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Dave Rooney DJ Profile

Radio and me became fast buddies when I stood up and turned the dial on the family hi-fi.  Legend told: a song from a Broadway revival show was playing and out came my first pronouncement. "Oklahoma!"  

A little older, Dad let me stay up past bedtime to listen to my brother on his college station and then inevitably, I crashed from the excitement.  

As a teen, the local, rock station took me on as an intern and eventually, gave me an overnight shift.  

That spirit carried me to college, where friends and I started a campus station. There we learned about the freedom and fun of independent broadcasting. 

Now you can hear me DJ on CHIRP, Mondays, 6:00 - 9:00 AM (CST).  

If you're missing the live broadcasts, you can hear past shows from our Radio Free America archives.

Dave Rooney's Playlists

2/24 - 10am hour
10:03am The Milk Carton Kids Big Time All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do (ANTI-)
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2/24 - 9am hour
9:56am Charles Mingus E's Flat Ah's Flat Too Blues & Roots (Atlantic)
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9:50am Huevos II My Time Is Gone III (Sophomore Lounge)
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9:47am Reese McHenry Detroit No Dados (Suah Sounds)
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9:43am Protovulcan Local Control the Spice Life is Twigs (Midwest Action)
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9:41am Big Star Stroke It Noel* Third/Sister Lovers (Rykodisc)
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9:37am North by North Local Get Weird Get Weird (Double Hex)
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9:30am Grandaddy Rear View Mirror Just Like the Fambly Cat (IndieBlue Music)
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9:27am Chillah Rose Break It Down Rose Above It All (self-released)
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Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago album artwork 9:26am Bon Iver Team For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar)
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9:22am East Village Her Father's Son Hotrod Hotel (SLUMBERLAND)
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9:18am Sløtface Stuff Sorry for the Late Reply (Nettwerk)
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9:15am The Jackson 5 Local I Want You Back Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 / ABC (Motown)
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9:11am Calibro 35 Black Moon (featuring MEI) Momentum (Record Kicks)
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9:07am Kishi Bashi F Delano Omoiyari (Joyful Noise)
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9:03am The Mekons Local How Many Stars Deserted (Bloodshot)
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Chance the Rapper - The Big Day album artwork 9:00am Chance the Rapper Local I Got You (Always and Forever) (featuring Ari Lennox, En Vogue & Kierra Sheard) The Big Day (self-released)
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2/24 - 8am hour
8:56am Art Brut My Little Brother Bang Bang Rock & Roll (Mute)
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Aesop Rock & Tobacco - Malibu Ken album artwork 8:51am Aesop Rock & Tobacco Tuesday Malibu Ken (Rhymesayers)
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8:49am Gospel Carolets Try Jesus No Other Love: Midwest Gospel 1965-1978 (Tompkins Square)
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8:46am Pilot Cloud So Long Signals Through The Static (self-released)
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8:43am Hiss Golden Messenger Terms of Surrender Terms of Surrender (Merge)
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Beach Bunny - Honeymoon album artwork 8:40am Beach Bunny Local Rearview Honeymoon (Mom + Pop)
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8:35am Ex Hex Tough Enough It's Real (Merge)
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Friends of Dean Martinez - The Shadow of Your Smile album artwork 8:32am Friends of Dean Martinez All the Pretty Horses The Shadow of Your Smile (Sub Pop)
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The Wedding Present - Tommy 30 album artwork 8:29am The Wedding Present What Becomes of the Broken Hearted Tommy 30 (HHBTM)
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8:26am Stormzy Handsome Heavy Is The Head (Atlantic)
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8:21am The Homesick Leap Year The Big Exercise (Sub Pop)
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8:18am Ryan Adams Starting To Hurt Demolition (Lost Highway)
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8:15am Heart Bones Don't Read the Comments Hot Dish (Love OnLine)
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