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CHIRP finally finds a home on the FM dial

CHIRP Record Fair
Photograph: Patrick Bobilin CHIRP Record Fair

After a seven-year climb, the Chicago Independent Radio Project has a home on the FM dial. The volunteer-run Internet station, founded by ex-WLUW station head Shawn Campbell, has been attempting to obtain a license for a low-power FM broadcast since 2008. Sometime in 2015, CHIRP will send indie rock into the airwaves via the 107.1 frequency. Basically, turn the knob to the right about as far as it goes and you'll find it.

The station will broadcast from its home in North Center, at 4045 N Rockwell St. CHIRP received its permit from the FCC on Wednesday, after the Des Plaines Police Department withdrew its competition for the frequency. (So we'll never get to hear those sweet cop mixtapes.) The most recent CHIRP chart contains loads of acts we endorse like Zola Jesus, Thom Yorke, Caribou, Flying Lotus and Alt-J. It should be a rather celebratory vibe at the next annual CHIRP Record Fair.