Special Guest The Farewell Drifters - Episode #154 - August 12th, 2016

Special Guest The Farewell Drifters - Episode #154

I discovered the amazing music of The Farewell Drifters at Cornerstone 2010 and it was love at first listen.  A year later I had the pleasure of hosting them for a private concert and interview in the UTR Studios.  This interview episode originally aired in October of 2011 - not only featuring music and conversation with TFD, but also some creative songs by Brooke Waggoner, Sufjan Stevens, Mindy Smith, and others.  (Dave)

All International Artists - Episode #140 - August 5th, 2016

All International Artists - Episode #140

This episode originally aired in July of 2011, and shows that gourmet music is found around the globe.  We love celebrating these voices from different countries... all speaking the universal language of music -- very well-crafted music at that.  Of all the wonderful songs we played on this episode, I will admit that there is one that still to this day really stands out for me.  I had just discovered the music of The Arrows prior to producing this episode, and the song "In The Words of Satan" would be on a short list of the BEST songs we have *ever* played on the history of the show.  We had a LOT of fan feedback to confirm that this song powerfully connects with listeners.  If you missed this show 5 years ago (likely most of you did), enjoy this revisit, and have a fantastic musical trek around the globe.  (Dave)

All Radar Rewinds with guest Randy Stonehill - Episode #256 - July 29th, 2016

All Radar Rewinds with guest Randy Stonehill - Episode #256

From Day #1 of UTR, our most consistent tradition has been the Radar Rewind.  Every single episode in 350+ shows has included at least one homage to the gourmet music of yesteryear.  On this show (originally from 11/15/13), we honor the Radar Rewind for the whole hour, including some gems from The Lost Dogs, The Waiting, and Sixpence None The Richer.  Plus we feature an exclusive interview with CCM legend and GMA Hall of Famer Randy Stonehill.  What are some of your favorite Radar Rewind gems from 15+ years ago?  (Dave)

Rich Mullins Tribute, Pt.3 - Episode #206 - July 22nd, 2016

Rich Mullins Tribute, Pt.3 - Episode #206

One great thing about having a summer hiatus is the chance to re-visit some of the best UTR episodes from yesteryear.  I'm really proud of the finished product, which includes interviews with at least 10 different artists, some of Rich's best songs and underappreciated gems, and a variety of tribute songs. I hope we have helped people celebrate a talented man of God, and maybe even introduced a few more people this brilliant artist.  If this is a repeat for you, are you glad we re-aired these specials from 2012?  We'd also like to know if this re-airing is the first time your discovered these tribute episodes.  (Dave)

Rich Mullins Tribute, Pt.2 - Episode #205 - July 15th, 2016

Rich Mullins Tribute, Pt.2 - Episode #205

A few other audio tributes for Rich Mullins have been produced over the years, but I truly believe that our 3-part special stands up as one of the best.  At some point, I had heard that John J. Thompson had some very funny and unique interaction with Rich, and was one of the last people to see Rich before he died.  The audio stories he was able to share for this show were beyond my expectations, and added a personal and very human touch when honoring Rich.  Songwriter & Producer Ben Shive also shared with me about how Rich's music had a big impact on him and his circle of artist-friends.  By providence, at a media convention, I was able to greet one of my radio heroes, Jim Channel of Classic Christian Gold, and he donated the rare interview clips of Rich Mullins we aired on this week's special.  We have more discussion and tribute items shared on our Facebook page.  (Dave)

Rich Mullins Tribute, Pt.1 - Episode #204 - July 8th, 2016

Rich Mullins Tribute, Pt.1 - Episode #204

In a 1992 interview, Rich Mullins shared his mission.  It wasn't to evangelize.  It wasn't to raise funds for a charity.  It wasn't to sell the most albums.  His simple mission was this: to write good songs.  Wow.  At a time when most CCM artists mearly thought of their music as a means to some other "higher" agenda, Rich knew something very few did - that if God wired you to be a songwriter and a true artist, then creating well-crafted art was the best way to honor God.  Rich is one of those artists who is the definition of "gourmet music."  Over the course of 2 years, I interviewed several artists to get their thoughts on the legacy and impact of Rich and his music.  It culminated in this, a 3-part tribute to Mr. Mullins, which to this day I am so proud of how it turned out.  They stick out to me (and to many others who have told me) as one of UTR's crowning acheivements in radio production.  I'm excited to use this summer hiatus to revisit all 3 weeks of this tribute.  Feel free to share below a favorite Rich Mullins memory, song, or personal connection.  (Dave)

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