performance show, how we got involved in radio) feel free to e-mail us at with those questions, who knows, maybe in an upcoming blog we'll answer them!

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Good Morning everyone!!

It is just after 1 am on Sat night. Dale and I have just returned from Pigapalooza. It was a big fund raiser for two children in need, Becca and Jordan. It was a wonderful day, visiting with so many people (although I could have done without the massive mosquito bite on my forehead, now I have an oh so attractive red bump above my eyebrow, yeah baby!!!) and enjoying our last week-end of summer outside around a BBQ.

Dale and I performed some of our Joykids Live show. It was magical to see both Becca and Jordan laughing and enjoying the show. The kids enjoyed the puppets and illusions that Dale did (honey, you did a great job, as always) and we got to show off our baby Lazarus. I can also say that I've officially had a 'pig roast', that's right, a pig spit roasted and I must say it rocked! Becca REALLY liked the visit from the firefighters too.

I would just like to really give a HUGE thank you to Cheryl "Smitty" Smith for AGAIN putting such an incredible amount of work and effort into pulling off another Pigapalooza event. It is a mammoth undertaking for her to do this year after year to help kids in need, and she does it because she has such a big heart and truly cares about others. Thank you, thank you!

So, without further ado, I'm off to bed... The baby is asleep and I need to get some shut eye before he wakes up. I remember the days when I could go on 2-3 hours sleep but no more :(

I'll have photos from Pigapalooza in a few days and I can post some of them then.

God Bless everyone!

Virginia and Dale

Friday, September 19, 2008

Welcome to the Joykids Blog!!!

Hi there! I'm Virginia from the Joykids on Joy 1250.

Dale and I decided to start this blog and update our website because we often hear people asking about us. So, we'll be updating this blog so you can hear about fun antedotes from our lives (not that there's too many ...) learn about us and hopefully be encouraged through our struggles and triumphs.

I can't write too much tonight however, as I've got to get to bed! We've got the radio show tomorrow! In case you stumble upon this and don't know what I'm talking about, you can stream the radio show. Head over to and you can listen in, tomorrow morning 8 am (EST).

God Bless you!!