Jesus Music and Hot Dog Evangelism

Recently, I had the task to select special Jesus Music for the new Jesus Music Radio show, which will begin streaming Saturday nights on SnTRadio.com from 6 p.m. until Midnight all summer long in advance of launching 10710981_951480128202616_49497769441206796_nJesusMusicRadio.com in the of Fall 2016. Seeing classic Jesus Music album covers and hearing songs from groups like Prodigal and Fireworks caused me to remember The Harvest Rockfest which happened in June of 1982. It was held in outdoors on a Saturday in the parking lot of the Odeum in Villa Park, Il. The artists I remember being there wereProdigal, Marty McCall and Fireworks, Rick Cua, Denny Correll and DeGarmo & Key. I know there were one or two others that I forgot because I missed them when I left around Noon for Ohare Airport to pick up Denny Correll whom I had met on several other occasions and his band who flew in from Los Angeles. I was pretty psyched because I was finally going to meet a bass player from Love Song that I really admire1700317_origd, Jay Truax. He was playing with Denny Correll’s band.  Accompanying them was a drummer and lead guitarist who appeared to be LA session musicians.

The ride to the event was pretty uneventful with Denny chatting away as he caught me up on the going’s on in his life and was intrigued why a successful Christian retailer like me had left that for a risky career in Christian radio. I told him that “the Lord works in mysterious ways.” Once we arrived and unpacked, I finally had a chance to talk with Jay. The drummer pretty well kept to himself and attended to his prized drums… a snare and set of cymbals.

Midway through our conversation, the guitarist wandered over and joined in, telling us about the struggles of trying to make a living in the LA music scene. He spoke fondly of his young wife and brand new baby at home. There was a quiet desperation about him so I told Jay that I’d catch him later and concentrated on my attention on him. It was about 2 p.m. and the sun was bearing down on us so I asked if he wanted a bottle of water or something. He said, “No” but his body language told me otherwise. “It’s my treat. Have you eaten anything yet?”,  I asked. He shook his head from side-to-side. I pointed to the portable concession stand. “Come on, I’ll get you whatever you want to eat,” I said as we made our way from the side of the stage to the back of the enclosed audience area. “But you don’t know me,” he said incredulously. “I just want to share the love of Jesus with you. It is my honor to do this.”  So he ate his Chicago -style hot dog between sips of Coca-cola and he thanked me. Then we parted company as I went to visit with another friend backstage as Rick Cua was about to do his set. Together we marveled at the incredible slide guitar work of Dave Perkins.

At the end of Denny’s early evening set, as he gave an altar call, this guitarist laid down his guitar, leaped off the stage, and gave his life to the Lord in front of everyone without hesitation. I found out later that he had no money nor food for the day. The simple act of buying an obviously hungry musician something to eat was the tipping point where he had a personal experience with the Lord in the form of someone putting the gospel into action. I have never forgotten this lesson of hot dog evangelism.

The last time I spoke to Jay Truax a few years ago he reported that this man was a still a solid believer and serving the Lord in studio music industry on the West Coast. Amazing grace, indeed!

Glory to God, James

More Christian Music Playlist Secrets Revealed

Here are more keys to unlock those mysterious Christian Music sets you see every few hours on SnTRadio.com.

Pre-recorded 25-minute Christian Music sets have populated the playlist ever since SnTradio.com launched on Memorial Day 2009. These were designed to ensure top audio playback quality, volume, and mix flow throughout the day. These were the dark ages before better-sounding AAC’s and other sonic improvements were made for streaming audio content.SnT Radio pre-programmed three different sets: a general music set  SnT000a, a mini-worship set SnT000wpa, and an artist retrospective set ArtistBP, which can only be heard on Saturdays.

The backstory on how artist “block party” retrospective sets is in 2010, the famed Orlando Water Park Wet’N’Wild was holding their second annual Waves of Glory Battle of the Bands and asked SnTRadio.com founder James Burkhardt to emcee the event. Waves of Glory then became the first event in a series of SnTRadio.com summertime celebrations clustered under the “SnT Summer of Fun” theme which covered Memorial Day through Labor Day. A major part of this promotion was to give away a “Family four-pack” off admissions to Wet’N’Wild, which were given as promotional consideration. Every week for 13 weeks during June, July and August featured an artist and listeners could enter to win a Family Four-pack just by sending an email when they heard

A major part of this promotion was to give away a “Family four-pack” off admissions to Wet’N’Wild, which were given as promotional consideration. Every week for 13 weeks during June, July and August featured an artist and listeners could enter to win a Family Four-pack just by sending an email with the song title and time when they heard  a song by the featured artist of the week. Winners were announced on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. just after the artist block party set aired. the Block Parties were aired on Saturdays when listeners were awarded

Now, revealed for the very first time ever are four SnTRadio.com Artist Block Party set listings which originally aired during 2010’s Summer of Fun promotion.

Love Song LPLoveSong  BP

  1. Front Seat Back Seat                                 1972
  2. Brand New Song                                         1972
  3. Little Country Church                              1972
  4. Welcome Back                                            1972
  5. Let Us Be One                                             1972
  6. Freedom                                                       1972
  7. Feel The Love/Love Song Reprise        1972

Sweet Comfort Band - Breakin' The IceSweet Comfort Band  BP

  1. Childish Things                                        1977
  2. Armed & Ready                                         1982
  3. Got To Believe                                           1979
  4. You Need A Reason                                  1981
  5.   Let It Go                                                    1977
  6. Never Should Have Left You                1984
  7. Ryan’s Song                                              1977

michael card - present realityMichael Card BP

  1. Jesus Loves Me                                     1982
  2. Way of Wisdom                                    1991
  3. El Shaddai                                              1982
  4. This Must Be The Lamb                     1984
  5. Who Can Abide                                     1993
  6. Tell The World                                      1983
  7. The Greening of Belfast                    1994

honeytree - the melodies in meHoneytree BP

  1. Pioneer                                                   1994
  2. Diamond In The Rough                     1979
  3. Making Melody In My Heart            1978
  4. The Broadmoor Song                         1978
  5. The Road                                                1994
  6. Hummer Bummer                               1973
  7. Clean Before My Lord (live)              1977