We’re pretty excited about Ohm Radio Charleston’s launch on Saturday, August 1. After the Silly String and the noisemakers are cleaned up this weekend, here’s what you can expect to hear when you tune in to 96.3 FM in Charleston (or listen online):
Mon., 7 a.m. “Up and Adam:” Adam Chandler will whisk you into Monday morning with a variety and music hour.
Mon., 9-10 a.m. “Monday Morning Mixtape:” Local musician and poet Marcus Amaker will feature the music of his choosing and, fittingly, he’ll close by reading a poem. “I’ll play eclectic music with a lot of different bands and underground local and national artists,” he says. “I keep hearing awesome new bands, so I love exploring new bands and playing that for people, like I’m making a mixtape.”
Mon., 10 a.m.: Jazz music by local group, Gradual Lean
Mon.-Fri., 8 p.m. “Live and Local Venue Hour:” Ohm will bring a KEXP-like platform to the station, where artists can perform live on the air to promote their shows at local venues.
Mon-Fri., 9 p.m. Bob Mendes: Formerly a jazz DJ in Boston, Mendes has been a part of the Charleston jazz scene since 2011. He launched his own online show, Jazzscape, celebrating jazz, big band, and the American Songbook. On Ohm, he’ll host various programs, including ‘”Specially Sinatra” and “‘Round Midnight.”
Tues.-Fri., 7 a.m. “Mornings with Matt:” Local Matt Clark has a background in journalism and will bring Ohm listeners the local news every morning along with interviews, which will be followed by the national show Democracy Now at 8 a.m. After the Amy Goodman-hosted program, Clark will return with a music playlist inspired by the news he read an hour before. Democracy Now will re-air every day at 5 p.m.
Tues., 4 p.m. “SingJay’s Flavor Wave:” Mechanical River’s Joel Hamilton hosts a weekly mixed-music show where he sings instead of speaks in-between songs.
Fri., 3-4 p.m. “On the Road:” Notso Hostel’s Fallon Devine and Vikki Matsis will host a world music program, complete with stories and interviews with hostelers. “I was thinking about asking some hostelers from outside the States if they had any music from their country that they would like to share,” Devine says.
Fri., 4-5 p.m. “AKA Hearts & Plugs:” Dan McCurry will host a weekly show with guest artists from his local label Hearts & Plugs, like Tyler Bertges, a.k.a. Hermit’s Victory. “Tyler’s childhood dream was to be a radio DJ,” McCurry says. “He would record himself DJing on his fake radio station, 107.5 The ZAP. I think we might play a sample of some cassettes of his that he’s dug up as proof. I’ll probably tell an embarrassing story about being a DJ at CofC freshman year of college. And we might spin a sample of our high school bands and compare, see who was better — definitely wasn’t me.”
Sat., 6-8 p.m. “Dancing in the Dark:” According to host Matt Williams, this show will feature a variety show featuring indie rock, classic rock, blues, soul, R&B, and classic country covering a broad spectrum of music, influences, artists, and styles.
Sat., 8-9 p.m. “folk with a lowercase f:” Local musician Bill Carson will host his own folk hour. He says, “I’m working on a show exploring American music folkways: field recordings, old-time, traditional folk, work songs, immigrant music, early country, blues, and jazz, and otherwise obscure sounds.”
Sat., 9-11 p.m. “Painting Sounds:” J. R. Rivers hosts this neo soul, jazz, and funk show
Sun., 9-10 a.m. “The Yoga of Music:” From Jivamukti Yoga, Jeffrey Cohen will bring his favorite yoga songs to the air for two hours every weekend. “It features an eclectic mix of music from many genres with the common theme as music being the main form of transcendence on the planet,” he says.
Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. “Soul Preservation Society serving Hot Buttered Soul Sundays:” Pam Huseby used to own Big Edna’s, a record store on Meeting Street in the mid-’90s. She met Charles Dean, local soul, funk, and R&B DJ otherwise known as D!Z, when he was a 12-year-old music junkie and regular customer of Big Edna’s. Now the two old friends are teaming up to host an all-vinyl soul (and all the hip-hop, reggae, funk, and jazz that encompasses) show with guest DJs every week. Guests include Punks&Snakes’ Jack Burg (Aug. 2) and Shovels & Rope’s Cary Ann Hearst (Aug. 23). “I really see it as a destination program,” Huseby says. “I think it’s Sunday brunch music.”
Sun., 2-3 p.m. “Call to Adventure:” Alex Opoulos and John Duckworth interview adventurous locals.
Sun., 6-7 p.m. “Begged, Borrowed, and Stolen:” Local Matadero musician Lindsay Holler will focus on singer-songwriters with an alt-country lean. “The whole process is going to take me back to my mixed tape days,” she says. “I had mad mixed-tape game.”
Sun., 9-10 p.m. Alan Watts: A British philosopher takes Eastern ideas and presents them in a way in which Western folks can relate.
Sun., 10-11 p.m. Terance McKenna: An ethnobotanist speaks about the psychedelic experience.
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