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Jenny Lizak DJ Profile

Jenny Lizak first honed her DJ skills on a Fisher Price record player, and later, a Care Bears cassette player. A devotee of the Kermit the Frog philosophy of reporting, she was well recieved for her journalism and music programming amongst both her little sister and their stuffed animals. Several decades later, she studied communication at Loyola University and worked at the college radio station, where she fell in love with radio.

Jenny is one of the original board members of the Chicago Independent Radio Project and has served as Marketing Co-Director, Legislative Director, Vice President, President of the Board. Her favorite CHIRP moment was presenting the case for low power FM radio in Chicago to President Obama's technology advisor in the White House, and helping to successfully lobby for the passage of the Local Community Radio Act.

When she's not CHIRPing, Jenny works in the Cultural and Civic Engagement Department of the Chicago Public Library. She is an avid volunteer with the American Cancer Society and with her family has raised over $125,000 for cancer research and programs since 2001.

CHIRP relies on your support to pay our bills - Donate to Jenny's personal fundraising page and help her raise money for CHIRP this year! 

Jenny Lizak's Playlists

6/17 - 5pm hour
Blood Orange - Freetown Sound album artwork 5:57pm Blood Orange Hands Up Freetown Sound (Domino)
Track Notes: Going out to #TheResistance! Buy Blood Orange Freetown Sound at Reckless Records Buy Blood Orange at iTunes Buy Blood Orange Freetown Sound at eMusic Add to Collection
Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black album artwork 5:53pm Mavis Staples Local Ain't No Doubt About It (featuring Jeff Tweedy) If All I Was Was Black (ANTI-)
Track Notes: Going out to my Dad - Happy Father's Day! Buy Mavis Staples If All I Was Was Black at Reckless Records Buy Mavis Staples at iTunes Buy Mavis Staples If All I Was Was Black at eMusic Add to Collection
5:50pm Scott Dunbar Little Liza Jane Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris (Dust-to-Digital)
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Gotye - Making Mirrors album artwork 5:45pm Gotye Somebody That I Used to Know (featuring Kimbra) Making Mirrors (Eleven)
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Filthy Friends - Invitation album artwork 5:42pm Filthy Friends Any Kind of Crowd Invitation (Kill Rock Stars)
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Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel album artwork 5:38pm Courtney Barnett Need a Little Time Tell Me How You Really Feel (Mom+Pop)
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Slowdive - Slowdive album artwork 5:32pm Slowdive Sugar for the Pill Slowdive (Dead Oceans)
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Hum - You 5:27pm Hum Stars You'd Prefer an Astronaut (RCA)
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Mazzy Star - Still album artwork 5:25pm Mazzy Star Still Still (Rhymes of an Hour)
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Laura Gibson - La Grande album artwork 5:19pm Laura Gibson La Grande La Grande (Barsuk)
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Angel Olsen - Phases album artwork 5:16pm Angel Olsen Fly on Your Wall Phases (Jagjaguwar)
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Ryley Walker - Deafman Glance album artwork 5:12pm Ryley Walker Local Opposite Middle Deafman Glance (Dead Oceans)
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Björk - Homogenic album artwork 5:06pm Björk Unravel Homogenic (Elektra)
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Tender Trap - Dansette Dansette album artwork 5:03pm Tender Trap Fireworks Dansette Dansette (Slumberland)
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Poster Children - Grand Bargain! album artwork 5:00pm Poster Children Local Brand New Country Grand Bargain! (Lotuspool)
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6/17 - 4pm hour
Lykke Li - so sad so sexy album artwork 4:56pm Lykke Li jaguars in the air so sad so sexy (RCA)
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All Girl Summer Fun Band - Summer of 4:50pm All Girl Summer Fun Band Grass Skirt Summer of '98 (Magic Marker)
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Dressy Bessy - Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons album artwork 4:48pm Dressy Bessy If You Should Try To Kiss Her Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons (Kindercore)
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4:45pm Action Painting! Clear History Sarah Artists Compilation (Emotional Response)
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First Aid Kit - Ruins album artwork 4:37pm First Aid Kit Rebel Heart Ruins (Columbia)
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Wanda Jackson - The Party Ain 4:33pm Wanda Jackson Thunder On The Mountain The Party Ain't Over (Nonesuch)
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Neko Case - Hell-On album artwork 4:28pm Neko Case Last Lion of Albion Hell-On (Anti)
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Lil 4:22pm Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials Local Poor Man's Song The Big Sound of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials (Alligator)
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William Tyler - Modern Country album artwork 4:19pm William Tyler Kingdom of Jones Modern Country (Merge)
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Marisa Anderson - Cloud Corner album artwork 4:15pm Marisa Anderson Lament Cloud Corner (Thrill Jockey)
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4:09pm Tiger Trap Sour Grass Sour Grass EP (K)
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Life At Sea - Is There a Signal Coming Through? album artwork 4:05pm Life At Sea Local Speedometers & Cigarettes Is There a Signal Coming Through? (Lucid)
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Maps & Atlases - Lightlessness Is Nothing New album artwork 4:01pm Maps & Atlases Local Ringing Bell Lightlessness Is Nothing New (Barsuk)
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6/3 - 5pm hour
John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up! album artwork 5:56pm John Legend & The Roots Wake Up Everybody (featuring Common & Melanie Fiona) Wake Up! (Columbia)
Track Notes: Going out to #TheResistance Buy John Legend & The Roots Wake Up! at Reckless Records Buy John Legend & The Roots at iTunes Buy John Legend & The Roots Wake Up! at eMusic Add to Collection
Potatohead People - Nick & Astro 5:50pm Potatohead People Change of Heart (featuring Illa J) Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy (B*st*rd Jazz)
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