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Back Inaction

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It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to do a good, in-depth photo essay/toy review, so I’m going to jump in with a review of the recently-released “Back In Action” set from Mattel Creations.

This was a limited edition that sold online only and is no longer available. I’m going to be as generous as possible with this review, but I’ll tell you upfront that I’m more than a little cynical about this set of three action figures.

It’s pretty clear that this set only exists to allow Mattel to keep their hold on the trademarks for three of their classic action figure lines.

The packaging for this set is fairly elaborate and very clever. Each of the three figures is on a blister card, within a shallow box, and those three are held in a slipcover. This doesn’t totally compensate for the fact that the figures themselves are pretty lackluster.

Let me give you a little history first: Back in the 1980s, Mattel secured the rights to Marvel’s Super Heroes for a line of action figures and came up with “Secret Wars,” a line of toys integrated with a company-wide crossover of all Marvel Comics.

Mattel’s deal to produce Marvel action figures was a direct response to Kenner’s success with their Super Powers line, based on DC Comics’ heroes. While Kenner and DC offered up line of 4 1/2 inch tall figures with high detail, lots of articulation and special action features and accessories, Mattel and Marvel produced a slightly taller figure with only five points of articulation and limited detail, with no accessories.

In fact, many of the Marvel Secret Wars figures just used the same body, with a different head and paint job. About eight years ago Fresh Monkey Fiction started the Amazing Heroes line, done in the style of Marvel’s Secret Wars figures, and while I got a couple of them, I didn’t collect the entire line because, well, this type of action figure sorta sucks. Lately, Fresh Monkey Fiction has decided to do a figure line, in the style of Kenner’s Super Powers.

I’ve always found the Kenner Super Powers figures to be vastly superior. and kids and collectors in the 1980s obviously agreed because Kenner’s line stuck around in stores much longer than Mattel’s Secret Wars did.

Which begs the question, why did Mattel make these three figures in the style of one of their least impressive action figure lines? Some folks even call it an “inaction figure” due to the lack of articulation.

The only explanation I can come up with is, it was cheap, they could do it quick and it’d allow them to secure these trademarks without making much of an effort.

In fact, these figures were meant to be sold in 2020 and bear that date on their molds. I don’t know if they were delayed by COVID or if Mattel was having second thoughts, but full production sets of these three figures were being sold (for embarrasingly large amounts of money) two years before they officially went on sale from Mattel Creations. It sure seems like these guys lived in a warehouse in China for a couple of years.

The three figures included in this set are Major Matt Mason, Big JIm (in his P.A.C.K. guise) and Pulsar. The figures pretty much suck, like all Secret Wars-style figures. There are NO accessories.

I’m glad I got these, simply for curiosity’s sake, and also to maybe convince Mattel to do more with these characters. I’m not going to bother opening them. They’re more knick-knacks than action figures.  I’ll tell you more about each dude in the captions below the photos, which start now…

It was very clever of Mattel to mark the outer shipping box with the Secret Wars name, and mimic the look of a case of vintage figures.
The very sharp-looking slipcover, with the inner boxes exposed on one side. As action figures go, these are well-suited to stay on your bookshelf.
Uh…yeah…right.
The real reason for this set.
Big Jim, on a blister card, housed in a nearly-identical box. It’s very cool to see Jack Kirby’s package art from the mid-1970s used here. Big Jim was a 10-inch tall competitor to GI Joe that focused more on athletics and hunting than war and adventure.  In 1975 he was re-branded as the leader of “Big Jim’s P.A.C.K.” in an effort to grab some of MEGO’s superhero market share. Even with Kirby designs and insert comics by John Buscema, the line didn’t click.
The figure looks sorta like Big Jim, standing in the patented Secret Wars “man I really gotta use the bathroom” pose. It’s really cheesy to have all his webgear printed on him.
Pulsar was a huge, over 13-inch tall figure released in 1976 in an attempt to compete with Kenner’s Six Million Dollar Man line. He had a clear chest which let kids see his organs. A button let kids make his organs pump. He’s pretty obscure.
They did a deent job of recreating his likeness with the headsculpt, but the clear chest simply has organs printed inside, and they do not pump.
A closer look at that headsculpt, a good copy of the original, which looks like it might have been done by the same guy who went on to sculpt He-Man.
My main reason for gettng this set was the inclusion of Major Matt Mason. In the mid-1960s, MMM was THE cool space toy. A six-inch tall bendy figure with tons of accessories and vehicles based on NASA’s designs.
This is the one figure that I wanted to see outside of his extra box. As it turns out, the front of the card looks pretty much like the box.
The back of the blister card has a short blurb and some vintage package art, and not much else (aside from the all-important trademark info).
The figure itself has a pretty decent approximation of MMM’s original headsculpt. The spacesuit details, painted on here, are so cheesy that they’re almost charming. At the end of the day, if you’re a die-hard MMM fan, you don’t really need this. He doesn’t even have a space helmet, for Christ’s sake.
And that is our look at the Back In Action set. It’s really cool to see these three characters back in action figure form, and the packaging is great, but the figures themselves are underwhelming. To me, forty bucks was acceptable, but your milage may vary.

 

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We have some suggestions for STUFF TO DO in Charleston, Huntington, Fayettville and points North over the next few days, so let’s just dive in.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM. Friday it’s Steve Himes. Saturday sees Brandon Costello at Charleston’s beloved Bookstore/coffeehouse/art gallery institution.

Please remember that the pandemic is not over yet. Many people who have very good reasons are still wearing masks, and many of us, understandably, are still nervous about being in crowds, masked or not. Be kind and understanding  while you’re out.

If you want to catch our week of marathons of our specialty shows,   tune in to The AIR Wednesday for Mel Larch’s Curtain Call, which brings you the best of musical theatre, and then at midnight and all day Thursday listen as Mel returns with MIRRORBALL, where she brings you the best dance music of the Disco era.

If you’re up for going out, here are some suggestions for the rest of this week, roughly in order. I’m going to try and cram in 12 graphics this week, so let’s hope the blog doesn’t explode.

Since we’re running this feature early this week, there’s bound to be more cool things pop up…

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The Return of The Spider

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The Spider: Crime Unlimited
written by Jerry Siegel, Donne Avenell
art by Aldo Marculeta. Giorgio Trevisan
Rebellion Publishing
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1786184658
$24.18

Last year I raved about a British comic book that revived a slew of 1960s Fleetway Comics characters. Among them was the criminal mastermind and anti-hero, The Spider.

The Spider was the most accomplished criminal in the world, to the point where he got bored hanging out with other criminal masterminds and started fighting crime alongside the police. Because he was the smartest man in the world, nobody every really trusted him, but when it came to foiling epic plots to dominate the Earth, he was the go-to savior of the planet.

As they say in the publisher’s blurb:

The Spider is the uncrowned king of the New York underworld, so elusive to the police that he even manages to taunt the Police Commissioner at his retirement party. But Professor Aldo Cummings, a famous but ill-tempered scientist, determined to stop the schemes of the Spider once and for all, invents a ray-machine which will eliminate the evil from a person’s personality. But a tragic miscalculation will turn Professor Cummings into the Professor of Power, and he will seek a more direct confrontation with the Spider.

The character is a bit sinister-looking. He had a large nose, pointed ears and a widow’s peak. That he usually wore a black bodysuit makes him bear an uncanny resemblance to the Golden Age depiction of Captain Marvel’s strongest foe, Black Adam. However he didn’t have that kind of superpowers. He was sort of like a Bond villain who would switch sides and help the good guys. It’s also worth noting that while The Spider’s adventures span the globe, he is based in New York City, which was a bit unusual for a British comic of the day.

This hardcover reprint volume collects two long adventures of The Spider from 1967, and there’s a lot of note here.  The first story is written by none other than Jerry Siegel, the co-creator of Superman, who found himself begging for work after DC Comics (then National Periodical Publications) blacklisted him for trying to reclaim ownership of his creation. Somehow he found himself writing for the top publisher of comics in Britain, and his work here is among his best.

Although the pacing and structure of the comic book is very much in line with UK comics aimed at kids, the ideas at work here are more subtle and sophisticated than one might expect. The dialogue is state-of-the-art 1960’s spy/action jargon, but the plot of this story, which opens with The Spider robbing a retirement trophy from the police commissioner, veers into the morality of mind control as a professor attempts to create a ray that will turn evil people good, and that experiment backfires, turning the professor evil instead, while giving him super powers.

This may be the first story where The Spider turns good to fight a greater evil. Eventually the character became predominantly a good guy, but here he’s still clearly on the fence. It’s a great introduction to The Spider, and leaves the reader wanting more.

The art on the first story, “The Professor of Power” is by Aldo Marculeta, and it serves the story well, with large panels and an art style clearly in the school of European spy comics of the time. Both stories are printed in black and white, the way they were originally published.

The second story, written by Donne Avenell with art by Giorgio Trevisan, is not quite as impressive, but it’s still loads of fun, and establishes a few more bits of character development that are important to The Spider in later stories.

Neither of these stories has been reprinted before, and hardly any stories of The Spider have shown up in the US, so this is a real treat for the Anglophiles among us.

The Spider: Crime Unlimited is a great introduction to one of the more unusual British comic book characters of the 1960s. I highly recommend it for fans of the period, fans of the spy/crime genre or just anybody who likes good comics. You ought to be able to order it from your favorite comic book shop or bookseller, or through Amazon.

A PopCult Note: Marathon week continues on our sister internet radio station, The AIR. Tuesday is filled with episodes of Radio Free Charleston. At midnight, we switch over to Mel Larch’s Musical Theater showcase, Curtain Call. Check out the player right here…


Monday Morning Art: Sleeping Beauty

 

I keep a sketchpad and some pastel crayons on my nightstand, just in case I wake up through the night, or early in the morning, and want to capture an image I’ve dreamt or saw. That’s what this week’s art is.

To see it bigger try clicking HERE.

Meanwhile, Monday on The AIR, we are in the midst of a week of 24 hour marathons of our specialty programming.  You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on the embedded radio player right here…

For the remainder of Monday you can tune in and enjoy some of the best episodes of The Swing Shift. At midnight, we switch over for a full day of Radio Free Charleston Volume 5. It’s all part of our way to let you sample the programming on The AIR and in no way should be considered a cheap stunt to give us the week off from making new radio before our wedding anniversary.

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Sunday Evening Video: The Monkey Swingers

Above you see an embedded playlist that will bring you the music of The Monkey Swingers, This is a band I discovered about three years ago and have included in many episodes of The Swing Shift. This is a four-piece combo, featuring a truly remarkable trumpet player, Matteo Caselli. The playlist begins wit their lockdown video cover of “I Wanna Be Like You” and wraps up with an Italian interview and performance video from March of this year.

The Monkey Swingers were formed in Bologna, Italy in 2015. They play dance Swing music from the 30s with a focus on the early “Lindy Hop” form of Swing. In 2016 they recorded their first EP from which they extracted the song, ‘Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” by Jacob Jacobs to release as their first video clip. In April 2016 they began a fruitful collaboration with the Lindy Hop Swing For Fun school in Bologna for which they perform regularly.

During the 2016/2017 season they performed a small number of concerts in Northern Italy. In May 2017 they debuted their full album, The Monkey Swingers XL which foresees the occasional expansion of this combo from 4 to 9 members thus giving rise to a “small big band.” A second album, I Love Your Shoes, followed a year later.

Aside from the fact this is is a great little Swing band, I’m also posting this here to remind you that, starting at midnight EDT, Sunday night/Monday morning, The AIR will begin a 24-hour marathon of The Swing Shift, part of our week of 24-hour marathons to give yours truly a bit of a break.

The RFC Flashback: Episode 118

This week we jump back to February, 2011, for an episode of Radio Free Charleston that runs the gamut from musical theater to travelling troubadours to Heavy Metal.

“Not Kool Shirt,” featured music from Fox Elipsus and White Chapel District, plus a preview of a classic Scarpelli/Kehde show from The Contemporary Youth Arts Company.

“Norman Rockwell’s An American Love Story” was a then-new original work with words by Dan Kehde and music by the late Mark Scarpelli. This was Dan and Mark’s second musical based on the works of Rockwell, and we featured a solo performance by Sarah Schleiss, accompanied on piano by Mark Scarpelli. We’ll bring you another song from this show in this space next week.

Next up we had Fox Elipsus, a travelling musician who had a pretty interesting gig going that I can’t really talk about here.  He networked his way around the country playing in spots like Taylor Books (where we recorded him) and he never had to pay for lodging…again for reasons I can’t really talk about here.

We also offered up a wild New Year’s Even performance of their song “Revolution” by White Chapel District. This was an incredibly fun shoot and one of the most high-energy performances we’ve had on RFC. You can find the full production notes for this show HERE.

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August 19, 2022

It’s a week for a few random notes, so let’s dive in…

Poor Groucho

Forty-five years ago today, Groucho Marx, one of my personal heroes (as a comedian, not the way he conducted his life) passed away.

And nobody gave a crap because Elvis died two days earlier and was still getting all the press.

Seriously, even the local papers (on the 20th) stuck Groucho’s obit on page 12 and 15, while Elvis was still front page news.

Now, I’m not knocking The King, but 1977 was the year before I got interested in music. Comedy was my bag, and it was pretty galling that my “King” got shunted off to the back pages so that Elvis could be on page one for another two weeks.

I’m not exaggerating here. The death of Elvis was front-page news for more than two weeks. It sold papers, which considering that nothing sells papers anymore is quite remarkable.

Anyway, since I have this blog here I can, just 45 years late, say what I want about Groucho and not waste any more time talking about Elvis.

Man, it really sucks that Groucho died.

I guess that would’ve been more satisfying if more folks had said it back then.

At least Rob Zombie won’t be directing that movie about Groucho now. I don’t think I would’ve been able to watch it with Sherri Zombie as Groucho.

Radio Notes

For the next 8 or 9 days on our sister internet radio station, The AIR, we will be running 24-hour marathons of our specialty programming. If you’re a fan, you can soak in the gloriousness of it all from one midnight to the next.

You can listen to The AIR at The Website, or on the little embedded playeright here…

Why would I pull such a programming stunt? The answer is simple.

I need a week off from making radio so I can catch up on other stuff in the blog, and prepare for a mini trip for my anniversary, which is one week from today.

Starting Saturday at midnight (that’s late Friday night), you can hear 24 hours of Nigel Pye’s Psychedelic Shack. Sunday tune in for Herman Linte’s progressive rock showcase, Prognosis.

Monday will see The Swing Shift, and Tuesday will bring you Radio Free Charleston.

I’ll have posts up each day after that to let you know what program will begin at midnight that night.

More Stuff To Do

A nagging technical glitch is liimiting the number of graphics I can include in each post here at PopCult, and this week there is a ton of things you can do, so I’ve got a few leftovers.

First, a note about flood relief efforts in Campbell’s Creek, and where folks who need food can get it…

 

Second, a note about a really cool GI Joe show happening in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday. Mel and I had a blast when we went to this show in 2019, but it wasn’t in the cards or the budget this year. If you’re in the area, check it out…

 

Finally, Saturday there’s another cool show at The Loud in Huntington, with several great bands for just ten bucks.

 

And with that, this PopCulteer is in the books. Check back for our regular features and fresh content every day.

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Yet Another Look at The Kentuckiana GI Joe Toy Expo

This is the last batch of photos I took at The Kentuckiana GI Joe Toy Expo last month.  Apologies for dragging these out, but our technical restraints here at the blog (I can’t currently include more than ten photos in a post) combined with an influx of mundane and time-consuming paying work, caused delays.

I do plan one more photo essay of the cool stuff I got at the show, but that will have to wait until I have time to unpack it and take photos.

It’s been that hectic, juggling the blog with the radio station with the paying gigs and with other obligations, I haven’t had time to even look at the cool figures, playsets and custom stuff that I picked up at the show.

In fact, tomorrow I’ll be telling you about a radio programming stunt for The AIR that is designed to lighten my workload a bit next week so that I can get away to celebrate my eighth wedding anniversary.

But the cool part of today’s photo essay is the inclusion of photos of the prototypes of Super Joe Unlimited. Ths is the revival of the unjustly-overlooked 8-plus inch-tall incarnation of GI Joe that existed between the Adventure Team and the Real American Hero.  New, sturdier, figures are being designed and tooled up, and hopefully we’ll have some exciting news about how you can buy these before the end of the year.

Sadly, most of the photos I took of the prototypes on display fell victim to a defective SD Card, but we got a few good pics, and you can find more images and information at their Facebook Page, along with up-to-date news.

After the Super Joe Unlimited pictures, we have a few more shots of the cool toys at The 2022 Kentuckiana GI Joe Toy Expo…

A slimmer Gor, Darkon and Super Joe, prototypes on display.
Gor, The King of the Terrons!
Prototypes for new characters and helmets.
“We’re getting the band back together!”
More vintage goodness. It was only a lack of space in stately Radio Free Charleston Manor that kept this scramble van from coming home with me.
More recent 12″ figures.
More 3D printed goodies from Brad Curry’s Bee-Active Toys.
Aside from the Action Man and Star Wars stuff, I already had most of this stuff. Still cool to see it in the wild.
Finally we glimpse some Dragon figures and some MEGOs. Good stuff to be found ’round every corner at Kentuckiana.

A very busy week of STUFF TO DO

There is a ton of stuff to do in and around Charleston this week, so let’s dive in.

First, my feature pick is the evening of restored Max Fleischer cartoons that will be screened at The Alban Arts Center on Saturday. You can find full details at the Facebook event page, but I’ll let you know a little more about it here with a quote from that very page:

Join Betty Boop, Popeye, Superman, and pals in this rare opportunity to see classic Fleischer Studios cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s on the big screen – featuring all-new, absolutely stunning prints taken from the best surviving sources!  This event is also a fundraiser to help the Fleischers preserve and restore more of their classic animated shorts, in collaboration with Rockin’ Pins and a group of cartoon enthusiasts and collectors.  You may have seen these shorts before, but you’ve never seen them like this!

Admission is ten dollars, with half the proceeds going toward restoring more Fleischer cartoon classics.

Wednesday AEW Wrestling returns to Charleston for a live broadcast of Dynamite, and a taping of Rampage.  Before that action begins a the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, right next door at the Beni Kedem Temple a Mini-Wrestling Convention will be held from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Admission is free, and fans can pay for autographs and photos with legends like Kurt Angle and Ronnie Garvin.

Also Wednesday, Summerfest kicks off in South Charleston.  For four days you can enjoy music, food vendors, family fun and a car show, on Saturday. Local bands, performing nightly at 6 M, include Non Friction, Hair Supply, The Esquires and City Heat. The music is free, and it’s always a fun time partying around the Mound on D Street.

Thursday, ArtWalk returns to Charleston’s downtown area as galleries open up to show off new works in the early evening.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM. Friday it’s Matt Mullins. Saturday sees The Parchute Brigade at Charleston’s Bookstore/coffeehouse/art gallery institution.

If you are into GI Joe and don’t mind a long, long drive, this weekend the Hershey Toy Show takes place in Hershey, Pennsylvania. We went a few years ago, and it’s a great time, but we couldn’t make the schedule work to attend this year.

Please remember that the pandemic is not over yet. Many people who have very good reasons are still wearing masks, and many of us, understandably, are still nervous about being in crowds, masked or not. Be kind and understanding  while you’re out.

If you wanna hear something funny,  tune in to The AIR Wednesday night at 11 PM where we will offer up a new episode of The Comedy Vault, this time featuring an hour of Classic material from Richard Pryor.

If you’re up for going out, here are some suggestions for the rest of this week, roughly in order, but not divided by day. Since we’re running this feature early this week, there’s bound to be more cool things pop up…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a special day on The AIR  as we premere a new episode of The Swing Shift, plus we have a landmark new Radio Free Charleston too. You simply have to point your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay here and  listen to the cool embedded player right here…

Today we had to figure out what to do to celebrate Radio Free Charleston Volume Five #100, which you can hear at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.  I decided to make the whole three-hour show almost all local, and present double-shots of music from all over the RFC Archives of the last 30-plus years.

To be honest, this isn’t quite the milestone that it seems to be. This is the third time Radio Free Charleston has hit episode 100. Heck, our video show (Volume Two) passed 200, and is still running. This is the 100th three-hour episode of the show, which reformatted this way back at the beginning of 2020.  In case you’re wondering, Volume One was the first, broadcast radio, incarnation of RFC, which ran from Labor Day 1989 to May, 1990. Volume Two is the video show, which began in 2006, and is still running as an annual special. Volume Three had about 45 episodes on the internet radio station, Voices of Appalachia, from 2014 to 2015. Voices of Appalachia re-branded as OnTheAIRadio, and then simply “The AIR” in 2016, and that’s when I started the numbering over as Volume 4, which was a solid hour of local music.  I also launched RFC International at that time, which allowed me to return to my free-format radio roots, much like the original broadcast version of the program.

Then in 2020 I decided to combine RFC and RFC International, and make it even more like the original version of the show. One of the joys of the first incarnation of the show was that I could play local musicians side-by-side with their musical heroes. I missed that, and also wanted a little more freedom to make radio anarchy like I did in my youth.

So basically, while this is #100 of Volume Five, if you count The RFC MINI SHOW and RFC International in the mix, I’m probably closing in on 600 radio and video programs under the RFC banner.

For this show, I decided to go all-local, which is something else that I did a few times back in 1989 and 90.

We open the show with a couple of songs from Three Bodies that I co-produced with Spencer Elliott about 31 years ago (and won’t shut up about). We contine with a mix of vintage music from 1987 to 2020, and several new tunes that haven’t been heard on RFC before.  Even the one indie artist we bring you from North Carolina has West Virginia’s William Matheny contributing.

I had so much fun putting this show together, and was a tad frustrated at having to leave out so much good stuff, that our next episode (which may be in two weeks) will follow this format with a totally different line-up of West Virginia musicians.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store (live links will take you to the artist’s pages where possible)…

RFC V5 100

hour one
Three Bodies “The Trax” “Shingles and Tar”
Brian Diller & The Ride “Don’t Stop At Anything”
Brian Diller “Days Like These”
The Paranoid Style “The Worst of My Love” “Ten Floors of Basement”
Three’s Company Blues “Steppin’ Out” “Bringing Back The Thrill”
Corduroy Brown “I Know Better” “”Who Am I For Now”
Strawfyssh “Netted Fish” “Graveyard Shift”
Hasil Adkins “Big Red Satellite” “She Said”
J Marinelli“Saturn of Clarksburg” “Kevlar Weather”
Unmanned “Baloney” “Wayward Girls”

hour two
Go Van Gogh “Shut Up, I Love You” “I Can’t Sleep At Night”
Joseph Hale “Time” “Church of Paranoia”
Emmalea Deal “Queen” “The Light”
Stark Raven “More To Life Than This” “Whiter Shade of Pale”
Mark Beckner “Odessa” “With The Scientific Curiosity of Ghouls”
Battleship Battleship “Ad Hominem” “Entropy”
Lady D “Karma Is A Bitch” “Disturbing My Peace”

hour three
Mother Nang “Knee Deep In Wine” “Buy The Farm”
Bane Star “Finality” “You Should Have Seen Her”
Ann Magnuson “The Picture On My Dentist’s Wall” “Disassociation”
John Radcliff “Company Song” “The Enemy”
Todd Burge “Rapid Fire” “Might Be The End”
Hello June “Candy Rain” “Wish I Could Fly”
The Big Bad “Set Sail The Sinking Ship” “Frighteners”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 9 AM, Saturday at Noon and Midnight,  and  Monday at 11 AM, exclusively on The AIR. Now you can also hear a different episode of RFC every weekday at 5 PM, and we bring you a marathon all night long Saturday night/Sunday morning.

I’m also going to  embed a low-fi, mono version of this show right in this post, right here so you can listen on demand.

 

Then at 1 PM we have two hours of  MIRRORBALL.

At 3 PM a new hour of The Swing Shift arrives  with a special mixtape show that I can’t give you a playlist for because that show hasn’t been recorded yet as I write this.

I can tell you that it’s nearly a solid hour of the legendary Duke Ellington collaborating with a wide assortment of legends like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney and even Mahalia Jackson. It’s a sophisticated slice of Swing to help you feel smooth and sophisticated and all that kinda junk.

And of course it ends with Lady Ella singing our tag line, “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 8 AM and 6 PM, Thursday at 2 PM and Saturday afternoon, only on The AIR . You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.

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