columbus day marathonThe AIR, our amazing yet obscure internet radio station, stages a special event on Monday. Since it’s no longer kosher to claim Columbus day as a sort of Italian Pride Day, we’ll just say, enjoy your day off and tune in for show tunes and swing music all day long.

We’re having a marathon that will alternate our Wednesday-afternoon music shows, Curtain Call and The Swing Shift, all day long, from 7 AM to Midnight.  You can listen at The AIR website or on this marvelous and confounding little internet embedded doo-hickey thing…

At 3 PM each weekday The AIR brings you a specialty music block to help you finish your day of wage-earning. On Wednesdays we’ve had two programs filling that bill. That will change next week, when Curtain Call, our musical theater show, expands to two hours, with the first hour being brand-new, and the second hour presenting an encore of a previous episode.

Fans of The Swing Shift need not despair, as our celebration of 100 years of Swing moves to Tuesday, and follows the same format. Radio Coolsville, which was heard at 3 PM on Tuesday, will move to 1 PM, and return with new episodes early next year.

Today you can hear Curtain Call and The Swing Shift airing in alternate hours, all day long.

On Curtain Call. Mel Larch brings you an hour of the best of musical theater. Over the course of the day you’ll hear showstoppers from “The Book of Mormon,” “Hamilton,” “Fun Home,” “Hedwig and The Angry Inch,” The Rocky Horror Show,” “Gypsy,” and more. Mel will bring you everything from the classics by Rogers and Hammerstein to brand-new shows and everything in between. Check it out during the even-numbered hours today.

Your Popculteer pops up as the host of The Swing Shift. You may recall earlier this year that I brought you two episodes of Radio Free Charleston International dedicated to Swing Music. Those were so well-received, and I had so much fun doing them, that I decided to go ahead with a weekly one-hour show that mixes together the best swing music from the last century into a concise, swinging, blast of jumpin’ music.

Today on the odd-numbered hours you’ll hear classic swing music from Benny Goodman, Harry James and Glenn Miller amid swing revivalists Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and more. The Swing Shift will move to Tuesday afternoons at 3 PM next week.