We bring you a free-format dive into our archives this week on The AIR  as we premiere three full hours of 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 elsewhere on this page.

Rather than revive some of our pre-2020 programming this week, we decided to just build a new three-hour show that you can hear at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday. We dug into the archives and bring you local music from the last forty years, we mix it with old and new indie and major-label artists.

We open the show with a song by The Defectors.  Over the weekend Mel and I drove to Columbus for a memorial service for Greyson Estep, the son of one of my oldest and dearest friends, The Defectors’s guitarist John Estep. I had to see that my old buddy was going to be all right, and with that on my mind, I wanted to hear some of his music.

In the rest of our three-hour show we have new music from Jim Lange, The Anchoress, The Church, Rick Wakeman, Logical Fleadh and more. We also have classic local tracks from Feast of Stephen, Three Bodies, The Amazing Delores, Ann Magnuson, HARRAH, Jay Parade, Red Audio, Emmalea Deal and more. That’s mixed in with all sorts of other cool tracks from all over.

Because we can’t cram two links into the same word without it looking goofy, note that The Heydays are Douglas Imbrogno and Paul Calicoat.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store (we have selective links in the playlist this week)…

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The Defectors “Johnny”
Scrap Iron Pickers “Swamp Thing”
The Struts “Pretty Vicious (acoustic)”
The Church “Succulent”
The Amazing Delores “Coal”
Renaissance “Love Lies, Love Dies”
Jim Lange “Winter Blue”
The Anchoress “Climbing Up The Walls” (Radiohead)
M and Chuck Biel “Super Powers = Common Sense”
Ann Magnuson “Hey There Little Miss Pussy Pants”
Frank Zappa “Carol, You Fool”
Total Meltdown “Wake Me Up When September Ends”
Three Bodies “The Trax”
Rick Wakeman “The Dinner Party”

hour two
Wolfgang Parker “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head”
Feast of Stephen “Needing Only Me”
Chris Cornell “Billie Jean”
HARRAH “Pay The Piper”
Science Of The Mind “Kaoss”
Bedowyn “Leave The Living For Dead”
Rain May Fall “Remember Everything”
The Heydays “Shady Grove”
The Wegmann Brothers “A Friend On The Highway”
Mojomatic “Crazy”
The MFB “Funkin’ Up The Neighborhood”
Eva Cassidy “Ain’t No Sunshine”
Depeche Mode “Ghosts Again (Radio Edit)”
Jay Parade “Hearts and Minds”

hour three
Lee Press-on “Powerhouse”
Matt Mullins and The Bringdowns “This Mountain”
O.W.L. “Midnight Carnival”
Emmalea Deal “Queen”
The Science Fair Explosion “Demon Burger”
Red Audio “Plasticland”
Gary Numan “The Joy Circuit”
Andy Prieboy “All For Your Love”
Logical Fleadh “Lark In The Morning/Gold Ring/The Slammer”
Frenchy And The Punk “Blood”
Laibach “Neptune, Oxytocin”

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 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.


Then at 1 PM we have MIRRORBALL, followed at 2 PM by Curtain Call. At 3 PM two great recent episodes of The Swing Shift arrive.

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 8 AM, Thursday at 9 AM, Friday at 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.