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 a rare live track from newly-announced WV Music Hall of Fame inductee, Daniel Johnston, then offers up a killer first hour with new music from Clownhole, Ginger Wixx,  Paul Weller, Massing, Ringo Star, Lenny Kravitz and more, plus some great stuff from the RFC archives.

The new Clownhole track, “Get A Grip” is out now on all major streaming services and will be on their long-awaited album when it comes out on June 25.

Also in our first hour is a track from Bongwater, the Psychedelic band from the 1980s that featured Charleston’s own, Ann Magnuson. Ann recently appeared on the Mothman In The Bible Belt podcast, which is a wonderful thing to hear. You can listen to Ann’s episode below, and be sure to subscribe on YouTube on on whatever podcast streamer you prefer. Buck Fantastic does a great job and he looks a lot like a guy who was in a music video with Mel and me last year.

Our second and third hours revive a very old episode of RFC Volume Three, from January 2015, back when we were on Voices of Appalachia Radio.  This show is loaded with mini-themes and is loaded with great local and regional music.

The links in the playlist will take you to the pages for some of the artists in this week’s show. A tight deadline is keeping me from getting everybody in the second and third hours, and the national artists in the first hour are Googled easily enough…

RFC V5 179

hour one
Daniel Johnston “The Marching Guitars”
Clownhole “Get A Grip”
DEVO “Clockout”
Feast of Stpehen “No Vaccination”
Payback’s a Bitch “STFU”
The Dickies “Shadow Man”
Nina Hagen Band “Boom”
Ginger Wixx “Will I See You Again”
The Settlement “Midnight Train”
Novelty Island “Railwayaway”
Chuck Biel “A Light About You”
Moonage Daydream “Life On Mars”
Bongwater “Psychedelic Sewing Room”
Paul Weller “Ship of Fools”
Lenny Kravitz “Blue Electric Light”
Massing “Kickball (Rejuiced)”
Ringo Starr “February Sky”

hour two
John Lancaster “Jeruselum syndrome”
David Synn “The Future Is History”
Farnsworth “Friend To Man”
Joe Vallina “To The Phonomatic”
David Mayfield Parade “Blue Skies Again”
Buggaboo “Nola Bean”
John The Conqueror “She Said”
Todd Burge “My Kinda Town (Ghost Town)”
John Radcliff “My So Called Life”
William Matheny “Friday Night Alienation”
Joseph Hale “Time”
Derek Thompson “I Could Run”

hour three
Donny Iris and The Cruisers “The Rapper”
DEVO “Fountain of Filth”
Pere Ubu “Road To Utah”
Crack The Sky “I Don’t Have A Tie”
The Feast of Stephen “Bankrobber”
Miniature Giant “Too Soon”
69 fingers “Captain Fear”
Appalachian Celtic Consort “Johnny Jump Up”
Dave Roberts Neostra Music “Synaptic Fusion”
Jeff Ellis “In Harm’s Way”
Motion Theater “Devils”
Eva Elution “I Don’t Wanna Die”
Radio Cult “Seven Nation Army”
The Renfields “Porkshop”
Wolfgang Parker “I Could Be You”

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  show that chrnicles the life and times of Thomas “Fats” Waller told by Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Mildred Bailey, James P. Johnson, Count Basie, Red Norvo, Una Mae Carlisle, Red McKenzie, the original Fats Waller Orchestra – and Fats himself.

This is a special presentation of The Second Annual American Swing Festival: A composite broadcast heard on WNEW, New York between February 4 and February 11, 1945 (a little over 1 year after his death). His life story is dramatized, his music played and his friends and fellow musicians are heard in musical tributes. With the original Fats Waller Orchestra ( Pat Flowers substituting for Fats on The piano and playing in remarkably similar style).

We decided to bring this to you a week after what would have been his 120th birthday.

 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.