CHARLESTON, W.Va. --"Radio Free Charleston," the area's web show devoted to local music, film, animation and art, celebrates its 150th episode with a tribute to LiveMix Studio. An early "RFC" production partner, the performance venue/recording studio that closed in 2010 when it lost its lease.
"RFC" host Rudy Panucci looks back at the studio's heyday with a collection of classic performances by Raymond Wallace, The Nanker Phelge, The Ghosts of Now, Whistlepunk 2.0, Melanie Larch and The Feast of Stephen. After the credits there's a never-before-seen performance by Sasha Colette, backed by John Lily and Jonathan Wood.
All of the performances were recorded at LiveMix's 1031 Quarrier St. location between 2006 and 2010.
In a departure from the show's usual format, this episode includes interviews with Brian Young and Melanie Larch of "RFC" as well as performers Lee Harrah, Dave Roberts and Raymond Wallace. Feast of Stephen members Tommy Medvick and Dan Jordan are heard in archival interviews.
The episode marks the return of "Radio Free Charleston" after a two-month hiatus. It kicks off at least new eight shows that will be posted on a weekly basis every Monday.
"Radio Free Charleston" began its life as a radio show in 1989 and made the transition to its current web show format in 2006. New episodes can be found on the Gazette's PopCult blog (blogs.wvgazette.com/popcult) and at the "Radio Free Charleston" Facebook page.