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rfc-logo-01-17-17It’s Tuesday and that means a new episode of Radio Free Charleston  on The AIR! Tune in at the website, or on this handy embedded radio player…

At 10 AM and 10 PM Radio Free Charleston brings the local music to you with a show that includes new music from Deni Bonet, Embracer and HARRAH and fantastic music from the RFC Archives from Karma To Burn, The Defectors, Miniature Giant and more.

Don’t forget that you can listen to The AIR at 3 PM for two hours of hot Swing Music on The Swing Shift every Tuesday. Plus you can hear all kinds of unique music and special programming all day long.

The RFC Playlist for this week:

HARRAH  “Man Alive”
Deni Bonet  “Frankenstein”
Miniature Giant “Wendigo”
John Lancaster  “Phantom Moon”
Karma To Burn  “Waltz of the Playboy Pallbearers”
Embracer  “Below”
Mother Nang  “Ride”
The Defectors  “Easy Target”
David Synn  “Battle of Annihilation”
Foz Rotten  “Funklips”
South Park Enterprise  “Next Level”
Decomposing in Paris  “Personal Ad”
Sankebox  “Dead Planet”
Watt 4 “Bad Situation”

Monday Morning Art: Crime Scene Photo

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This week instead of a digital painting or a cool abstract, your PopCulteer has chosen to bring you a shocking crime-scene photo. I was in the right place at the right time and snapped this shot of the horrible random violence on my cell phone. I apologize for the brutality of it, but sometimes the truth is brutal and this is an ugly part of society that has to be exposed.

When, oh when, will we see an end to Plush-on-Plush violence?

I am saddened beyond belief. Click to see the image larger, if you have no soul.

Sunday Evening Videos: Music for Mikki

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17396192_1484248749-3968The Charleston Music Scene lost a matriarch last week when Mikki Harrah passed away after nearly a month in intensive care following a stroke. Hundreds of people know Mikki as the mother Lee Harrah and JoeLene Harrah Weaver. She was a presence at her son’s shows, and at Adamfest, the series of benefit concerts staged to help raise funds for her grandson, Adam Weaver, who battled cancer beginning in his teens.

Anyone who knew Mikki knows that she loved early rock and roll, and today we’re paying tribute to this fallen lady with the music of some of her favorite artists. Above you see Buddy Holly. Below you’ll find a full concert by Rick Nelson and a collection of other performances by rock and roll greats.

Mikki was one-in-a-million, a woman who passionately loved her family, 1950’s rock and roll, dancing and her Chiricahua Apache – Irish heritage. Everyone who met Mikki was touched by her strong personality, her unique voice and style and they will carry her memory with them for the rest of their lives.

An Artist at heart, Mikki was a proud 1959 graduate of Stonewall High School, who touched many lives in her 20 years of service with the Charleston Parking System, and her work at Guardsmark Security.

Mikki is survived by her children whom she was dedicated to and very proud of, JoeLene Harrah Weaver, a dispatcher for Metro 911 and acclaimed photographer for local musicians, and Joseph Lee Harrah Jr., a prominent singer with Charleston bands HARRAH and Bad Blood, and radio personality on internet radio. Many PopCult readers know Lee, not only as a singer, but also as a production assistant on Radio Free Charleston and as my co-host of Word Association with Lee & Rudy and the solo host of Harrah’s Hard & Heavy on The AIR.

In addition to her daughter and son, Mikki is survived by her grandchildren, for whom she lived, Adam Timothy Weaver and wife, Mandy, and TaBetha JoeLe Awaldt, and husband, Ryan; as well as her pride and joy, her great-grandchildren, MyLee Joe Harrah, Cara Jalene Weaver and Tyler Wade Grindstaff; and her two brothers, Pat B. Tucker and David L. Tucker along with a wealth of nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call at Bollinger’s Funeral Home, Lee St., W., Charleston, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Memorial service will begin at 7 p.m. Please join us in celebrating this amazing woman and her life.

Ten Years of RFC Flashback: Episode 31

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rfc31montageaThat’s episode 31 of Radio Free Charleston, “GI Joe Shirt,” fully remastered that you see up above. This was just at the beginning of the Christmas season. You’ll see the 2007 RFC Christmas show next week.

Originally from late November, 2007, this episode, hosted from the La Belle Theater, features music from Raymond Wallace and Doctor Senator, plus animation from Frank Panucci and news about then upcoming events in South Charleston, which are now many years in the past.

perkydang04Like I said, this episode of Radio Free Charleston is loaded with promos for upcoming events that, of course, already happened. You’ll see host, Rudy Panucci, give heartfelt plugs for The No Pants Players annual Christmas Show and IWA East Coast’s double-show, where they ran a high-flyer’s tournament and the first Masters of Pain show on the same day.

This show also includes a promo clip for the “Best of Radio Free Charleston Night” at the LaBelle and a brief appearence of Kitty Killton before she was Kitty Killton. We never did get around to doing “Mad Man Pondo’s Celebrity Run-in” though.

raymond04Our musical acts were Raymond Wallace, recorded in the lobby at LiveMix Studio, and Doctor Senator, recorded at The Sound Factory. Those two venues, sadly, are no longer with us. You can read the original production notes for this show, complete with dead links and junk HERE.

Rock The Lake Next Week

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, 2017

Next week, January 21 to be exact, a very special ALL-AGES show takes place at the site of Rock Lake in South Charleston. “Rock The Lake at Rock Lake” doors open at 5 PM and attendees will be treated to a killer line-up of eight local musical acts. This is your chance to hear some of the Charleston area’s brightest talents in a drug-and-alcohol-free atmosphere.

This event will be held at the Community Life Center across the street from Rock Lake Presbyterian Church (905 Village Dr, South Charleston). Parking at the church is preferred. When the doors open at 5PM there will be games, food and a raffle. This is the first big all-ages show around Charleston this year and it’ll be great to shake out the Winter blues with a night of rock and roll.

Tickets are ten dollars in advance (you can order HERE), or fifteen dollars at the door. Several freinds of Radio Free Charleston are on the bill, and if your PopCulteer is up to it, this will be the first recording session for RFC in over ten months.

Check out the line-up:

RiverJam 6:00PM-6:45PM
Roy Bush 6:45PM-7:30PM
Dub V Funk 7:30PM- 8:15PM
Sheldon Vance 8:15PM- 9:00PM
Heavy Hitters 9:00PM- 9:45PM
Mike Bennett 9:45PM- 10:30PM
The Extra Pedestrials 10:30PM-11:15PM
College Hill Band 11:15PM- Midnight


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NJ Croce Toys For 2017

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njcrocecatalogThe International Toy Fair in New York is just about a month away, and unfortunately your PopCulteer cannot go this year due to a conflict with some medical tests for Myasthenia Gravis. However, I will do my best to remotely cover all the cool announcements about upcoming toys for 2017, and the news has already started leaking early from some companies. We’ll be bringing you the cool toy news as it comes in over the next several weeks, starting with today’s look at what’s new from one of our favorite companies.

The pre-Toy Fair catalog from our friends at NJ Croce is loaded with tons of cool stuff and new products. NJ Croce is the company that makes cool bendable figures, including Gumby and Pokey and DC Comics bendies that you see everywhere. Keep in mind that the images accompanying this article are prototypes and mock-ups and may look quite different when they hit stores later in the year. You should start seeing the new toys we tell you about in stores over the next few weeks, but you can find their existing products all over the place now, and at Amazon.

In 2017 they are expanding their offerings with a fantastic new line of 8-inch bendies of DC’s “New 52” Justice League, as well as new product lines based on the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, Where’s Waldo, Suicide Squad and Red Sonja and the big surprise, with no product images available yet, NJ Croce will be producing bendies based on Star Trek.



The stunning 8″ New 52 Batman that we saw last year has spawned a whole new line of 8-inch bendable Justice League figures. Some of these will be available individually, but a few can only be found in the striking boxed set that you see above.

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rfci-jan-12-logoRadio Free Charleston International is all over the map this week this week on The AIR. You can hear RFC International, the show where your PopCulteer, Rudy Panucci, gets to play whatever music he wants, Thursday at 3 PM at The AIR website, or right here, on the embedded player…

This week your humble host was too lazy to cook up a unifying theme, so this two-hour blast of random cool music is way the heck more random than usual. We have one mini-set of four DEVO covers, but other than that, this show is all about clashes of musical stylings. We begin with Italian film composer, Ennio Morricone, and along the way we’ll hear tons of emerging bands mixed in with things like Peter Gabriel singing in German, Kawai Heavy Metal, neo-classical metal, bizarro Rockabilly and even classic rock.

You can hear Radio Free Charleston International Thursday at 3 PM, Friday at 7 AM and 10 PM, Saturday at 11 AM, Sunday at 1 AM and Tuesday at 11 PM. That’s plenty of chances for you to catch this week’s show, which is like playing radio roulette. Seriously, check out the playlist:

Ennio Morricone  “Frantic”
The Aquabats  “Love Without Anger”
The Vandals  “The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise”
Voodoo Glow Skulls  “Time Out For Fun”
Don Knotts Overdrive  “Snowball”
Peter Gabriel  “Das Fishermelz”
Plymouth Fury “Maribor”
Ray Davies  “The Getaway (Lonesome Train)”
Luciferian Light Orchestra  “Thunder Perfect Mind”
David Bowie  “Killing A Little Time”
All Them Witches  “Cowboy Kirk”
Babymetal  “The One”
Foxygen  “Mrs. Adams”
The Murlocs  “Wolf Creep”
Skytown Riot  “Devil’s Masquerade”
Diablo Swing Orchestra  “Voodoo Mon Amour”
No Resolve  “Love Me To Death”
Jordan Max  “Hell”
Symbolic  “Chameleon”
Go Get Gone  “Chasin’ My Baby”
DEVO  “Soo Bawlz”
Keith Emerson Band  “Marche Train”
The Who  “Pure and Easy”
The Rutles  “Piggy in the Middle”

Plus we end it all with a mystery bonus cut!

juke002At 3 PM today Curtain Call offers up a primer of “jukebox musicals.” You can tune in at 3 PM on The AIR website or on this embedded radio player…

Curtain Call host, Mel Larch, brings you an hour of the best broadway musicals based on existing songs. These “jukebox musicals” include shows like Jersey Boys, Million Dollar Quartet, American Idiot and Mama Mia.

In this brisk hour, Larch plays you tunes from these shows as well as stage musicals based on the works of Carole King, Billy Joel, Queen, the songwriting team of Leiber/Stoller and The Beatles. You’ll hear plenty of recognizable songs ranging from the early days of rock & roll to the power ballads of the eighties and more.

Curtain Call can be heard on The AIR every Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 7 AM and 8 PM, Saturday at 1 PM and Tuesday at 9 AM.

Check out the playlist for this week’s Curtain Call:

“On Broadway” from Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Lieber & Stoller
“Be My Baby” from Leader of the Pack
“Big Girls Don’t Cry” from Jersey Boys
“Oh Boy!” from Buddy Live! The Buddy Holly Story
“I Wanna Hold Your Hand/She Loves You” from Beatlemania
“Down By The Riverside” from Million Dollar Quartet
“Don’t Be Cruel” from the original Million Dollar Quartet session 12/4/56
“Folsom Prison Blues” from Million Dollar Quartet
“Great Balls of Fire” from Million Dollar Quartet
“Get Ready/Dancin’ In The Street” from Motown: The Musical
“1-2-3” from On Your Feet!
“Dancin’ Queen” from Mamma Mia
“It’s Raining Men” from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
“High Enough” from Rock of Ages
“She’s Got A Way” from Movin’ Out
“We Gotta Get Out of This Place” from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
“St. Jimmy” from American Idiot (featuring Billie Joe Armstrong)
“We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” from We Will Rock You

zirk-logo-1-11Today at 1:30 PM and 7 PM you can hear a new episode of Life Speaks with Michele Zirkle Marcum on The AIR website, or on this embedded radio player…

A new year brings in lots of change and fresh starts, and Michele Zirkle Marcum talks about ridding your life of unwanted clutter as we begin a new year. As “life speaks” to you about those things you may overlook, Michele guides you to ways to streamline your life of unwanted possessions and draining relationships.

You can listen to Life Speaks with Michele Zirkle Marcum on The AIR Wednesdays at 1:30 PM and 7 PM, with replays Friday at 11 AM, Sunday at 5 PM and Monday at 1 PM. You can also listen to archived episodes at her website.

Local Music, Swing Music, The AIR has it all!

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tuesday-logo-1-10aIt’s Tuesday and that means new episodes of Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift on The AIR! Tune in at the website, or on this handy embedded radio player…

At 10 AM and 10 PM Radio Free Charleston brings the local music to you with a show that includes Jeff Ellis and 40 Days, Lady D (Doris Fields), The Company Stores, Spurgie Hankins Band and more, opening with a fifty-year-old cut by The Rose Garden, featuring Parkersburg native, Diana Derose.

Radio Free Charleston is replayed several times each week, including Thursday at 5 PM and Saturday at 10 AM and Midnight.

At 3 PM The Swing Shift takes over with a show filled with surprises. From Harry James shredding on the trumpet, to Swing Revivalists like Indigo Swing, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Colin James and his Little Big Band and The Blue Saracens to The Mahatten Transfer and even Buddy Rich’s Big Band peforming a song that was also done by Emerson Lake and Palmer, this is one fast-paced hour. We even include a set of Electro-Swing to keep you hopping.

The Swing Shift replays Wednesday morning at 7 AM, Thursday evening at 7 PM and Saturday at 9 AM. The AIR will also present a marathon, Swing All Night every Thursday at midnight.

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