The PopCulteer
March 11, 2022

Next week your PopCulteer is going to take a big step toward normalcy…or at least as close as I can get to such a thing.

Mel and I are going to hit the road in a few days, winding up at ToyLanta for next weekend’s big toy convention. It’ll be the first time we’ve been to Atlanta since 2019, and I have to admit, we’re a bit nervous. Excited, but nervous. We are both vaccinated and boosted, and will remain masked the entire time we’re around people, but I’ve lost way too many friends to this pandemic to let my guard down. I’d rather be the last person wearing a mask than be the last person dead from COVID. I’m hoping that my fellow toy collectors understand and respect my situation.

I have been busy finishing up a magazine article, preparing the house for our house-sitter for the first time in over two years, and pre-scheduling programming on The AIR and posts for here in PopCult.

Starting Monday,  The AIR will begin a ten-day marathon of 80 episodes of Radio Free Charleston Volume Five. You can tune in and catch our unique mix of local and non-local music, presented in a free-format radio environment for your enjoyment and edification.

In the meantime, today you get  notes on a new episode of MIRRORBALL on The AIR.

Luckily for you, it’s a great hour of Disco classics courtesy of my lovely wife, Mel Larch,  So please enjoy this bright, shiny new episode of MIRRORBALL which will be followed by a very cool recent edition of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat.  The AIR is PopCult‘s sister radio station. You can hear these shows on The AIR website, or just click on the embedded player at the top right column of this blog.

At 2 PM, Mel Larch uncorks a new MIRRORBALL flled with classic tracks from the golden age of Disco. There is no set theme this week, but there does seem to be an underlying tone of defiantly dancing in the face of danger and a scary world.

Or maybe I’m just projecting.

Check out the playlist…


Sylvester “Dance (Disco Heat)”
Peter Brown “Dance With Me”
Jackie Moore “This Time Baby”
GQ “Disco Nights”
Karen Young “Hot Shot”
La Belle Epoque “Miss Broadway”
The BBQ Band “On The Beat”
The Village People “Macho Man”
Young & Company “Like Whatyer Doin'”
Change “The Glow of Love”
Arpeggio “Love And Desire”
Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive”

You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays this Saturday at  8 PM (kicking off a mini-marathon), Sunday at 11 PM, Monday at 9 AM, and Tuesday at 1 PM  exclusively on The AIR.

At 3 PM, Sydney Fileen graces us with an encore episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat that  brings you New Wave music from 1978. You can scroll down and find the playlist HERE.

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard every Friday at 3 PM, with replays Saturday afternoon, Monday at 7 AM, Tuesday at 8 PM, Wednesday at Noon and Thursday at 10 AM, exclusively on The AIR.

That’s what’s on The AIR Friday, and that is this week’s PopCulteer. Check back because we have a fresh post every day and next week You can expect daily posts with links to the playlists for that day’s chunk of The Radio Free Charleston Spring Break Marathon. We’ll have all our regular features too. I just spent the last two days writing them all in advance. Wish us luck.