It’s Tuesday on The AIR  and while that usually means new music on The AIR, for the first time in a few months, your humble blogger and radio host has been waylaid by a flare-up of his Myasthenia Gravis.  Rather than just drop in a rerun of RFC today, I opted to go back, record one new intro and then splice three very old and offline editions of our flagship show into one new(ish)  episode of Radio Free Charleston Volume Five. To hear it, 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 seen elswhere on this page.

You can hear this “scrapbook” edition of Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.   This week we compile three episodes of the show from way back in our Voices of Appalachia days, in 2014 and 2015.

This was back when the marching orders for RFC were to present music from the Appalachian Region, and I did that by stretching the definition as far as possible to include not only local WV musicans, but artists as diverse as Dean Martin,  Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Crack The Sky and others. The structure of the show may be a bit confusing. Back then I’d do an hour of “regional” music, followed by an hour with a distinct theme. Since I was combining three two-hour-long shows into one three-hour program, I just lopped off a couple of the theme hours and smooshed everything together. The second hour of this week’s show is a theme hour devoted to the Shepardstown band, World Without Fear, with the rest of the show excised. This is a rare chance to hear a full-length West Virginia Alternative Rock album from 1989.

These shows have been offline and unheard by human ears for over seven years, so for most of our listeners they’ll be new.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store…

RFCV5 090

hour one
Todd Burge “Longer”
The Nanker Phelge “I’m Coming Home”
Kevin Scarbrough “Divorce”
John Radcliff “It Might Work Out”
The Company Stores “Rollin’ In”
Hellblinki “Row”
Bud Carroll “I’m No Stranger”
Mark Bates and the Vacancies “Spiral Down”
Astromoth “Paranoia Swing, Swing”
John Lancaster “Water Under A Burning Bridge”
Stone Ka Tet “Patton’s Blues”
Science of the Mind “Kaoss”
Stark Raven “Every Time You Say Goodbye”
John Palumbo “Walk On The Wild Side”
Scarlet Hill “Where is Your Heart Tonight”
Hydrogyn “You Ought To Know”

Second hour: World Without Fear

World Without Fear

“Here’s To You (I Love You)”
“What Chance”
“Look Who Fell”
“I Died Today”
“Prayer For The Strategic Defense Initiative”
“The Last Yesterday”
“If Only”
“The Lorax”
“I’ll Be Here”

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies “That’s Life”

hour three
Go Van Gogh “I Am The Walrus”
Miniature Giant “Dawn”
69 Fingers “Die Happy”
Time And Distance “Copperfield”
Whistlepunk 2.0 “Satellite”
Don Baker “Keep On Walking”
The HepCats (Doug and Paul) “I Never Slept With Alan Ginsburg”
Professor Mike “Greater Good”
The Big Bad “The Omen”
HarraH “Blood Moon”
A Place of Solace “Sing”
Against “My Better Half”
Scooter Scudieri “The Price We Pay”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays 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 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 MIRRORBALL at 1 PM and Ska Madness at 2 PM. At 3 PM we have two recent episodes of The Swing Shift.