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Chicago Independent Radio Project

Updated on November 26, 2012

Chicago Independent Radio Project: Bringing A New Low Power FM Community Radio Station To Chicago!

Learn all about the efforts of The Chicago Independent Radio Project (aka CHIRP) to bring a new low power FM community radio station to Chicago. Read below for some history, photos, and what you can do to help bring a new community radio station to Chicago!

A Group On A Mission

The History of CHIRP, So Far

The Chicago Independent Radio Project, or CHIRP, was formed to bring a truly independent community radio station to Chicago.

At a time when corporate-owned radio grows ever more bland, repetitious, and commercialized, community radio is more important than ever. The volunteers at CHIRP are true believers in radio that is diverse, exciting, live, and locally-based. Community radio is non-commercial, and is created by regular people from all walks of life, not just broadcast professionals. It is committed to playing music the big stations won't touch, and to providing news and views you won't find in the mainstream media. This is the kind of station CHIRP plans to create.

CHIRP must accomplish several things before it is able to get a license for a new station. It must convince Congress and the FCC to change rules that say there is no room for new low power FM radio stations in big cities like Chicago. And it must raise funds so that the organization would be prepared to apply for a new license, secure space for and build out studios, and run the station.

Fortunately, both of these goals are well underway. Congress and the FCC are in the midst of reconsidering the law that limited LPFM to rural and exurban areas. And CHIRP has already raised thousands of dollars thanks to the generous support of individuals, bands, venues, and foundations.

Breaking News: Launches online!

Breaking news: Members of the Chicago Independent Record Project have launched their online, live, volunteer-staffed community radio station focused on Chicago music, arts and culture! You can listen online now at

What was your favorite CHIRP fundraising event so far?

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      wantlove 4 years ago

      good to know...:)

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

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      Susanna Duffy 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thrilling! I'm always thrilled to hear of a new community radio project. I've been involved in establishing training for a few community radio stations - in my home town and other states in Australia, in South Africa, in the former Yugoslavia and in Central America. Radio by people, and for people. The real vox populi. Wonderful news about a wonderful project in a wonderful lens