The PopCulteer
October 19, 2018

There is a ton of stuff going on in the region this week, Bridge Day, pre-Halloween events, city-sponsored beer bashes, grand openings and what-not, but we’re going to focus on a couple of overlooked events that you might want to know about, and we’ll also give you notes on today’s programming on The AIR.

In all the rush, The Woody Numbers Memorial Show and the play, Of Devils and Men, have been unjustly overlooked, so this week, we focus on these two great local events.

Remembering Woody

As promised, I have more details on the big IWA East Coast show happening Saturday. This is the Woody Numbers Memorial Show, in Nitro.


Former IWA East Coast Heavyweight Champ Chance Prophet gets his rematch against the man who took his title, IWA EC Heavyweight Champ, “The Reaper” Matt Conard. There will also be a ladder match between The Rydas and The Minorities for the vacant IWA East Coast Tag Team Championships, and the winner will receive the brand-new title belts, featuring a permanent tribute to Woody Numbers.


Smokey C will face Woody’s old partner-in-crime, Crowza. Violent Vance Desmond will take on Shane Kryzac. The Black Irish Saints will battle Rough, Tough and Beautiful. Stars from all over the country will take part in the Woody Numbers Tribute Battle Royal. Plus we can expect Mickie Knuckles and in his first WV appearance in years, hardcore legend Necrobutcher will be in the house.



This is your chance to come out, support IWA East Coast, salute Woody Numbers and see some of the best wrestling that West Virginia has to offer. Ringside seats are fifteen dollars. General admission is ten dollars for adults, and five bucks for kids. Doors open at 6 PM, with a free meet-and-greet before the show. Belltime is 7:30 PM at King’s Way Outreach Center (the former Nitro High School), 302 21st street in Nitro. Check out the event page on Facebook for more details.

Of Devils And Men

Opening Friday and running through Halloween at The CAPITOL THEATER of Resurrection Church is a new play by Lawrence Burgess. OF DEVILS AND MEN is an original stage play from Burgess (Jack the Ripper, Anne of Green Gables, Signing Off) that takes place in 2021 West Virginia. The death penalty has been enacted into law. Twelve jurors must decide the fate of the accused, with great new consequences from their decision. One of them has a secret…

This devilish play by Burgess promises to be a perfect fit with the Halloween season. Performances are October 19, 20, 26, 27 at 8 PM. October 20 and 27 at 2 PM , October 21 and 28 at 3 PM, and a special Halloween night performance October 31 at 7 PM, at the Capitol Theater, 123 Summers Street in Charleston. General admission for most shows is fifteen dollars. The Sunday matinees are only ten dollars. Produced by the West Virginia Actors Conservatory



Happening On The AIR Friday

Friday on The AIR sees new episodes of Radio Free Charleston International and Sydney’s Big Electric Cat. You can listen in at The AIR Website, or on this neat little embedded player…

At 1 PM you may treat yourself to a brand-new edition of Radio Free Charleston International with a new format. Beginning this week, the show is a two-hour mixtape of whatever it is that I want to play, and to find out what exactly that is, you have to read this post. That way I can cram more music into the show without talking so much.

So if you came here for that, here’s the playlist:

RFC International 058

Elvis Costello and The Imposters “Under Lime”
Glen Matlock “Strange Kinda Taste”
Antarcticats “Pony”
Be Bop Deluxe “Shine”
Bourbon “Fuente Vieja”
Echo and the Bunnymen “Ocean Rain (Trasnformed)”
Ian Gillian and the Javelins “You’re Gonna Ruin Me Baby”
Joe Strummer “Coma Girl”
Katie Melua “Closest Thing To Crazy”
Keith Emerson “Walter L”
Argyle Goolsby “Nightsurf”
Billy F. Gibbons “Standing Around Crying”
Dave Davies “Same Old Blues”
Boz Scaggs “On The Beach”
Neil Finn and Paul Kelly “Deeper Water”
Kirsten Hersh “Lady Godiva”
Les Big Byrd “I’ve Tried So Hard”
Nazereth “My White Bicycle”
John Lennon “Oh My Love”
Paul McCartney “Ceasar Rock”
Pink Fairies “Resident Reptile”
Shriekback “My Spine Is The Bassline”
The Struts “Fire” and “Ashes”

As you may notice, much of that is newly-released music, including the tracks by Elvis Costello, Glen Matlock (the original Sex Pistols bassist), Argyle Goolsby, Billy F. Gibbons, Boz Scaggs, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and The Struts.

You can hear Radio Free Charleston International Friday at 1 PM and 10 PM, Saturday at 1 PM and 1 AM, Sunday at 3 PM and Tuesday at 11 PM, exclusively on The AIR.

Sydney Fileen returns with a brand-new edition of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat at 3 PM. This weekly two-hour blast of New Wave freshness opens with The Thompson Twins this week, and continues with hits, deep album cuts and lost treasures from the New Wave era. Sydney even brings us a mini-set of latter-day Stiff Records artists.

Check out this week’s Playlist:

Big Electric Cat 038

Thompson Twins “In The Name Of Love”
The Stranglers “Midnight Summer Dream (12″ Mix)”
The Jam “Down In A Tube Station”
The B 52s “Devil In My Car”
Ultravox “White China (Special Mix)”
The The “I’ve Been Waiting For Tomorrow (All of My Life)”
Thomas Dolby “Airwaves”
Naked Eyes “Flying Solo”
The Smiths “Still Ill”
The Motels “Remember The Night”
The Police “Synchronicity II”
The Human League “Life On Your Own”
The Elektrics “Tonight”
The Clash “Somebody Got Murdered”
The Boomtown Rats “Wind Chill Factor (Minus Zero)”
The Waitresses “Quit”
The Sports “Stop The Baby Talking”
Department S “Going Left Right”
The Belle Stars “Sweet Memory”
The Undertones “Free Yourself”
The Pogues “Sally MacLennane”
Rooglalator “Cinncinnati Fatback”
Joe King Carrasco and The Crowns “Buena”
Wreckless Eric “Wax Works”

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, Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM and Thursday at Noon, exclusively on The AIR.

And with that, we wrap up this week’s PopCulteer. Check back for all of our regular features and get ready for our month-long PopCult Gift Guide, starting November 1.