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CHIRPradio.org is a listener-supported music and arts focused community radio station in Chicago staffed by more than 150 volunteers. In addition to our live programming we produce a series of shows and interviews and provide them through our various...Show More
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First Time: First Burn - Fury

19:29 | May 8th

FURY was born in Chicago Illinois. As a child she attended her grandfather’s church where she gained a very strong moral foundation as well as an appreciation of soulful music. Growing up she expressed her feelings through art and grew very fond of p...Show More
Lowland Hum Interview

13:44 | May 6th

Lowland Hum hails from Virginia and their new record ‘Glyphonic’ carries intention in its narrative lyrics and relatable imagery. Features Director Amanda Roscoe Mayo sat down with Lauren and Daniel to discuss their decision to end a 3 month tour wit...Show More
First Time: First Burn - Jenn Rourke

12:11 | May 4th

You can hear Jenn Rourke on the air at CHIRP as DJ Ninja on Fridays from 6 to 8 PM Jenn has been a DJ for 17 years at various community and college stations across Illinois. She also serves as a CHIRPRadio production director and on the station's pro...Show More
Gold Connections Interview

10:50 | Apr 22nd

Features & Production Director Amanda Roscoe Mayo chats with Will Marsh of Gold Connections about community found in college radio versus as a touring musician, the new EP Like a Shadow, and more. Produced by Amanda Roscoe Mayo
The Beths Interview

11:33 | Apr 7th

Liz Stokes of The Beths sat down with Features Director Sarah Brooks after their sold out show at Lincoln Hall. Stokes unveiled her writing process and how she edits her stream of consciousness, the relatable nature of self-deprecation in the music, ...Show More
Helado Negro Interview

12:06 | Mar 18th

Features & Production Director Amanda Mayo chats with Roberto Carlos Lange, otherwise known as Helado Negro, who's fresh off the heels of his latest album This Is How You Smile. Producer: Amanda Mayo
Dave Specter Interview

12:00 | Mar 10th

Andrew Meriwether interviews Chicago blues legend Dave Specter. Dave tells Andrew the story of his Chicago blues journey through historical local clubs, unexpected jazz influences, and his unique music education. Produced by  Chris Marks Photo cr...Show More
Artist Interview: Yoke Lore

11:32 | Mar 4th

Adrian Galvin of Yoke Lore chats with Features Director Sarah Brooks on tour at the Vic during their last show with LP. They discuss creating intimate musical moments in big arenas, integrating the songwriting process with your life, and the stories ...Show More
First Time: First Fall - Allyssa Bujdoso

13:31 | Feb 27th

Allyssa Bujdoso is a stand up comedian and writer. She is an alumni of Columbia College Chicago and Second City. She works by day at Guerrero Media, and can be seen performing all over the city. When not on stage, you can usually find her in one of h...Show More
First Time: First Fall - Noah Maria

14:57 | Feb 20th

Noah is part of the band Neckbeard Deathcamp.  Activist/Anarchist/Antifascist. Event produced and directed by Julie Mueller with Assistant Producer Bobby Evers and Host Jenn Sodini. Podcast Producer and Recordist: Jenn Rourke.
King Tuff Interview

12:00 | Feb 17th

CHIRP volunteer Mick Reed chats with Kyle Thomas of King Tuff at the Metro in support of their latest album, The Other. They discuss it all, from the home recording process to feeling disconnected to UFO sightings in Vermont. And of course, what flav...Show More
First Time: First Fall: Joey Garfield

15:33 | Feb 13th

Joey Garfield is an award winning filmmaker, photographer, and artist. He grew up in Evanston and after landing a small speaking role in the film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” knew he wanted to work in and around film so he moved to New York as a young ...Show More
First Time: First Fall - Meghan McDonough

10:57 | Feb 6th

Meghan has been a proud CHIRP Radio DJ and volunteer since 2012. She wrote “Trust Falls,” for Second City in 2017 and is currently working on being funnier in real life. During the day, Meghan is a Digital Content Producer for ABC7 Chicago. She also ...Show More
CHIRP Docs: Bad Witch Club

15:39 | Feb 4th

'Bad Witch Club is music, art, magic, and community, cultivated and fostered by artists otherwise overshadowed by a white-centric, cis-centric industry and local scene.' Bad Witchers Zoey Wagner, Elma Husetovic, and Archie Budzar joined Jessi D in th...Show More
First Time: First Fall - Amara Enyia

19:04 | Jan 30th

Dr. Amara Enyia is a Public Policy expert on city and state policy as well as international affairs/foreign policy with expertise in Central Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. She writes extensively on issues of education, economic deve...Show More
Desert Liminal

11:43 | Aug 12th, 2018

This week CHIRP Volunteer, Ari Mejia, caught up with Sarah Jane Quillin of Desert Liminal to talk about their records from 2017 and the unsual inspriations behind their music. Produced by Ari Mejia
Sea and Cake Interview

11:50 | Aug 5th, 2018

Sea and Cake are back at it with a record released this year on Thrill Jockey.  Sam and Archer sat down with Features interviewer Michael Reed to talk record label history, Sam’s photography practice and how it relates to the music, and snack prefere...Show More
Cafe Racer

12:00 | Jul 30th, 2018

CHIRP volunteer, Andrew Meriwether, chats with Cafe Racer about their new release, Famous Dust, on Maximum Pelt records.  Produced by Andrew Meriwether
Ric Wilson Interview

12:00 | Jul 23rd, 2018

BANBA, Ric Wilson’s latest project stands for ‘Black Art Not Bad Art’ and like much of his work is inspired by abstract artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Ric and Features Director Amanda Roscoe Mayo met up at Mamby on the Beach to dive into themes of acti...Show More
Bret Koontz

12:01 | Jul 16th, 2018

CHIRP volunteer, Ari Mejia, caught up with Chicago based singer song writer Bret Koontz at the CHIRP Studios. They talk about his most recent record, Low Light Trades, his experimentation in multiple mediums, and much more. You can check Low Light Tr...Show More
DRAMA Interview

12:04 | Jul 8th, 2018

Vocalist Via Rosa and producer Na'el Shehade are the duo known as DRAMA. Features interviewer Miranda Phelps caught up with them at Mamby on the Beach to talk shop. They got into what it’s like to collaborate as friends, whether or not they are hopef...Show More
Emily Jane Powers

12:04 | Jul 2nd, 2018

CHIRP Volunteer, Andrew Meriwether, sits down with Chicago-based musician Emily Jane Powers. They talk about her new album, Restless, the societal expectations of motherhood, and being in your 30's. You can check out Restless on Bandcamp.  Produced...Show More
Joseph Chilliams Interview

12:29 | Jun 24th, 2018

Miranda Phelps caught up with Chicago Hip Hop artist Joseph Chilliams after his set at Mamby on the Beach. They talk in depth about collaborations and co-producing his newest release - the content of which was inspired by Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls’ and ...Show More
Michael Serafini

12:01 | Jun 18th, 2018

CHIRP volunteer, Ari Mejia, catches up with legendary Chicago DJ Michael Serafini to talk house music in Chicago and the upcoming dance music event Red Bull Music Presents: "Queen!". Go check it out Friday, June 22nd.  Produced by Ari Mejia
Sarah Louise

11:47 | Jun 11th, 2018

Sarah Louise lives at the end of a gravel road in North Carolina. Her twelve string guitar arrangements and poetic lyrics take the listener on a journey through the wild and weird natural world. She spoke with Features Director Amanda Roscoe Mayo abo...Show More
First Time: First Strike - Saya Hillman

17:37 | Jun 6th, 2018

Saya Hillman is an Evanston, Illinois native, Boston College graduate, and Chicago resident. Since 2004, when she was fired, she’s been blissfully self-employed. Her lifestyle business, Mac & Cheese Productions℠, creates and curates experiences tha...Show More
Marantz Moon

11:56 | Jun 4th, 2018

Chicago rapper Marantz Moon talks with CHIRP Radio interviewer Lesley Gwam about his new album, "Currency Exchange" - how a hiatus from music showed him how much he wanted to pursue it, and how his dad's incarceration influenced his music. Produced...Show More
First Time: First Strike - Carly Ballerini

16:14 | Jun 1st, 2018

Carly Ballerini is a working Chicago comic.  She travels all over the country featuring and MCing at clubs like Comedy on State and Comedy Corner.  In the last year, she has been asked to participate in Cream City Festival, Thunderfest, WICF, 10,000 ...Show More
First time: First Strike - David Manilow

12:12 | May 30th, 2018

David Manilow is the Creator and Executive Producer of the Emmy Award and James Beard Award-winning television series “Check, Please!”, celebrating its fifteenth season on PBS stations throughout the country. David has interviewed more than 500 chefs...Show More
SASAMI Interview

11:59 | May 28th, 2018

Features interviewer Josh Kessenich spoke with Sasami Ashworth, known as SASAMI on the heels of the release of her newest single ‘Callous.’ She dished to CHIRP Radio about the tour so far, how she made the shift from French horn to synthesizers furth...Show More
First Time: First Strike - Briavael O’Reilly

13:26 | May 25th, 2018

Bri the Barefoot DJ can regularly be heard Monday nights at 8pm on CHIRP Radio. She can occasionally be seen onstage, but more often in the booth, with the Curious Theater Branch (29th Annual RhinoFest coming January 2018 to the Prop Thtr!). After te...Show More
First Time: First Dream - Ashley Holman

16:39 | May 23rd, 2018

Ashley Holman is ¼ of the local Chicago party punk band So Pretty. She also is the co-founder of Chicago-based collective The Pretty Pit Skill Share. She is a relentless seeker of inclusion and destroyer of hierarchies. She has been described as a “P...Show More
First Time: First Dream - Terri Hudson

12:21 | May 18th, 2018

Terri Lynne Hudson is an actor and performance artist living in Chicago. She has most recently appeared in an opening act for the Fly Honey show and is in the cast of the upcoming webseries "Symbiotic". She has done storytelling at The Stoop and the ...Show More
LANZ Interview

12:00 | May 13th, 2018

Ben Lanz is a touring member of The National, making his own music under the moniker LANZ. Features Director Amanda Roscoe Mayo caught up with him at The National’s Homecoming Festival in Cincinnati to find out more about his newest release, Hoferlan...Show More
Courtesy Interview

10:10 | May 9th, 2018

Chicago based Courtesy sat down with Marites Valesquez in the CHIRP studios to talk about their new release "Hey," how the band got their start in Memphis continuing despite various members moving to Chicago over the years through file sharing and te...Show More
First Time: First Dream - Jeremy Schafer

19:44 | May 4th, 2018

Jeremy Schaefer has shared stories on stages all over Chicago and the Midwest.  He’s participated in The Side Project Theatre’s Festival of Storytelling for the past four years as well as performed in This Much Is True, Adult Education, You’re Being ...Show More
Sidewalks and Skeletons Interview

12:00 | Apr 29th, 2018

London based Jake Lee makes music under the moniker Sidewalks and Skeletons. The music is dark and dimensional. Features interviewer Lee Gomez caught up with him in Chicago. Ever wondered why each Sidewalks and Skeletons album ends with a post-metal ...Show More
First Time: First Dream - Tyler Clark

21:44 | Apr 26th, 2018

Tyler Clark is a writer, musician, and CHIRP DJ from Chicago. His storytelling work includes local appearances with Mortified, Story Lab, and Story Club, as well as national appearances on the Mortified podcast and upcoming Netflix series The Mortifi...Show More
Cupid Youth

12:44 | Apr 24th, 2018

On this week's podcast CHIRP Volunteer, Jessi DiBartolomeo, sits down with local artist Cupid Youth. They talk about his most recent EP CYEP, meeting Porches on the street, and much more. Produced by Jessi DiBartolomeo
Dessa Interview

12:00 | Apr 15th, 2018

Features interviewer Miranda Phelps sat down with Dessa, a member of hip-hop group Doomtree, who just released her latest solo record Chime. They spent time discussing the album, what it’s like to travel alone as a woman, her new book, and the incred...Show More
First Time: First Dream - Adam Lawson

18:58 | Apr 11th, 2018

Adam is a writer and comedian from Chicago, IL. His first publication, a book of musing and rants called; 'Animals on Buses'  won him the Chicago reader award for Best Non-Fiction Writer of 2017. An award he won do to the love of his friends and the ...Show More