Across Chicagoland, music lovers have reconnected with the radio thanks to CHIRP, a volunteer-driven, independent station ran by fans for fans. After 10 years of hard work and dedication, the station is set to launch its terrestrial broadcast at 107.1FM on the north side of Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 21 at noon.
This momentous success is well-deserved as the CHIRP crew worked tirelessly to help pass a bill back in 2009 to allow low-power FM broadcasts to emerge across the country. Staff and board members are inviting fans to celebrate the launch with a pair of upcoming events.
On Oct. 21 at 11:30 a.m. listeners are invited to Hopleaf (5148 N Clark) to toast the launch while listening to the new broadcast. Leading up to the event, fans are encouraged to follow CHIRP’s social media pages to find out which local businesses they can visit to pick-up a free 107.1 CHIRP t-shirt.
If your schedule doesn’t allow you to come out to the early-afternoon event on Oct. 21, CHIRP is giving everyone an additional opportunity to celebrate in style at its public party at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Dovetail Barrel Loft (1800 W. Belle Plaine Ave.). The celebration will feature beer, small bites, CHIRP DJ sets and a special live set by The Flat Five. A $20 suggested donation provides guests with two beer tickets, unlimited food and soft drinks and live entertainment while also supporting the new broadcast venture.
Head over to ChirpRadio.org to learn more about both events and to listen to the station live.