Tuesday on The AIR  we deliver new episodes of Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift. It’s a block of programs that let you support the local scene, chill out and respect the women who Swing.  You simply have to point your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and  listen to the cool embedded player over at the top of the right column.

We have a newish Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.  This week we open with one all-new hour of RFC, and we include one special theme episode of Radio Free Charleston International from over five years ago.   We open the show with a new track by Tyler Pedersen, and we continue with a special remix of a classic tune by the legendary Chicago Ska band, Heavy Manners.  You can check out two new books that include Heavy Manners HERE and HERE.  Plus we mix in some great local stuff and some new music from artists you didn’t know were still alive.

After the first hour of RFC, stick around because the second hour revives an old Radio Free Charleston International from February 2016, which hasn’t been heard by human ears in over five years. This was the show I recorded the week after my second visit to Toy Fair in New York, and I took the path of least resistance and assembled a two-hour show that asked the question, “How many really, really long songs can you fit in a two-hour program?”

The answer is five, and you’ll hear those in our second and third hours this week.

Check out the playlist to see all the goodies we have in store (live links will take you to the artist’s pages)…

RFC V5 056

hour one
Tyler Pedersen “Area 53”
Heavy Manners “Flaming First (remastered)”
The Science Fair Explosion “TSFE!”
69 Fingers “Average Joe”
The English Beat “Ranking Full Stop”
Rasta Rafkiki “Today’s Slop”
Selector “Missing Words”
John Radcliff “Give It Away”
James Townsend “Ring of Holy Fire”
The B-Shakers “I Wanna Boogie”
Modest Mouse “Walking and Running”
Peter Murphy “The Light Pours Out of Me”
Peter Schilling “Metal”
Boldly Go “Trekkie Punx” “Starfleet Out”
mediogres “Daze”
The Rubinoos “All Excited”
Paul Weller “Fat Pop”

hours two and three
Nektar “Recycled”
Genesis “Supper’s Ready”
Kraftwerk “Autobahn”
YES “The Gates of Delirium”
Emerson Lake and Palmer “Karn Evil 9”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Thursday at 3 PM, Friday at 9 AM and 7 PM, Saturday at Noon and Midnight,  and  Monday at 11 AM, exclusively on The AIR.

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 MIRRORBALL at 1 PM, and NOISE BRIGADE at 2 PM.

At 3 PM we have a brand-new episode of The Swing Shift. This week our show salutes the Women who Swing in a special mixtape format. Check out the playlist that gives the ladies their due…

The Swing Shift 115

Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers “I Want A Little Boy”
Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys “Doin’ The Uptown Lowdown”
Lily Wilde and her Jumpin’ Jubilee Orchestra “Onion”
Julie London “Camptown Races”
Maria Muldaur “Here’s A Little Girl From Jacksonville”
Linda Rondstadt “Can’t We Be Friends”
Keely Smith “Robin Hood/Oh Babe”
Maureen & The Mercury 5 “Mambo Joe”
Lady J and her Bada Bing Band “Side Dish”
Devil Doll “You Are The Best Thing And The Worst Thing”
Rosie & The Riveters “Gotta Get Paid”
Sugarpie & The Candymen “Break On Through”
Squirrel Nut Zippers “Put A Lid On It”
Ella Fitzgerald “I’ve Got The World On A String”
Candye Kane “Coming Out Swinging”
Peggy Lee “On The Sunny Side Of The Street”
The Puppini Sisters “It Don’t Mean A Thing”

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesdays at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 7 AM and 6 PM, Thursday at 2 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.