Year after year I mulled over ways to share episodes of our weekly television series, "Christian Music Videos", on the internet. However, contract restrictions with national music video distributors limited us to only sharing full episodes of CMV on television. So in 2014, I decided to create contract-free episodes exclusively featuring independent Christian artists to share online in the form of the internet spinoff, "CMV Mobile". However, in doing so, I decided to make only one "CMV Mobile" episode per month because of our limited independent music video archive. Then God gave me the idea to do an audio podcast version of the television series featuring only independent artists - artist that have control of their creative work and could legally allow their songs to be shared through our "Christian Music Podcast" show. I'd hoped that we would receive even more submissions from indie artists because I figured that some may have produced a song, but not a music video. This would open up a whole new avenue for indie artists and introduce listeners to music that they otherwise would never hear. This strategy worked in part. We did receive music from little-known indie artists, but about 75 percent of the artists who submitted their work were also sharing music videos on our music video shows. Over time, song submissions slowed and I found myself sharing many of the same artists consistently on the show with fewer and fewer new comers. Besides this, I'd determined that every episode of the "Christian Music Podcast" would include new scripture topics every week that were different than those appearing on the weekly video shows because I didn't want to repurpose any of what I was doing on the television or internet video versions for the podcast. I wanted to provide incentive for those who watch the television show to also want to listen to the podcast show, so all episodes were totally unique. Therefore, being the primary host for three shows became overwhelming. One final deterrent was that with such a generic name as "Christian Music Podcast", it was difficult for potential listeners to happen upon the podcast series in iTunes. It was even challenging for those who did a search for the podcast because when the name of the show was typed into the iTunes search, other more popular Christian shows found their way to the top. So in May 2015, after two years, 100 episodes, and over 45,000 downloads of the "Christian Music Podcast", the show was discontinued. Even still, all 100 episodes can be listened to and downloaded from the "Christian Music Podcast" web page.
The primary purpose for creating the "Christian Music Podcast" was to reach more people with the gospel by casting the net a little further using an audio podcast as a catalyst. God showed us how powerfully he used our television show, "Christian Music Videos" to touch lives, and I wanted to open up another weekly half-hour version of the show to the internet. My first choice would've been to post each of the weekly "Christian Music Videos" episodes online. But we couldn't legally do that. So I figured the next best thing would be this audio podcast series. Over the years, we received a very positive response from listeners and I'm confident that God used it, and will continue to use it, for his glory.
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David M. Evans (Surgeon)
David M. Evans
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This series is created for the glory of Jesus