Help Tyler Help CHIRP: 2017 Fall Fundraising Campaign
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Help Tyler Help CHIRP: 2017 Fall Fundraising Campaign

Hey music fans,

This is it. This is not a drill. The permits are in, the space is secured, and the tower is going up.

After 10 years of hard work, music, and a little Congressional lobbying, CHIRP Radio will make its terrestrial-radio debut on 107.1FM on Saturday, October 21 at noon. 

This is the moment that CHIRP's 250+ volunteers have spent the last decade working towards. And trust me, dear reader, when I say that we'll all be partying harder than just about anyone else when the day arrives (you can even join us; check back for details).

However, between all of the celebrating and back-patting and fretting over which record to spin first comes a little reality check: running this radio station just got a lot more expensive. 

CHIRP already has plenty of bills, from streaming costs to rent to maintenance. Now, on top of those, our new broadcast signal adds another $10,000-$15,000 per year, for everything from rooftop rent to insurance. It's manageable, but it's not nothing.

That's why we're asking for your help.

As a non-commercial, volunteer-run organization, CHIRP exists solely through the generosity of people like you. For the last 10 years, you've helped us stream tens of thousands of hours of commercial-free music (including plenty local and overlooked releases), plan rad events (including the CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights, CHIRP Night at the Whistler, and our bi-monthly storytelling series, The First Time), and bring a sense of community to every corner of Chicago's music scene. 

Your contributions add up to serious money. As a nonprofit organization, CHIRP derives nearly half of its annual operating budget from the monetary support from listeners and supporters like you. That's the only way this station can exist.

At a time when a lot of the good things in the world seem to be disappearing, it's more important than ever to support things you believe in, even if it's just your favorite radio station. 

As a DJ and blog editor for CHIRP, I try to help in my own way. This month, that means raising $500 during our semi-yearly fundraising campaign. Your money will help us keep the lights on, the music playing, and station strong.

Thanks for taking part of your day to read this, and to think about community radio. I speak for all of CHIRP's 250 volunteers when I say: I appreciate it.


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
Scott Davis 10/18/2017 $25.00  
Annette Lee 09/26/2017 $10.00  
Emma Doud 09/25/2017 $15.00  
Andrew Maxson 09/23/2017 $20.00  
Kyle Carmichael 09/23/2017 $20.00  
Dan Caffrey 09/23/2017 $5.00 Good luck, good sir!
Cody Plepel 09/22/2017 $15.00 Nething 4 my guy ty
Anonymous Friend 09/22/2017 $7.00  
Joshua Reilly 09/22/2017 $15.00 Nothing gets me hot like a rivalry! I don't know Bobby Evers, but I hope you beat him and strip him of his honor.
Mike Hannemann 09/22/2017 $50.00 Good on ya, old friend.
Sam Pettyjohn 09/22/2017 $10.00  
Lindsey Coley 09/21/2017 $20.00  
Drew Johnson 09/21/2017 $5.00  
David Ruckman 09/21/2017 $20.00 Tyler Clark is half man, half raptor, all lover.
Anonymous Friend 09/21/2017 $5.00 YES!
Anna Skorczeski 09/21/2017 $15.00 Yay music!
Collin Brennan 09/20/2017 $15.00  
Danielle Thomas 09/20/2017 $15.00 Tyler Clark is a Midwestern American Legend.
Dan McDonald 09/20/2017 $50.00  
Ian Hicks 09/20/2017 $10.00 Please write a lede for this: Thanks, and good luck.
John Simpson 09/19/2017 $10.00 Get it
Drew DeBoy 09/19/2017 $20.00 For real this time.
Edward Abramson 09/19/2017 $10.00 Crush it.
Pamela Davis 09/19/2017 $25.00  
Lisa Farver 09/19/2017 $20.00 You guys are a miracle. Keep being a miracle.
Katie Lee 09/18/2017 $10.00  
Brooke Bolton 09/18/2017 $10.00 :)
Mike Hannemann 09/18/2017 $25.00 For John T. Becker
Kelly MacDowell 09/16/2017 $20.00  
Courey Gruszauskas 09/15/2017 $25.00 SHE'S A CRAMP.
Emily Gallt 09/15/2017 $5.00 i hate you
Patricia Fancher 09/15/2017 $20.00 Good luck. I'll be listening in.
Matthew Schmidt 09/14/2017 $50.00  
Alison Hamm 09/14/2017 $25.00  
Amelia Buzzell 09/14/2017 $15.00 Tyler Clark is a damn fine fundraisier (and DJ).
Lara Unnerstall 09/14/2017 $5.00 Direct marketing works!
Andy Seifert 09/14/2017 $10.00 Here is some money.
William Landon 09/14/2017 $10.00  
Sarah Gorr 09/14/2017 $5.00  
Anonymous Friend 09/13/2017 $25.00  
Janelle Greene 09/12/2017 $33.33  
Erin Homburger 09/11/2017 $20.00 Go Tyler, Go! More Japanese Joni Mitchell, please.
Paul Kim 09/11/2017 $20.00  
  Total $765.33