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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.


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