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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

4/11 - 7pm hour
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - Black Times album artwork 7:55pm Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Struggle Sounds Black Times (Strut)
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The Roots - Phrenology album artwork 7:50pm The Roots The Seed (2.0) Phrenology (MCA)
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Chiddy Bang - Breakfast album artwork 7:46pm Chiddy Bang Mind Your Manners (featuring Icona Pop) Breakfast (Capitol)
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David Bowie - Low album artwork 7:43pm David Bowie Sound And Vision Low (RCA)
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Prince - Dirty Mind album artwork 7:38pm Prince When You Were Mine Dirty Mind (Warner Bros.)
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Big Star - #1 Record/Radio City album artwork 7:34pm Big Star Try Again #1 Record/Radio City (Ardent)
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Built to Spill - Keep It Like a Secret album artwork 7:31pm Built to Spill Sidewalk Keep It Like a Secret (Warner Bros.)
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Elk City - Everybody 7:23pm Elk City Sparrow Everybody's Insecure (Bar/None)
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Tracey Thorn - Record album artwork 7:21pm Tracey Thorn Guitar Record (Merge)
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Young Guv - 2 Sad 2 Funk album artwork 7:17pm Young Guv Stand in the Way 2 Sad 2 Funk (Night School)
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The Lawrence Arms - Guided Tour of Chicago album artwork 7:12pm The Lawrence Arms Local Detention Guided Tour of Chicago (Asian Man)
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Muddy Waters - Folk Singer album artwork 7:10pm Muddy Waters Local You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had Folk Singer (Chess)
Track Notes: Muddy Waters b-day was last week. He would have been 105 years old! Buy Muddy Waters Folk Singer at Reckless Records Buy Muddy Waters at iTunes Buy Muddy Waters Folk Singer at eMusic Add to Collection
Syl Johnson - Complete Mythology album artwork 7:07pm Syl Johnson Local Try Me Complete Mythology (Numero Group)
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7:03pm Ben LaMar Gay Local Music for 18 Hairdressers Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (International Anthem)
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7:00pm Bill MacKay Local Powder Mill Park CHIRP Record Fair Local Label Sampler: 2018 (CHIRP Radio)
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4/11 - 6pm hour
6:56pm Cafe Racer Local Nothing's Easy CHIRP Record Fair Local Label Sampler: 2018 (CHIRP Radio)
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Bob Marley & the Wailers - Soul Rebels album artwork 6:52pm Bob Marley & the Wailers Try Me Soul Rebels (Receiver)
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Juliana Hatfield - Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John album artwork 6:46pm Juliana Hatfield Have You Never Been Mellow Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John (American Laundromat)
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6:43pm Sutido Killers Jenny Studio Killers (Right Track)
Track Notes: Request from Tom in Palatine! Buy Sutido Killers Studio Killers at Reckless Records Buy Sutido Killers at iTunes Buy Sutido Killers Studio Killers at eMusic Add to Collection
Mark Renner - Few Traces album artwork 6:40pm Mark Renner A Fountain in the Cloister Few Traces (RVNG Intl.)
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Sloan - 12 album artwork 6:34pm Sloan Have Faith 12 (Yep Roc)
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David Luning - Restless album artwork 6:31pm David Luning Bet It All on Black Restless (Blue Rose)
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Drive-by Truckers - Decoration Day album artwork 6:27pm Drive-by Truckers My Sweet Annette Decoration Day (New West)
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Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black album artwork 6:20pm Mavis Staples Local Try Harder If All I Was Was Black (ANTI-)
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Hank Wood & The Hammerheads - Hank Wood & The Hammerheads album artwork 6:17pm Hank Wood & The Hammerheads It's Lonely in This World All Alone Hank Wood & The Hammerheads (Toxix State)
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The Replacements - Hootenanny album artwork 6:15pm The Replacements Color Me Impressed Hootenanny (Twin/Tone)
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Autumn - Chandelier album artwork 6:09pm Autumn The Maiden's Child Chandelier (Sett)
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Soft Circle - Shore Obsessed album artwork 6:05pm Soft Circle First Time Shore Obsessed (Post Present Medium)
Track Notes: CHIRP's First Time Live Lit and music event is tonight! Buy Soft Circle Shore Obsessed at Reckless Records Buy Soft Circle at iTunes Buy Soft Circle Shore Obsessed at eMusic Add to Collection
Pixies - Trompe Le Monde album artwork 6:05pm Pixies Head On Trompe Le Monde (4AD)
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4/2 - 7pm hour
The Men - Drift album artwork 7:57pm The Men Secret Light Drift (Sacred Bones)
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