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We Want the Airwaves - CHIRP Radio is Coming to 107.1FM October 21, 2017!

It's official - after 10 years of work - The Chicago Independent Radio Project will be hitting the terrestrial airwaves at 107.1FM on October 21 @Noon.

In 2010, I discovered CHIRP Radio as a listener and then started volunteering for the station in 2015. For 7 years, CHIRP has been my go-to station for discovering new (and old) music. It’s also the one station in town that has a strong focus on local Chicago music. Nowhere else can you hear an eclectic variety of commercial-free music played by live DJs - who select the songs they play - 7 days a week, 365 days a year at And very soon we will be broadcasting on the northside of Chicago at 107.1FM!

Why I Volunteer
I started volunteering for the station in October 2015. Volunteering for CHIRP is really important for me because I believe in the importance of independent radio and independent voices. That means I volunteer my time (about 20-25 hours a month), my money (I am a monthly sustaining member), and my skills (marketing strategy, copywriting, creating content, social media, and DJing).

At CHIRP, I enjoy discovering new music and then sharing it with others each week as DJ. Since July 2016, I have been a DJ for CHIRP on Monday nights from 6pm-8pm and also volunteer as the station's Marketing Director, helping to get the word out about CHIRP. 

CHIRP in the Chicago Community

We are a listener-supported, all volunteer-driven community radio station with 250 volunteers and only two part-time paid staff members. But CHIRP is not just a radio station playing music - we are out there in the community, promoting other arts organizations, tabling at concerts, interviewing local artists for our podcasts, and DJing events and street festivals. CHIRP volunteers have worked for years to get ‘on-the-air’ in Chicago through a low-power FM license. Lobbying Congress, building the station literally by hand from the ground up, getting city permits, and creating a true community radio station in the process…

Support the CHIRP Broadcast Launch at 107.1FM!

Bringing CHIRP to the Chicago airwaves is now going to happen as we launch our broadcast signal on October 21st at 107.1FM! But, engineering challenges and the construction costs have risen dramatically and will add another $10,000 to $15,000 annually to our expenses. So we need support from listeners, friends, family - YOU - to help us with this important milestone and keep the station going!

Please help me reach my personal goal of $250 during this fundraising drive. Anything you can give will help us raise $25,000 for CHIRP and launch the station this October at 107.1FM. Thank you for your support!


ABOUT 2017 Fall Fundraising Campaign


CHIRP is a listener-supported, community-powered radio station—your gift makes everything we do possible!

Please make a gift supporting our fall fund drive so we can continue to bring you great music and events! Your gift will also help us launch our broadcast at 107.1FM in October 2017!

If you would like to become a sustaining member by making a recurring donation (monthy or quarterly), or select a fall campaign thank you gift, please visit CHIRP’s main donation page to make your contribution (and don’t forget to enter the name of the CHIRP Volunteer or DJ in the “How did you hear about CHIRP” section so they can receive credit for your gift!)

Name Date Amount Comments
Cody Norman 09/24/2017 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 09/21/2017 $20.00  
Alison Bourque 09/21/2017 $30.00  
Matthew Favazza 09/17/2017 $25.00 You RAWK Kevin!!
Susan Dennison 09/13/2017 $50.00 Proud to support this great adventure!
Mare Swallow 09/13/2017 $50.00  
Gail Purkey 09/13/2017 $25.00 Hooray for the expansion of Chirp! Gail & Dave
Cheryn Swallow 09/11/2017 $100.00 Exciting news! Good luck!
  Total $320.00