air-fall-preview-wednesdayOur NEW FALL SEASON continues on The AIR, West Virginia’s for-reals most-listened-to internet radio station. All week long we will have brand-new episodes of our most popular shows! Wednesday is a madhouse on The AIR as we bring you brand-new episodes of FIVE programs, two of which have been on hiatus for nearly a year! Check it out at the website, or on this nifty embedded radio player…

Continuing a week of premieres that will see new episodes of every one of our late-afternoon music programs plus many of other talk and comedy shows, we are thrilled on Wednesday to offer up brand-new editions of Life Speaks to Michele Zirkle, Beatles Blast, Curtain Call, Word Association with Lee & Rudy and The Comedy Vault.

This is all part of our big fall initiative that will see new editions of all your favorite shows for at least a month before we start filling up timeslots with Halloween programming, then go back to reruns for a while, using the holidays as an excuse.

evans-picOur premiere episodes begin at 1:30 PM with Life Speaks to Michele Zirkle. This episode features the first part of Michele’s interview with Patricia Evans (left), a celebrated life coach and the best-selling author of The Verbally Abusive Relationship, which is closing in on one million books sold. Michele credits Evans’ earlier book, The Verbally Abusive Man, for much of her success in finding her own path to success.  Dealing with verbal abuse is a very important subject and Michele’s interview with Ms. Evans is a real eye-opener.

Michele will be holding a workshop on recognizing and dealing with verbal abuse Thursday, September 21, at Kanawha County Public Library in Charleston from 6 to 7 PM.  You can hear a replay of Life Speaks Wednesday night at 7 PM and Friday morning at 11 AM.

At 2 PM things turn bad, sort of. Beatles Blast, hosted by your PopCulteer, observes their 13th episode by presenting an hour of some of the unluckiest covers of Beatles songs ever recorded. Kicking off with David Bowie’s unfortunate take on “Across The Universe,” the show continues with celebrities who think they can sing, metal bands who don’t quite understand what they’re supposed to be doing and easy-listening vocal groups who should just say “no.” And we won’t even go into the abomination that is “Looney Tunes Sings The Beatles.”

There is entertainment value here, just not musical entertainment value.

spongebob-squarepants-ocr_cover_sq-cfbb337635edbcfbfe28475cb71b0bd8cb21b1b8-s500-c853 PM sees a special edition of Curtain Call, hosted by Mel Larch. This week Curtain Call presents a preview of the cast album of the upcoming Broadway show, SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical.

Featuring the original cast performing songs written by They Might Be Giants, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Cyndi Lauper, Jonathan Coulton and more, this show is a huge surprise, with a great story, terrific songs and energetic performances. This may be the great Broadway musical based on a a cartoon about sea life ever produced. Sorry Ariel.

Curtain Call replays Thursday at 7 AM and 8 PM.

1200px-george_romero_66eme_festival_de_venise_mostraAt 7:30 PM Wednesday it’s the long-awaited return of Word Association with Lee & Rudy, back after eleven months off! In this rambling and unrehearsed half-hour, Mr. Lee Harrah and yours truly discuss all manner of pop culture topics with no preparation whatsoever. In fact, I never tell Lee what the topic for each show is until after we roll tape. Luigi, our official timer, returns to make sure we don’t run long.

Tonight we discuss The Father, the late George Romero (left), and his influence on film. This episode will replay Friday morning at 9 AM and Saturday night at 8 PM.

Also returning with a new episode after many months in reruns is The Comedy Vault at 11 PM, which presents an hour of Lenny Bruce, recorded at Berkley.

There you have it, a full day of cool new programming on The AIR. Go nuts listening to it, folks!