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The First Time is a regular storytelling and reading series benefiting CHIRP Radio. Each reader tells a personal story based on that month’s theme, and requests a song that’s played by our band, The First Time Three.

First Time First Issue - Ozivell Ecford

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Ozivell Ecford is a songwriter, designer, and performer. He has studied at Depaul and the International Academy of Design and Technology. He's worked with the Old Town School of Folk Music as well as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has produced and composed for a number of independent films, plays, local artists, and bands, and performs with his band Kick Bricks regionally and nationally. Ecford was ranked as one of Chicago’s Top Ten Teaching Artists by 3Arts.org in 2014 and 2015.

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: allergies, baha men, chicago, dogs, first time, gerald dowd, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', relationships, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storycatcher's theater, who let the dogs out

First Time First Issue - Tristan A. Smith

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Tristan A. Smith is an actor, writer, and comedian born in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up on the city's South Side in the Bronzeville neighborhood. It's a known fact amongst performers that great art comes through Chicago. Tristan has spent more than enough time in the city to provide all the evidence you need of just how special the homegrown talent is. A lot of elements have had a hand in crafting Tristan's artistry both in Chicago and in his travels. From his time in Atlanta at Morehouse College, to his improv and writing training at Act One Studios and Second City, to his everyday experiences. All of it makes an impact. He is honored to be working with Chirp Radio for the first time and happy you are listening.

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: atlanta, black lives matter, chicago, comedian, first time, gerald dowd, good man, india arie, liam davis, martyrs', police, race, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling

First Time First Issue - Chris Trani

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Comedian and immigration rights activist Chris Trani tells the story of how he posed as a journalist from Street Wise to interview Jane Fonda and Eve Ensler.

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: assumed identity, beyonce, chicago, comedian, eve ensler, gerald dowd, girls, jane fonda, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', mexico, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling, street wise, sundance film festival, vagina monologues

First Time First Issue - Dustin Drase

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If you’ve been to Chicago in the past two decades, you've probably seen or heard Dustin somewhere -- be it DJing, hosting a radio show, or peddling records at local fairs and events. Obsessive record collecting as a teenager led him down the path of music journalism (Magnet, Dusted, MTV2, Stop Smiling), then to hosting a radio show and DJing. You can currently hear Dustin at monthly gigs at Coles or the Whistler in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. A veteran of the local record label scene, Dustin spent time in the trenches at Locust, Drag City, and the archival reissue label The Numero Group. In 2015, he was nominated for a GRAMMY (Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package) an A2IM Award (Creative Packaging) and won an AIM award (UK) for his work on the Numero release, Cities of Darskcorch. As if all that weren't enough to keep him busy, he also runs/owns two boutique record labels, Addenda and Plustapes. In the few instances when he has free time, Dustin enjoys playing board games and indulges his more nerdy interests by collecting comic books and vintage synthesizers.

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: chicago, dj muppet fucker, gerald dowd, guerilla journalism, guided by voices, happy hardcore, hipsters, hold on hope, liam davis, live lit, magazine, martyrs', plustapes, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, stop smiling, storytelling, sxsw, zine

First Time First Gig - Elle Quintana

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If good stories come from a riotous life, Elle’s background is just the thing. Born in Albuquerque, she traveled her whole life, which involved attending 22 different schools, before landing in Chicago 20 years ago. She’s been a talent buyer (translation: books bands) for 17 years, and loves whiskey, taking naps, bad decisions, and her daughter. In 1980 at Washington Elementary in Kalamazoo, MI, she won student of the month. She considers that the pinnacle of her success.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: addict, addiction, chicago, debauchery, drugs, first time, gerald dowd, hole, junky, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', pole dancing, storytelling, stripper

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