“You bring people together and something will always happen. . . . The how is pretty easy, but the why is more important to me.”
The new Scale is billed to composer and improvising harpist Zeena Parkins and Chicago sound artist and radio producer Jeff Kolar, but its story involves a larger group of collaborators. In 2017, University of Illinois professor Jennifer Monson (who’s also a choreographer and dancer) commissioned Parkins and Kolar to work with her, dancer Mauriah Kraker, […]
Triad Radio, Chicago’s pioneering experiment in commercial free-form radio, left the airwaves in 1977. Now longtime program director Saul Smaizys is moving its archives online.
A trip to “the Sundance of radio” in the golden age of podcasting
The Blue Ribbon Glee Club turns ten with a reunion party, old-school beat party Boombastic comes back to Wicker Park, and more.
Corporate consolidation has flattened out Chicago’s big commercial radio outlets, but low-power and college stations still have plenty of personality.
Mike Love and the Dizz launched Bad Boy Radio on WGCI in 1997, and their show’s decade-long run created cultural touchstones that still bring black Chicagoans together.
Little rappers still believe in big radio thanks to DJs like Nehpets at Power 92.
Herb Kent helped shaped Chicago’s musical tastes for more than 70 years, and his on-air persona was history’s purest example of radio magic.
Current musical obsessions of Eternals drummer Areif Sless-Kitain, his I Kong Kult bandmate Fred Wells, and Reader critic Peter Margasak
Third Coast Audio Festival hosts the three-day event celebrating radio broadcasting and podcasting.
Calling all writers, artists, broadcasters, filmmakers, and anyone else who loves a good conversation.
Forty years later, the man behind the first gay country record teams up with a former Chicagoan to reach out to another marginalized population.
A personal farewell to Chicago soul historian and WHPK deejay Bob Abrahamian, who died at age 35 last week
V-Day Issue: Lynn Rondeau and Katy Bird are the type of people who’ll parallel park your car for you.