After a lengthy hiatus, The Critic is back. Last Friday, out of the blue, City Paper received official word from longtime Charleston radio personality Jim “The Critic” Voigt that he was in town and ready to rock the local airwaves again with two specialty shows on The Bridge at 105.5 FM (WCOO).

“After a year spent traveling, writing, eating, imbibing, and carousing — think Anthony Bourdain without the culinary skills — I’m returning to the airwaves for the first time since late August 2007 with two specialty programs,” Voigt revealed.

This weekend’s debut includes “The Critic’s Hootenanny,” which airs on Sat. Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon, and “The Critic’s Choice,” on Sun. Feb. 24 again from 9 to noon.

Voigt grew up in New York and played guitar with garage bands “all over New England and the East Coast.” He first started working in radio 13 years ago after relocating to Charleston. His earliest days with 96 Wave included a collaboration with former Wave exec Woody “The Woodman” Bartlett on the Sunday night show “The Cutting Edge” in 1992. He worked the morning show and hosted “The Cutting Edge” through the ’90s before briefly relocating to Georgia, where he worked at 96 Rock in Atlanta. He returned to Wave in 1999, and carried on with daily shifts and the weekly “Critic’s Choice” program, which featured a varied list of new rock, alt-country, college radio stuff, and vintage punk.

“The Saturday morning show will be more electric guitar-based, and the Sunday morning show will be more acoustic guitar-based,” says Voigt. “Starting this weekend, expect to hear a wide variety of artists — everything from new cuts by the Drive-By Truckers, Cat Power, Nada Surf, and Jason Collett, to personal faves from the likes of X, The Jam, New York Dolls,

and Jason & the Scorchers.” —T. Ballard Lesemann

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