The Appetizer

Sunday - 12 AM

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 Katt, The Rocketboys, The Light Parade, Aryn Michelle and others. The show has also showcased audiences in Texas and beyond to emerging artists like William Fitzsimmons, Flatfoot 56, Matt Morris, Citizen 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.

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