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First Time: First Burn - Jenn Rourke

You can hear Jenn Rourke on the air at CHIRP as DJ Ninja on Fridays from 6 to 8 PM Jenn has been a DJ for 17 years at various community and college stations across Illinois. She also serves as a CHIRPRadio production director and on the station's programming committee. Jenn has also worked on the First Time show in various capacities for 8 years, currently as producer of the First Time podcast. By day, she works at ABC7 Chicago, and in previous lives worked at WGN Radio,   Second City, and as a gymnastics instructor.

The First Time is CHIRP Radio’s live lit and music series. Created in 2010, The First Time pairs a reader’s personal story about a specific "first time" - a different "first" for each show - with a song performance. This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by The First Time Four (Gerald Dowd, Steve Frisbie, Liam Davis and Scott Stephenson.

Event produced and directed by Julie Mueller with Assistant Producer Bobby Evers and Host Jenn Sodini. Podcast recorded by Brian Heath, produced and edited by Jenn Rourke.

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Topics: bobby evers, first burn, first time, first time four, jenn rourke, jenn sodini, julie mueller, live lit, martyrs, storytelling

Artist Interviews Mykele Deville Interview

Interviewer Mick Reed goes deep with Mykele Deville, local Chicago musician, poet, playwright and actor.  Mick gets to the heart of Mykele's prolificity and what drives his unyielding creativity. 

Produced by Eugene Cabanban

Photo Credit: Zakkiyyah Najeebah

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Topics: chicago music, chirp interview, hip hop, mykele deville

Artist Interviews The Beths Interview

Liz Stokes of The Beths sat down with Features Director Sarah Brooks after their sold out show at Lincoln Hall. Stokes unveiled her writing process and how she edits her stream of consciousness, the relatable nature of self-deprecation in the music, and the comparisons between music scenes in the U.S. vs. New Zealand.

produced by Amanda Roscoe Mayo

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Topics: sarah brooks, the beths

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