Social Justice Songs - Episode #293

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All of the songs this week will be on the theme of social justice, including conversation on that topic with Gungor, Jenny & Tyler, Me In Motion, and Melody Olson.

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September 16th, 2014

Join the UTR TEAMSTERS!

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Join the UTR TEAMSTERS!

It's time to move from being a UTR consumer into being a UTR participant.  For the first time ever, we are inviting you into an official unpaid union (aka, volunteer group) …

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September 11th, 2014

UTR Needs Your… Teamwork!

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UTR Needs Your… Teamwork!

Having a house full of kids has made me keenly aware of the world of Linny, Tuck, and Ming-Ming.  These three talking animals go on adventures to rescue other animals …

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September 3rd, 2014

Remembering Matt Auten

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Remembering Matt Auten

Through the recommendation of an Under The Radar listener, I just checked out Matt Auten's music for the first time in early August.  We played his music for the first …

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UTR & GMA Partner for Dove Week Showcase

Is this true?  Is Under The Radar, a predominantly non-CCM radio show, partnering with the flag-bearers for the Christian music industry, the Gospel Music Association?  Yes!  The short explanation is that …

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August 25th, 2014

That One Song - 08.14

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That One Song - 08.14

Songs have a beautiful power. They can change our perspective. They can expand our thinking.  They can convict, encourage, revive, guide, warn, and give us hope.  Four Under The Radar …

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I'm very excited to share the interview I did with Judah & The Lion on today's show.  They are on the launching pad poised to have their career take off.  Their latest album Kids These Days just released days ago, and it's one of the best releases I've heard in 2014!  This band has a unique trajectory, because they started as a full-on worship band, and have been developing more …

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August 22nd, 2014

Title Tracks - Episode #289

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The term "title track" is the song that bears the same name as the album title.  Usually the song comes first. So this means that, to the artist, that song is special in some way - whether it be theme, craftsmanship, depth, or melodic acheivement.  So as we play all title cuts this week, you can reflect on the fact that for various reasons, these are important enough songs …

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We haven't been able to play any listener requests on UTR since May, so we decided to fill up a bonus podcast edition of the program full of more listener suggestions.  I always love getting introduced to new artists and new music by our listeners, and half of the ten songs on this (commercial free) show are making their UTR debuts - including Sharlene Olson, Bradford Loomis, Jason Morant, …

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June was filled with "specialty shows" like Kelly's farewell and the Critics' picks.  July was all repeat episodes.  So we've collected a fair number of listener requests over the last 2-3 months, and it's always fun to dedicate a whole hour to the songs and artists suggested by our UTR family.  As it seems to happen regularly with these types of episodes, we are introduced to a fair number …

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Nick is one of the funniest guys I know, and his personality comes through on this episode.  He did a fantastic job sharing some of his favorite music with us.  But most of all, I'm just so glad I know this guy as a friend.  He's full of sarcasm but also optimism.  He can poke fun yet be the biggest encourager.  Guest-host episodes like this can sometimes be difficult …

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While it's impossible to sum up Escape To The Lake in a 1-hour show, it's fun to produce an overview episode each year.  The interview clips are substantial - I love what Micah Dalton said about how some artists caught in the in-between, not fully embraced by the club scene and not fully embraced by the church scene, can find a home at ETTL.  And I also love how …

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