10 years ago, I sat in a dark pub with a few friends discussing our love of music and radio and how the only way to truly protect a vision of independent, local radio from large corporate or outside interests was by creating our own station. Since that day, we've worked hard to do just that. Through blood, sweat and tears, we've built an organization that has over 250 volunteers, thriving relationships with the local arts and music community in Chicago and beyond including our well known events like the Record Fairs and First Time series, and award winning podcast series, and a live and local online broadcast 365 days of the year. No where else on the radio dial will you find the eclectic, thoughtful and lovingly curated mix of music that you hear on CHIRP - there's simply nothing like us.
But there's one thing that's eluded us - something we've wanted since that very first conversation - an antenna. Finally, after we helped lead the passage of the Local Community Radio Act, waited for the FCC to approve our application, dealt with permitting and construction hurdles, we've got the antenna going up as you are reading this, and you'll be able to hear us live over the airwaves on 107.1FM in October!
In honor of this achivement - and recognizing the approximately $10,000 per year operating cost of the antenna - I'm asking you to make a contribution to help support the station this year and beyond. Maybe you can give $10.71? Or perhaps you can give a little more, like $107? Whatever you can afford, please show your appreciation for the quality service you receive from CHIRP every day by contributing something - anything - right now.
So many of you have supported me in so many ways over the last ten years - whether it was coming to a fundraiser, tuning in to my show, or understanding when I had to miss family and friends parties because I was busy on Sunday afternoons keeping the station going. None of us could have done this without the support of our family and friends - this achievement is for you too! I appreciate your support!
PS - Thank you gifts for this drive include the following - make sure you indicate one if you wish to recieve it. $60 donation gets to this poster, $120 gets you a tshirt with the same design as the poster, $240 gets you the flask!
MAKE A GIFT TO CHIRP TODAY!
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!)
|Anonymous Friend||09/24/2017||$20.00||Patty Martin||09/22/2017||$240.00||Dino Ross||09/22/2017||$10.71||Can't wait to update my dial!||Steve Reidell||09/22/2017||$10.71||Jennifer Lizak||09/22/2017||$100.00||This is my match of the first $100 raised - thank you donors! I make this donation in honor of all CHIRP volunteers and supporters, past, present and future!||Anonymous Friend||09/22/2017||$1,071.00||Anonymous Friend||09/17/2017||$60.00||Jason Shanley||09/15/2017||$10.71||see you on the streets!||Lisa White||09/15/2017||$10.71||Happy CHIRP antenna day, yay!||Anonymous Friend||09/15/2017||$10.71||Bridget Nason||09/15/2017||$23.00||Math is not my strength, here is approximately 2 x 10.71 for Bennett and me||Frank Lizak||09/15/2017||$100.00||Good Luck to all the people who have worked so hard and so long to get to where you are. I look forward to see what happens next.||Mark Braun||09/15/2017||$10.71||You did it!!!|