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Update #11 - For backers only

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Update #9

Thank you so much!

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Thanks to all of you who pledged during our Kickstarter campaign and helped us raise more than $6100! That money will help us cover our streaming and licensing fees as we bring you a brand new radio station at CHIRPradio.org -- launching in January 2010.

In addition to our web efforts, the Local Community Radio Act is expected to get a full House vote sometime this month, and the Senate is marking up the bill in the Commerce Committee next Thursday. All this means things are moving in the right direction so that CHIRP may be able to apply for a low-power FM broadcast license in the not too distant future -- more exciting news regarding our efforts!

But once again, we are so appreciative of your pledges. Your credit cards will be charged very soon. And once that happens, we'll begin sending out thank-you gifts. For those of you who requested shirts or hoodies, we'll be in touch to ask you about a size.

Additionally, you'll all receive acknowledgment letters and invitations to our CHIRP studio open house, coming up early in the new year. And be watching for news of all sorts of exciting CHIRP launch events happening throughout the next several months.

The photo below was taken in the CHIRP space at our most recent staff meeting. From all the people pictured (along with the many CHIRP volunteers you don't see), thanks so much!

Best,
-Shawn Campbell
CHIRP Founder and President

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Update #8

Homestretch!

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Well, we're down to just over 24 hours to go on our campaign, and we're over $6000! Thanks so much to all of you who've made pledges -- we couldn't do this work without your support. As a practical matter, just a reminder that your credit cards will be charged for your pledge as soon as our campaign ends at 11:59PM tomorrow.

We're making great progress on the CHIRP space. Attached are a couple of pictures featuring the latest views of the CHIRP main studio in preparation for our launch in January 2010. We've just started the process of getting the air staff into place as well, so we're very excited -- things are seeming more and more real!

Thanks again,
--Shawn & everyone @ CHIRP

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Update #7

Everything's coming along nicely!

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You guys are so great! You've helped us pass our original $4800 goal, which should cover our first year of streaming costs for the web version of our brand new CHIRP radio station, launching in January 2010. Now we're on our way to raising our additional $1000 to cover our first year of archiving and licensing costs as well! Just $690 to go to hit our revised goal of $5800, and our generous music world supporters keep donating more great items for us to offer up as thank-you gifts.

We've got dozens and dozens of CDs and other items still available, and we'd hate to not have them find good homes. So if you're up for it, we'd love to have you share news of our campaign via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, or other social networking. Our friends at Kickstarter make it all so easy -- just click the appropriate icon on our page to let your friends know about our campaign. Be sure to let people know that we're trying to raise an additional $1000, and that we have less than $700 to go to meet that goal.

CHIRP Radio wouldn't be possible without your help, and we look forward to bringing you a brand new station at CHIRPradio.org in just a few months! Please spread the word.

Thanks so much for your help,
--Shawn @ CHIRP


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    Selection #2 from our extremely limited edition CHIRP DJ mix CD series: That Takes Ovaries: Brazen broads with guitars!  Gutsy girl vocals! Cheeky chick drummers! Women who will wow you! curated by Jennifer Lizak, who blogs about women in music at wowmusicchicago.com.

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    Selection #3 from our extremely limited edition CHIRP DJ mix CD series: Need an eclectic dose of world and folk music?  This mix features tunes you've likely heard but may not really know and introduce you to some artists, old and new, who have made their mark on the folk and world music scenes. Curated by Jenna Murfin, CHIRP's Volunteer Coordinator (and employee of Chicago's legendary Old Town School of Folk Music).

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    Selection #4 from our extremely limited edition CHIRP DJ mix CD series: DJ and cartoonist Tony Breed curates a broad selection of music from five decades in a mix designed to be the perfect accompaniment to a crisp autumn day, with an illustrated cover to match.

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    Selection #5 from our extremely limited edition CHIRP DJ mix CD series: Cool Summer: Despite a cool summer in Chicago this year, I wanted to share with you some hot new tracks that came out.  On a more somber note, I added several beautiful songs in memory of two special people who passed away this summer.  The rest is just there to make your day extra special.  Curated by DJ Bylamplight.

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    Selection #6 from our extremely limited edition CHIRP DJ mix CD series: Aural Abecedarium: A musical romp through those 26 symbols that make up the written word, from A to Z, curated by CHIRP Director of Online Media Mike Gibson.

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    Selection #7 from our extremely limited edition CHIRP DJ mix CD series: Not One More Note of Winter: Chicago winters last far too long, and it's always nice to have a piece of our best season to take with you everywhere. Lively pop songs bring summer's radiant tones and bright lyrics to warm up the chilliest of fall nights and coldest of winter days, curated by CHIRP Events Director Jocelyn Geboy.

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    Selection #8 from our extremely limited edition CHIRP DJ mix CD series: An indie pop mix tape! Mind the gap, or rather fill in the gaps before and after Belle & Sebastian--from indie pop's English heritage to the latest Slumberland releases--music to make you swoon, curated by CHIRP board member Elizabeth Ramborger.

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    Selection #9 from our extremely limited edition CHIRP DJ mix CD series: Listen and Love It...LOVE IT!: A wide-ranging mix that meanders from the fascinating female singers of the 1920s through the 1960s Tropicalia movement and keeps on going from the 80s underground to the catchiest unheard pop songs of the past few years. You never know what will pop up next! Curated by CHIRP founder Shawn Campbell.

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    Selection #10 from our extremely limited edition CHIRP DJ mix CD series: Looking for mix of mondo rare A-Go-Go, surf, garage and soul music from the far reaches of Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia? This mix is the result of years spent researching the fertile scenes of 60s and 70s music that produced bands like Dara Puspita, The Travellers, Brothers Hawk, The Reynettes, Koes Bersaudara, and more. Curated by Dustin Drase, CHIRP's Operations Manager and owner of Plustapes/Addenda records.

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    Personal kids' party with Jeremy Babcock ! Jeremy Babcock, lead singer/songwriter for The Dreamtree Shakers will come and perform a 30-45 minute set of mostly original music for kids of all ages at your party!  He will play guitar and sing and get the kids singing along on occasion and moving around.  www.dreamtreeshakers.com.  (recommended for kids between ages 1-8, Chicago area only, subject to certain restrictions. Please contact shawn@chirpradio.org for details)

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