Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Episode 005 - Chris Hauser

Why do so many people love Chris Hauser as much as they do? Listen to Episode 5 of the podcast and it's not hard to find out why. With a happy eagerness to tell a story and a smile in his voice every step of the way, Chris makes it easy to settle in and lose track of the time.

I sat down with Chris over a cup of coffee at Frothy Monkey in Franklin, TN and, although I knew he had a lot of great stories, I had no idea how many gems were waiting to be shared. I had no idea he was such a pioneer in the radio promotions game and I shouldn't have been surprised to learn that whenever such phenomenal acts like Caedmon's Call, Delirious, Waterdeep, and Aaron Shust were bursting onto the scene, Chris was in the background doing his thing.

Chris tells his tales of rubbing elbows with a lot of people whose names you'll know but doesn't do it in a name-dropping way. Rather, he's a man of humility who can't believe some of the adventures in which he's been fortunate enough to play a part. 

Kick back, relax, and listen in to this discussion that covers the way radio works (and why), triumphant and not-so triumphant moments, and coming as close as a guy can get to marrying Amy Grant. You can CLICK HERE to listen on iTunes or CLICK HERE to listen on Stitcher. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Episode 004 - Joey Elwood

It's been nearly ten years since I've seen Joey Elwood and, after sitting down with him for nearly two hours in his office inside Gotee Records in Franklin, TN, I realized ten years is way too long to go without hanging out with a guy this cool to be around.

Joey founded Gotee Records along with his cousin Toby McKeehan (the name may ring a bell) and legendary producer Todd Collins (the three of them originally referred to as "The Gotee Brothers").

With a solid background in left and right-brained academia (he majored in business finance but preferred his literature classes), it's no wonder he's brings such a well-balanced presence to the very unbalanced world of the music industry.

During our time together, we touched on a variety of topics, including our predictions for the future of the industry. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who's interested in getting into music, regardless if you prefer to be behind the microphone or in the office. Joey openly talks about the challenges Gotee Records faced, pleasant surprises he experienced, the mis-steps taken along the way, and what they did to get back on course.

Join me for a candid look behind the scenes of life at (and running) a major indie record label. You can CLICK HERE to listen on iTunes or CLICK HERE to listen on Stitcher. Enjoy! 

CLICK HERE to check out the Foot in the Door companion store, with links to all of the music and media mentioned in this episode.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Episode 003 - Mitch McVicker

A couple of weeks ago I found myself sitting in a cabin in a campground in the middle of...well...I'm not exactly sure where I was but my GPS assured me I was still in Pennsylvania. 

I was there to sit down with my pal Mitch McVicker who was in town to do a few shows. I first met Mitch back in November of 1999 while I was working at WJTL. He and Brad Layher were in town and when I interviewed them on the air I had no idea it would be the beginning of a friendship I have truly come to cherish. 

Mitch and I kept in touch and the next time he was in town, I snagged him for an appearance on "The Eddie Daniels Internet Adventure," an online-only broadcast that was basically podcasting before there was such a thing as podcasting. Ever since, we've kept in touch and kept tabs on each other to make sure everything was cool with the other guy.

Often known as "the guy in the Jeep with Rich Mullins" during the tragic accident that took Mullins's life, there's a lot more to Mitch than most people know. I sat down with Mitch on a sunny Saturday morning to cover all of it: The basketball career that almost was, spray-painting his hair blonde, and never setting foot on the MARTA despite living in an Atlantan suburb.

This episode is now available and is a nice peek into the life of not just an independent singer/songwriter, but a truly Good Guy. You can CLICK HERE to listen on iTunes or CLICK HERE to listen on Stitcher. Enjoy!

CLICK HERE to check out the Foot in the Door companion store, with links to all of the music and media mentioned in this episode.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Episode 002 - Nik Curtis Beal

Oh, man, am I stoked for you to hear my conversation with my dear friend, the one and only Nik Curtis-Beal. 

I met Nik while I was working at Gotee Records in Nashville and, although it seems everyone I meet has a great "Nik" story (adventure has a way of finding her), chances are you may not have heard the whole story.

We sat down a few weeks ago over a cup of coffee and what you are about to hear is what unfolded. I really think you'll like what Nik has to share about growing up in Montana with a rickshaw-pulling goat, her time in Nashville working with the amazing folks at Forefront and Gotee, and what she's been up to since she left the radio game. 

If you like good stories and you love to laugh while hearing them, this is the episode for you. Nik was kind enough to send me some photos to share of her home in Montana where she grew up as mentioned during the podcast. The first is a shot of the road leading to/away from her home, the second is a shot of her hometown, and the last is the ranch she called home as a child. Pretty cool stuff!

You can download and listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or by listening with the player below. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Episode 001 - Fred McNaughton!

Finally! The very first episode of Foot in the Door is available and ready to download!

What better place to start than...the place it all started. I began my foray into the CCM world at WJTL, a radio station in Lancaster Pennsylvania. It only made sense that I kick off this podcast series with the station's General Manager (and my dear friend) Fred McNaughton.

You may know Fred as the co-host of the Get Up and Go Show weekday mornings on WJTL or you may have heard your kids singing along with one of his children's albums (as Phredd). No matter how you know him - if at all - you'll enjoy this conversation about music, radio, running a radio station, performing with your children, and everything in between. 

And who knows, there may even be a Charlie Peacock story in there somewhere.