Chicago Radio is CHIRPing
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Chicago Radio is CHIRPing

It's official guys!  The Chicago Independent Radio Project, better known as CHIRP is FINALLY getting a home on the FM dial! CHIRP was formed over 10 years ago and has been streaming at for 7 years know.  After 3 long years of waiting and loads of bureaucracy, we have finally gained FCC approval to broadcast on the 107.1 FM frequency.  We will begin broadcasting on October 21st, 2017, at noon!  

For those of you who are unfamiliar with CHIRP, it is a nonprofit, noncommerical, community-run radio station dedicated to providing an outlet for local and independent music.  We play both local and independent music from all genres including punk, folk, blues, jazz, hip hop, metal, and everything in between.  Our volunteer DJs have a large amount of autonomy when determining what to play on their air and no 2 DJ slots are alike!  This makes CHIRP fun and exciting to listen to and music fans, regardless of genre preferences, are bound to find something they enjoy.  CHIRP is an important outlet for helping great up and coming local artists get the exposure and success they deserve!  In addition to our robust music programming, we are the proud sponsor of a monthly local music showcase, CHIRP Night at the Whistler, a bi-monthly storytelling event, The First Time, and coordinate an annual record fair.  

I have personally been a volunteer for CHIRP for about a year.  I'm a lifelong music junkie who is especially passionate about the independent scene.  Even as a "responsible adult," discovering new music and going to shows is still a top priority for me so volunteering with CHIRP is a great outlet for me to channel my passion.  Most of the work I do for CHIRP is writing album reviews for the music department to help DJs decide what to play on the air.  I write about 1 album review a week to provide background information on the artist, describe the overall sound of the album, recommend tracks to play on the air, and making sure any tracks containing profanity do not make it to the airwaves.  In addition to album reviews, I attend numerous concerts and festivals throughout the city to help promote CHIRP.  Finally, I am currently training to be a DJ and I am super excited about the prospect of broadcasting on an actual FM signal!  

Next month marks an important milestone for CHIRP and we cannot wait to start broadcasting on 107.1!  However, this will be expensive.  In addition to rent, ultilities, and streaming costs, our new broadcast will add an additional $10,000 to $15,000 of expenses per year.  Since we are a nonprofit organization, CHIRP relies heavily on donations from listeners and supporters like you.  Without your contributions, this would not be possible.  For those of you who have never heard the station before, please check out our stream at and give us a listen.  If you like what you hear, please consider contributing a $10, or even $5 donation.  No donation is too small and we are grateful for all of the support we can get.  I am setting my initial fundraising goal at $107.10 in honor of our new frequency.  Thank you so much for all of your support!

Peace, love, and community radio,




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
Terrence Norris 09/22/2017 $11.89 Damn OCD
Eric Wiersema 09/22/2017 $50.00  
Sabrina Barnett 09/22/2017 $15.00  
Anonymous Friend 09/22/2017 $20.00  
Mark Vanderhulst 09/22/2017 $15.00 This playlist better be lit
Sheila Spencer 09/21/2017 $50.00  
Matt Holsapple 09/21/2017 $25.00 Let's karaoke together soon!
Katrina Zaret 09/21/2017 $25.00 Bring on all the amazing local Chicago music.
Julie Hoffmann 09/21/2017 $15.00 Go, Eric, go!
Juliann Lui 09/21/2017 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 09/20/2017 $107.10  
Tirzah Blomberg 09/19/2017 $5.00  
Elise Pope-Obeda 09/19/2017 $20.00 Yassssssssss
Stephanie Nyman 09/15/2017 $150.00  
Terrence Norris 09/15/2017 $50.01 Put on a dress and sing "Turtle Blues."
Anonymous Friend 09/15/2017 $40.00 Success to you and Chirp! All I just ask in return is that you help me out with my dry month experiment ;)
Anonymous Friend 09/15/2017 $10.00  
Brooke Littva 09/15/2017 $30.00 Good luck!!!
Eduardo Europa 09/15/2017 $20.00  
Denice Kelley 09/15/2017 $15.00 So glad to support!!
Stephanie Nyman 09/13/2017 $100.00  
Caroline Heller 09/13/2017 $10.00  
Alexander Chidester 09/12/2017 $25.00 What up Eric! Here's 25 bones!
Barry Nickerson 09/12/2017 $35.00 Where we going bud?
Colin Griffith 09/12/2017 $10.00 Play some Pig Destroyer
Amy Wiersema 09/12/2017 $11.00 Don't play any Pig Destroyer
Keith Wiersema 09/12/2017 $12.00 Play Pig Destroyer
Hannah Helbert 09/12/2017 $13.00 Play, or don't play pig destroyer, it's up to you.
Anonymous Friend 09/11/2017 $10.00  
  Total $920.00