Acaville is a non-profit, and we’re all volunteer-run. So we want to give a big shout-out and thanks to the wonderful, committed team you see below. And if you want to join in the cause, drop us a line!
Aaron is the founder of Acaville, and helps keep the station going day-to-day. He produces the news and does some on-air stuff, too.
Rachael produces Competition Countdown, and assists with #TheSpotlight and live events. You’ll hear her doing on-air promos as well.
Daniel is our ambassador for the Northwestern United States, connecting us with groups in that region and vice versa!
McKinley helps us with the editing of segments on Competition Countdown, our weekly look at the a cappella competition season.
Mark brings great history in both the contemporary a cappella and barbershop worlds, and he mixes those together for his weekly program, ShopTalk.
Dana helps with the Acaville social media presence on Instagram and Facebook, and pitches in with sound engineering on #TheSpotlight. She also coordinates our volunteers.
John produces and hosts Talkappella, sitting down with a cappella folks for an hour at a time.
Spencer is the first of our Acaville Ambassadors, and is helping to define the program while serving as a great example.
Lisa is host of the weekly theme hour, scouring our library’s deep tracks to find tunes each week around a specific theme.
Why would someone be crazy enough to spend time, effort, and money on starting a nonprofit a cappella organization like Acaville? Good question!
It started with radio. We were frustrated. We listen to a lot of a cappella. But we couldn’t find it well-executed on the web.
There were a few options that came and went over the years. Some had a narrower focus than we wanted (e.g., praise-appella only), while others had a stale playlist that never changed.
When streaming services like Pandora and Spotify came along, we thought they were the answer. But no. None of them categorized a cappella as a characteristic, so when they went to ‘suggest’ tunes, there would inevitably be that moment where some synth, hi-hat, or guitar would come clomping in. That’s no good. (Well, it might be good, but it wasn’t what we were looking for.)
So Acaville was born, initially just for music: to bring you a range of contemporary a cappella, from groups and solo artists at all levels and ages. (Got music you’d like us to play? Send it our way!) From there, we continue to look for ways to support the a cappella community, both through on-air programming and broader initiatives.