“I can’t wait for 38 the Spot viewers to see Behind the Spotlight! And not just for the amazing performances. It’s incredible to hear what inspires these artists and some of the struggles they’ve faced. You’ll get a whole new appreciation for what they do,” said host Crystle Lampitt in a press release on June 16, 2016.
On July 10, 2016, KMCI-TV (38 the Spot) will debut its first original program featuring local and national music artists. Behind The Spotlight is a 30-minute weekly series airing Sunday nights at 11:30. Hosted by Crystle Lampitt, the program features performances and interviews from both emerging and established musical acts. From rap and hip-hop to country and jazz, no genre is off limits! Every episode of Behind The Spotlight offers viewers a front row seat to a compelling private performance and an intimate sit-down conversation - whether it’s in studio or backstage at a concert. They’re also encouraged to share thoughts and questions about the artist via social media.
Behind The Spotlight’s premiere episode features renowned rap and hip-hop artist, Krizz Kaliko (Strange Music). Other artists featured in early episodes include The Mowgli’s, Andrew W.K., A.J. Gaither, The Blackbird Revue, and Run With It.
Behind The Spotlight is executive produced by Karly Schieder and Crystle Lampitt and is directed by Drew Schauner.
In addition to each 30-minute episode, 38 the Spot also produces an accompanying web exclusive that features a special performance or unique experience from the artist. The short web exclusives can be found at 38thespot.com and youtube.com/38thespotkc. Viewers are encouraged to watch and share this digital content.