"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.
The roots of this episode harken back to UTR's former parent organization, ReFrame Media. I had the privilege of hosting Judah & The Lion for a private lunch-time concert and interview back in May 2014. Things started to explode for the band that summer, and only a few months after playing a lunch concert for 3 dozen people, they were playing on Latenight with David Letterman! Part of the interview we did that day was to put them in charge of picking out the music on UTR. I've been saving this interview in my back pocket... but with only a few weeks left of the UTR Radio Show, it's time to put the pieces together for this show. And, J&TL exceeded my expectations with some really great song picks -- and a diverse array of sounds as well. Nice work, gentlemen! Also, our Kickstarter campaign to do a creative relaunch of UTR has begun. We will need the whole UTR community pulling together on this -- artists, donors, Board members, and likely 150+ people who have never given a financial gift to UTR. CLICK THIS LINK to view the reward tiers, campaign video, and to jump on board. Thanks! (Dave)
We used to release mid-week bonus podcast episodes fairly regularly... at least 5 or more each year. But that tradition ended in 2014 when UTR became an independent ministry. We had to scale back production some, so we just focused on our regular weekly podcast. But now, for the first time in 2 years, we bring you a bonus mid-week podcast of UTR, featuring more songs that we've been "saving" for a future show... and now it's time to "spend" those songs. There are now only 5 more episodes of the UTR Radio program (in this format). We'll still be doing podcasting, video content, album compilations, and more excellent content as we move into 2017. In fact, keep your eyes open for our Kickstarter Campaign (launching 10/13) that will help make this new vision possible. (Dave)
Music festivals. 5-course meals. Fireworks shows. With many things in life, sometimes the best is saved for last. Since we rarely repeat a song on UTR, we are careful about what we play and when we play it. Sometimes we want to play the best song(s) by that artist right away. In the case of today's show, sometimes a song WOWed us so much, that we decided to "save" it for a rainy day down the road. Now that there are only 5 more weeks of the UTR radio show (in this particular format), it's time to SPEND all the songs we've been saving in the queue - all the songs that we have really wanted to play for some time. We'll hear a song by Green River Ordinance which was one of the most spiritual concert moments I've experienced in recent years. We are also playing my #1 favorite song of 2015 (which we haven't played yet). And we'll hear a Bob-Dylan-esque war protest song by Griffin House. I share some extra details about the future of our ministry (which we are very excited about). AND... we had so many songs in the queue, that we'll be spilling over into a bonus mid-week podcast for Part 2! (Dave)
I can remember the first time I heard a song by Tanya Godsey. It sticks with you. It was 2013, shortly after her music was requested by a UTR listener. The powerful piano melodies, compelling lyrics, and strong alto voice took me by surprise. We've been playing her music on UTR ever since. Tanya was a part of the Artist On The Rise Showcase at Escape To The Lake 2014... and of course we were a Kickstarter backer for her brand new project (releasing the same day as this podcast), Love Lines The Last Horizon. I'm glad we did, because this is one of the best albums you will hear in 2016! And it's fun on this show to dig a bit deeper into the making of the project. We are so happy that Tanya is our third-to-last interview guest on the UTR radio show! (Dave)
One of the comments we receive quite often about what folks love about UTR is that we are a place of music discovery. It's an honor to be a trusted voice in a crowded musical marketplace, and we often get tips, recommendations, or personal interactions with up-and-coming DIY artists before most people have found them. So this week it's a lot of fun to showcase some of the brilliant talent of some hardworking indie songwriters -- like Tess Wiley, Chasing Summer, & Anthony Quails. Plus, for the many DIY artists that listen to our show, we are also featuring some sage advice from established names like Jenny & Tyler, Audrey Assad, Tim Coons, & Julie Lee. Are there any new artists that truly "wow'ed" you this week? Please share below. (Dave)
One of the main reasons why UTR exists at all is that in 2007 I "rediscovered" the music of Andrew Peterson, and it turned out to be the most encouraging spiritual balm for my soul that year. Most of my friends, family, and co-workers had never heard of him, and a flame had been lit with a desire to share this soul-connection music with others. First, it resulted in hosting Andrew for 2 concerts. Soon after, like the Narnia "wardrobe," it was a gateway into discovering a whole world of well-crafted music that was largely undiscovered by the masses. By the middle of 2008, I had developed the format and pilot episodes of UTR, and in the middle of November 2008, UTR launched on the air. Andrew was the first interview we conducted for UTR, and he's someone that has been a frequent guest on the show through the years. It's an honor to have him as the VIP guest one more time in this final chapter of our radio program (I'm sure we'll have him as a guest in the next chapter of UTR programming as well). And I am so thankful for more and more new fans coming to the table as Andrew's listenership (and readership) grows. We are also excited to have Andrew as our guest performer at the upcoming UTR 8th Anniversary Concert & Auction. If you're in Chicago (or want to take a road trip to the Windy City) on November 19th, we would love to have you at our celebration! (Dave)