This past Feb. I read an emotional statement from Malachi Ritscher (the man whose self-immolation was a moving protest adressing this country's issues) for the Around Coyote Festival. Fall of Autumn taped it and it's now up as a podcast and via I-tunes. (there's also a writing by me about the reading) Please take a listen. And please pass it along - Ritscher's act and statement still need to be heard. Thanx to Fall of Autumn and Machine Media for making it happen- they're 2 great city resources.
With the future of one of the true local indie radio stations in question, Chicagoans might be apt to say that non-for-profit radio is going the way of commercial stations due to pressures from the Web and satellite outlets. But a local group calling themselves CHIRP (Chicago Indie Radio Project) has united to keep free radio alive and well in Chicago. Formed by a large group of WLUW volunteers who aren't sure what the future holds after WLUW goes back into Loyola University hands, CHIRP is working hard to build up enough funds and interest to start a low power FM radio station for the Chicago independent community. Having sponsored a couple impressive benefits already, they are hosting two more in the upcoming days. This Friday at Quenchers come see The Strange Attractor, Spectaculo, and About Nothin for $5. On Monday all you blossoming rock stars better represent your A-game. Stop in at Piece for a Guitar Hero Tournament with proceeds for entry going to CHIRP. The theme is 80s so break out the hair spray, neon-stretch biker shorts and friendship bracelets. Let's see who has the skills to be a true hero all while playing for a good cause. 9 p.m.
Radio is a dead bird in most cases, but at work that's all we got. No satellite, thank God no Muzak and even though we tried CDs, it's just too hard to change them out every hour and have people bickering over the choices. So we're stuck with radio. Recently the battle has been over which station to play - not among employees - but between the workers and management. Most agree XRT is our default choice, but Oldies are not bad either. But XRT has too much talk so our GM puts it on Love FM. This is torture. While one day of disco and old RB is nostalgic and fun, the station plays the same basic playlist everyday and it gets really old. So a power struggle has begun - Love FM by day, XRT by night. Then the GM changes it back in the morning. I'm trying to convince the night folk to put it on Oldies and see if that flys for him in the morning. Music at work is an important part of the day, especially when you can't control the selections, I want it to be at least bearable.