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RFC Hits 50 and Goes Back In Time

Tuesday on The AIR  Radio Free Charleston sort of hits a milestone.  The newish, three-hour version of RFC hits episode 50. If this weren’t the fifth incarnation of the show, I’d make a bigger deal about it, but between the original broadcast version, the video RFC, The RFC MINI SHOW video program, and the earlier versions of the show that ran on Voices of Appalachia and OntheAIRadio, I’ve produced around 540 Radio Free Charleston shows. It’s hard to get that excited, but I did manage to find a way to make this special…by recycling!

You simply have to move your cursor over and listen at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and groove to the cool embedded player over at the top of the right column.

Tune in to Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday and you will hear one of the original broadcast episodes of show, from January 7,1990, when I was but a wee lad of a DJ, and blogs were years away from being invented.  I have mercilessly edited down nearly five hours of on-air chaos to fit into our three-hour timeslot.

This is actually a case where I took two episodes of RFC Volume Three, from 2015 that first re-presented this broadcast, and just edited them further, since this show is historically significant, and hasn’t been heard by anyone for more than six years. Sometimes “historically significant” means, “the least amount of work.”

Check out the playlist to see all the music that made the cut…

RFCV5 050

Stark Raven “Into The Fire”
Brian Diller “Mr. Auctioneer”
Brian Diller and the Ride “Waking Up”
Brian Diller and the Ride “Shoe Fits”
Three Bodies “The Drive”
Three Bodies “My Friend”
Three Bodies “Surpise Ending/Unknown Title”
The Bounty “Mary’s Door”
The Bounty “Buffalos”
The Bounty “Pandora’s Box”
The Bounty “325”
Zone 3 “Willy The Wimp”

The Go Van Gogh Family Tree:

True Rumor “River Beyond”
The Meadowblasters “Da Da Da Da Da I Love You”
The Meadowblasters “She Doesn’t Want My Love”
Go Van Gogh “Planet Freedom”
Go Van Gogh “I Don’t Like Trains”
The Tunesmiths “Ballet Dancer”
The Tunesmiths “For Your Love”
Go Van Gogh “Shut Up, I Love You”

Atomic Cafe “The Trax”
Larry Groce “No Woman, No Cry”
Larry Groce “Accidentally Like A Martyr”
Blue Million “Everything Inside Out”
Blue Million “I’ll Keep You Warm”
David Lanham Band “Rock With You”
David Lanham Band “Small Town Blues”
World Without Fear “Nothing”
World Without Fear “Please Don’t Love Me”
Mad Scientist Club “Live Song”
Mad Scientist Club “Thunder and Lightning”
Mad Scientist Club “Doctor Owsley”
Still Portrait/Mark Scarpelli “Music that I don’t remember the titles to”

Stark Raven (side one of the debut album)”

“Riding On A Wave”
“I Know You”
“Be With Me”
“Feel Only Love”
“He Loves To Limbo”

The Swivels “No Vaccination”
The Swivels “Mobile Man”
Tim Truman “Ten Dollar Dog”
The Pudgy Young Upstarts “Uncontrollable Urge”

This is a pretty fun time capsule back to the first incarnation of Radio Free Charleston, and I hope you guys get a kick out of hearing it.

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 11 AM and Midnight, Sunday at 11 AM and the next Monday at 8 PM, 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.


Some notes about what you’ll hear:

Portarit of a young, underpaid radio star

This show originally aired early in January, 1990, right after RFC and yours truly had been the subject of a profile in the Charleston Gazette written by Michael Lipton. I decided to devote all four hours of the first show after the article was published to local artists. Truth be told, the show actually ran almost five hours. Station management wasn’t listening to my show (nobody at the station ever did) so I could run long and have the DJ that followed me make up the time.

You will hear me cracking jokes and making remarks about the piece Michael wrote. A lot of folks thought that I was genuinely angry, when in fact I was thrilled with the press and was just milking it for laughs. So please, do not think that I was really upset with Michael Lipton. He’s always been great to me and I’ve always respected him. I was just only joking, really!

This is pretty much what the people heard between 2 AM and 7 AM on January 7, 1990. I tried to keep the modern-day interruptions to a minimum. I did trim quite a bit of stuff, but it’ll give you the general idea of what the show was like back then.

These recordings are taken from an off-air recording of the original broadcast, so there may be some loss of sound quality.

There may be a new Swing Shift later today on The AIR, but only if I feel like whipping one out first thing Tuesday morning.


  1. alan griffith

    love it

  2. Weg

    Excellent stuff!

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