Despite last night’s sneak preview, Tuesday is once again “New Show Day” on The AIR.  As such, we have new episodes of  Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift for you. To listen to The AIR, 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 boatloads of replays throughout the week.

Radio Free Charleston opens with “Heads On Fire,” by Clownhole. This was one of the most-requested local tunes on the original broadcast incarnation of RFC back in 1989. However, the song was never properly recorded…until now.

The entire new Clownhole album is out now on all major streaming services and can also be found on vinyl at Sullivan’s Records in Charleston. I even play a second track from it to open our second hour.

Our show is also loaded with new music from Golden, Ricky Fitness, Mediogres, Frenchy & The Punk, The Aquabats, Masser Chups and more. Via our Chicago pipeline, we have great new indie tracks from Red Spot Rhythm Section, Carey Ott featuring The Freaks of Nashville and Joe DiZillo. We also do a dive into the archives and bring you some classic local tracks going back up to thirty-five years.

Our third hour is an encore of an episode of RFC Volume 4, from back when the show was one hour long and all-local. It’s a nifty time-capsule of a time when the music scene was thriving.

The links in the playlist will take you to the pages for most of the artists in this week’s show…

RFC V5 183

hour one
Clownhole “Heads On Fire”
Golden  “Impossible”
The Wombles “Wombling USA”
Ricky Fitness “Stormy Weather”
RSRS (Red Spot Rhythm Section) “Look Up”
Mediogres “River Day”
Frenchy & The Punk “Skip Boom”
Carey Ott featuring The Freaks of Nashville “No Front”
The Aquabats “Sun Blocker”
Messer Chups “The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair”
Unmanned “Arrested”
The Dollyrots “Holding Out For A Hero”
The Dread Crew of Oddwood “The Apple”
The Settlement “Sweetness”

hour two
Clownhole “Dig It”
Joe DiZillo “Lotta Love”
Farnsworth “Erased”
Crazy Jane “Amazing”
Joe Vallina “The Year of the Wicked”
Hawthorne Heights “We Were Never Lost”
Emmalea Deal & The Hot Mess “Chasing You”
Chuck Biel “In A Russian Cathedral”
Brian Diller “And We Said”
Stark Raven  “He Loves To Limbo”
Three Bodies “The Trax”
Under The Radar “Dog Day Dallas Doo Dah Demons”
Feast of Stephen “Urge To Care”
Madness “The Law According to Dr. Kippah”

hour three
John Radcliff “Come Back Down”
Spencer Elliott “The Last Two People On Earth”
Todd Burge “Ask Them To”
Cast of Paradise Park “What Do You Think About”
Fletcher’s Grove “The Thugger”
Beneath “Poultice”
Beggars Clan “Divide and Conquer”
Mediogres “The Ballad of Marla Singer”
The Heavy Editors “On TV”
Emmalea Deal “Sacred”
Gypsy Rhythm “Missing (live)”
Rasta Rafiki “Apathy of the World”
Under The Radar “All Along The Watchtower”

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 we offer up a special  episode of The Swing Shift that plays off of a recent compilation album by Ella Fitzgerald, and brings you, in mixtape fashion, songs about places all over the world.

Check out the playlist…

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Ella Fitzgerald “A Night In Tunisia”
Les & Larry Elgart “Harlem Nocturne”
Stephane Grappelii “Chicaco”
Dean Martin “An Evening in Roma”
Joe Jackson’s Jumpin’ Jive “San Francisco Fan”
Pasadena Roof Orchrestra “Home In Pasedena”
Stan Kenton “April In Paris”
Frank Sinatra “I Love Paris”
Benny Goodman “Mission To Moscow”
Count Basie “London Bridge Is Falling Down”
Brian Setzer Orchestra “Hawaii 5-0”
Woody Herman “Broadway’s Gone Hawaii”
Don Redman “Shakin’ The African”
Louis Prima Jr. “New Orleans”
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies “42nd Street”
Glenn Miller “Kalamazoo”
Royal Crown Revue “Hollywood Tale”
Jive Bunny “My Kind of Town (Chicago)”
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Basin Street Blues”

 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.