MissionThe Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) is a volunteer driven, listener-supported radio station built and run by independent-minded music and arts fans. CHIRP is always live and local, connecting Chicago's diverse creative communities through its programming and events.
What We DoCHIRP is a volunteer-driven community radio station broadcasting at 107.1FM on the North Side of Chicago and worldwide at chirpradio.org. Our hosts are live and local every day of the year, curating their own shows, interacting with listeners, and sharing their musical knowledge and passions.
We also curate a number of in-person events each year, including two Record Fairs, a monthly live music showcase, CHIRP Night at the Whistler, and a quarterly live lit and music series, The First Time.
CHIRP has one professional staff member and more than 250 volunteers. We welcome new volunteers at orientations three times per year, and train them in an array of skills, from on-air DJ work to features interviewing to audio production. Volunteers lead thirteen station departments, including music, marketing, partnerships, technology, outreach, digital strategy, events, and more.