"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.
Years ago, we actually never took a holiday break, we would release brand new episodes of UTR in late December and early January. The last two years, as I try to make more wise decisions about work-flow, we decided to take a short holiday hiatus, and it just seems to make sense. As we get a little breather from show production, it also allows us to feature some of our favorite shows from the last year. One episode that took a LOT of time to produce, but was very pleased with the finished product, was our 7th Anniversary episode from mid-November. If you missed it, this is a chance to hear our celebration - including cameos from Andrew Peterson, Ellie Holcomb, Christopher Williams, Christa Wells, Eric Peters, and Steve Taylor. Happy New Year, friends! (Dave)
One of the joys I have this time of year is getting to relive the magic of the holidays through the eyes of my 5 kids -- from my 12-yr-old watching "Little Women" for the first time to my 2-yr-old singing "Away in the Manger" with the motions. And Christmas is a time for all of us to keep the kid inside alive. I love that I can still see the wonder on my kids' faces when they open presents, sing carols, or see some beautiful holiday decorations. One of the biggest losses of adulthood is that wonder seems to fade away. The movie "Elf" has become a favorite of many because Buddy shows us what unbridled wonder looks like. Let's reclaim some wonder this year, especially as we celebrate Christ's birth. It's okay to say "WOW!" to the story we've heard a thousand times. After all, it doesn't get more WOW than this: God became one of us and lived with us, including tooth aches. The Creator of the galaxies allowed himself to experience tooth aches (including losing all his baby teeth)... because He loves us so much, and wanted to give us second birth. WOW! Let's keep reclaiming the wonder. Merry Christmas! (Dave)
To be honest, this episode was not supposed to happen. We plan out our episode themes and recording schedule weeks (sometimes months) in advance, and we had scheduled to air a Christmas rerun from our archives. But I was swept up into the holiday spirit as I dug into some of UTR's fan-favorite artists renditions of Christmas classics. So we put in a bit of extra work, but really excited to have a brand new episode to share with you this week (and our final new episode of 2015). I love the carols of this season. Their melodies are cherished and their lyrics only add to the depth of our understanding of a Savior that "put on flesh and dwelt among us." I was really happy that I stumbled on a duet version of "Go Tell It On The Mountain" by Julie Lee & Mike Farris - which I didn't even know existed until this month. We also play a Christmas song by The Oh Hellos for the first time (and it's a great opening track to the show). This episode also features the UTR debuts of Anthony Skinner and Scott Riggan. Merry Christmas to the whole UTR family! (Dave)
One of the sad parts of UTR's "second launch" in 2014 was that this show went out of production for about 3 months, and I didn't produce any new podcasts during last year's Advent. We are excited to share some holiday music gems with you now. We'll be sharing a song from each of the projects that we named the best Christmas albums of 2014 and 2015. We also share the UTR debut of the band As Isaac. Plus, FIVE interview guests join us to talk about the celebration of Christmas. Thank you for allowing UTR to be a part of your soundtrack for this Advent season! (Dave)
This year has been an incredible one for the world of gourmet music. It's not every year that you get a new studio project by Andrew Peterson, Josh Garrels, Sara Groves, Jenny & Tyler, JJ Heller, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, and The Vespers - all in the same year. And that only scratches the surface. We will still be compiling votes from our UTR Panel of Critics to countdown the Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2015, but we wanted to take a moment this week and celebrate this wonderful year of music with some of the standout gems. We play Seattle singer-songwriter Jessi McNeal, something from Nick Flora's brilliant "Futureboy EP," one of the song-a-month submissions by Matthew Clark, teenager Gracie Schram, and new duo The Banner Days. This is one episode you might want to repeat a few times! (Dave)
With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, it's time to start prepping for Christmas! You might love Christmas music as much as we do, but it's becoming harder to find and enjoy the new Advent-themed music that's released each year. We continue our tradition of sifting through it all to find the diamonds in the rough. We are counting down our picks for the 6 best Christmas albums of 2015 - with half of the list consisting of projects that are less than 4 days old. Besides our Top 6 countdown, we play an honorable mention by Justin McRoberts and a radar rewind with 10-time Grammy Award-winning group Take 6. (Dave)