Happy birthday, "Kid's Corner"!

WXPN's "Kid's Corner" has grown strong and healthy in its "Wonder Years": the show enters its 11th year with a raft of honors, including two of radio's most prestigious awards, the George Foster Peabody Award and the Major Armstrong Award, and even a spinoff to its credit: the CompuDudes were given an hour of their own after parents started hogging all the questions.

To celebrate 10 fun-filled years on the air, the "Kid's Corner" producers are throwing -- what else? -- a birthday party. Actually, it's a birthday concert, hosted by "Kid's Corner" host Kathy O'Connell and featuring the show's favorite band, Trout Fishing in America -- who first received wide exposure on the show about five years ago. The duo will perform live for the first time ever with their full backup band in the outdoor concert at the Mann Music Center June 14.

Opening for Trout Fishing in America will be another "Kid's Corner" favorite, Beats Walkin', Philadelphia's finest Texas swing band.

Other local programs will also be sending birthday greetings to "Kid's Corner" in the week prior to the concert. On Friday, June 12, O'Connell will be Marty Moss-Coane's guest on "Radio Times" at 11 a.m. on WHYY-FM (90.9), and O'Connell and Trout Fishing in America are scheduled to appear that same morning on WTXF-TV's (Channel 29) "Good Day Philadelphia."

  • "KID'S CORNER" 10th BIRTHDAY CONCERT: 2 p.m. at the Mann Music Center, 52nd Street and Parkside Ave. in West Fairmount Park. Tickets $15; special packages available. Ticket info: 1-800-565-WXPN.

Originally published on May 28, 1998