Ten Years in the Making - Shawn's 107.1FM page
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Ten Years in the Making - Shawn's 107.1FM page

It's hard to believe, but the moment is finally (almost) here!

On Saturday, October 21 at noon (yes, that's my show), we'll be flipping the switch and turning on the transmitter, and after a decade of work, you'll be able to hear CHIRP at 107.1fm on the north side of Chicago.

I'm so happy that all of you have been part of this journey with me, whether you're a friend or family member, a current or former volunteer, someone I know from the Chicago music scene, or someone I once sat around in a production studio with decades ago, imagining what we'd do if we had a station that was truly our own.

If you're reading this, I'm guessing independent radio means something to you -- or at least that I mean something to you! And I'm hoping you'll consider a tax-deductible gift today to help me hit my goal of $500 by September 22.

There's a quote from Garrison Keillor from his book, WLT: A Radio Romance (well worth reading if you haven't), that says:

"Radio has no linear context whatsoever. It is dreamlike, precognitive, primitive, intimate. It has less to do with politics and society than with sex, nature, and religion."

The first time I read the quote, in 1991, I felt like it did the best job of putting into words the way I feel about radio. I don't know exactly why I've always been in love with it, but I've just always felt that it was like nothing else, and that there was nothing else I ever had the slightest interest in doing. It is a privilege just to be in the proximity of a radio station, much less to make one yourself.

Thank you so much to all of you who never doubted that this thing would happen. Thank you to all of you who heard me say, "I'm going to start a brand new radio station from the ground up," and said, "that's amazing!" rather than, "that seems ridiculous!" In all honesty, it is both ridiculous AND amazing, and I couldn't have gotten to this point without you.

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
Laura Brown 09/23/2017 $60.00  
Anonymous Friend 09/23/2017 $60.00  
Kelly Cronin 09/21/2017 $60.00  
Michael Moskowitz 09/15/2017 $10.00  
Carol Marino 09/14/2017 $25.00 Congrats on this new chapter of CHIRP!
Dave Budrys 09/12/2017 $25.00  
Ken Kosek 09/11/2017 $50.00  
Jock Hedblade 09/11/2017 $50.00 Congrats!!!!!
  Total $340.00  
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