The Acoustic Lounge on KSFS was a podcast and radio show based in San Francisco, California. The radio show was first broadcast live on September 21, 2006. During the show's first seven months, it was strictly a weekly two-hour program that featured both up and coming acoustic singer-songwriters and similar major label recording artists. In February 2007, the show interviewed recording artist Matt Wertz for its first online podcast. The podcast features sit down interviews with artists and their music. It has interviewed Academy Award winners, BRIT Award winners and Grammy Award winners. Each podcast also displayed live music from the artist's current tour and featured live recordings of their San Francisco performance. During the podcast's first week of release it was advertised on the front page of the iTunes Podcast store. The podcast peaked at number 12 in the music podcast top 100. After its initial success, the show built a strong, steady following with subscribers and listeners in all 50 U.S. States and over 40 countries worldwide.
Since the first Artist Spotlight podcast in March 2007, the Acoustic Lounge adopted two other forms of podcasts into its rotation. The Artists To Watch podcast featured three to four artists who were on the verge of releasing a new record or preparing to tour nationally in the United States. Interviews were conducted over the phone and two to four songs from each artist were featured. The Just Music podcast provided what its title suggests; just music. Ten songs by ten musicians were featured without any interviews. Songs included in Just Music often focused on new tracks from well-known artists in the United States as well as hits from lesser known or foreign artists. On September 17, 2008 the Acoustic Lounge released its first On Air podcast. The episode is a recording of the Acoustic Lounge's September 15, 2008 live broadcast on KSFS radio.
On Thursday, January 22, 2009, The Acoustic Lounge was officially named as one of Podbean's Top 5 most popular Music Podcasts for 2008 during the site's first annual awards. Over one-hundred thousand podcasts were reviewed and graded in the nomination process before award winners were announced.
The last live broadcast of the show occurred on Monday, November 17, 2008 on 88.1 KSFS, the radio station of San Francisco State University. The final podcast was released on January 20, 2012. Both the radio show and podcast were hosted by SFSU alum, Andy Tupman. Born in Leicestershire, England, Tupman grew up in the Greater Manchester area before moving to Los Angeles, California in 1994. The Acoustic Lounge ultimately wrapped upon Tupman joining the production staff of Pixar Animation Studios in April 2012. His past radio work includes stints with radio icons Charlie Tuna and Don Bleu on their Morning Shows for Clear Channel in Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively.
2008 Podbean Awards: Top 5 Most Popular Music Podcast
Matt Wertz (released March 14, 2007)
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers (released March 15, 2007)
Teitur (released March 15, 2007)
Joshua Radin (released March 16, 2007)
Tyrone Wells (released March 21, 2007)
Rocco DeLuca and the Burden (released March 23, 2007)
Paolo Nutini (released April 16, 2007)
James Morrison (released April 23, 2007)
Ari Hest (released June 20, 2007)
Jon McLaughlin (released September 20, 2007)
Glen Hansard (released October 24, 2007)
José González (released February 11, 2008)
Matt White (released March 12, 2008)
Tristan Prettyman (released April 24, 2008)
Eric Hutchinson (released June 15, 2008)
Greg Laswell (released February 23, 2009)
Brooke Fraser (released December 22, 2010)
Laura Marling (released March 7, 2011)
Sara Bareilles (released March 16, 2011)
Matt Wertz (released May 23, 2011)
Ben Rector (released July 25, 2011)
Acoustic Lounge on KSFS Wikipedia
unreleasedThe Alternate Routes
April 2007 Jon McLaughlin, Matt White, Andrew Ripp, Greg Laswell (released April 4, 2007)
May 2007 Gabe Dixon Band, Eric Hutchinson, Dave Barnes (released May 14, 2007)
July 2007 Gary Nock, Colbie Caillat, Nizlopi (released July 19, 2007)
I Scott Matthews, John Butler Trio, Christopher Jak, Brett Dennen, Stabilo, Gary Lightbody, Lisa Hannigan, Stephen Fretwell, Bill Ricchini, Doubting Paris, Virginia Coalition (released August 4, 2007)
II Joshua James, Melanie Horsnell, Scouting For Girls, Matt Nathanson, Joshua Radin, Ingrid Michaelson, Laura Marling, Fink, Sia, Fionn Regan, Marcus Eaton (released March 3, 2008)
III Greg Laswell, Dave Barnes, Newton Faulkner, Augustana, The Weepies, Matt Costa, The Kooks, Jon Foreman, The Alternate Routes, Spouse (released July 24, 2008)
IV Mat Kearney, The Script, Justin Nozuka, Alpha Rev, Mindy Smith, Travis, Matt Hires, She & Him, Ry Cuming, Kevin Hammond (released April 24, 2010)
V Brooke Fraser, Tinashe, Sara Bareilles, Charles Kelley, Brendan James, Joe Brooks, Ben Rector, Joshua Radin, Andrew Ripp, Dave Barnes, Hillary Scott (released November 21, 2010)
6 Graffiti6, Young the Giant, Mat Kearney, Sean Hayes, The Civil Wars, Ben Howard, Feist, James Vincent McMorrow, Ed Sheeran, Alternate Routes (released January 20, 2012)
September 15, 2008 (released September 17, 2008)
September 29, 2008 (released March 27, 2011)
Andrew Ripp (broadcast May 13, 2008) for the album, 'Fifty Miles To Chicago'