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The Katinas Reach Out To Their Community

phil : August 30, 2010 11:08 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

Radio Friend Phil – A story out of Nashville, Tennessee, caught my attention today:

The current economics are affecting many families including an area in one of the richest cities, Franklin, TN.

With the start of school happening, many children in an area known as “Hard Bargain” would have been wearing slippers to school, possibly until winter; however, thanks to Katinas Missions Ministry and Outreach, 200 children will have new sneakers on their feet.

Partnering with 10 Day Franklin, a division of Bethel Church Franklin, the two adopted the area providing sport camps, field day, creative arts and dinner nightly for 10 days.

“Our prayer is that the church of America will begin to have the same compassion for areas like Hard Bargain as easily as we would have for third world countries,” said John Katina. “You don’t have to look far to realize that there is need everywhere!”

The boys and girls who attend the Kids Kamps also received a Bible, Biblical Foundations book and at the end of the evangelistic outreach, a carnival was brought in to wrap up the week.

The Katinas consist of five brothers, James, Jesse, Joe, John, and Sam who are from the Samoan Islands and have been touring and recording for the past 20 years. To find out more about the Katinas or their Katinas & Friends Cruise, visit their website at http://www.thekatinas.com.

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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Thanks WJTL Listeners! Skillet’s “Awake” Certified Gold

phil : August 26, 2010 8:17 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

Radio Friend Phil – Thanks in part to WJTL listeners everywhere, Skillet’s latest project, “Awake,” has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America . The album, released in August 2009,  took one-year to surpass the 500,000 sales mark. Thanks WJTL listeners for supporting great rock ‘n’ roll bands like Skillet!

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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Third Day: New Music Preview

phil : August 25, 2010 8:12 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

Radio Friend Phil – Third Day’s new project “Move” is set to release on Tuesday, October 19. You can hear several tracks off the disc weeknights during New Tunes at 9, on WJTL; you can also click here to sample new songs.

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Preview

phil : August 23, 2010 10:57 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

-Radio Friend Phil – Do you like new music? I know I certainly do. Releasing  this week are some fine new projects from Jeremy Camp (“We Cry Out: The Worship Project”), Natalie Grant (“Love Revolution”), Britt Nicole (“Acoustic EP”), Chris August (“No Far Away”) and Kerrie Roberts’ self-titled debut. Be sure to listen every night this week to hear music from these artists, along with your chance to win free music, on New Tunes at 9.

And speaking of the aforementioned artist Jeremy Camp, BEC Recordings is reminding everyone about his new project with a promotional video trailer for “We Cry Out: The Worship Project.” http://www.jeremycamp.com/

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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Chris Sligh’s Entertaining Video and New Tunes at 9 Preview

phil : August 16, 2010 10:28 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

Radio Friend Phil –  I just finished watching singer/songwriter Chris Sligh’s highly entertaining promotional video for his second project, “The Anatomy of Broken.”  Click here to watch the video http://www.chrissligh.com/ and tune in every night this week on New Tunes at 9 to hear tracks off the disc releasing September 14.

And speaking of new music, Kheris, the independent rock band from Lancaster, joined me Tuesday night on New Tunes at 9. The band  stopped by to talk about their new project “The World Outside” and played acoustically, too. Click here to listen:  http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/

For the rest of the week on New Tunes at 9, be listening for your chance to win a copy of the BEC Recordings’ Sampler Vol. 4 CD–and free music from Meredith Andrews, among others. 

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Preview and Purple Door Artist Video

phil : August 9, 2010 7:02 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

-Radio Friend Phil –  This week on New Tunes at 9, I’ll be giving away copies of the latest projects from Me In Motion, Sixteen Cities and NewWorldSon, among others—plus the new INO Records Short-Stack compilation (full of great  music from Skillet, Afters and more)!

 The Purple Door Festival is this Friday and Saturday at Ski Roundtop, in Lewisberry, PA. http://www.purpledoor.com/   One of the many band’s playing this weekend is House of Heroes; click here to see a video for the song,    “God Save the Foolish Kings.”                     http://www.thehouseofheroes.com/   I’ll be featuring tracks  off their new CD, “Suburba,” every night this week on New Tunes at 9.

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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Coming up on New Tunes at 9: chances to win free (new) music

phil : August 4, 2010 10:38 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

Radio Friend Phil – All this week on New Tunes at 9,  listen for your chance to win the new INO Records Short-Stack CD (which includes songs by MercyMe, Skillet, Afters, Disciple and more).

Also, tune in beginning at 9 p.m. to hear new music from Third Day, Newsboys, Chris Sligh and Phil Wickham. And speaking of Phil Wickham, I love his new song, “In My Love,” available on the new digital-only release, “Heaven and Earth (Special Edition). ”  http://philwickham.com/ 

Phil’s voice is grand, distinguished and highly reminiscent of Jeff Buckley; his music is richly layered and full of lush production. Did I mention his music is also highly recommended? I think I just did…

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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2010: A Strong Year For Christian Music!

phil : August 3, 2010 11:31 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

Radio Friend Phil – I know it’s only August, but 2010 is shaping up to be a great year for Christian music! 2010 releases from TobyMac (“Tonight”), MercyMe (“The Generous Mr. Lovewell”) and  Newsboys (“Born Again”) are just 3 of the many projects that stand out in my mind–both in terms of artistic merit and national sales impact!

Here are the  facts: Toby’s “Tonight” released in February and debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard chart; MercyMe’s “The Generous Mr. Lovewell”  entered at No. 3;  and the Newsboy’s “Born Again” turned up at No. 4 just a few weeks ago!  All three veteran artists are creating (arguably) the best music of their career AND watching their projects sit high on the charts alongside  names like the Jonas Brothers, Black Eyed Peas and Eminem.

Remarkably, there is more good news to come!  Jeremy Camp’s new release “We Cry Out: The Worship Project” is on its way August 24, Michael W. Smith is releasing “Wonder” on September 28, “The Shelter” from Jars of Clay is due October 5 and Third Day returns with “Move” on October 19—and that’s just scratching the surface music fans!

To hear more new and emerging music, spotlighting both national and independent artists, join me for New Tunes at 9, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL. I love sharing new music on the radio…

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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The Museum Releases “Let Love Win”

phil : July 27, 2010 7:52 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

Radio Friend Phil – The Museum has just released “Let Love Win,”  their debut project for BEC Recordings; the 11-song disc includes the band’s first radio single, “My Help Comes From The Lord.”

The Museum are a contemporary rock band from Texas led by singer Ben Richter and guitarist Geoffrey Ashcraft.  Both Ben and Geoffrey left their home state of Texas, moved to Georgia, began leading worship services and traveling on musical mission trips overseas.  You can read the full story  here: http://www.myspace.com/themuseum.

Tune in weeknights at 9 p.m.  for New Tunes at 9 to hear more tracks off “Let Love Win” by the Museum.

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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The Afters on New Tunes at 9

phil : July 21, 2010 11:24 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

Radio Friend Phil – Josh Havens of  the Afters was my guest Thursday night on New Tunes at 9. You can listen to the conversation here:  http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/

The Afters are gearing up for the release of their new project, “Light Up The Sky,” on September 14.  In advance of the full-length CD, the band has made available  the “Light Up The Sky”  3-song EP at the iTunes music store.  For more information, go here: http://www.myspace.com/theafters

The Afters will be appearing at the Hoops of Hope benefit concert for AIDS orphans, next Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at the King of Prussia Mall near Philadelphia.  This special event is sponsored by World Vision and will also feature the music of Francesca Battistelli and Dave Barnes. http://www.hoopsofhopeallstars.com/

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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