July 5, 2016


Visit lumpenradio.bigcartel.com to get your Lumpen Radio Summer Swag!

In an age of instant gratification via mobile devices, uberization and grubhubbin, we forgot how difficult it is to build a real physical tangible transmission platform using technology from the 20th century.

We didn’t think it was going to be so hard. We didn’t think it would take so long! With your help we raised enough funds to hire an engineering firm, buy transmission equipment, build a new station studio and pay for architectural drawings, building permits, and engineering plans.

But we are still short on funds. We have been forced to relocate our transmission cabinet and have to start all over again. We have to cut down trees, build a concrete pad, install our gear again, pay for new electrical service and the final antenna installation.

So this is it, Lumpen Radio Listener. We are on the final stretch towards getting on the air so we can broadcast live on 105.5 FM throughout the Chicago land airwaves. Are you with us? Yes you are!

Help us get this done! Buy some stuff during our SUMMER SWAG-A-THON.

We will start shipping in the beginning of August. If we’re lucky we will be on the air and we can all wear our t-shirts at the launch party. Thank you.

June 26, 2016

Community Radio of the Future

Thanks for tuning in to Community Radio of the Future, WLPN-LP. We are currently on our LAST phase of building a new Low Power FM Community Radio Station for Chicago.

Launching WLPN has been an intense journey for us. Over the past year we have recruited hundreds of DJs, producers and community leaders to participate in this beta phase of WLPN 105.5 FM-LP. We now produce dozens of live shows weekly and have regular scheduled programming 24/7. We built a beautiful professional broadcasting studio and have purchased all the gear to get our signal on the airwaves.

It’s been incredible working with a diverse and talented group of cultural workers and activists from around city of Chicago. We are inspired by their dedication and commitment to making WLPN a community-wide contribution to the city's rich cultural milieus. Together we are ready to kick some ass and blow people's minds.

However, it’s been a brutal process with a steep learning curve. We have run into many bureaucratic obstacles with the company that is leasing us our radio tower, and have been in limbo due to building permits and further Kafka-esque procedures and Catch-22s that were unforeseen and unexpected. These curveballs are also incurring a new slate of expenses and costs that have broken the bank.

But we are almost there. We are about to enter the construction phase. We have to build a cement pad, install new electrical power, internet, and the remaining equipment for transmitting our signal. Then we have to hire a company to climb 300 feet up into the tower, install the antenna and run FCC regulated tests on our equipment and transmission of our signal.

While we are waiting for final approval to proceed from the tower company and start the construction phase of this project please consider making a donation to Lumpen Radio on our secure Public Good donation site. We will be also be announcing a Summer Swag-A-Thon soon to help us raise the last amount of dough to finally get us on the air.

Please continue to tune in live on the web. Or download our app in the App Store.

If you are curious about the breadth and depth of our show please visit our mixcloud for archives of some of our favorite shows featured on WLPN.

And if you have a business that needs exposure please inquire about becoming an underwriter or sponsor of the station by contacting Leah Menzer.