On this day when we celebrate our independence as a nation, we also celebrate the return of Radio Free Charleston International to its original 3 PM Thursday timeslot on The AIR.  After a year away from Thursdays, RFCI couldn’t help but come back to where it all started. You can listen at the website, or on this embedded radio player…

With our shaken and stired new schedule, we now have a replay of this week’s Radio Free Charleston at 2 PM, followed by a brand-new episode of Radio Free Charleston International at 3 PM. For you old-timers who remember the original broadcast incarnation of RFC, this combination comes close to recreating the original experience, with your PopCulteer unleashed to play whatever he felt like playing, mixed with a generous helping of great local music.

For this week’s RFC playlist, plus a link for a download, check out this post.

Radio Free Charleston International is the two-hour weekly show where Rudy Panucci (that’s me, by the way) gets to play whatever he wants. It’s our way of revisiting the golden age of free-format radio, which is sort of what inspired us to go into this medium in the first place.

As for this particular episode of Radio Free Charleston International, well, unfortunately your humble host has become afflicted with a nasty summer cold. This meant that I needed to minimize my announcing on this show so that I didn’t completely blow out my voice. My ailment is your gain, however, as I put together a show filled with ridiculously long songs. I even managed to throw in a couple of brand-new tunes from The Aristrocrats and The Pornadoes. Check out this very short playlist…

RFC International 068

The Aristocrats “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde”
Frank Zappa “The Adventures of Gregory Peccary”
Brian May “Blues Breaker”
YES “Perpetual Change (live)”
The Pornadoes “Trouble’s Gonna Find You”
ELP “Tarkus (live)”
Genesis “Supper’s Ready (live)”

You can tune in to RFC International every Thursday at 3 PM on The AIR. If you miss it, you have plenty of chances to catch a replay: Fridays at 1 PM and 10 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM, Sundays at 1 AM and 2 PM, Mondays at 9 PM, and Tuesdays at 11 PM, exclusively on The AIR.