"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.
There have been a couple of times in the last couple of years that I seriously doubted we would ever make it to Show #350. More than anything else, this is a moment of gratitude for me personally. I am first thankful to God that He has given me a unique passion and calling and has proven to be a trustworthy provider. I am also thankful to our generous support team who is making this dream possible and continue to be a deep well of encouragement. Also I am thankful for each listener who take a risk by traveling down the musical scenic route with us. Last but not least, I am thankful for the amazing artists we feature on UTR -- many of them I know personally, and others I am blessed deeply by their pursuit of craft, creativity, and faith. This show seemed fitting to browse through our over-seven-and-a-half year history and pick out some of the gems we've played, most of these only being played one time in our show history. I hope these songs encourage and inspire you as they have been live-giving to me. (Dave)
There is no artist that I've seen more in concert in my life or that better represents what UTR's mission is all about than Sir Eric Peters. It's always a treat to visit with him (he might also be the most-interviewed artist by UTR of all time too). This time around, we primarily talk about the making of his 10th studio album Far Side Of The Sea (releasing 6/14/16). Besides 3 brand new songs by EP, we also hear an exclusive live performance of him from the Escape To The Lake main stage. We have a couple of debuting artists on this week's show, and in honor of one of my & Eric's guilty pleasure, we play a rare live track from the early years of Mr. Steven Curtis Chapman for our radar rewind. Enjoy the show! (Dave)
These episodes are so epic, it spills into two parts. Story is a powerful tool, and usually causes one to lean into something or someone. These in-depth stories behind the songs help us engage more thoughtfully with the art and get to know the hearts of the artists. No other podcast or radio show has this amount of valuable access to high-caliber independent musicians! Kudos to Kristian Black for the extra efforts it took as a production assistant. What story/song combo was your favorite on this week's episode? (Dave)
I have been personally excited for this episode for quite some time. It takes a lot of extra time and effort to put together shows like these, where we have to dig through dozens of artist interviews in our archives. I believe that the end result is definitely worth it. I had a lightbulb moment in the pre-production stage, which is, no other podcast really has the wealth of high quality artist interviews to be able to pull off a show like this week or next. You really can only get this level of access through UTR -- and that makes me extremely excited. Part of our mission is to provide you access -- to engaging content, to enriching songs, and to the hearts of the artists. This week's show pulls all that together in one package. Special shout out to production assistant Kristian Black for the extra hours and effort invested in this week's show. I'm curious, was there one interview clip that really drew you into a song on a deeper level? Share with us below. (Dave)
Here's a bit of behind-the-scenes scoop on this episode. I actually conducted this interview with The Vespers back in 2012, and for various reasons never got a chance to play this section where they picked out the music. We originally had planned to have an interview with Eric Peters on this week's show, but his album release was delayed until June, so we will be airing that interview special on June 10. After going through some old interview files, I discovered this co-host interview with The Vespers that never aired, and so we were able to turn it into a brand new episode. Ah, the magic of radio. (Dave)
We love featuring the music of some UTR favorites, like Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Josh Garrels, and Burlap To Cashmere. But we are always keeping our ears open to the new music we are not aware of yet. Some of these discoveries come from UTR listeners, fellow artists, critics, and even the occasional stumbled-upon name. We have grouped together 12 of these fantastic artists, who all make their UTR debut on this weeks show. We even get some rare exclusive interview clips with Alison Brook (from Michigan), Kylie Marble (from Oregon), and Mr. & Mrs. Something (from Washington). Who was your favorite new music discovery on this week's show (share below)?