Katie Stone

Executive Director & Producer of The Children's Hour

Katie Stone is the host and producer of The Children's Hour radio show and podcast. The show's goal is to bring informative, entertaining and engaging radio programming to listeners of all ages, showcasing local kids and kid-friendly organizations, while involving kids in all aspects of the production. Katie works with a crew of dedicated children who help produce the show, including writing and voicing scripts and reviews, helping choose jokes, show themes, music and guests, and assisting in all aspects of the live broadcast.  

Katie also reaches into the community, with regular live broadcasts from venues across New Mexico. She also partners with teachers to create radio shows for class projects, and joins with community organizations to bring kids voices to public radio.  She hopes everyone listening comes away with new knowledge about the topic du jour.  

Katie started in radio when she was just 14 years old at WDGC-fm in Downers Grove, Illinios. Katie is the executive director of The Children's Hour, Inc, a New Mexico nonprofit dedicated to creating and distributing public radio for kids. The show is produced at the Sun Spot Solar Studio. Katie and her husband have raised four kids, and are delighted to be grandparents. They live in a handmade house on a solar powered organic farm in Albuquerque near the Rio Grande tending their orchard, gardens, chickens, children, a llama, cats, dogs, fish and thousands of bees.  

Leaping Lemurs

Mar 24, 2021
Duke Lemur Center

Sat 3/27 9a: This time on The Children’s Hour we’re leaping into learning about lemurs with Faye Goodwin, an educator at the Duke Lemur Center. Find out how humans are related to these adorable primates, and discover why they only live in the wild in one place in the world. We’ll explore the many species of lemurs, and hear what must happen for lemurs to survive. 

Plus the kids from the Extinction Diaries highlight how these creatures are incredibly vulnerable for becoming extinct. 

Making ¢ent$ of Money

Mar 17, 2021
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Sat 3/20 9a: This week on The Children’s Hour, we try to make sense of money with Dr. Reilly White from the University of New Mexico, Associate Professor of Finance at the Anderson School of Management. We learn the history of currency and how interest, donations, and savings works. Is a dollar really worth its value in gold? Why gold? What would happen if there was no money at all? 

Twinkle Time

Mar 10, 2021
Alberto Vega

Sat. 3/13 9a: This week on The Children’s Hour, we’re joined by the Lady Gaga of children’s music, Twinkle! She’s an award winning, bilingual children’s musician, performer, voice actress and TV star. Twinkle is the host of Twinkle Time, and she’s performing daily on YouTube for kids and families.

We’ll learn about her life as a child actress, what motivates her music, and how she produces every one of her songs in both Spanish and English. Twinkle is guest DJ-ing this show, and you’ll hear music from artists from around the world.

Kids Save The World

Mar 3, 2021

Sat. 3/6 9a: This week on The Children’s Hour meet kids who are standing up to demand adults take action on the issues that directly impact their lives. We’ll be joined by Our Children’s Trust attorney Nate Bellinger, and the crew talks with Mica Kantor, a 12 year old plaintiff in a case against the Montana government over the state’s inaction on climate change.

Kids Crew members Julia and Kaia will teach us about Greta Thunberg and her Fridays For Future campaign.

Growing With Kids

Feb 24, 2021
Albuquerque Public School Gardens

Sat. 2/27 9a: This time on The Children’s Hour we’re growing with kids, in a visit with farmer Joseph Brophy Toledo from the Flower Hill Institute in Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico. We learn about their farming research lab and where kids fit in.

We also meet Kateri Seva from the Albuquerque Public School Gardens program, and we learn about how gardens fit into the mission of education. 

Our friends from the Extinction Diaries have some hopeful news about White Rhinos. 

We've got great music on this show, too. Learn with us!

Read & Ride

Feb 17, 2021
Saddle Up And Read

Sat. 2/20 9a: This time on The Childrens Hour, we meet Ms. Caitlyn Gooch from Saddle Up & Read, an organization that motivates kids to read with horses.

Evan Daitz reviews My Life In The Fish Tank, and Maya Falcon gives us her review of PANDEMIC 2020: A 9 Year Olds Perspective by Prisha Hedau.

The kids in the Extinction Diaries teach us about why some zebras are being born with bizarre stripe patterns, and what that means.

We've got great music on this show, too. Learn with us!

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Sat. 2/13 9a: We explore Black History through stories from Dr. Marsha Hardeman, Professor of Africana Studies at the University of New Mexico.

From innovations we use every day to settling of the American West, Dr. Hardeman gives us good reason to wake every day and say “Thank you Black People!” Find the pictures Dr. Hardeman talks about by scrolling down on this page. 

We also learn about Civil Rights from our friends at the Earthseed Black Arts Alliance.

Sing & Learn

Feb 3, 2021

Sat 2/6 9a: This time on The Children’s Hour, we visit with acclaimed children’s musician Susie Tallman, whose music makes everyone want to sing along. From the classics to her original work, her music enables kids of all ages to sing and learn. Then, our Kids Crew co-host Zen Menendez introduces us to a newly discovered ancestor of the dinosaur, the Kongonaphon kely. Though it may have been tiny in stature, this creature had a big impact on the dinosaurs of today.

Pandemic Schooling

Jan 27, 2021

Sat. 1/30 9a: This time on The Children’s Hour, the kids want to know more about school in the middle of a pandemic. To learn more, the Kids Crew talked with New Mexico Public Education Secretary Dr. Ryan Stewart. We find out what it will take to allow all schools to open for in person education.

Then, Dr. Anthony Fauci from the National Institute of Health sat down with the Kids Crew to explain why Covid-19 is so dangerous, and when kids can expect they will be getting the vaccine. 

This show is packed with great information! Learn with us!


Jan 13, 2021
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Sat. 1/16 9a: This time on The Children’s Hour, we take a dive into the very basics of Civics education with lifelong educator and community leader Arthur Lieber. We explore how kids can help bring our country together, and build a brighter future. Then we hear from our friends at the Extinction Diaries about marine plankton, a tiny ocean critter upon whom life on Earth depends. Mixed with excellent music. Learn with us!

At The Aquarium

Jan 6, 2021

Sat. 1/9 9a: This time on The Children’s Hour we head under the sea, to the Albuquerque Aquarium. Our program was recorded before a live audience in 2019 and features three of the aquarists. One swims with the sharks, another grows coral, and the third is the keeper of the aquarium’s otters. We also hear a Nigerian folktale told by acclaimed storyteller, Ramona King. Mixed with great music, and featuring our Kids Crew & Katie. 


Dec 30, 2020

Sat. 1/2 9a: Only on KUNM-fm January 2, 2021 at 9am, catch our show that was supposed to be broadcast live in January 2020 from Keshet Arts with dance instructors and students, and live music by Felix y Los Gatos. Since this episode was never broadcast on KUNM, we wanted our Albuquerque audience to hear it. Join us for an hour of dance education, music and fun. 

Best of 2020

Dec 23, 2020

Sat 12/26 9a: This time on The Children’s Hour we are celebrating the best of 2020, which came to us in the form of Children’s Music! The Kindie music industry exploded with creativity, releasing hundreds of amazing songs. We hear from longtime children’s favorites like Laurie Berkner and Raffi, as well as soon to be legendary artists like Pierce Freelon and SaulPaul. 

Holidays 2020

Dec 16, 2020

Sat 12/19 9a: We’ll be celebrating holidays on The Children’s Hour with some of our favorite traditional and nontraditional Christmas, Hanukkah and wintery songs. Our Kids Crew share how they celebrate the holidays, including Las Posadas, lighting luminaras and menorahs, and more! 

Sat. 12/12 9a: We’re getting inspired by the two time Grammy nominated Alphabet Rockers founders, Kaitlyn McGaw and Tommy Shepherd. Plus we hear from the kids in the Extinction Diaries about how sharks are used in cosmetics and other products. This show has excellent music, and will inspire kids of all ages to become change makers.


Dec 2, 2020

Sat. 12/5 9a: This episode of The Children’s Hour is going to stink, as we learn all about skunks with the founder and director of The Dragoo Institute for the Betterment of Skunks and Skunk Reputations, Dr. Jerry Dragoo. We’ll find out where skunks are found, why they smell, and how to avoid getting sprayed. Dr. Dragoo is a world renowned mephitologist, or biologist who studies skunks.  Plus Kids Crewmember, Evan Daitz has a review of the trilogy A Boy Called Bat, where Dr.

Sat. 11/28 9a: This week on The Children’s Hour … What are you grateful for? This year we may have to change our attitude to find our gratitude. We’ll make it easy with a visit from Grammy winning children’s artist, Ziggy Marley. His new release, More Family Time will have you singing and dancing. Plus Maya Malone has a review of Your Voice Is Your Superpower: A Beginner’s Guide To Freedom Of Speech And The First Amendment by Jessica and Sandy Bohrer, a daughter and father team who are both Constitutional lawyers.


Nov 11, 2020
Photo: Gary Newell

Sat. 11/14 9a: This week on The Children's Hour, we explore Puppets with a tribute to one of the master puppeteers on Sesame Street, The Muppets, Star Wars and more, Jim Henson, the Kids Crew talk with his daughter Cheryl Henson, and we're all treated to a one of a kind performance by the captivating Loren Kahn Puppet Theater. Featuring great music by Jim Henson as Ernie, Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, Bob and the Anything Muppets, The Muppets, The Pop Ups, Andrew Bird, Sesame Street, and String Planet.  Join us for an hour which will inspire aspiring puppeteers of all ages!

Practicing Peace

Nov 4, 2020
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Sat. 11/7 at 9a: How do we stay calm and centered during times of anxiety, and how do we practice being peaceful? The Children’s Hour Kids Crew explore strategies together, and with Andy Mason, a singer songwriter from Santa Fe New Mexico who helps kids find their inner strength through music.

We also have a visit with our puzzle maker Riya Joshi, and we have two book reviews from kids on the crew. Illuminata reviews “If I Were a Tree, What Would I Be?” by Margaret Cheasebro, and Evan brings us his comments about “Dylan’s Birthday Present” by Dr. Victor D.O. Santos.

Pandemic Halloween

Oct 28, 2020
Photo by Mathew Schwartz on UnSplash

Sat. 10/31 9a: What could be more spooky than a pandemic Halloween? The Kids Crew are joined by Drs. Bop 'n Pop, who are on a mission to help normalize lifesaving public health behaviors for children and families through their songs and videos. We get an update from the doctors about how Covid can be contained and we find out how to have a safe Halloween, in spite of the pandemic. Plus the kids in the Extinction Diaries update us on the arctic caribou, a creature bound to its fragile environment.


Oct 21, 2020

Sat. 10/24 9a: On this episode of The Children’s Hour, the Kids Crew talk with an exoplanetologist, Dr. Diana Dragomir. We discover what an exoplanet is, and how astronomers find them in a vast sea of stars. Learn if there’s life outside our solar system, and how you can help in the search. Plus we’ll hear from the kids in the Extinction Diaries about the current condition of the Amazon rainforest.

Presidential Elections

Oct 14, 2020
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Sat. 10/17 9a: This time on The Children’s Hour, we learn all about how Presidential Elections work. We feature New Mexico Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver who walks us through the election process. Then we learn all about the Electoral College with an actual elector, Dr. Pamelya Herndon. Why do we have this indirect way of voting for President and Vice President? The Kids Crew explore whether the process is fair, and what it would take to change it. Plus we find out how kids can get involved at the polls.

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Sat. 10/10 9a: This week on The Children’s Hour, we learn about Indigenous Peoples Day.


Sep 29, 2020
Dr. Jonathan Wolfe, used with permission

Sat. 10/3 9a: On this episode of The Children’s Hour, we explore balloons! We learn what makes the drifting hot air balloons stay afloat in the sky, and we learn the history of how balloons came to be a mode of transportation. We also hear the Balloonist’s Prayer, and we take a trip in a hot air balloon with one of our Kids Crew members.

The Post Office

Sep 23, 2020
Victoria Kubiaki, CreativeCommons

Sat 9/26 9a: On this episode of The Children's Hour, we learn all about the Post Office from the American Postal Workers Union Local 380 President, Ken Fajardo. Mr. Fajardo has worked at the United States Postal Service for over 30 years, and explains what happens when a letter goes through the mail. He also talks about the current controversies surrounding the USPS today.

Global Music

Sep 16, 2020

Sat. 9/19 9a: This time on The Children’s Hour, we take a trip around the world of global music with songs from New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, Russia, Ukraine and more, including a recording of a live performance for kids and an interview from the band Pamyua from Alaska.

Folk Art

Sep 9, 2020


A Visit With Raffi

Sep 1, 2020

Sat. 9/5 9a: This week on The Children’s Hour, we visit with the world’s most beloved children’s musician, Raffi! He’ll share some of his brand new work with us, and answer our many questions.

UnPolluting Earth

Aug 24, 2020

Sat. 8/29 9a: Pollution is a problem around the globe, but there are ways to un-pollute dirty and contaminated places. How we do that is explained by chemist and journalist Dr.


Aug 18, 2020

Sat. 8/22 9a: This episode of The Children’s Hour will bug you! We get bugged with the ABQ Biopark’s Curator of Entomology, Jason Schaller. Jason’s passion for insects is infectious.