We’re nearly at the mid-point of July, and once again we’re bringing you our regular programming on The AIR that means it’s time for a new  Radio Free Charleston and a new edition of The Swing Shift. You simply have to point your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay here, and  listen to the cool embedded player found elsewhere on this page.  

You can hear Radio Free Charleston Tuesdays at 10 AM and 10 PM, with tons of replays throughout the week.

We have another hybrid show this week, where I do a full-hour of new stuff, and then fill up the remaining two hours with a revival of the free-format Radio Free Charleston International. In this case, it’s a show from 2017 that hasn’t been heard in more than five years.

But our first hour is loaded with tons of cool new local and indie acts, along with a couple of ringers.

Our opening band, Wrong War, formed in Chicago in 2019 and features Matt Weeks on lead vocals. In addition to being at the helm of Council Records, Weeks played and toured extensively with the widely influential bands Current, Calvary, and Ottawa. On guitar and bass, respectively, are Patrick Keenan and Dave Pawlowski, who played together in The Phenoms. Salvo Beta drummer Dan Smith, along with Weeks, is responsible for much of the band’s relentless, aggressive sound. Smith also handles all noise and sampling. KirkbyKiss also comes to us from Council Records.

Our first hour also brings you new tunes from The Wearing Hands, Golden, Dave Strong, The Dollyrots, Buni Muni, Telehealth, Nixon Black, Jeff Ellis, Galen & Paul and more.

Our second and third hours revive episode 22 of Radio Free Charleston International, and it’s pretty much as free-format as you can get. I mean, I played The Pixies, The Monkees, Kansas and Macy Gray…in a row, in that order. The rest of these two hours is equally brilliantly headscratching.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store. In the first hour, live links will take you to the artist’s pages so you can find out more about them, buy their music and find out where to see them perform live…

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hour one
Wrong War “The Call”
The Wearing Hands “Mr. Boston”
Golden “Smokers”
Dave Strong “Still Thinking About You”
The Dollyrots “I Touch Myself”
Science of the Mind  “Kaoss”
KirkbyKiss “Standards and Practices”
Buni Muni “Chunky”
Telehealth “Taliesin Grid”
Stewart Copeland “Demolition Man”
Slik “The Kid’s A Punk”
Nixon Black ” “Treading On Darkened Waters”
Payback’s a Bitch“Johnny and Jenny”
Marcie Bullock“Little Did You Know”
Jeff Ellis “Doors He Could Open”
Logical Fleadh “MacArthur Road”
Galen and Paul “No Es Necesario”

hour two
Green Day “Revolution Radio”
The Pixies “Um Chagga Lagga”
The Monkees “The Porpoise Song”
Kansas “Summer”
Macy Gray “Redemption Song”
The Sword “High Country (acoustic)”
Vangelis “Mission Accomplished”
Regina Spektor “Older and Taller”
Manfred Mann “I Put A Spell On You”
The Isley Brothers “Shout”
Freddie Mercury “The Great Pretender”
John Lennon “Stand By Me”
The Who “Batman”
Marillion “Living In Fear”
Frank Zappa “Cosmic Debris”
Elvis Costello “…and in every home”
No Doubt “Open The Gate”
Sting “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”
The Screaming Jets “Cash In Your Ticket”
Miss Behaviour “Savage Heart”
Neil Young “We R In Control”
Starpilot “Blazor”
Mi Sex “Computer Games”
New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle”
M “Doubletalk”
Kate Bush “Pull Out The Pin”
Peter Gabriel “Intruder”
Adrian Belew “Standing In The Shadows”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Wednesday at 9 AM,  Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 9 AM, Saturday at Noon and Midnight,  and  Monday at 11 AM, exclusively on The AIR. Now you can also hear a different classic episode of RFC every weekday at 5 PM, and we bring you a marathon all night long Saturday night/Sunday morning.

I’m also going to  embed a low-fi, mono version of this show right in this post, right here so you can listen on demand.


After RFC, stick around for encores of last week’s episodes of  MIRRORBALL at 1 PM and Curtain Call at 2 PM.

At 3 PM, a new episode of The Swing Shift give you a one-hour mixtape of piano-driving Swing Music. You’ll hear everything from Amos Milburn to Stan Kenton, Lionel Hampton, Nat King Cole and many others, but due to deadline pressures, you don’t get a playlist. Thems the breaks. Just tune in and let the 88 keys take you to swingin’ new places.

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 8 AM, Friday at 10 AM and 8 PM and Saturday afternoon, only on The AIR . You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.