Posted in Friday Fun

Friday Funny with Tori Kerr

When I was in Washington, DC, I met Tori, the producer for Kids Place Live. She is really funny and cool, so I asked her questions. I learned we love the same music..

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Social media/website: Kids Place Live on Facebook, @kidsplacelive on Twitter and Instagram (Mindy and I both update all our platforms)

Tell me about yourself: I work for SiriusXM in Washington, DC, specifically for Kids Place Live and Radio Classics (a channel exclusively for old-time radio shows). In my free time I love to read (lots of mystery novels) and cuddle with my dog, a little red miniature pinscher named Nala!

How long have you been in radio? 2 years professionally plus 3 years of hosting a college radio show.

How did you get into it? College radio! I joined WRGW at George Washington University and fell head over heels in love with it. I had a music show for three years where I played a wide variety of music. I also oversaw all our music shows as the station’s Music Director. I found SiriusXM at an internship fair and interned here with the Folk music channel (The Village!!) for a summer when I was in college, then when I graduated Mindy and Kenny hired me full-time on Kids Place! It’s been a dream come true ever since.

What is the best part of being on a kids show? We never stop laughing. Every day at work feels like hanging out with our friends and having fun. The kid listeners inspire us to be more creative and positive, which in turn helps us create content that kids and their families will truly enjoy. Also, we get to listen to, and earnestly debate, songs about farts.

Can you recommend a new musician I should check out? I am obsessed with Andrew & Polly right now. I think they appeal to adults, kids, adults with kids and adults without kids! I recommend them to my other 20-something friends who don’t even have kids and we’re all hooked on A&P! Since I met them through KPL, they were kind enough to put me in the liner notes for their new album, which is a first for me! Their new album comes out at the end of September. (Bridget note: I love Andrew & Polly too! I am going to go eat Grapes)

Posted in Author Meet Up, Places I visit

I go to Washington DC

I spent the day in Washington DC. I started it like all kids do with Absolutely Mindy on Kids Place Live. Well, maybe not all kids are in the studio and joining her on the radio. She is just as silly in person!

Guy Raz was there too. I helped flush Guy down the portal potty. It is smaller than I expected. I had to climb on him to push him in. I almost fell in. I have already been flushed before. I didn’t need to go to Guy’s meeting.

Mindy and Guy looked just like I expected. Kenny Curtis snuck in to say hi. He looked different than I expected. I didn’t get to say hi to Lorenzo Llama or Dirk the fourth and forgotten chipmunk. I also met Tori, Mindy’s producer. She was cool!

Annoying Little Brother also got to be on air and talked about Tim Kubart of course. They even tried calling Tim but got his voicemail. Phew!

After our radio time, we went exploring. I saw the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol Building and the White House.

For lunch, we went to Kramerbooks. You can get books and food!

(PS, look who is in the bottom corner! Penguin!)

The last place we visited was the Zoo. I saw Pandas – both Giant and Red Tailed. I also saw elephants, seals, piranhas and bison. They also had statues made from trash in the zoo. They are to show people to stop throwing their trash anywhere and especially in the water.

I do have book recommendations for you. If you are going to DC, you could read Miroslav Sasek’s This is Washington DC. It is a bit old but you learn about a lot of the monuments.

I also suggest Kelly DiPucchio’s Grace for President. It is about a girl who wants to be president when she grows up.