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.

Series

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53 Pieces

Savor and experience the flavors of great albums perfect for your music collection. Albums define the greatness of an artist, why they're celebrated and help music fans to chronicle their lives. On The Appetizer Radio Show, chef and host D Grant Smith serves up 2 cuts from great albums old and new from both known music icons as well as emerging indie and unsigned talent in this weekly 2-hour radio show.


Pieces

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Our mini-series concludes with special features including excerpts from recordings of songs performed by friends like Elliott Park, William Fitzsim...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Our mini-series continues with more great artists who have made a personal connection to this radio show over the past 15 years.

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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One thing we talk a lot about are the power of relationships. That matters between musicians and music curators like what you find on radio. In the...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Picking up from where we left off, more alt-rock and punk tunes that dive deeper into areas of fear including social standing, popularity, crime an...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Fear. It's something every person has experienced. This week we explore this subject through a curated selection of alt-rock and punk rock that div...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we explore philosophy with a soundtrack. All of us want to experience more love in our lives, but often struggle with trying to control w...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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As we enter a new season, we transition out of the cold and into warmer experiences. This week our theme dives into this transition with both a sli...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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A glorious collection of new albums from indie artists like Callenburgh, Carla Olive, The Fugitives, plus a chance for listeners to win a copy of t...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Experiencing great new music, perfect for your record collection. This time we dive into new cuts from singer songwriters like Brett Lee Miller, Ka...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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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: Feb 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00