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Mike Nikolich DJ Profile

I became interested in rock music during the British invasion but got passionate about it when I was in high school and discovered artists like MC5, King Crimson, Tommy Bolin and Golden Earring. I started hosting shows at WHCM (Harper College) and later worked as DJ/music director at WKDI (Northern Illinois University/DeKalb), where I had the chance to witness punk and New Wave first-hand. I worked professionally at two radio stations and interned at A&M Records, promoting acts like the Police, Joe Jackson, Sad Cafe and the Tubes. I worked most of my professional career in public relations, including founding, running and selling my own PR firm, Tech Image. After retiring a few years ago, I decided to earn my MBA from Northern Illinois University and am a full-time digital marketing instructor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

I discovered CHIRP Radio at a Trail of Dead concert and the Bottom Lounge five years ago and have been a regular listener ever since. I enjoy reviewing new music for CHIRP and started DJing in March 2016. You can listen to my regular shift on Wednesdays from 6 am to 9 am. You'll hear artists that aren't played anywhere but on CHIRP Radio -- guaranteed -- and I love to play your requests.

Mike Nikolich's Playlists

3/22 - 8am hour
The Sea and Cake - The Sea and Cake album artwork 8:55am The Sea and Cake Local So Long to the Captain The Sea and Cake (Thrill Jockey)
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Diet Cig - Swear I 8:50am Diet Cig Barf Day Swear I'm Good At This (Frenchkiss)
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Red Red Krovvy - Red Red Krovvy album artwork 8:47am Red Red Krovvy Polite Red Red Krovvy (Helta Skelta)
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Memphis Minnie - Hoodoo Lady: 1933-1937 album artwork 8:46am Memphis Minnie Man, You Won't Give Me Any Money Hoodoo Lady: 1933-1937 (Columbia)
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Lecherous Gaze - One Fifteen album artwork 8:39am Lecherous Gaze The Day The Earth Caught Fire One Fifteen (Tee Pee)
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8:37am Lecherous Glaze The Day The Earth Caught Fire One Fifteen (Tee Pee)
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Spoon - Hot Thoughts album artwork 8:34am Spoon Do I Have to Talk You Into It? Hot Thoughts (Matador)
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Blah Blah Blah - Charm album artwork 8:30am Blah Blah Blah Local Give Me Some Money Charm (Self-released)
Track Notes: Thanks to Dorothy in Ft. Wayne $25, and John in Montana $5. Thanks to Dianne and Hugo for your generous $50 donation. Every dollar makes a difference! Buy Blah Blah Blah Charm at Reckless Records Buy Blah Blah Blah at iTunes Buy Blah Blah Blah Charm at eMusic Add to Collection
8:21am The Grandkids Local Tangle This Guitars (Heirship Records)
Track Notes: The Grandkids and Sunjacket are playing tonight at Emporium Arcade Bar at 8 pm. Buy The Grandkids This Guitars at Reckless Records Buy The Grandkids at iTunes Buy The Grandkids This Guitars at eMusic Add to Collection
Grandaddy - Last Place album artwork 8:18am Grandaddy Way We Won't Last Place (30th Century Columbia)
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Simply Red - Picture Book album artwork 8:13am Simply Red Money's Too Tight Picture Book (Warner Brothers)
Track Notes: Thanks to Linda and Michelle for your generous donations! Buy Simply Red Picture Book at Reckless Records Buy Simply Red at iTunes Buy Simply Red Picture Book at eMusic Add to Collection
8:04am The History of Color TV As Gray As Park Can Be Something Like Eternity (Cranes Records/Weird Books)
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Patti Smith - Horses album artwork 8:01am Patti Smith Free Money Horses (Arista)
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3/22 - 7am hour
Tijuana Panthers - Poster album artwork 7:59am Tijuana Panthers Church Bell Poster (Innovative Leisure)
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Orion - Orion album artwork 7:58am Orion Church Bells Orion (Cool Death)
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The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico album artwork 7:52am The Velvet Underground Femme Fatale The Velvet Underground & Nico (Verve)
Track Notes: Brian Eno said, "This album only sold 30,000 copies but every person who bought it started a band." You can hear it spun on vinyl at Classic Album Sunday sponsored by CHIRP Radio this Sunday, March 26 at the Saturday Audio Exchange, 1021 West Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Buy The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico at Reckless Records Buy The Velvet Underground at iTunes Buy The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico at eMusic Add to Collection
The Jam - Beat Surrender album artwork 7:44am The Jam The Gift Beat Surrender (Polygram)
Track Notes: Thanks to Scott Doty and "Anonymous Friend" for their $25 donations. We appreciate your gifts. Buy The Jam Beat Surrender at Reckless Records Buy The Jam at iTunes Buy The Jam Beat Surrender at eMusic Add to Collection
Novella - Change of State album artwork 7:39am Novella Change of State Change of State (Sinderlyn)
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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - The French Press EP album artwork 7:33am Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever French Press The French Press EP (Sub Pop)
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Laura Nyro - Season of Lights album artwork 7:28am Laura Nyro Money Season of Lights (Sony Records)
Track Notes: Thanks to Geoff in Sycamore and Jens in New Zealand for their $100 donations to CHIRP's Spring Fund-Raiser! Buy Laura Nyro Season of Lights at Reckless Records Buy Laura Nyro at iTunes Buy Laura Nyro Season of Lights at eMusic Add to Collection
7:23am Gabriel Garzon-Montano Jardin Crawl (Stones Throw)
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Nnamdi Ogbonnaya - Drool album artwork 7:19am Nnamdi Ogbonnaya Local sHOULD hAvE kNOwN Drool (Father Daughter)
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Alessi 7:16am Alessi's Ark Money The Still Life (Bella Union)
Track Notes: Thanks to Mary in Logan Square, a sustaining donor. She made a $60 donation to my show just because "she liked the music!" That is much appreciated on many levels. Buy Alessi's Ark The Still Life at Reckless Records Buy Alessi's Ark at iTunes Buy Alessi's Ark The Still Life at eMusic Add to Collection
Armageddon - Armageddon album artwork 7:06am Armageddon Last Stand Before Armageddon (A&M Records)
Track Notes: Keith Relf's last stand, a fabulous quartet featuring guitarist Martin Pugh, Bassist Louis Cennamo and a fabulous drummer named Bobby Caldwell. Happy birthday, Keith and RIP! Buy Armageddon Armageddon at Reckless Records Buy Armageddon at iTunes Buy Armageddon Armageddon at eMusic Add to Collection
7:02am The Yardbirds Heart Full of Soul The Yardbirds Story -- Pt. 3 -- 1965/66 -- Big Hits & America Calling (Charly Acquisitions Ltd)
Track Notes: Keith Relf, the leader singer of the Yardbirds, Rennaissance and Armageddon, was born n this date in 1943. He died in 1976 from an electric shock received while playing his electric guitar at home. Buy The Yardbirds The Yardbirds Story -- Pt. 3 -- 1965/66 -- Big Hits & America Calling at Reckless Records Buy The Yardbirds at iTunes Buy The Yardbirds The Yardbirds Story -- Pt. 3 -- 1965/66 -- Big Hits & America Calling at eMusic Add to Collection
3/22 - 6am hour
The Orwells - Terrible Human Beings album artwork 6:54am The Orwells Local Double Feature Terrible Human Beings (Canvasback/Atlantic)
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6:49am Jantar Humble Moths Panisperna (MIE Music)
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Real Estate - In Mind album artwork 6:39am Real Estate Darling In Mind (Domino)
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Alex Chilton - 1970 album artwork 6:34am Alex Chilton All I Really Want is Money 1970 (Ardent)
Track Notes: Thanks to Peter Marchese, who donated $25 to the CHIRP 2017 Spring Fund Raiser! Buy Alex Chilton 1970 at Reckless Records Buy Alex Chilton at iTunes Buy Alex Chilton 1970 at eMusic Add to Collection
6:30am Beatles I'm Happy Just to Dance With You A Hard Day's Night (Apple Corps Ltd)
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