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ECidsioek Attractions may make it more like a circus Star TribuneFridayNovember 61992 Kidstock What! A musical extravaganza for children, with singers Bob McGrath of me Street," Tom Chapin, Joanie Bartels and Craig Taubman of Craig 'N Company. The event will include clowns, mimes and jugglers, a dance floor, laser light show and a craft and play area for restless children. Whr; St. Paul Civic Center. When: Doors open at 1 p.m.

Concert is from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets: $5, $7 and available at the St. Paul Civic Center and through Ticketmas-ter, 989-5151. Free tickets are available through some social-service agencies for families that can't afford them. Among them are the Boys and Girls Club, the Salvation Army, St.

Joseph's Home for Children, and STEP of St. Louis Park. 1 969 flashback So where were the Kidstock performers in 1969 when Woodstock took place? Tom Chapin was visiting his brother at a camp about 30 miles from Woodstock, N.Y. Craig Taubman was 1 1 Enough said. Bob McGrath was auditioning in front of 5-year-olds for what he thought would be a 26-week run of "Sesame Street." Joanie Bartels was 16 and singing in coffeehouses.

She didn't know much about Woodstock. "But my mother wouldn't have let me go anyway." Lee Svitak Dean ment that parents get when they go to; concerts." Taubman of Craig 'N Company doesn't anticipate a Battle of the Kids' Bands, jr; the four performers keep the kids hum--; ming: "There's energy in a group that cfey ates a spirit of camaraderie. It's a risk em. a challenge." I vV Unlike the one-time Woodstock, KidstodH will reappear at least annually, maybeVi twice a year to raise revenues for RadiO'V' AAHS. If it's successful, Dahl intends to A take the concert on the road to cities wTttv affiliate Radio AAHS stations (see accornC panying story).

The toe-tapping and sing-alongs that Saturday's concert will entail pleases Grath, who performs internationally attfhlt dren's concerts. "There's a tremendous need and benefit have a child see an artist on stage as opposed to a passive form, such as TV arena shows. Those are wonderful spectacles, too, but it's not the same as seeihg something alive. It's not as -2 Taubman notices a difference betweeh-ras concerts in the Twin Cities and those pTw where. "Kids know the songs In the TwJnJ Cities, and it's nice." The biggest difference is the presence of a kids' radio sfatidV in the Twin Cities, he said.

Though children's music has surged in -popularity over the past 1 5 years, this music rarely gets radio airplay on mainstream formats. In the Twin Cities, Radio AAHS helps build familiarity with, and demarid for, more children's music. Continued from page 1E in the audience. One of the largest concerts by a Disney recording artist boasted an audience of 6,000, according to Amy Mal-sin, public-relations manager for Disney Records. As of Wednesday, about 9,000 tickets to Kidstock already had been sold.

"We're expecting to be at about 13,000 to 14,000 at the Civic Center on Saturday," said Daniel Kemnitz, general manager and president of the Children's Radio Group, which runs the local Radio AAHS station and created Kidstock. Saturday's multiple billing won't be a first for a children's concert, though it's not regularly done. Several festivals around the country and in Canada feature multiple bil-; lings, including one at Carnegie Hall and others in Omaha, Cleveland and Vancouver, British Columbia. But none of that will matter to the young-: ster excitedly awaiting the first tune from Tom Chapin Play with Craig Taubman of Craig 'N Company Need a Joanie Bartels Rock 'N' and Bob McGrath of TV's "Sesame Street." All of these performers are regularly heard on Radio AAHS, the children's radio station found at 1280-AM. The event will also highlight the -station's announcers during the show.

performers' music won't necessarily sound the same as it does on Radio AAHS. Only Taubman will bring along a small Chapin will perform alone, McGrath will be accompanied by a pianist and Bar-. tels will sing to recorded music, aided by her Silly-Time Dancers. The performers will be limited to 20 to 30 minutes apiece. With clowns, jugglers and mimes in the hallways, a laser show between acts and a dance floor in front of the stage, Kidstock may be more like a circus than a concert.

The format is part of a strategy to keep ahead of the short attention span of children, according to Chris Monroe, Radio AAHS promotion director. For those too restless to listen, Kidstock will have a game and craft center behind the stage to keep children busy. A Lost Parents corner (for children who can't find their parents) and plenty of bathrooms also show what Kidstock producers learned from the legend of Woodstock. When Richie Havens sang, "Clap your hands," thousands of listeners obliged 23 years ago. That's just as likely to happen at Craig Taubman, who will be at Kidstock, finds audiences In this area different from elsewhere.

He said, "Kids know the songs in the Twin Cities, and it's nice." Kidstock, where audience participation in the form of clapping, singing and dancing may be necessary to keep youngsters on board this musical experience. Bartels is bringing along her Silly-Time Dancers for just that reason. "The large auditorium would be difficult for a solo performer like myself," she said. While such a large-scale performance may thrill some concertgoers, others, many of them parents, shudder at the thought of thousands upon thousands of restless youngsters straining to see the performers off in the distance. Some say even Raffi the now-retired children's folk singer from Canada who attracted followers as dedicated as any who follow the Grateful Dead couldn't fill this hall.

That hasn't dissuaded Christopher Dahl, president of Children's Broadcasting which owns Radio AAHS. "Think of 15,000 kids chanting the same thing," he said. That thought encouraged him to produce such a large concert. "I wanted the excitement of a large arena. We wanted to present children's music with the same excite Radio AAHS expanding to coast-to-coast audience with new affiliates to buy the rights from Skeet Bushor of Indianapolis and Bill Osewalt of Minneapolis.

12-year-old Jimmy Freeman of Edina was named vice president of kids' relations. And yes, Freeman gets paid an hourly wage. He also serves as one of the station'son-air announcers. Daniel L. Kemnitz was named general manager and president of Children's Radio Group, which owns WWTC, which broadcasts Radio AAHS.

Kemnitz comes to the position from Cuneo and Associates, an Eagan advertising agency of which he was executive wee president. He previously owned an ad agency in Clearwater, Fla.kand worked as a radio consultant. about $1.14 million. Dahl said the station will make about a third of its projected $2.8 million revenues for 1993 from the Twin Cities station, and the rest from national advertising revenues and the new affiliates. More news at Radio AAHS: Last summer's announcements of a name change for Radio AAHS quietly went by the wayside.

The name, as well as other "intellectual property" including the names of various programs and games, are not owned by Children's Broadcasting but are the property of the originators of the Radio AAHS concept. So before going national, Children's Broadcasting solicited new names. But the station discovered its audience identified too much with the name Radio AAHS to drop it. CBC is negotiating letters, though each station will refer to itself as Radio AAHS. Local listeners won't be much affected by the national expansion, according to Christopher Dahl, president of Children's Broadcasting which owns the network.

Hourly "windows" for local programming will allow weather and traffic reports and local advertising. A new toll-free phone number will allow children throughout the country to participate in programs such as the hourly "Brain Game" questions. The new call-in number isn't as easy for children to remember: 1-800-55-AAHS-0. (The latter is a zero, not the letter An unhappy chiropractor has the toll-free number when the letter is mistaken ly used.) Local children can use either the toll-free number or 989-1280. The new affiliates won't have the built-in rapport that has developed between the Radio AAHS announcers and their local listeners, who frequently visit the studios.

In the first eight months of this year, 24,000 visitors went to the AAHS studios in St. Louis Park. To help the affiliates establish some semblance of personal relationship between listener and announcer, Dahl plans to create closed-circuit feeds from the Twin Cities to the other cities. From May 1990, when the station opened in the Twin Cities, through June 30 of this year, the station lost about $1 million on revenues of planned from the outset to start a national network, will expand this month to St. Louis and to Denver, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore by Jan.

15. Affiliate stations will buy all-day programming from the network (though some of the affiliates aren't on the air a full 24 hours a day). The network recommends that each affiliate prepare three hours of daily local programming. As of last week, station announcers in the Twin Cities were still adapting to their new national audience. "We had to practice a while," said Geiger.

What he found most difficult was to get out of the habit of saying "1280 Radio AAHS." Location on the radio dial changes from station to station, as do the call By Lee Svitak DeanStaff Writer If you're a longtime Radio AAHS listener, you may have noticed a subtle change recently. The precise time is no longer given on the 2Vz-year-old, Twin Cities-based children's radio station, found at 1280-AM. "It's five minutes after the hour," Dan Geiger tells his early-morning audience during his "All-American Alarm Clock" program. What hour it is, Geiger can't say, because some of his listeners are in Phoenix, Ariz. Later this month, he'll have more listeners in Salt Lake City.

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