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 is both a wonderful music-filled episode of the show AND a special vintage concert from 1977, plugged in to help your humble radio host and blogger deal with Myasthenia Gravis and a big magazine deadline at the same time.

A little more than our first hour is our usual collection of cool local, independent and brand-new music. We open with brand new music from Clowhole! I’ve had this for a while, but just got cleared to share it with all of you. “Aqua” is the first single from their upcoming, thirty-years-in-the-making, debut album.

One top of that, we also have the RFC debut of Ginger Wixx, who has been lighting up the local music scene for a couple of years. Her debut EP hit all the major streaming services last Friday.

We also have a couple of great indie tracks from our Chicago connection, new music local and independent bands and tracks from the vast RFC archives. And that’s all in the first hour (with a little overrun).

For our second and third hours, we go back to 1977, in Wheeling, for a concert by Emerson, Lake and Palmer that was recorded for national radio. After being bootlegged for years, we bring (most of) it to you so that your blogger can squeeze out a little more time for paying work. It’s a killer concert with all their major hits.

The links in the first hour of the playlist will take you to the pages where you can learn more about each artist and buy their music or find out where to see them (where available)…

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Clownhole “Aqua”
Ginger Wixx “Super Mean”
Brett Ratner “Caribbean Street Fest”
John Bunkley “I’m Just A Fugitive”
Massing “Stay Inside (Rejuiced)”
Messer Chups “Dark Side of Paradise”
The Settlement “Be Yourself”
Scott Collins “Killer Crush”
The Dread Crew of Oddwood “Locomotive Death”
Unmanned “Aliens”
The Ghosts of Now “Ode To Billie Davis”
BobaFlex “I’m Glad You’re Dead”
Crack The Sky “Sea Epic”
Mother Nang “Fade”
The Science Fair Explosion“Cosmic Girl”

Plus Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Wheeling, WV from 1977.

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 mixtape collection of Django Reinhardt, from his years in Rome in the late 40/early 50s. It’s amazing guitar-based Swing with a style that is still being emulated today. Check out the playlist…

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Django Reinhardt

“Night and Day”
“Honeysuckle Rose”
“I’ll Never Be The Same”
“Sweet Georgia Brown”
“Swing ’39”
“What Is This Thing Called Love”
“Tchakovsky’s Starry Night”
“My Blue Heaven”
“After You’ve Gone”
“Swing 42”
“I Got Rhythm”
“The Peanut Vendor”
“Stormy Weather”
“Blue Skies”
“St. Louis Blues”
“Minor Swing”

 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.