CHIRP had announced plans to launch our broadcast this Wednesday, October 7. Unfortunately, construction and permit delays mean we're not going to hit that target. But the launch is still coming soon. Watch this space for all the details - you'll be the first to know. Meanwhile, we hope you'll come to one of our great launchlead-upevents!
The Chicago community is invited to visit Growing Home urban farm and job training program.
Who: Growing Home
What: Growing Home is opening its doors for an afternoon of family-friendly fun and learning at their Fall Open House! All are welcome to come tour Chicago's first and only USDA-certified organic urban farm to learn how food is grown right here in the city. Learn kitchen skills from Growing Home's job-training graduates as they host a healthy cooking demo using Growing Home's farm-fresh ingredients, and then take some home with you from the Farm Stand. Meet Alderman Raymond Lopez and hear him speak on community development. Take a yoga class with iGrow Chicago while the kiddos are entertained with face paint, sidewalk art, and veggie games!
Where: 5814 S. Wood Street (Pilsen)
When: Saturday, October 10, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Why: This is the perfect time to explore an urban farm and learn how local food can change communities and help people find jobs in Chicago's local food chain.
Montreal singer/composer Patrick Watson brings his ethereal sounds to Lincoln Hall (2424 N Lincoln Ave) September 28th at 8 pm in support of his fifth album, Love Songs For Robots (2015, Secret City Records).
After releasing his lone solo album, Waterproof9, in 2001 as an audial accompaniment to a photo book, Watson formed his eponymous band and released their debut, Just Another Ordinary Day, in 2003 to great acclaim. Their second release, Close To Paradise, went on to earn Canada’s 2007 Polaris Music Prize for best full-length recording. Their third release, Wooden Arms, was a finalist for the 2009 prize.
While Watson’s fluid falsetto and cabaret-like compositions have earned him comparisons to the likes of Andrew Bird and Jeff Buckley, his multi-instrumentalist band is equally capable of creating larger and more musically muscular, upbeat soundscapes. With a range that can run from hushed intimacy to flighty soars, Watson’s songs have been used in various television programs and films. You can read more about the band at patrickwatson.net. Blood And Glass, also from Montreal, open the show.
Volunteers are what make CHIRP Radio run. Over 200 individuals give their time and efforts to operate the station. Here are some words from two of them who not only work behind the scenes but also make things happen on the air as DJs...
Name: Bobby Evers
When I am on air: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST every Saturday
Why I support CHIRP: As a volunteer-driven and listener-supported station, CHIRP relies on the contributions of both time and money from regular people like you and me to keep doing everything it does on the air and in the community. Support from people like us allows CHIRP to continue doing what it does, becoming Chicago’s only live and local independent community radio station today. Why YOU should support CHIRP: The biggest reason supporting CHIRP's fall campaign is important to me is because this drive is The Big One - this is the fundraising campaign that will carry CHIRP across the threshold from being an internet radio station to live FM broadcast. Now we need your help to sustain this. Why supporting CHIRP now is important: When you support CHIRP, you allow me and other CHIRP DJs to bring you great music on a public platform where we can give you new listening experiences with diverse music that you can’t hear on any other local station, providing important exposure for the station.
Name: Amanda Walz
When I am on the air: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST every Sunday
The best part of being a DJ at CHIRP is: Even though I’ve been a DJ since college, I still look for ways to take my DJ skills to the next level. CHIRP gives me the opportunity to do this when I DJ my show every Sunday afternoon, and I have so much fun being able to do what I love for people who enjoy it. I love the CHIRP community, and with over 240 passionate volunteers, there are so many ways to get involved and have fun with like-minded people and fellow kindred spirits like me!
Why CHIRP is important to me: I think it's important to keep local, commercial-free radio alive and available. By volunteering at CHIRP and being a DJ, not only do I get to share new experiences with listeners, but I also get to learn a lot about the community, radio, and music, too.
Why YOU should support CHIRP: Your support allows me and all the other CHIRP volunteers to bring you and our listeners awesome music, be it by tuning in to listen to us on-air or by joining us at the many live events and shows hosted regularly throughout the city, like The First Time series, the Annual CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights, and CHIRP Night at the Whistler.
People like Bobby and Amanda are what make CHIRP sucessful. Your financial support does too, so make a contribution at chirpradio.org/dontatenow!