Oh, you probably think that means another week where RFC is a rerun.

Well…yeah.  But it’s a special one. This week we have revived the very first episode of Radio Free Charleston Volume Five, which first aired all the way back in January, 2020, eons ago, before the pandemic.

Remember those good old days?

You can hear this classic Tuesday on The AIRRadio Free Charleston V5 #1  is back on The AIR for the first time in just over a year.  To relive the magic, you simply have to move 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.

Basically, your PopCulteer is dealing without some assignments outside of PopCult (that means “paying work”) and there simply wasn’t enough time to crank out a new RFC or Swing Shift in time for Tuesday. So I went back and dug our first three-hour show out of the radio closet, and re-uploaded it for your enjoyment. Check out this pretty epic playlist…


hour one

Kevin Scarbrough “Impetus Worm”
The Who “All This Music Must Fade”
Frank Zappa “Peaches En Regalia”
Rasta Rafiki “Vicki”
Joy Division “Atrocity Exhibition”
Edgar Winter “Hoochi Coo”
John Radcliff “Here We Go Again”
U2 and A.R. Rahman “Ahisma”
Ann Magnuson “The Sun Don’t Care”
Club Des Belugas and Maya Fadeeva “Love Is like A Legend”
Sparks “Never Turn Your Back On Mother Nature”
Emmalea Deal “Queen”
The Steve Howe Trio “Gilded Splinter”
Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer (Dance Mix)

hour two

Wang Chung “Everybody Have Fun Tonight (orchestral)”
Beggars Clan “Maiden Voyage”
The Beat “A Good Day For Sunshine”
The Specials “Breaking Point”
Joe Jackson “Kisses”
Sheldon Vance “Keep On Talking”
Adrian Belew “When Is It Coming Back”
Gary Numan “Down In The Park”
David Synn “Blood Moon”
Eddie Jobson “Easy For You To Say”
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies “Schizo”
Rick Wakeman “The Shoot”
Todd Tamenend Clark “Childhood Shadows”
Frenchy And The Punk “Carried Away”

hour three

Fletcher’s Grove “Virgil Burgess”
Andy Partridge & Robyn Hitchcock “Turn Me On Dead Man”
Go Van Gogh “Requiem For Peppeland”
Trevor Horn and Seal “Ashes To Ashes”
Three Bodies “The Trax”
Ringo Starr “Better Days”
Heather Findlay “Cactus”
Howard Jones “Hero In Your Eyes”
John Wetton “New Star Rising”
The Heavy Editors “How The West Was Won”
Todd Burge “On My Knees”
After The Fire “Carry Me Home”
Alien Skin “Charles Dickens”
Jeff Lynne’s ELO “Goin’ Out On Me”
Jon Anderson “Make Me Happy”
Stark Raven “More To Life Than This”

This was the show where I combined Radio Free Charleston and RFC International into one, weekly (almost) three-hour program where I mix local artists with the best music from around the world, and it comes out of the internet.

For almost a year beore I pulled the trigger, I had been contemplating a move that would reformat RFC and RFC International to be more like the original concept of RFC back in 1989, when it was on broadcast radio.  Instead of producing Radio Free Charleston as a one-hour weekly showcase of local music from Charleston and the surrounding areas, and RFC International, as a two-hour show where I play anything I want, I combined the shows into Radio Free Charleston Volume Five, a weekly three-hour show that mixes local music with the best indpendent, avant-garde and classic music from multiple genres.

It keeps me from getting bored with it. I don’t ever want to get bored with music.

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, and Friday at 9 AM. At 7 PM Friday, this episode will kick off a multi-day marathon of Radio Free Charleston that will run over the Memorial Day weekend, when nobody’s really listening to internet radio.   The marathon will run every episode of the show that we currently have on the servers over at The AIR, and that means that I will return with a new episode two weeks from Tuesday because I’m lazy that way.

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 BRIGADEat 2 PM. at 3 PM we will re-present a two-part episode of The Swing Shift that brings you Benny Goodman’s entire 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall. This was a legendary show, packed with guest musicians and featuring his epic version of “Sing, Sing, Sing.”