Tuesday finds a bittersweet Radio Free Charleston on The AIR.  Our all-new first hour of  Radio Free Charleston is accompanied by a two hour mixtape of vintage Charleston Playhouse-centric music and hijinks, to observe the demolition last week of the beloved, but short-lived local music epicenter.  You can read what I have to say about that HERE.

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 tons of replays throughout the week.

Our first hour opens with “The Finding,” a newly-released tune by Brian Diller, who will be returning to Charleston for an acoustic performance this coming Friday at The Roc, below the old Quarrier Diner.  Then we hear a great tune from our “Chicago Connection,” as Radio Free Honduras continues their mission to salute the music of Charlie Baran  with  an incredible Latin sound.

The rest of our first hour continues with great local and independent music. Then we devote our second and third hours to some audio artifacts of the magic that was The Charleston Playhouse & Tavern.

You’ll hear actual recordings from the Playhouse, as well as studio tracks from some of the bands who played there as well as a few snippets of the original broadcast version of RFC.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store. Live links in the first hour will take you to the artist’s pages  so you can find out more about them, buy their music and find out where to see them perform live. Don’t expect that in the third hour, though…

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hour one
Brian Diller “The Finding”
Radio Free Honduras “Pero Te Olvidare”
Aristotle Jones “Best Nest”
The Alright Maybes “Come On Charlie”
Novelty Island “1102”
The Settlement  “Do It For You (Live at Sam’s)”
Nu Mutants “Undertaker”
John Inghram & Bud Carroll “Father Christmas”
Audrey Smiley “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
Pallas “This Haunted Christmas”
The Dollyrots “Fairytale of New York”
Corduroy Brown “Medicine (Live at The Shop)”
Ann Magnuson “Live, You Vixen”
Hello June “Honey I Promise”

hour two and three The Charleston Playhouse & Tavern Archives Mixtape

Alan Griffith unplugged at the Playhouse with the unfortunate participation of The Stunning Janice and Rudy Panucci
Go Van Gogh Live At The Playhouse
Mad Scientist Club “Thunder and Lightning (Studio version)”
The Swivels “Cinnamon Girl”
Go Van Gogh “Shut Up, I Love You (Studio version)”
The Tunesmiths “I Don’t Want To Be Your Hero (Studio version)”
Brian Diller “Don’t Stop At Anything (Studio version)”
Three Bodies “The Trax (Studio version)”
Stark Raven “There’s More To Life Than This (Studio version)”
The Velvet Brothers “Savannah Moon (Live, but not from the Playhouse)”
Strawfyssh “Graveyard Shift (Studio version)”
Three Bodies “Treehouse”
Meandering rant
Sexy Coughing
David Friesen “Festival Dance”
Some Forgotten Color “Restrain”
Johnny Rock and Rudy in the studio
Cranky Old Men (Rudy and Brian Young)
Clownhole-Excerpts from “The Last Fart (live at the Charleston Playhouse)”

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 new mixtape episode of The Swing Shift.  The plan is to record this show, which will open with a new track from The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, after I write this (on Christmas Eve, no less), so there won’t be a playlist but rest assured, it will Swing. I promise to include some Cab Calloway, Tyler Pedersen and Royal Crown Revue, though.

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.