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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.

You can listen to Kyle's two most recent shows here.

Kyle Akerman's Playlists

1/6 - 7pm hour
7:53pm LCD Soundsystem All My Friends Sound Of Silver (DFA)
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7:47pm Madness One Step Beyond Total Madness... The Very Best Of Madness (Geffen)
Track Notes: request from Hunter Buy Madness Total Madness... The Very Best Of Madness at Reckless Records Buy Madness at iTunes Buy Madness Total Madness... The Very Best Of Madness at eMusic Add to Collection
7:44pm Prince When You Were Mine Dirty Mind (Warner Bros.)
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7:41pm Duran Duran Planet Earth Duran Duran (Capitol)
Track Notes: 1981 - Juan Buy Duran Duran Duran Duran at Reckless Records Buy Duran Duran at iTunes Buy Duran Duran Duran Duran at eMusic Add to Collection
7:37pm Mary Wells The One Who Really Loves You The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (Hip-O Select)
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7:30pm Party Ben Tender Umbrella (Rihanna vs. General Public) single (self-released)
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7:26pm Ringo Deathstarr Just Like You Ringo Deathstarr (Club AC30/Vinyl Junkie)
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7:23pm The Replacements Left Of The Dial Tim (Sire)
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7:16pm We Ragazzi Local Hey, Chicago! Suicide Sound System (My Pal God)
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7:12pm Liz Phair Local Go West Whip-Smart (Matador)
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7:09pm Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra Local Look for the Silver Lining Happy (Archephone)
Track Notes: Isham ("EYE' shəm") Jones was a fixture in the Chicago dance hall scene in the 20s and 30s at the Rainbo Gardens and Green Mill in Uptown Buy Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra Happy at Reckless Records Buy Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra at iTunes Buy Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra Happy at eMusic Add to Collection
7:05pm L.T.F. Local Wonder-wrought Foundation Course (Chicago Research)
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1/6 - 6pm hour
6:59pm Liam Kazar Local There You Go Again Warm Violet: A Compilation for Chicago Community Jail Support (self-released)
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6:58pm Melkbelly Local LCR PITH (Carpark/Wax Nine)
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6:52pm The New Pornographers Letter From An Occupant Mass Romantic (Mint)
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6:48pm The Hold Steady Stay Positive Stay Positive (Vagrant)
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6:46pm Little Gold Rear House Wake Up & Die Right (Sophomore Lounge)
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6:43pm Toots & The Maytals Pressure Drop Time Tough: The Anthology (Island Jamaica)
Track Notes: by request from Casey Buy Toots & The Maytals Time Tough: The Anthology at Reckless Records Buy Toots & The Maytals at iTunes Buy Toots & The Maytals Time Tough: The Anthology at eMusic Add to Collection
6:40pm Ane Brun Do You Remember (featuring First Aid Kit) It All Starts with One (PIAS)
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6:33pm The Cult She Sells Sanctuary Love (Sire)
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6:31pm MF Doom Arabic Gum Special Herbs, Vols. 3 & 4 (Nature Sounds)
Track Notes: RIP Daniel Dumile[a] (/ˈduːmiːleɪ/ DOOM-ee-lay;[3] January 9, 1971 – December 31, 2020), best known by his stage name MF Doom or simply Doom (both stylized in all caps), was a British-American rapper and record producer. Noted for his intricate wordplay, signature metal mask, and "supervillain" stage persona, Dumile became a major figure of underground hip hop in the 2000s Buy MF Doom Special Herbs, Vols. 3 & 4 at Reckless Records Buy MF Doom at iTunes Buy MF Doom Special Herbs, Vols. 3 & 4 at eMusic Add to Collection
6:28pm Permits World in Numbers Time Permits (Tenth Court)
Track Notes: Australian de facto dolewave supergroup action here, with members of The Shifters, Thigh Master, Chook Race, Dag, and Tam Vantage. The vibe is shambolic, strummy and drony pop, good for relaxed moments in your set. Buy Permits Time Permits at Reckless Records Buy Permits at iTunes Buy Permits Time Permits at eMusic Add to Collection
6:21pm Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Better Things to Do I Learned the Hard Way (Daptone)
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6:17pm The Front Bottoms montgomery forever In Sickness & in Flames (Fueled By Ramen)
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Death - ...For The World To See album artwork 6:15pm Death Where Do We Go From Here??? ...For The World To See (Drag City)
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6:15pm Half Japanese Wondrous Wonder Crazy Hearts (Fire)
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6:09pm Hum Local Diffuse Electra 2000 (Martian Go Home)
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1/1 - 3am hour
3:39am XTC The Somnambulist Black Sea (Virgin)
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3:31am John Coltrane Double Clutching Coltrane Time (Blue Note)
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3:22am Johnny Cash Rusty Cage Unchained (American Recordings II) (American)
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