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CHIRP has been working for two years to organize and build a new community radio station. This campaign will help launch the online version this fall.

The Chicago Independent Radio Project was formed in the summer of 2007 with the intent of starting a brand new music and arts focused community radio station for Chicago. From the start, we've had an amazing group of more than 100 volunteers working on everything from building technical infrastructure to eventually physically building walls! You can see photos of our work here.
We've made great progress in finding and building out the CHIRP space, and in talking to people around Chicago about what we want to do. We've built relationships with great independent record labels, record stores, non-profits, and other local businesses. We've purchased our equipment and are in the process of auditioning and training DJs. We've built the site that will be the station's home, ChirpRadio.org
Through special events, grants, and the generosity of many supporters, we've been able to raise the money to get us to this point. But there's still a big expense to cover -- streaming, archiving, and music licensing fees.
Next to rent, our streaming fees are our largest annual cost. That's why we're asking for your help. Initially, our Kickstarter campaign was designed to raise $4800 -- the amount we anticipate spending for our first year's streaming fees alone. We actually set our goal somewhat conservatively to make sure we succeeded (you only pay your Kickstarter pledge if a project is successful). But because you've come through even beyond our hopes, we'd like to expand our campaign to cover our first year of archiving and music licensing fees as well. This would mean we'd need to raise another $1000, for a total of $5800.
You can literally help us get the station on the air (well, web) by pledging your support here. And to show our thanks, we have a bunch of really cool gifts you can choose from at different levels. Check out the tote bag, water bottle, fitted red shirt, standard red shirt, and standard blue shirt.
We're grateful for all the support the community (in all senses -- our physical home, Chicago, but also the larger community of independent music fans, media activists, and anyone else who still believes in radio being live and local) has shown CHIRP. We're in the home stretch in getting the station up. Your gift will help make CHIRP Radio a reality! Thanks for your gift, and please help us spread the word.

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    Mystery grab bag from Matador Records: CDs, posters, buttons, etc. -- who knows what you'll get, but it all comes from the great Matador record label!

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    Hollows - self-titled LP courtesy of Addenda Records

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    Bundle of three CDs: Don't Stop: Recording Tap, Brotherman: OST by the Final Solution, Soul Messages From Dimona courtesy of the Numero Group.

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    Lovely and practical red CHIRP Stainless Steel Water Bottle

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    Nirvana - "Bleach" expanded CD deluxe edition (includes never-before-released February 1990 Portland, OR show), courtesy of Sub Pop Records

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    4 Song Request Set On-Air with Dedication - customize your own set when CHIRP Radio goes live this fall (must abide by FCC rules)

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    Jeffrey Brown limited edition CHIRP Record Fair Poster, signed by artist

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    Cool and comfortable CHIRP Hoodie, perfect for fall

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    Selection #1 from our extremely limited edition CHIRP DJ mix CD series: Pop Nexus: Selections from the intersection of punk, disco, hip hop and electro, 1977-1983, curated by CHIRP Music Director Billy Kalb

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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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    An 8-week adult or teen group class, or an 8 or 16 week kids’ group class (depending on the time of year) + one year Household membership to the Old Town School of Folk Music, good for discounts on classes, concerts, and merchandise, an OTS t-shirt or hat, early notification and purchase opportunities for shows, and more! Courtesy of the Old Town School of Folk Music.

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    1 Hour Guest DJ Slot on CHIRP Radio: Ever dreamed of being a DJ? Spend an hour on CHIRP Radio, selecting music and co-hosting with a regular CHIRP host.

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    Dr. Drase DJs your house party! Well-known DJ Dustin "Dr." Drase, of Toast & Jam, TTTTotally Dudes, and owner of Plustapes/Addenda records will provide you with three hours of professional musical entertainment for your personal event (subject to certain date, size, location, and time restrictions, please contact shawn@chirpradio.org for details and limitations).

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    Mary Nisi DJs your house party! Acclaimed Chicago DJ Mary Nisi, founder of Toast and Jam DJs, will offer up three hours of professional musical entertainment for your personal event (subject to certain date, size, location, and time restrictions, please contact shawn@chirpradio.org for details and limitations).

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    Kristin Marks DJs your house party! Popular DJ Kristin Marks of Toast and Jam DJs provides three hours of professional musical entertainment for your personal event (subject to certain date, size, location, and time restrictions, please contact shawn@chirpradio.org for details and limitations).

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    Erik Roldan, aka DJ Stinky Pinky of www.thinkpinkradio.com, DJs your house party! Top DJ Stinky Pinky provides three hours of professional musical entertainment for your personal event (subject to certain date, size, location, and time restrictions, please contact shawn@chirpradio.org for details and limitations).

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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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