Pamela Jean "PJ" Swift is a nationally recognized authority on children's music, and has the largest collection of kid's music in the U.S. This collection was amassed because PJ has produced children's radio for 20 years. She is the head writer, producer, and engineer for "Pickleberry Pie", a syndicated public radio program for kids. PJ also has managed two 24 hour cable channels for kids, and was the founding program director of "Kidstar" syndicated commercial programming.
PJ holds a "day job" as a special education teacher for severely handicapped children. Prior to this position, PJ taught seriously emotionally disturbed and autistic children. She holds numerous public school credentials, and a Master's Degree in Special Education. PJ is the parent of two children, Max and Chloe, who constantly clue her into cool music for kids.
In her "spare" time, PJ manages "The Children's Music Web" (www.childrensmusic.org), a wide-ranging site devoted to kid's music and kid's radio in its many forms. This free resource for parents and kids worldwide was honored as a semifinalist in the National Information Infrastructure Awards in 1997.
PJ's other awards include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Gold Award, The American Women in Radio and Television Award, and two Parent's Choice Awards. In 1994, PJ was the first recipient of the "Northern California Children's Media Award," in recognition of her dedication to children's radio and children's music.