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Help fund the definitive history of one of Chicago's most beloved and notorious rock stations!
Help fund the definitive history of one of Chicago's most beloved and notorious rock stations!
386 backers pledged $14,880 to help bring this project to life.

We did it!

I'm humbled and ecstatic.

Thanks to you, Smells Like Rock Radio will get published. Seems only fitting that the book got funded on Q101's final day on the air.

This was a team effort. All I did was post the idea on Kickstarter; it was *you* who took the idea and shared it with the world through Facebook, Twitter, blog postings, etc. Thank you for your belief in this project.

What's next? Eight more days of pledges and funding. All extra money paid will go to make the product better (see the project's FAQ section for more). Once payments are made, I'll start sending out those things that I can send out. For those backers whose rewards are specific to the book, you'll have to wait until it's finished!

That leads me to my next point: how long will it take to write and publish the book? It's hard to say, though it certainly won't be a fast process. I'll be conducting a lot of interviews over the next 6-8 months, to get myself to a point where I have enough of a foundation to start crafting the book. Once the book's written, it will have to be edited, formatted, and designed. Simply put, I'm managing expectations; this process will take time.

Once work begins, I pledge to keep you posted of my progress. Backers may even get to see some raw interview copy before it's spliced into the book.

The time capsule is being built. Time to pour our memories into it.

We did it. Viva Q101!


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    1. Justin W. Siddons on July 18, 2011

      Chicago's last chance at keeping it's rock culture alive has died and I could not think of anyone else more weathered to scribe the tale of the glory days. They days I listened to the station adamantly. The days I found a DJ worth listening too, JVO. Good luck buddy, if at all you need design help I offer my services. :)

    2. Tony Valdez on July 16, 2011

      I'm so glad to be a part of this historic look at a stand out station in Chicago radio history!!! This book when finished will be a unique look into the goings-on at a truly ground-breaking endeavor in rock radio. After listening to the comments made by many of the on-air personalities and their love for the people working there I got a small inkling of what this book will be and I for one can't wait to see and read the final product. GOD BLESS ROCK N ROLL!!!

    3. Catherine Garcia on July 14, 2011

      sorry, that posted before I was done. I am working overtime this month to see if I get her the donation that will let her write "her Q101" story in your book. I know she will be an asset to your book! Good luck and I can not wait to read the finished product. The end of an amazing piece of radio history has had me weeping all day. Best of luck to all at Q101. And thank you for taking the time and effort to preserve this piece of history. <3

    4. Catherine Garcia on July 14, 2011

      Congratulations. I have been a Q101 loyal listener since the 80s. (Murphy in the morning!) Now my daughter is/was a Q101 loyal listener. You have met her at your book signing; Catherine / magpi314. Her life has been made better by Kevin Mano, Electra, James and all of the folks at Q101.

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      Matt Zivich on July 14, 2011

      Congratulations! I was not so sure going into the weekend of July 9, but somehow--the power of the spoken word got it done. Way to go! I am sure you will continue to update us on every key step in the process. Let the memories live on.

      Next stop, preserving the last day and other key interviews from the past for the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Congratulations again!

      Matt Z.