Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio announces special show supporting independent artists
) Cephas Hour (cephashour.com
), the only weekly radio show, airing on a non-religious station, devoted to Christian rock and pop from the 1980s with occasional nods to the 1970s and 1990s, will feature an unique playlist this Sunday June 2, 2013. The show will focus on two bands and two solo artists who are creating music without music industry assistance, instead depending solely on fan interaction and support. Cephas Hour is heard exclusively on BlackLight Radio
every Sunday at 11 AM Eastern with a repeat broadcast at 11 PM Eastern.
While all of the featured artists – solo artists Andy Pratt
and Mark Scudder
along with bands Daniel Amos
and the Call
– except Scudder have enjoyed label support in the past, they are presently functioning on their own. As Wilson points out, this has both advantages and disadvantages. "While on one hand artists who are going it alone have complete control over their music, they also face the harsh reality of paying the bills. You're not going to have a publicity team. You're ofttimes not going to have an agent or manager running the show. It's all on you, and it's all out of your wallet. And, despite the popular myth, all musicians aren't rich. It's a difficult challenge."
Scudder adds, "Self-producing in the age of social media requires that you are a content creator during the process as well as creating the final product you intended to create. This can increase the work tenfold or more, on top of already being the songwriter, the sole performer, the producer, and the engineer." He goes on to note, "Technology has dramatically lowered the cost of studio-quality production for independent artists with home studios. Many seem to believe it has eliminated cost. This belief, along with the belief that all media should be free, severely limits what a self-producer can do."
The four artists featured, while all Christian or Christians, vary widely in many aspects. Pratt
, who first came to notice in 1972 with the underground and far before its time classic "Avenging Annie," works in an eclectic, sophisticated rock/pop vein. Daniel Amos
is a legend in Christian music, having started out as a soft country-folk-rock ensemble which gradually transformed into an alt rock pioneering force. The Call's
driving rock anthem style has drawn praise from Bono of U2 and Peter Gabriel among others, while Scudder's
mix of solid, melodic acoustic rock and modern prog rock showcases his thinking persons lyrical bent. (NOTE: Links for each artists in preceding paragraph go directly to sites where they can be assisted.)
"One of the thoughts behind Cephas Hour has always been encouraging its audience to support the artists played on the show," Wilson comments. "What is happening with this particular show is taking that up a notch. There are links throughout cephashour.com
where you can learn more about the four featured artists, buy their music and/or support their fundraising campaign so they can afford to continue making music. These people have given us so much over the years. It's time we started directly giving back." He continues, "There is so much talk today about the need to 'change the culture' by giving artists with a different world view the opportunity to be heard. Well, here are the artists. Is our talk just talk? Or are we willing to literally put our money where our mouth is?"
"It has become trendy to complain that our voices need to be part of culture, especially pop culture. But, the pundits are so self-indulgent that they don't realize we're out here," Scudder observes. "Many of them, when you try to tell them we're out here and ready to work for culture change, respond as if we have insulted their efforts and refuse to work with us. It's all very childish."
Wilson follows, "We keep hearing 'no more litmus tests; we're all in this culture change movement together.' Really? The moment you say Jesus, people who love dropping His name whenever convenient are suddenly nowhere to be found. If that's not a litmus test, what is? Also, when considering the four artists featured on the show this Sunday it bears mentioning it is a very diverse group. Different music, different message emphasis, different politics, everything. Does it matter? Not as far as supporting the artists is concerned. It is the same Jesus Christ we are supposed to be serving. Here is an opportunity for people to help people serving Him, in the course of doing so also serving Him. That's culture change. Let's embrace it and make it happen."
About Cephas Hour
Cephas Hour is the only weekly radio show, on a non-religious station, that plays classic Christian alternative rock and pop primarily from the 1980s with some material from the 1970s and 1990s. Hosted by veteran Christian music journalist Jerry Wilson, Cephas Hour features artists that both created and defined a genre presently occupied by bands such as Switchfoot and Relient K. The show airs every Sunday at 11 AM Eastern with a repeat broadcast at 11 PM Eastern exclusively on BlackLight Radio. For more information, visit cephashour.com
About BlackLight Radio
BlackLight Radio is a streaming music station based in Oklahoma. On the air since 2005, BlackLight features an all-80s music format that delights new fans of the decade as well as those who grew up with the music. BlackLight also hosts Cephas Hour at 11 AM Eastern and 11 PM Eastern time every Sunday. For more information visit blacklightradio.com
Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio Celebrates First Anniversary
) Cephas Hour (http://cephashour.com/
), the only weekly radio show devoted to Christian rock and pop from the 1980s with occasional nods to the 1970s and 1990s as well airing on a non-religious station, will celebrate its first anniversary this Sunday May 26, 2013 with a "best of the best" playlist featuring bands and artists such as Crumbächer, the 77s, Daniel Amos, Altar Boys, Steve Taylor and more. The show is heard exclusively on BlackLight Radio.
Cephas Hour airs every Sunday on BlackLight Radio at 11 AM Eastern with a repeat broadcast at 11 PM Eastern. BlackLight Radio has been broadcasting online at http://blacklightradio.com/
since 2005, featuring an all-80s music format since 2000. The station is also available on the TuneIn app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Jerry Wilson, who has hosted Cephas Hour since its inception, brings a unique set of qualifications to his duties. As a music journalist covering the Christian music industry during the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s, Wilson interviewed many of the artists whose music he plays on the show and even introduced more than a few of them when serving as an emcee for shows in the San Francisco Bay Area. More recently Wilson wrote the book First and Forgotten (http://firstandforgotten.com/
) chronicling, in their own words, the lives of these same artists both back then and in the present day.
"The show is fulfillment of both a dream and a promise," Wilson states. "This is the music I wish I could have heard on the radio when it was new. Even more important is that these artists, individually and collectively, created a catalog of work that is brilliant on all fronts — musically, lyrically and spiritually. Cephas Hour is a celebration of this brilliance, bringing it back for both people who remember it from back in the day and new fans discovering this amazing music for the first time. It is my way of, at least in part, repaying the immeasurable debt I and so many others owe these artists for the sacrifices they made delivering to us this incomparable gift."
Cephas Hour purposely airs solely on BlackLight Radio. Station owner Gene Savage comments, "Cephas Hour is exactly where it needs to be, and I say that because a local Christian 'oldies' program can have a hard time either getting airtime on a local station and/or getting a big enough audience to justify time and expense. By streaming over the Internet, fans old and new of classic Christian contemporary can gather and form a new community not bound by geographic lines, but instead by musical tastes. Additionally, Cephas Hour is in the right place at the right time because it is on a mass-appeal, 'secular' formatted station. This provides both a larger potential audience and an audience more likely to need to hear the message behind the music. While more and more Christians are discovering the show, this is not 'preaching to the choir.' The lost getting up (or still up) on a Sunday morning, or tuning in before heading to bed Sunday evening, hear the message of a loving, saving God without being beaten to death with church-speak. Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio gets the gospel, through these thirty-plus year old recordings, into corners of the world no contemporary Christian station has ever dreamed of reaching. It truly is taking the good news of Jesus Christ around the world, and BlackLight Radio could not be happier about being the vessel for that kind of ministry."
Wilson adds, "There is a great deal of talk today, especially in politically conservative circles, about an urgent need to 'change the culture' by infusing what are generally considered conservative values into popular culture – music, television, film and the like. The music on Cephas Hour puts this talk into action, usually not on a direct political level but always on one that is much deeper. Culture change begins when hearts and minds change. Hearts and minds most often change when information is provided in a palatable format. Great music with honest, open lyrics is such a format. This is where Cephas Hour comes into the picture. If we are honest about what we believe, we will support others proclaiming these beliefs. The show itself is not that important. It is the artists, and their work, that deserve full support from those saying they want to change things. The Prince of Peace trumps politics every time. Every time."
Mike Stand, of Altar Boys and currently Altar Billies fame, marks the show's anniversary by stating, "The honeymoon's over. Congratulations on your one year anniversary. May you have many more years, and many more after that, and after that… who knows? Maybe, some more years as well?"
About Cephas Hour
Cephas Hour is the only weekly radio show playing classic Christian alternative rock and pop primarily from the 1980s with some material from the 1970s and 1990s. Hosted by veteran Christian music journalist Jerry Wilson, Cephas Hour features artists that both created and defined a genre presently occupied by bands such as Switchfoot and Relient K. For more information, visit http://cephashour.com/
About BlackLight Radio
BlackLight Radio is a streaming music station based in Oklahoma. On the air since 2005, BlackLight features an all-80s music format that delights new fans of the decade as well as those who grew up with the music. BlackLight also hosts Cephas Hour at 11 AM and 11 PM Eastern time every Sunday. For more information visit http://blacklightradio.com/