June 26, 2016

Community of the Future Radio




Thanks for tuning in to Community of the Future Radio, 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.

PMI–2015