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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

8/15 - 7pm hour
7:56pm Devo Secret Agent Man Duty Now for the Future (Warner Bros.)
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7:50pm The Smashing Pumpkins Local Crush Gish (Caroline)
Track Notes: Performed Monday and Tuesday at United Center. Buy The Smashing Pumpkins Gish at Reckless Records Buy The Smashing Pumpkins at iTunes Buy The Smashing Pumpkins Gish at eMusic Add to Collection
7:48pm Shy Boys Tragic Loss Bell House (Polyvinyl)
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7:45pm David Bowie 1984 Diamond Dogs (RCA)
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7:40pm Rocket 808 Digital Billboards Digital Billboards b/w Mystery Train (12XU)
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7:35pm Mifflin Ensemble On the Move Boombox 3: Early Independent Hip-Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979-83 (Soul Jazz)
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Flat Duo Jets - Flat Duo Jets album artwork 7:32pm Flat Duo Jets Sing, Sing, Sing Flat Duo Jets (Dog Gone)
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7:26pm The Hold Steady Swish Almost Killed Me (Frenchkiss)
Track Notes: Empty Bottle 9/21 - 312 Block Party Aftershow Buy The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me at Reckless Records Buy The Hold Steady at iTunes Buy The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me at eMusic Add to Collection
7:22pm Ovlov Short Morgan TRU (Exploding in Sound)
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Black Space Riders - Amoretum Vol. 2 album artwork 7:18pm Black Space Riders Walls Away Amoretum Vol. 2 (Black Space/Cargo)
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7:14pm Muddy Waters Local Hoochie Coochie Man The Chess Box (MCA/Chess)
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7:12pm 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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7:10pm The Notations Local A New Day Twinight's Chicago Soul Heaven (Kent)
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7:06pm Ryley Walker Local A Choir Apart Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans)
Track Notes: Hideout - Friday night w/ Bill McKay Buy Ryley Walker Golden Sings That Have Been Sung at Reckless Records Buy Ryley Walker at iTunes Buy Ryley Walker Golden Sings That Have Been Sung at eMusic Add to Collection
7:01pm Chance the Rapper Local Work Out Four New Songs (self-released)
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8/15 - 6pm hour
6:58pm Eric Wallgren Local Not Personable Delicious (Midwest Action)
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6:50pm The Clash Broadway Sandinista! (Epic)
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6:46pm Echo & the Bunnymen Heads Will Roll Porcupine (Korova)
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6:42pm Moon Rituals Poison Tongue Moon Rituals (Solar/Sonar)
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6:35pm Tricky Hell Is Around The Corner Maxinquaye (Island)
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6:31pm Ume Crushed Other Nature (Modern Outsider)
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6:28pm The Sea and Cake Local Two Dolphins Oui (Thrill Jockey)
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6:19pm Pearl Jam W.M.A. Vs. (Sony)
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6:16pm Emitt Rhodes Tame the Lion Listen, Listen: The Best of Emitt Rhodes (Varèse Sarabande)
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Ty Segall & White Fence - Joy album artwork 6:14pm Ty Segall & White Fence A Nod Joy (Drag City)
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Brian Eno - Here Come The Warm Jets album artwork 6:09pm Brian Eno Here Come The Warm Jets Here Come The Warm Jets (Island)
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Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record album artwork 6:05pm Electric Light Orchestra Above The Clouds A New World Record (Jet)
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6:01pm Dirty Projectors Break-Thru Lamp Lit Prose (Domino)
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8/7 - 7pm hour
7:57pm Alexander Tucker Visiting Again Don't Look Away (Thrill Jockey)
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7:51pm Bonnie "Prince" Billy The Fugitive Best Troubador (Drag City)
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