Coal Tattoo

The politics of why Don Blankenship isn’t a felon

  Candidates, from left, Don Blankenship, of Williamson, Bo Copley, of Delbarton; U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., of Huntington, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, of Charles Town, Jack Newbrough, of Weirton, and Tom Willis, of Martinsburg, participate in a debate in Wheeling, W.Va., Monday, April 23, 2018.  AP photo. If you are among those who […]

The Sock 'Em, Bust 'Em Board

Derek Redd reveals his AP Top 25 ballot, Part 1

Hello? Anyone there? I know we’ve been away for a little while, but we’re back with some minor housekeeping moves (check the new name of the blog), and I figured what better way to reemerge than find a way for you all to possibly mock me? So here is my AP football ballot after the […]

Vines & Vittles

Meatballs in America

I grew up in a largely ethnic neighborhood in Clarksburg where the adults were very direct. Subtlety and nuance were not among the tools in their communication toolbox. So, when I really screwed up, I heard about it sometimes in language that would make a Mafia Don blush. However, if my transgression was minimal, the […]


The RFC Flashback: MINI SHOW number 43

This week we zip back to December, 2014 for an RFC MINI SHOW featuring the acoustic Blues mastery of Raymond Wallace, presented in glorious black-and-white. Raymond has been a fixture on Charleston’s music scene for decades and is a longtime friend of Radio Free Charleston’s host and producer, and your PopCulteer, Rudy Panucci. Wallace first […]