Call for Submissions: Neighborhood Audio Portraits

Call for Submissions: Neighborhood Audio Portraits Lumpen Radio invites artists, storytellers, and community members to contribute to Neighborhood Audio Portraits. This new project focusing on Little Village, Bronzeville, and Back of the Yards/New City seeks to document and celebrate the unique cultural, artistic, and human elements that define these Chicago communities. Neighborhood Audio Portraits is […]

Lumpen Radio’s 2023 Year in Review: Celebrating Voices, Sounds, and Community

    2023 has been a remarkable year for Lumpen Radio, and as we close this chapter, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our hosts, DJs, staff, volunteers, and, crucially, our listeners, who have all played pivotal roles in this journey. Your support and contributions have been instrumental in our mission to shine a […]

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.     […]

The Mutual Aid Report

The Mutual Aid Report with hosts Stephanie Manriquez and Mario Smith, premiered this past September 2023, and took off with special guests Tanya Ward and Anton Seals of Grow Greater Englewood. The episode highlighted the importance of agriculture, and how scarce locally sourced produce is on the southern and west sides of the city. Their […]

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 […]

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, […]

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