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NAR log 106RFCv3 #17

It is time once again for Radio Free Charleston, streaming at New Appalachian Radio. This week our two-hour audio extravaganza kicks off with solid hour of great local music as usual.

You can hear this episode now in the Voices of Appalachia Archives HERE.

You can listen to Radio Free Charleston’s  fun and exciting streaming radio incarnation at 10 AM and 10 PM on Tuesdays (and again at midnight Thursday) at New Appalachian Radio, part of Voices of Appalachia. If you miss it, check our the archives for previously-aired shows. You can also listen to Radio Free Charleston Saturday at Midnight. Saturday, RFC airs for six hours, starting at The Witching Hour!

Johnny and Tim Rock, 1989
Johnny and Tim Rock, 1989

Our second-hour theme this week is our first attempt at doing a “Rock Family Tree,” this time focusing on one of the hottest bands from the original RFC, Go Van Gogh. Stephen and Mark Bckner and Tim and Johnny Rock made up this four-piece, and you may have seen them in action a few weeks back on The RFC MINI SHOW.

Mark and Stephen Beckner, 1989
Mark and Stephen Beckner, 1989

In addition to bringing you some Go Van Gogh classics, we’re going to check out music from the pre-Go Van Gogh and post-Go Van Gogh bands that feature the brothers Beckner and Rock, and we’re going to catch up with solo material by The Beckners and tunes from their current band, The Nanker Phelge. That’s in hour two.

Hour One Playlist

Mad Scientist Club “Dr. Owsley”
Kevin Scarbrough “Jimmy Burned Bridges”
Jeff Ellis “Tina”
The Laser Beams “Red Shirt Blues (Demo)”

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Monday Morning Art: Stark New York


I took the photo of The Herald Square Hotel that ran at the top of last Friday’s PopCulteer, uncropped it and ran it through my old “Stark Charleston” filter. The results you see up top as today’s art. Click to enlarge, and prepare yourself for more Toy Fair video later today.

Tonight we bring you footage of the McFarlane Toys Toy Fair booth, showcasing The Walking Dead action figures and building toys for 2015. This clip also includes footage of The Coop, a pet, children’s clothing, and accessory maker, who offer some Walking Dead merchandise. The video was shot by Melanie Larch. Still photos and editing by Rudy Panucci.

This video is meant to accompany our coverage of The Walking Dead at The New York International Toy Fair from February, 2015. In the coming week, expect more video from Toy Fair, as we have finally managed to sort out all our video so that we can edit it and get it out to you. In the coming days you can expect video from Diamond Select Toys, DC Collectibles, Funko, Colorforms and more, plus we will continue bringing you photo essays and articles from Toy Fair, right here in PopCult.