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WEDNESDAY LOGOIt’s time for another Wednesday filled with great programming on The AIR. Listen at the website or on this swell little radio widget…

At 11 AM, it’s The Lynn Browder Show about Autism. In 2015 Lynn Browder began producing a show for Voices of Appalachia chronicling her son’s diagnosis with autism and the adjustments that she’s made in her life. In a few weeks Lynn will resume production of her program, bringing us up to date with Owen’s progress and sharing their personal journey. Today we bring you the fifth and sixth episodes of Lynn’s Autisum Discussion show. Lynn’s show will replay on Friday morning and Sunday afternoon.

Our programs today also include an encore edition of On The Road With Mel at 1 PM.  This week, it’s a two-topic show. In the first half, Mel Larch tells you all about how to pack for a trip. The second half is a handy guide to the best ways to get out of Charleston. The plan for this week was to bring you an all-new show, but Tuesday evening’s storms delayed recording that show until next week. Either way, with thirty minutes packed full of great basic travel information, On The Road With Mel is a can’t miss proposition.

At 1:30 PM, it’s time for this week’s all new STUFF TO DO.  Your hosts Rudy Panucci and Mel Larch tell you all about the weekend’s activities including Live on The Levee, The Charleston Light Opera Guild Production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at The Clay center, great bands playing in our area’s top music venues and more.  This week, you’ll also hear music from Hurl Brickbat, The Irreplaceables, Time And Distance and Under Surveillance. STUFF TO DO repeats at 6:30 PM and will be posted in PopCult Thursday.

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tUESDAY LOG 7 26It’s another fantastic Tuesday on The AIR.  Today we have brand new episodes of Radio Free Charleston and Radio Coolsville, and we re-present an encore episode of Radio Free Charleston International from last May that was only aired one time due to technical issues .  You can listen to The AIR at their website or on this totally wicked little embedded radio player…

Radio Free Charleston debuts at 10 AM with a replay at 10 PM and brings you great local music from  Jeff Ellis, The Laser Beams, The Renfields, Qiet and more.  Just check out this killer playlist:

Jeff Ellis and 40 Days  “Must Be Something In The Water”
The Laser Beams  “The Ballad of Patrick Morrissey”
Strawfyssh  “Netted Fish”
Trielement  “Accidental Chaos”
Hybrid Soul Project  “Stay”
The Science Fair Explosion “Cosmic Girls”
69 Fingers  “Average Joe”
The Renfields  “Transylvania Fight Song”
Time and Distance  “War”
Mother Nang  “Peel”
Farnsworth  “I’ll Tell You When I’ve Had Enough”
Qiet  “Daddy’s Too Old”
Blue Million  “Down To A Groove”

At 3 PM, DJ Betty Rock treats us to another 120 minutes of particularly nifty music originating from the WMUL studios with Radio Coolsville. This is all part of our weekday afternoon music club, where each day brings you a different themed, hosted music program. Radio Coolsiville brings you exactly what it promises, cool music.

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New Stuff Monday on The AIR

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MondayThis week kicks off with new episodes of Prognosis, AIR Guitar, Harrah’s Hard & Heavy and The Comedy Vault. Plus we have great episodes of The Best of The Real with Mark Wolfe and Patrick Felton’s That Conversation. Tune in at The AIR website, or on this nifty little widget…

At 3 PM tune in for Herman Linte’s Prognosis, a two-hour trip through the best progressive rock of the last fifty years. This week Herman brings you the floowing playlist:

ELP  “The Barbarian”
Atris  “Transformation”
Skytalk  “Hearing The Silence”
Andy Summers  “Animal Chatter
The Enid  :1000 Stars (Live)
Sierra  “72 Prolouge/Dead or Dying”
Gandalf’s Fist  “Shadowborn”
Lifesigns  “Carousel (live)”
Renaissance  “Mother Russia”
Aisles  “Club Hawaii”
Southern Empire  “How Long”
Pallas  “Something In The Deep”
Anderson/Wakeman  “House of Freedom”
Genesis  “The Battle of Epping Forest”
King Crimson  “The Great Deceiever”
Background music:  “Facade” by  Phiip Glass

At 5 PM it’s time for AIR Guitar, with Bob Geetar. This program is half electric/half acoustic for it’s hourly dose of “the beauty of the stringed, plucked instrument.” This week the electric half comes first and is dedicated to the pioneers of the amplified guitar. You’ll hear Duane Eddy, The Shadows, Dick Dale, Link Wray, Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Bo Diddley and more. The second half features acoustic guitar in an orchestral setting. You will hear John Williams and Steve Howe.

AIR Guitar is followed by replays of last week’s episodes of Ska Madness and The Punk Club.

7 PM sees an encore of That Conversation, wherein Patrick Felton speaks for 90 minutes with Dan Kehde, the founder and guiding force behind Contermporary Youth Arts Company in Charleston. This is followed by a special airing of The Goon Show.

At 9 PM tune in for The Best of The Real with Mark Wolfe, as Mark talks to cult radio personality Jerry Galvin.

10 PM sees the arrival of a brand-new edition of Harrah’s Hard & Heavy. This week Lee Harrah presents a tribute to fallen heroes, with music from Lemmy, Peter Steele, Joey Ramone, Ronnie James Dio, David Bowie, Johnny Cash and more. It’s a heartfelt hour of hard and heavy music from our local master of hard & heavy himself.

At 11 PM wrap up your night in The Comedy Vault, with classic recorded comedy from Brian Posehn, Andy Dick, Proctor and Bergman, George Carlin, Redd Foxx, Louis CK, Steve Martin and more.  It’s uncensored, and ready to make you laugh various and sundry body parts off.


A few weeks ago I posted an image from a series of paintings that are in a new style in which I have been experimenting for a couple of years. I dubbed this new style “New Impressionism,” in part to designate it from the other styles in which I work, and in part to annoy art snobs who balk at the concept of any new styles being developed that challenge the rigid terminology which has been employed to shackle creativity and discourage experimentation.

As to the latter, it has been a rousing success with folks who simply don’t “get it.” I’m sure they’ll come around if I’m ever able to create enough of these for a proposed solo exhibit in New York City. This one is another take on dancing girls, and I’m not really happy enough with it to include it in the exhibit, but it’s not bad for Monday Morning Art. Click to enlarge.

Sunday Evening Video: Movies In Space

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Cinema: A Space Odyssey from somersetVII on Vimeo.

astro01It was just over 47 years ago that man first walked onthe moon. Inhonor of that milestone, this week Sunday Evening Video takes a look at some of the greatest outer-space moments in movie history.

Also, today, beginning at noon, you can tune in to The AIR to hear our great talk and comedy programs from the previous week. This doesn’t really have one thing to do with the moon landing or outer space, but it’s still well worth mentioning. Trust us. Listen right here on this embedded radio doo-hickey…

Ten Years Of RFC Flashback: Episode 4

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Raymond rfc 4This week we bring you Radio Free Charleston’s fourth episode “The Blue Guy Shirt,” featuring Raymond Wallace and Under The Radar. Originally posted in August, 2006, this was the very first time that RFC Big Shot (and now Mrs. RFC) Melanie Larch ran camera on the host segments. Since then, she’s shot the vast majority of the host segments for our shows. Both musical acts were recorded in the legendary LiveMix Studio, the home base fore Radio Free Charleston in our early days.

Our animation is “Zachery Bop,” by Frank Panucci. Host segments were shot in Davis Park, downtown, with a ridiculously loud air conditioner running across the street. You can read the original production notes here.

We are marking ten years of Radio Free Charleston’s video incarnation. We hope to deliver a brand-new episode in the coming weeks. Our six-month layoff has been the longest in the show’s history, but we have really good excuses. In the meantime, check us out every Tuesday on The AIR for the radio version of RFC.

Pop Culture Stuff Out The Wazoo

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pop_culture_608x500The PopCulteer
JuLY 22
, 2016

It’s been a rough summer. The news has been depressing, if not disgusting. The upcoming presidential campaign looks to be one of the ugliest in history. Stakes are high and nerves are frayed. The weather has been brutal and society seems to be on the brink of a nervous breakdown.

Add to that my personal issues, dealing with my recent diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis while re-launching an internet radio station and working on several personal projects, and I fear that I have neglected this blog. I do manage to post at least one item every day, but there is so much going on in the world of pop culture that I feel I’ve fallen behind on my coverage. Particularly, I have not kept up my duties delivering regular entries of The PopCult Toybox or The PopCult Bookshelf.

So today I’m going to try to play catch-up and bring you a whole bunch of pure pop-culture news items, all in one long post.

San Diego Comic Con International

829px-San_Diego_Comic-Con_International_l001It’s that time of the year when all the cool (and some not-so-cool) genre media producers flock to San Diego for a gigantic orgy of hype and promotion, and to be honest…it’s sort of useless for me to try and cover it from here in Charleston. There are dozens of websites actually on-site with teams of reporters who can cover all the details about what movie, comics, TV show, toys, games, consumer products and books will be heading your way in the future.

Even if I were out there, it’d take me weeks to sort through what I’d seen. I’m still sitting on tons of photos and video from Toy Fair in February and JoeLanta in March that I haven’t been able to edit yet. This is one event that I’m perfectly content to witness from the sidelines. One of my main sources is Comic Book Resources. Rather than attempt to re-report what I’m reading there, I’ll just suggest that you check them out.

The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl

RS63_Cover-art_-The-Beatles_Live-At-The-Hollywood-BowlThe one Beatles album that never quite officially made it onto CD will finally be released in September to promote Ron Howard’s documentary on the Beatles’ live performances. A newly remixed and remastered version of The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl will arrive on September 9 and will include four songs that were omitted from the original vinyl release in 1977.

Remixed and remastered by Giles Martin (son of George Martin, and the man behind the remixed songs on The Beatles Love album), this project will use the original first-generation recordings (done on three tracks!) and combine the superior source recordings with the latest sound-isolation technology and Martin’s remixing expertise to give us what will likely be a bit of a sonic revelation in terms of audio fidelity.

More details, including a full breakdown of tracks and when they were recorded, can be found at Uncut.

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Thursday Afternoon Fourplay On The AIR

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NEW AIR LOGO 002Today at 3 PM tune in to The AIR for four half-hour music specialty shows. Or you can just listen in on this swank little radio player…

Our afternoon music block today consists of Beatles Blast, Psychedelic Shack, Ska Madness and The Punk Club. Details are below…

BEATLES BLASTBEATLES BLAST at 3 PM is hosted by your PopCulteer, and presents a half-hour of Beatles and Beatle-related music each week. This week we focus on “Angry Beatles” and our playlist is filled with Beatles and solo tunes that reflect the more cantankerous side of the Fab Four, plus a cover a song written by a miffed McCartney, as recorded by Bryan Ferry.

This week’s playlist:
The Beatles  “Helter Skelter”
Paul McCartney  “Angry”
John Lennon “How Do You Sleep”
George Harrison  “Brainwashed”
Ringo Starr  “Wrack My Brain”
Bryan Ferry  “You Won’t See Me”
The Beatles  “Taxman”

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STUFF TO DO July 21-24

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STD 04As always, there is a ton of STUFF TO DO here in Charleston. There is indeed so much stuff that we had trouble fitting it all into our handy little audio guide, which you can hear on The AIR, or you can listen to right on this nifty little link thingy HERE. Your PopCulteer and Mel Larch tell you all about all kinds of stuff, and we sample the music of Kevin Scarbrough, TriElement and Ona, all of whom are playing in Charleston this weekend.

The big story this week is ArtWalk in Downtown Charleston, which happens Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM. Mel and I tell you all about it and also give you the scoop on other goings-on around town.  You’ll find out more about these and other shows in the graphics below. Pay attention. Some of these came to our attention after we recorded this week’s show.

One major event that we didn’t learn about in time to include it in our audio show is the Restore HHHS Music Program Benefit Piano Concert. This happens Thursday, July 21 at the
John W. Davis Fine Arts Building on the campus of West Virginia State University in Institute,

This special program is to raise money and equipment donations for the Herbert Hoover High School Band and Choral music programs. You can donate dusty old instrument that you never play anymore or donate financially if able. Folks are also invited to come join in the fellowship of beautiful music in spirit with the Clendenin, WV community and Herbert Hoover High School.

Some needed items are instruments (sousaphone/marching and concert percussion especially), music stands, sheet music (band or choral), risers, amps, sound system, drum set, pledges for uniform sponsorship or financial donation, and anything else a high school music program would possibly need to function appropriately.

The program will include:
Beethoven “Tempest” Sonata op. 31, no. 2
Chopin “Octaves” Etude op. 25, no. 10
Debussy Prelude “La cathedrale engloutie”
Debussy Prelude in a minor (from “Pour le piano”)
Tchaikovsky Doumka
Rachmaninov Prelude in g minor op. 23, no. 5
and more from others.

For more information call (304) 881- 5071 or e-mail at kwmorrison@outlook.com.

Now let’s go to the graphics. Remember, this is just a sample. There’s always STUFFTO DO!



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AIRborne Again with New Shows On Wednesday

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wednesdayIt’s time for another Wednesday filled with great programming on The AIR. Listen at the website or on this swell little radio widget…

New programs today include a brand new edition of On The Road With Mel at 1 PM.  This week, it’s a two-topic show. In the first half, Mel Larch tells you all about how to pack for a trip. The second half is a handy guide to the best ways to get out of Charleston.

With thirty minutes packed full of great basic travel information, this week’s On The Road With Mel is a can’t miss proposition.

At 1:30 PM, it’s time for this week’s all new STUFF TO DO.  Your hosts Rudy Panucci and Mel Larch tell you all about the weekend’s activities including ArtWalk, the late night bar scene, outdoor shows, and more.  This week, you’ll also hear music from Kevin Scarbrough, TriElement, and Ona. STUFF TO DO repeats at 6:30 PM and will be posted in PopCult Thursday.

At 2 PM, The Best of The Real With Mark Wolfe brings you an hour of terrific conversation with Lynne Sandy, the lead singer for Charleston’s legendary New Wave band, The Defectors. A second new edition of The Best of The Real With Mark Wolfe airs at 8 PM and features Mark’s interview with cult radio personality Jerry Glavin.

At 3 PM, there’s a brand new episode of Curtain Call, hosted once again by Mel Larch.  This week, Mel brings you showtunes from The Visit, Big Fish, The Light Princess, Hair, and more.

Fans of British comedy will want to tune in at 6 PM for a classic edition of The Goon Show and at 11 PM for a special episode of The Comedy Vault dedicated entirely to the late Monty Python member, Graham Chapman.

Between these shows, stay tuned for terrific indy music and encores of our other regular programs. And Thanks to Mitch O’Connell for today’s graphic.