Boise, Idaho – NewReleaseTuesday.com (NRT), a Christian music and entertainment site and part of the FrontGate Media group, today celebrates landmark episodes of two popular series on the site.
In November of 2005, NRT welcomed Bill Lurwick to professionally produce and host a weekly PodCast that featured what was new in Christian music each week. In radio since 1989 and currently heard on KJIL in Dodge City, KS, Lurwick instantly gave NRT a voice and provided listeners an entertaining weekly show. The “New Music Update” quickly evolved into artist interviews, industry news, album previews and more, and remains one of the most well respected PodCasts in Christian music today.
NRT celebrates the 200th episode of the PodCast today, Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
“When we started this, we had no idea how big it would become,” says Lurwick. “We went forward with the vision of Kingdom Building. That’s what we were going to be intentional about. God has blessed in exceedingly abundant ways that we could not imagine. Countless lives have been ministered to by hearing the stories behind the songs and the heart of the artists. That’s what this is all about–real people, making music that’s real and relevant, that impacts for eternity. I couldn’t be more humbled to still be doing this after 200 programs. What a journey it’s been!”
The “New Music Update” PodCast inspired a one and two-minute new music update for radio that is currently broadcast each week on over 140 affiliates worldwide via a partnership with Westar Media Group. Stations can sign up for free weekly digital updates at //bit.ly/NRTRadioUpdates.
New episodes of the New Music Update are posted at //bit.ly/NewMusicUpdate.
Another popular NRT series is also celebrating its 200th episode this week. In March of 2008, NRT partnered with writer Kevin Davis to publish a new devotional series called “Behind The Song.” The series involves Davis speaking to a different Christian artist each week about the Biblical inspirations behind one of their hit songs. The series quickly caught on with readers, was embraced by artists and publicists, and recently, Davis ramped up production to two episodes each week.
“I have been blessed with the ‘Behind The Song’ ministry,” says Davis. “I am a long time fan of Christian music and an avid music collector. I credit the biblical message of Christian music for leading to my own personal salvation in Christ. As a result, I am passionate about bringing out the biblical messages in today’s Christian music.
“Each week, I have had the amazing opportunity to speak with Christian artists who exemplify what Christian music is supposed to be about…Jesus Christ. It’s my prayer that these devotionals will continue to encourage readers and influence people’s individual walks with Christ–or maybe to even lead people to Christ if they haven’t yet made the decision. I consider it a privilege to share the biblical truth ‘behind the song’ to readers each and every week.”
New episodes in the series are published Tuesdays at //bit.ly/BehindTheSong.
“For anything, in any medium, to last 200 episodes is pretty rare,” concludes NRT Founder, Kevin McNeese. “God has provided NRT with leaders in their craft that have a huge desire to continue to partner with the artists, labels and publicists that work hard every day reaching the lost and encouraging the church with their music. I’m honored to continue to partner with both Bill Lurwick and Kevin Davis, along with the entire NRT editorial staff, and look forward to many years ahead of promoting Christian music in entertaining and uplifting ways.”
About New Release Tuesday:
(//www.NewReleaseTuesday.com) was launched in August of 2002 and offers the most complete and up-to-date listing of upcoming releases online, exclusive artist interviews, commentary from a variety of columnists, weekly New Christian Music PodCasts and the latest in Christian music news. It is also the home to the NRTeam, an online music community that maintains one of the largest online databases of Christian artist profiles, album reviews and song lyrics. NewReleaseTuesday.com is part of the FrontGate Media group.
About FrontGate Media:
FrontGate Media (www.FrontGateMedia.com) is the largest culture-engaged media group & marketing service reaching the faith and family values audience which represents $4.6 billion worth of Christian products purchased by consumers annually according to a recent article in USA Today. The firm is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2011. The FrontGate Media group provides reach to more than 15 million email subscribers, 25 million monthly page views, and 600,000+ at annual events. The media group is #1 in reach to several consumer and leadership demographics in the faith and family values audience including entertainment fans, music fans, church musicians and worship leaders, youth leaders and youth group students, and political conservatives. The company plays a key role in the success of movie studios, non-profit organizations, publishers and authors, record labels and artists and more seeking “creative & emerging media” outlets.
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