PopCult Rudy Panucci on Pop Culture

We are taking baby steps to getting The AIR back running at full speed with a new episode of Radio Free Charleston International Thursday at 3 PM. Listen at The AIR Website or tune in to this little embedded player…

We jump back into the free-format radio party with an episode of RFC International devoted to upbeat, peppy music, the kind all the kids aren’t dancing to.

You can hear RFC International Thursday at 3 PM, Friday at 7 AM and 10 PM, Saturday at Noon and 1 AM and next Tuesday at 11 PM, exclusively on The AIR.

Here’s what’s in store for you this week…

RFCI 052

DEVO “Don’t Shoot (I’m A Man) Polysics Remix”
New Model Army “Did You Make It Safe”
No Doubt “Total Hate 95”
Wings “Spin It On”
ELP “Are You Ready Eddie”
Emmy Lou and The Rhythm boys “Bip Bop Boom”
ELO “Easy Money”
Kent Ford and the Hep Jump Stompers “Rockabilly Queen”
Madness “Drip Fed Fred”
Led Zepplin “Rock and Roll”
Kate Bush “Violin”
Roger Daltry “Free Me”
Split Enz “What’s The Matter With You”
Oingo Boingo “Who Do You Want To Be Today”
The Plasmatics “Living Dead”
Adam Ant “Charge of the Heavy Brigade”
Mike Peters “This Is War”
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes “The Harder They Come”
Pete Townsend “Squeezebox”
Regina Spektor “Oh Marcello”
Agent Orange “Say It Isn’t True”
PM “You’ve Got Me Rockin'”
The Dickies “If Stuart Could Talk (live)”
Franz Ferdinand and Sparks “Piss Off”
Hazel O’Connor “Not For You”
Goldfinger ‘I’m Down”
Marcella Detroit “Cool People”
The Warner Brothers “Hey Mama”
Hasil Adkins “She Said”
Joe Jackson “Someone Up There”
Neil Young “Wonderin'”
Mel C “Yeh, Yeh, Yeh”
Motorhead “Ace of Spades (alternate take)”
Nirvana “Turn Around”

Plus a mystery bonus track!

Tune in to The AIR Wednesday as Life Speaks to Michele Zirkle looks at your skin, and how to feel comfortable in it. Life Speaks debuts a new episode every Wednesday at 1:30 PM and 7 PM. Listen to it The AIR (or this embedded player).

You skin is the largest organ in your body. It’s what people see when they see your physical form. This week Michele looks at how you relate to your skin, and how you need to find ways to be comfortable in your own skin if you want to relate well with other people.

Following up on previous week’s shows about movement and time, this week Life Speaks to Michele Zirkle looks into how we have to learn to live inside ourselves.

Michele examines these questions and tries to figure out the answers as she listens to life.

Life Speaks to Michele Zirkle replays on The AIR Friday at 9:30 AM and Monday at 12:30 PM. Check out our other cool programming on The AIR, with music every weekday at 2 PM. A new episode of The Real with Mark Wolfe can be heard Thursday at 10 PM. We’ll tell you more about that tomorrow.

Tuesday The AIR brings you the first new episode of Radio Free Charleston in a few weeks, as your PopCulteer has been somewhat beset by allergies and colds. You can hear it at The website or on this cool little embedded player…

At 10 AM and and 10 PM you can catch this new hour that mixes classic tracks from the RFC archives with brand-new music from Sheldon Vance, Farnsworth and John Radcliff. It’s the Radio Free Charleston experience you’ve come to know and love.

We’re still getting back on track at The AIR, and hope to have all-new episodes of our most popular shows next week. We will be seeing a change as Herman Linte has simply become to busy to devote any time to presenting Prognosis (which you can hear Monday at 3 PM). Starting next week, yours truly will take over hosting our progressive rock showcase for at least the next two months, although final production will still be handled by the fine folks at Haversham Recording Institute.

We’re easing back into things this week with new episodes of RFC and RFC International, and of course we’ll bring you a fresh edition of Life Speaks to Michele Zirkle on Wednesday, and Jay and Jarod will offer up a new edition of The Third Shift on Friday.

Meanwhile, check out this playlist for the latest Radio Free Charleston


Sheldon Vance “Play On”
Farnsworth “American Dream”
Byzantine “Purity”
Burt Reynolds Death Metal Experiment “Finding Emo”
Science of the Mind “Taste My Fist”
The Renfields “Mars Attacks”
Under The Radar “Mothman Prophecy #1”
Radio Cult “Man Made Monster”
Linnfinity “Martian’s Bloom”
Hawthorne Heights “Hope”
Stone Ka-Tet “Here It Comes Again”
Stark Raven “It Never Goes Away”
Wolfgang Parker “Blood Red Water”
Pepper Fandango “Make-out Bandit”
John Radcliff “Company Song”

Monday Morning Art: Playing Vincent


This week’s bit of artsy fun is a sketch of two figures painted digitally in a very Van Goghesque style, using some new digital brushes and such that I picked up when I had to reinstall all my graphics programs on the new computer last month. It’s a very relaxed body language character study that tries not to bog down the viewer with too much in the way of detail. Click to enlarge.

Sunday Evening Video: April Fool’s Day

Tonight we bring you two of my favorite episodes of Radio Free Charleston. Above you see our first April Fool’s Day show, from 2008, where we drove to Huntington and tried to pass off the scenes down there for places in Kanawha County. We also loaded the show with star power, with music from Paul Calicoat and Joe Slack, and guest appearances from Jerry “The King” Lawler and Eamon Hardiman. This is the episode where I sneeze and break the RFC bug, and we have to replace it with a gaudy animated one. It is also the debut of Marvin, the wonder pelt.

Below you see our 2011 April Fool’s show, which recycles basically the same joke, but instead of shooting our host segments in Charleston, we shot them in Washington D.C., on the National Mall. With music from Pepper Fandango, Mother Nang and Adrian DeQuiros, plus a Kitty Killton film, a childhood cartoon by my brother and lots of other April Fool’s goodness, this is an RFC classic.