dont panic airOur week of tinkering with The AIR continues as we bring you a brand-new episode of Radio Free Charleston International and welcome The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy to the channel Thursday. You can tune in to The AIR website, or listen right on this little player thingamajig…

At 3 PM you can listen to a new edition of Radio Free Charleston International. It’s two full hours loaded with an insanely eclectic assortment of interesting music from all around the world. The full playlist appears at the bottom of this post. At 5 PM check out a replay of this week’s local showcase edition of Radio Free Charleston.

Then at 6 PM you can hear the debut of the BBC Radio production of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a classic science fiction comedy radio series written by Douglas Adams (with some material in the first series provided by John Lloyd). It was originally broadcast in the United Kingdom by BBC Radio 4 in 1978. It was the success of the radio series that inspired the series of books.

The series follows the adventures of hapless Englishman Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect, an alien who writes for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a pan-galactic encyclopedia and travel guide. After Earth is destroyed in the first episode, Arthur and Ford find themselves aboard a stolen spaceship piloted by a motley crew including Zaphod Beeblebrox (Ford’s semi-cousin and Galactic President), the depressed robot Marvin and Trillian, the only other human survivor of Earth’s destruction.

We are thrilled to bring you this series on The AIR, by special arrangement with the BBC. Each Thursday at 6 PM we will present two of the original episodes, giving you a full hour of Panic-free goodness. The show will repeat Friday at 10 AM and 8 PM, Sunday at 11 AM, Monday at 2 PM and occasionally in one of our late-night timeslots.

Following The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on Thursday evening, you can hear The Comedy Vault and Curtain Call, and cap the night off with Live From The Empty Glass.

Here’s the Playlist for Thursday’s Radio Free Charleston International:

Wall of Voodoo  “Do It Again”
Pretty and Twisted  “Dear Marlon Brando”
Parov Stelar  “Chambermaid Swing”
Regina Spektor  “Small Bills”
Robyn Hitchcock  “Let Me Roll It”
Depeche Mode  “Enjoy The Slience”
Elvis Costello  “The Other Side of Summer”
The Who  “Long Live Rock”
Richard Hell and the Voidoids  “Blank Generation”
Paul McCartney  “Flaming Pie”
George Harrison  “Hottest Gong In Town”
John Lennon  “Serve Yourself”
Ringo Starr “I Don’t Believe You”
The Aquabats  “The Baker”
Kate Bush  “Sexual Healing”
Cheap Trick  “The Dream Police”
Pete Townsend  “A Little Is Enough”
Lady Gaga  “Pokerface”
Donovon  “There Is A Mountain”
Johnny Marr  “The Messenger”
Jellyfish  “All Is Forgiven”
Iggy Pop  “Michelle”
Julian Cope  “Beautiful Love”
Joe Jackson  “Soul Kiss”
Madness  “My Girl 2”
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes  “Nothing Compares 2 U”
Oingo Boingo  “Mary”
No Doubt  “Tragic Kingdom”