The Chicago Independent Radio Project launched as an internet radio station nearly a decade ago, with a mission of bringing a truly independent music- and arts-focused community radio station to Chicago. Thanks to the Local Community Radio Act, which allowed the growth of low-power FM stations in the nation’s biggest cities—and a lot of hard work and organizing—CHIRP took to the Chicago FM airwaves on October 21 of this year.
Shawn Campbell, CHIRP’s founder and general manager, also was a strong proponent and activist to pass the LCRA and grow LPFM, leading efforts at the station to educate listeners and supporters to advocate for the expansion of community radio. She tells the story of the station’s founding and move to the FM dial, and also shares some practical advice for building, organizing and funding a sustainable community radio station.
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