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The Appetizer Radio Show

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The Appetizer Radio Show began as a project for D Grant Smith while studying at Abilene Christian University and working for the local public radio station KACU in 2003. Interested in a wide variety of music from an early age, Smith wondered if a larger variety of styles and genres could coexist in one hour of music. Working at a public radio station had given him ample training in program production. After approaching the station manager and putting together a few demos, he was given that chance and The Appetizer Radio Show was born.

Over the years the program has covered styles of music from jazz to alternative rock, blues to folk, singer-songwriter to R&B and more. One focus over the past decade has been indie and unsigned musicians. And as a way to connect listeners to artists and artists to new audiences, our program has been the first radio outlet for emerging indie artists like Lindsay KattThe Rocketboys, The Light ParadeAryn Michelle and others.  The show has also showcased audiences in Texas and beyond to emerging artists like William FitzsimmonsFlatfoot 56Matt MorrisCitizen Cope, Rosi Golan and more through taped conversations and exclusive sessions.

The show has also incorporated individuals looking for experience in not just media production, but the indie music scene in producing content for the radio show as well as podcasts. One of the few media programs targeting both the music lover as well as the musician, The Appetizer continues to showcase the talents and music of established artists as well as those just getting their start, including unknowns. The Appetizer Radio show is heard in Texas across the country on. Carrier stations are on our Stations link. You can also listen anytime through our Listen-Now Page.

Indie music lives here. So does B-sides from your favorite known and mainstream artists. Our show continues to be an organic media outlet, providing listeners with a unique blend of the flavors of music each week, including artists you know and many that you might not, as well as being an outlet for community engagement and connection.

Yearly we also present a fan-choice honor to emerging indie acts called The Golden Fork Awards.  Listeners to our program vote on their favorite artists featured during that year and the winners receive a coveted Golden Fork trophy.  2012 did not have an award. Below are some of the previous years’ winners pictured with D Grant.

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Have you ever contemplated what your life story would be like as a soundtrack? It's something D Grant has been thinking about, especially coming ou...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
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Continuing on with the theme we began last week, D Grant shares music that is both profound and personal in his life story. Keying in primarily on ...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2018
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This week we go into a little more personal route my examining some key songs, artists and albums that reflect the values and passions of host D Gr...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2018
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It's been one heck of a ride this year. While we haven't played as much new music as in year's past, what we have done that's come from 2017 is wor...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2017
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Our Christmas Favorites Special series concludes with some alternative music from great indie acts like Death Cab For Cutie, MxPx, The Killers, The...

  • Added: Dec 19, 2017
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It's the holiday season, and this time we're celebrating with some original Christmas and holiday music from indie acts like Matthew Mayfield, Over...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2017
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What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a little Christmas music. Classic holiday favorites updated in a more modern style from in...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2017
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We continue our mini series with a look at some fantastic indie and unsigned artists' songbooks that should be a part of every indie music fan's re...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
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Playing on the idea of some hooks are created better than others, we explore the songbooks of indie artists like Katie Lott, Randall Bramblett, Lil...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2017
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We're all familiar with the notable jazz icons like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, even more mainstream artists like Michael Buble and Gregory Por...

  • Added: Nov 12, 2017
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What happens when you combine indie artists with relatively new albums in the styles of folk, rock, alternative, funk and soul? You get a fresh mix...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2017
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We all have albums in our library that hit us in powerful ways. Usually it's because of the non-radio tracks, or songs that only real fans know. Th...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2017
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One thing we all share as people is common experiences. Broken heartedness is one of them. This time we dive into music from a variety of artists w...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2017
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We continue our series with a look at music that fits onto albums with a central theme of love, uplifting emotions and overcoming trials. We'll sam...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2017
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There are plenty of songs in our collective record libraries that focus on sadness. How about something more uplifting? This week we dive into some...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2017
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New music has a special ring to it. It shows us something fresh to look out for. This week we explore new albums from indie artists like Keeton Cof...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2017
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Adventure, life, death, loss, love and everything in between all told through songs by Adele, Counting Crows, Ayron Jones & The Way and more.

  • Added: Sep 25, 2017
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This week we explore some fantastic albums from across the spectrum, pairing them side by side with each other. New blues from Simo pairs well with...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
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Our series continues with music that captures the journey of life from beginning to end and the experiences we have throughout.

  • Added: Sep 11, 2017
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Life is a many splendid thing. Ups, downs, trials, victories, beginnings and endings. In the first of a 2 part series, we showcase music from both...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2017
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