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Kyle Akerman DJ Profile

There is so much great music in the world that commercial radio will not touch.  And the fact that we can program our own music is awesome. That is why I love CHIRP.

Did you know that the founders of CHIRP literally built the station from the ground up? They did not purchase an existing studio. They BUILT ONE.

The station does not have a big budget, but it's got a giant heart. Do you believe in the DIY spirit? Then you might just like what we're doing here at CHIRP.

 

WANT to BE a DJ?

When I began volunteering in March 2011 I had no intention of ever becoming a DJ. I just wanted to volunteer in the marketing department. I had NEVER DJ'd before and frankly the idea scared the hell out of me.

But the station had some open DJ slots to fill and I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone. So I took the CHIRP DJ training, passed the required audition and the rest, as they say, is history.  Hey, if I can do it, anyone can.

You can catch my show every WEDNESDAY night, 6-8PM CST.  I enjoy serving up a musical cocktail of songs from different genres and time periods.  And each week around 7PM I play 6 songs in a row from Chicago artists - it's called the Local Sixpack.

If you ever want to chat with me online I'm most active on Twitter (@KyleAkerman).

Bands I like: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, the Jesus Lizard, Sleater-Kinney, Les Savy Fav, the Old 97's and many more.

Kyle Akerman's Playlists

3/22 - 7pm hour
Everest - Ownerless album artwork 7:59pm Everest Give a Little Ownerless (ATO)
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Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope album artwork 7:55pm Regina Spektor Fidelity Begin to Hope (Sire)
Track Notes: Chicago Theatre Friday night. Buy Regina Spektor Begin to Hope at Reckless Records Buy Regina Spektor at iTunes Buy Regina Spektor Begin to Hope at eMusic Add to Collection
Emel - Ensen album artwork 7:49pm Emel Layem Ensen (Partisan)
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The Feelies - In Between album artwork 7:44pm The Feelies Gone Gone Gone In Between (Bar/None)
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Chuck Berry - The Chess Box album artwork 7:42pm Chuck Berry Maybellene The Chess Box (Chess)
Track Notes: Chuck Berry passed away 3/18 - RIP. Buy Chuck Berry The Chess Box at Reckless Records Buy Chuck Berry at iTunes Buy Chuck Berry The Chess Box at eMusic Add to Collection
The Beatles - With the Beatles album artwork 7:39pm The Beatles Roll Over Beethoven With the Beatles (Parlophone)
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Chairlift - Something album artwork 7:34pm Chairlift Frigid Spring Something (Columbia)
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Pissed Jeans - Why Love Now album artwork 7:29pm Pissed Jeans The Bar Is Low Why Love Now (Sub Pop)
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7:25pm Grandpa's Ghost Carnage Queen The Carnage Queen (Transduction)
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7:18pm Ahead of Our Time Local It Ain't Fair Eccentric Soul: Sitting in the Park (Numero Group)
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7:17pm James Cotton Cotton Crop Blues single (Hi-Lo Music)
Track Notes: James Cotton passed away 3/16 - RIP Buy James Cotton single at Reckless Records Buy James Cotton at iTunes Buy James Cotton single at eMusic Add to Collection
7:16pm Ronnie Ross & The Good Guys Local If You Ever Go 2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60's Garage & Psychedelia from U.S.A. and Destination Records (Sundazed)
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Slushy - Pastime Gardens album artwork 7:04pm Slushy Local Montanaro Pastime Gardens (Grabbing Clouds)
Track Notes: 3/22 @ The East Room Buy Slushy Pastime Gardens at Reckless Records Buy Slushy at iTunes Buy Slushy Pastime Gardens at eMusic Add to Collection
7:00pm Santah Local Springfield You're Still a Lover EP (saki)
Track Notes: 3/24 @ Empty Bottle Buy Santah You're Still a Lover EP at Reckless Records Buy Santah at iTunes Buy Santah You're Still a Lover EP at eMusic Add to Collection
3/22 - 6pm hour
Bow & Spear - Into album artwork 6:57pm Bow & Spear Local Doubtless Into (Bow & Spear)
Track Notes: 3/29 @ Downstairs (at SubT) Buy Bow & Spear Into at Reckless Records Buy Bow & Spear at iTunes Buy Bow & Spear Into at eMusic Add to Collection
Alasdair Roberts - Pangs album artwork 6:50pm Alasdair Roberts An Altar in the Glade Pangs (Drag City)
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Urge Overkill - Saturation album artwork 6:42pm Urge Overkill Local Positive Bleeding Saturation (Elektra)
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The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico album artwork 6:39pm The Velvet Underground There She Goes Again The Velvet Underground & Nico (Verve)
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The Rapture - Echoes album artwork 6:37pm The Rapture The Coming Of Spring Echoes (Universal)
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Ten Fé - Hit the Light album artwork 6:29pm Ten Fé Overflow Hit the Light (Some Kinda Love / PIAS)
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Why? - Moh Lhean album artwork 6:26pm Why? Easy Moh Lhean (Joyful Noise)
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A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory album artwork 6:22pm A Tribe Called Quest Check The Rhime The Low End Theory (Jive)
Track Notes: Phife Dawg passed away 3/22/16. Buy A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory at Reckless Records Buy A Tribe Called Quest at iTunes Buy A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory at eMusic Add to Collection
La Luz - It 6:16pm La Luz Sure As Spring It's Alive (Hardly Art)
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Juliana Hatfield - Pussycat album artwork 6:12pm Juliana Hatfield Impossible Song Pussycat (American Laundromat)
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Methyl Ethel - Everything is Forgotten album artwork 6:08pm Methyl Ethel Drink Wine Everything is Forgotten (4AD)
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3/15 - 7pm hour
The Budos Band - The Budos Band album artwork 7:57pm The Budos Band Eastbound The Budos Band (Daptone)
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Van Morrison - Moondance album artwork 7:53pm Van Morrison Caravan Moondance (Warner Brothers)
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The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour album artwork 7:50pm The Beatles The Fool On The Hill Magical Mystery Tour (Capitol)
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Big Star - #1 Record/Radio City album artwork 7:43pm Big Star The Ballad Of El Goodo* #1 Record/Radio City (Ardent)
Track Notes: Request from Tom in Wheaton! Buy Big Star #1 Record/Radio City at Reckless Records Buy Big Star at iTunes Buy Big Star #1 Record/Radio City at eMusic Add to Collection
Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now album artwork 7:40pm Jens Lekman What's That Perfume That You Wear? Life Will See You Now (Secretly Canadian)
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