"Under The Radar" started in 2008 as a syndicated radio show and podcast. In 2014, it become an independent non-profit organization. But now in 2017, it's time to pivot. We are no longer built around a single radio show; we want this ministry to be a multi-media umbrella -- with content celebrating well-crafted, faith-inspired music. So the new name for the organization is UTR Media. And the first of 5 new podcasts is one that will have a ton of similar flavor to the old show, with a few new ingredients blended in as well. We are introducing the debut episode of the Gourmet Music Podcast! In this 75-minute episode, we pack in a ton of amazing songs that have been released in the last 9 months. And we guarantee you will hear at least one artist you've never heard before! NOTE: If you use the Apple Podcast platform, we will not be adding new episodes beyond this one to the old "Under The Radar" feed. You will need to subscribe to the new Gourmet Music Podcast feed. *Also available on Stitcher.
On the full list of the Top Gourmet Songs of 2016, the UTR Critics cited over 50 individual tracks. We share several of them on this podcast. At 80-minutes long, this is one of the longest episodes in show history! We also get the UTR debuts of Blessing Offor and Karen Choi. (Dave)
We are in a transition time at UTR, planning, prepping, and gearing up for an entire creative relaunch in Spring of 2017 -- including a new website, new branding, new content channels, and more compilation albums. But we had to break our hibernation for 2 bonus podcasts that are a couple of our most-anticipated (and most listened to) each year. Later in January we'll be sharing some of the critics' picks for top individual songs of the last year. But now it's time to reveal the countdown of the Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2016 (in audio format). This is a fun way to celebrate the last year in music, because you get to sample all of the music along the way. We even include bite-size audio samples of our honorable mentions (something we weren't able to do when we had a more rigid radio format... the free-form podcast format is already paying off!). Don't forget to click here to share your comments on our Top 11 list in January, and you'll be entered into a drawing for a $25 iTunes or GooglePlay gift card. Special thanks to Slugs & Bugs who is our official sponsor of this podcast episode!
I am so thankful for this moment. This show almost ended without warning in 2014, but it's an entirely different feeling to end this chapter on our own terms. And there are all the things we are looking forward to in our future chapters of ministry. Plus amazing people who brought us to where we are today: my family, our financial supporters, the Board of Directors, the artist community, our volunteers & interns, and our recent Kickstarter backers. My heart is overflowing with gratitude. If you have been a part of our community over the last 8 years, THANK YOU! A few months ago, shortly after 11.11.16 was chosen as the date of our final radio show, I decided that I would hand-pick songs out of the UTR archives that were important as part of our history. Some picks like Andrew Peterson, The Vespers, Julie Lee, and Sir Eric Peters will surprise no one. But some might be surprised that songs by Mark Mathis, K.S. Rhoads, and Seabird made my list. Plus some artists and community members make special appearances as we celebrate how God has impacted many lives through this ministry. All-in-all, I think this is a fitting way to end our radio era. ** Last chance to give to our Kickstarter Campaign (ends on 11/15)! (Dave)
The finish line is just in front of us -- this is the second-to-last radio program of UTR. In the pre-show announcements we share the snapshot of why we're doing that and how we are moving forward. This week, we continue our interview with one of today's most popular Christian indie artists, Josh Garrels. The questions this week go even deeper, and Josh is more candid and vulnerable with us than we've ever heard from him before. He even shares some big themes he's been wrestling with and how they will impact the future work that he does. We also hear listener requests for Andy Gullahorn, Ben Rector, Burlap To Cashmere, and our final UTR debut artist of this era. ** We are in our final days of the UTR Kickstarter Campaign to help us do a creative relaunch in 2017, and we could use your help -- expires 11/15/16! (Dave)
We fell in love with the music of Josh Garrels in the early days of UTR, and hundreds of folks have cited us as being the place they discovered his talent. On this episode I say "he might be one of the most important indie artists of our generation" - and that's not hyperbole. His rise in popularity and his success as an artist are revered by many inside and outside the music industry, and many indie artists look at Josh as an inspiration. This one-of-a-kind artist doesn't tour significantly, and doesn't do too many interviews with the media. But he was gracious to give us an extended interview, which will be shared in this week's and next week's UTR episodes. We go a bit more in-depth with Josh as well. What song off of "Home" took a left turn? Why does he feature instrumental tracks? What does he think of 5 year plans? These and other questions are tackled. Besides Josh's music, we'll also be playing requests by UTR listeners. Enjoy this third-to-last radio program! [Don't forget, we have a Kickstarter Campaign now through 11/15, and we could use your help to do a creative relaunch of the ministry in 2017.] (Dave)
In planning our final radio shows, one of the fan-favorite themes that's just pure fun is when we do all cover songs, so I was happy we could do this one more time in this era of UTR. We are excited to share some UTR artists putting their own reimagined creativity on some prior classics, sometimes allowing the song to take on a new meaning when experienced through the lense of a different artist. The ultimate highlight for me has to be a one-time exclusive recording of a rare cover song by Sir Eric Peters. I prodded him to include the song he soundchecks with (Jackson Brown's "These Days") into a concert set that we were recording, and he obliged! That happened in 2011, so we've had this gem in our pocket for over 5 years! The other live song on the show is quite special too -- Christa Wells performs the UTR hit "One" live at Escape To The Lake 2015, with Jess Ray and Christopher Williams on guest vocals and guitar! We even include one of the *brand new* cover songs just released by Andrew Osenga. So much good stuff... and it was a lot of fun to put together. ** Don't forget our Kickstarter Campaign is happening right now, and we'd love your support in backing our creative relaunch for 2017! (Dave)