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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

1/1 - 2am hour
Japandroids - Post-Nothing album artwork 2:14am Japandroids Young Hearts Spark Fire Post-Nothing (Polyvinyl)
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The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream album artwork 2:09am The Smashing Pumpkins Local Quiet Siamese Dream (Virgin)
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Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster... album artwork 2:01am Los Campesinos! You! Me! Dancing! Hold On Now, Youngster... (Arts & Crafts)
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1/1 - 1am hour
Prince - Dirty Mind album artwork 1:58am Prince When You Were Mine Dirty Mind (Warner Bros.)
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1:54am Willie Dixon Local I'm Ready Willie Dixon: The Chess Box (MCA / Chess)
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Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out album artwork 1:48am Sleater-Kinney Buy Her Candy Dig Me Out (Kill Rock Stars)
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Datarock - Datarock Datarock album artwork 1:44am Datarock Princess Datarock Datarock (YAP)
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Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full album artwork 1:42am Eric B. & Rakim I Ain't No Joke Paid In Full (4th & B'way)
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Syl Johnson - Complete Mythology album artwork 1:38am Syl Johnson Local She's So Fine Complete Mythology (Numero Group)
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The B-52 1:35am The B-52's Party Out Of Bounds Wild Planet (Warner Bros.)
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Anderson .Paak - Malibu album artwork 1:34am Anderson .Paak Come Down Malibu (EMPIRE / OBE / Steel Wool / Art Club)
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The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema album artwork 1:28am The New Pornographers The Bleeding Heart Show Twin Cinema (Matador)
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1:27am Spoon On The Radio Lucifer On The Sofa (Matador)
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Hank Snow - I 1:17am Hank Snow The Golden Rocket (1950) I'm Movin On & Other Great Country Hits (RCA)
Track Notes: Dedicated to Max Akerman. Passed 8/17/2022. Love ya pops. RIP Buy Hank Snow I'm Movin On & Other Great Country Hits at Reckless Records Buy Hank Snow at iTunes Buy Hank Snow I'm Movin On & Other Great Country Hits at eMusic Add to Collection
1:11am Bartees Strange Heavy Heart Farm to Table (4AD)
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Gorillaz - Gorillaz album artwork 1:05am Gorillaz Rock the House Gorillaz (Virgin)
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Tower of Power - Tower of Power album artwork 1:00am Tower of Power What is Hip? Tower of Power (Warner Bros.)
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1/1 - 12am hour
Desmond Dekker - Rockin 12:57am Desmond Dekker You Can Get It If You Really Want Rockin' Steady: The Best Of Desmond Dekker (Rhino)
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Thievery Corporation - Culture of Fear album artwork 12:53am Thievery Corporation Stargazer Culture of Fear (ESL)
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12:45am Party Ben Tender Umbrella (Rihanna vs. General Public) single (self-released)
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12:43am DEHD Local Palomino Blue Skies (Fat Possum)
Track Notes: Formerly known as Dream Eagle Heavy Dreams, DEHD is composed of local artists Jason Balla (of NE-HI) and Emily Kempf (of Supermagical) Buy DEHD Blue Skies at Reckless Records Buy DEHD at iTunes Buy DEHD Blue Skies at eMusic Add to Collection
The Replacements - Let It Be album artwork 12:40am The Replacements I Will Dare Let It Be (Twin/Tone)
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Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood album artwork 12:35am Amii Stewart Knock on Wood Knock On Wood (Hho Multimedia)
Track Notes: for Sonia with Adrienne, Debi, Anya, Sarah M. ,Sarah F. and Olga!! Buy Amii Stewart Knock On Wood at Reckless Records Buy Amii Stewart at iTunes Buy Amii Stewart Knock On Wood at eMusic Add to Collection
Lightnin 12:31am Lightnin' Hopkins Jake Head Boogie Blues Kingpins (Virgin)
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Sam Cooke - The Man and His Music album artwork 12:29am Sam Cooke Having A Party The Man and His Music (RCA)
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Allah-Las - Worship The Sun album artwork 12:24am Allah-Las Buffalo Nickel Worship The Sun (Innovative Leisure)
Track Notes: Goes out to Hunter, Candice, Ava, Abby Buy Allah-Las Worship The Sun at Reckless Records Buy Allah-Las at iTunes Buy Allah-Las Worship The Sun at eMusic Add to Collection
Urge Overkill - Oui album artwork 12:20am Urge Overkill Local Follow My Shadow Oui (Omnivore)
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EPMD - Unfinished Business album artwork 12:16am EPMD It's Time 2 Party Unfinished Business (Fresh)
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Whitney - Candid album artwork 12:14am Whitney Local Take Me Home, Country Roads (featuring Waxahatchee) Candid (Secretly Canadian)
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James Brown - Star Time album artwork 12:08am James Brown Get On The Good Foot Star Time (Polydor)
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