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A New Radio Free Charleston Emerges From The Dysfunction

Once again it’s Tuesday on The AIR  and that means it’s time for a new  Radio Free Charleston. 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. RFC is our only new show on The AIR this week because technical issues over the weekend spooked yours truly a bit. Everything seems to be back to normal now, but just in case we’re delaying our other new shows until next week.

But we do have one new hour and two hours of RFC International from 2019 today on Radio Free Charleston this week. Our first hour is loaded with new releases from West Virginia artists, plus a full set of great new tunes courtesy of our friends in Chicago. We even toss in an Italian song from 1959, just to keep you on your toes.

Our second and third hours revive an old Radio Free Charleston International from February 2019, and it’s a great mix of stuff from all over. The full show is just a valentine to free-format radio, and it’s loaded with what was newly-released music back then, so it’s like a bit of a time capsule. That’s a nice wake-up call for folks who didn’t realize that Joe Jackson, The English Beat, Matt Berry and A Perfect Circle all put out new records just four years ago.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store. Live links for the first hour 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
David Synn “Rock Opera”
Scott Whiddon “I Can’t Remember The Things I Love”
Lia Caton “Turn The Silence Off”
Joe Rian & the AM Drinkers “Jim Bristol ”
Austin Grimm “Forever and Ever, Amen”
Jay Parade “Square Hammer”
The MFB “Big Booty Judy”
Buni Muni “Sequin Beret”
Massing “Lemon Jose”
Corduroy Brown “Now You Know”
The Polkamaniacs “Hi Weirdo”
Mina “The Loon”
Mike Keneally “Spigot (Draw The Pirate)”
Payback’s a Bitch “Soul Dealer”
The Routes “The Robots”
Frenchy And The Punk “Blood 1”

hour two
Joe Jackson “Fool”
TC&I “Scatter Me”
Lebowski “Midnight Syndrome”
Dead Bones Bunny “My Name Is Dead Bones Bunny”
The Dandy Warhols “Forever”
Steve Hacket “Underground Railroad”
The English Beat “Be There For You”
A Perfect Circle “Hourglass”
Kate Bush “You Want Alchemy”
Weezer “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”
The Struts “People”

hour three
The Beatles “Happiness Is A Warm Gun”
The Monkey Swingers “She’s So Fat She Looks Chinese”
First of October “Rollerbladin’”
Cassettes Won’t Listen “Let’s Go To Bed”
Peter Hamill “Milked”
The Church “Before The Deluge”
Matt Berry “Night Terrors”
ATF “Starflight”
Elvis Costello “Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter”
Martin Barre “And The Band Played On”
Fish “Man With A Stick”
Roine Stolt and His Flower Kings “Next To A Hurricane”

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 3 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 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 we offer up a couple of early episodes of The Swing Shift. Every week yours truly strives to bring you the best of over 100 years of Swing Music on one of our most-listened-to programs, and since we’re in techno-fear reruns this week, we’re going to encore some of the formative episodes of our music programming. These two shows orignally aired in August, 2016.

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.

1 Comment

  1. Randy Brown

    The American version of English Beat with Dave Wakeling did indeed put out “Here We Go Love” in 2016. The English version of The English Beat is just called “The Beat” with Ranking Roger leading that version with his son. They put out “Bounce” in 2016 which I think is better then Daves Album. “The Beat” also put out “Public Confidential” in 2019 around the same time Ranking Roger died of a Brain Tumor sadly. Both are in my top 5 Fav. Artist.

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