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Become a PMI member today! It helps Lumpen Radio.

Please join us in supporting the conglomeration of arts and media work that’s revolved around Lumpen in Chicago since 1991. From our cultural programs to our radio station to our mutual aid initiatives, we’re still working tirelessly to take care of a weird crossroads for artists, neighbors, activists, and journalists in Chicago and beyond.  


Check out the membership gifts below and then read on to find out more about some of the work we did in 2023 and our commitments for 2024!

All members can elect to receive a $10 Buddy gift certificate and the new Lumpen Magazine Mutual Aid Issue.


Community Member: $5/month OR a $50+ one time donation

Receive a brand new Co-Prosperity hat designed by Co-Prosperity Programming Council Artist Jesse Malmed as well as a brand new Lumpen Radio bumper sticker. 


Collaborator: $10/month OR a $100+ one time donation

Pick a limited risograph print made by Co-Prosperity council artists. Plus the hat and sticker!


Co-Conspirator: $20/month OR a $200+ one time donation

Receive a copy of The Lumpen Times, a 500 page behemoth documenting 30 years of Lumpen Magazine, a front for the left in the arts. Plus the hat, the sticker, and a print!


Co-Host: $50/month OR a $500+ one time donation

All the above, plus the full set of all 7 limited-edition artist risograph prints!


PMI’s dedication to mutual aid in 2023


In 2023, we sunset our Community Kitchen covid relief food program to focus our efforts on aiding our asylum-seeking neighbors, collaborating with mutual aid groups to extend support where it’s most needed. We have distributed over 100 cell phones to folks and are gearing up for the biggest distribution yet, of over 400 new phones. 


At Buddy, we sold hundreds of artist-designed “Helping Handle” tote bags to raise funds for our cell phone distribution efforts.


At Lumpen Radio, we launched the Mutual Aid Report, a radio show hosted by Stephanie Manriquez and Mario Smith spotlighting grassroots mutual aid initiatives in Chicago.


At Lumpen Magazine, we released the Mutual Aid Issue of the magazine, which you can get in the mail if you donate at any level.


At Co-Prosperity, we hosted the Paper Jam, a month-long celebration of Printmaking, in collaboration with Chicago Printers Guild and Eric Von Haynes, director of The Love Fridge project.


What you’ll be supporting in 2024


Co-Prosperity, an artist-run center

We’re excited for exhibitions next year from Prison Neighborhood Art Project, Jen Delos Reyes, Songjae Lee and Gericault De La Rose, and many more. Here’s a preview of next year’s shows!


Lumpen Radio WLPN, a community radio station

Neighborhood Amplification Project – A brand new Lumpen Radio project commissioning audio portraits of southwest neighborhoods Bronzeville, Back of the Yards and La Villita, to be celebrated at big listening parties with live performances and meals in each neighborhood.


MdW, a coalition of artist-run projects in the midwest

In 2024, we’re expanding our coalition of artist organizations across the greater Midwest, launching a new set of commissioned MdW Atlas essays, a series of dinners and panel conversations at Co-Prosperity and around the midwest, culminating in the MdW Summit in Kansas City next November! Stay Tuned!


Buddy, a store for local artists at the Chicago Cultural Center

Buddy just won an RFP with the city to stay for two more years at the Chicago Cultural Center! Look forward to new collaborations with mutual aid and arts organizations in the city, and of course the 400+ local artists who have their work for sale at the store!


Tomorrow is Listening • 24-hour transmission takeover

International Anthem is partnering with Lumpen Radio, a whole bunch of fellow record labels, and a growing list of independent record stores to deliver a collectivist action under the umbrella of ‘Tomorrow is Listening’. A very special global event… inspired by the artistic principles and thematic framework of 𝗗𝗮𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘀 & 𝗥𝗼𝗯 𝗠𝗮𝘇𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗸 ‘s forthcoming album 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙁𝙪𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝘾𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙍𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙤…

24-hour broadcast transmitting live and direct to independent record shops worldwide, from midnight to midnight Chicago time on Friday 7/28.

The program will feature curated mixes (including some new and some unreleased music) from an all-star cast of record labels, including:

Star Creature, Sonorama, Luaka Bop, Brownswood, Strut, Nonesuch, Figure & Ground, Dolfin, Sinking City, Spiritmuse, Olindo, Far Out, Northern Spy, NNA Tapes, bié, RINGS, Mushroom Hour, Numero Group, and more.

The broadcast will culminate with a grand finale performance by Damon Locks & Rob Mazurek, live from Co-Prosperity Sphere.

𝗧𝗢𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗥𝗢𝗪 𝗜𝗦 𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚 will be available on terrestrial FM radio in the Chicago area via Lumpen Radio (105.5 FM); but more importantly, we have a growing list of independent record shops across the globe who will be tuning in. That means: you can properly participate in this special day by 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗹, heading out IRL and listening to this broadcast in the community of friends and fellow music lovers at the cultural/communal sanctuary of your local record shop. The list of shops who will be tuned to the broadcast gets bigger by the minute.

Keep up with evolving details and participation locations via, and remember… 𝗧𝗢𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗥𝗢𝗪 𝗜𝗦 𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚

Lumpen Radio is a proud partner with CIMA! Support our fundraiser today.

The Chicago Independent Media Alliance (CIMA) is a partnership of independent, local, and community-driven media entities covering communities throughout the city. Through regular collaboration and the creation of new revenue streams, we uplift each other in order to amplify the voices of Chicagoans.


From June 5 to 19, 2023, we are hosting our fourth annual CIMA fundraiser. By donating at, you can directly support the work of 47 of our member outlets, including Lumpen Radio, who ensure the voices of thousands of Chicagoans are heard.




Donate today at


Founded in 2019, CIMA is a project of the Reader Institute for Community Journalism, publisher of the Chicago Reader.

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Lumpen Radio (WLPN) is a non-commercial radical radio station that showcases innovative ideas, plays highly curated music, and broadcasts commentary on the issues of our day.


We are community radio of the future!


WLPN spotlights the hidden parts of the city we love, amplifying its voices and sounds. We are a station for the people that live and work in the city, people everywhere that love Chicago’s underground cultures, and people who love the idea of freeform radio wherever they are.


WLPN is a project of Public Media Institute (PMI). PMI is a non-profit 501(c) 3, community based, art & culture organization located in the city of Chicago since 2001. PMI’s mission is to create, incubate and sustain innovative cultural programming through the production of socially engaged projects, festivals, spaces, exhibitions, and media.


Join our mailing list and to keep in touch with programs related to the station.


Re-Imagining FM Radio

Over the past three years Lumpen Radio has presented a multiversity of voices and sounds over the airwaves of Chicagoland. It is one of the few radio outlets left that is not run by a robot making playlists derived by a demographic research algorithm.

It’s made by real people with deep connections to the music they play. And the talks shows and live programs present a wide range of voices and opinions that sustain and fuel a diverse cultural exchange of ideas.

Lumpen DJs and producers are professional and amateur DJs, activists, artists, and creative folks that make WLPN one of the best live radio stations on Earth.

You can become part of the wide range of individual and commercial supporters that pays the bills to keep this station on the air..

You can support our programming through Underwriting.

Contact us at for a media kit that explains who we reach and how much it costs to stay in touch with an informed and engaged listener base that gives a shit.