Rebuild Radio with WLPN 105.5 FM in Chicago by Edward Marszewski


WLPN Kickstarter Campaign: Turn On, Tune In, Drop In

At the Human Be-In in 1967, just before the sixties started to swing madly and out of control, counterculture guru Timothy Leary popularized the phrase that encapsulated the era of worldwide change and discontent "Turn on, tune in, drop out". Although greatly misinterpreted by many as a philosophy of self-indulgent hedonism heightened with various psychedelic drugs, Leary's mantra urged individuals toward a inward spiritual sense of self-discovery and sensitivity. Particularly, Leary espoused an active engagement, a conscious change with one's goals towards creative constructive activity (and certainly not blissful detachment).

Now, almost 50 years later, we here at WLPN 105.5 FM (Lumpen Radio) are asking you to "Turn on, tune in and drop in" (to paraphrase Leary's clarion call) and assist us in our goal in creating a viable non-commercial radio station in Chicago with our official Kickstarter Campaign. Our ambition is to push the boundaries and alter the airwaves in directions normally unimagined, to be creatively expansive and diverse in our programming, and most importantly becoming an on air laboratory and type of outlet our city desperately needs. The station will be a conduit for radio producers, audio alchemists, activists, DJs, podcasters, record labels, ham operators, musicians, story tellers, spoken word/performance artists, librarians, art critics, educators and sound editors whose expertise and knowledge are indispensable for such an imposing undertaking. With this community of creative participants, we hope to be a viable alternative to the normal mainstream and structured radio environment that predominates the airways today.

Currently, we have raised enough monies through Version Festival 2015 and other nascent activities to purchase some studio gear and equipment. These initial funds have allowed us to test out some avenues of broadcasting like streaming online and the initial technical hurdles of this immense project. Beginning in July, 2015 we intend to broadcast 24/7 to the Chicago metro area and continue streaming online to the world. For this, we need to raise an additional $25,000 to purchase the rest of the gear to get us on the air. This is a chance for you to become an active stakeholder and help us rebuild radio in Chicago!

This Kickstarter campaign will give us what we need to get the station up and transmitting. Hardware, software, construction costs, and the down payment to lease our radio tower. All the costs that we need to pay one time and up front. Once it's on the air its ongoing business costs will be supported by the community through underwriting, memberships and bake sales.

Since this is a communal effort, we ask your support through various levels of pledges that will help us make WLPN a viable entity. With the various levels of pledges you will in turn receive different rewards besides the personal satisfaction of assisting and joining our budding community. We cannot do this without your involvement and assistance.

Please look at this link to our Kickstarter campaign for further details on WLPN, rebuilding radio and how you may support the station and participate:

Back Us on Kickstarter Here!

Then, once we are up and running you can always turn on, tune in and drop in to listen to 105.5 FM.

Call For Sounds Version 15 by Edward Marszewski


Festival is: April 23-May 3, 2015
Submissions are due: March 1, 2015

For the past 14 years Version Festival has introduced innovative projects that tackle local social and urban issues. The festival highlights projects and people that engage public interest and promote the cultural use of public space.

Attention radio producers, audio alchemists, activists, DJs, podcasters, record labels, ham operators, bands, storytellers, spoken word artists, time travelers, poets, librarians, art critics, educators, performance artists, and sound editors! Imagine you have a radio station. What will you do with it?

Think about it! Because just recently the FCC granted the Public Media Institute, our nonprofit corporation, a license to build a low-power FM station to serve our community and up to 2.3 million Chicago listeners. We are in the process of raising funds to build the station--it's our most ambitious media project to date.

So, this year VERSION is an on-air laboratory and campaign to create the kind of radio station we believe our city needs. Our station will be a conduit for musicians, artists, thinkers, critics, activists, and instigators from Chicago and around the world, and so our festival will serve as a beta test for producing and experiencing these essential sounds, ideas, and programs. We need your help to decide what these are. This CALL FOR SOUNDS!!! is an invitation for YOU to create a show, a sound, or an experience, for live broadcast on the airwaves and the internet.

In addition we will transform our gallery, the Co-Prosperity Sphere, into a studio for recording and broadcasting live events and programming. We will also record and broadcast live music, performance, and weird shows from clubs and spaces throughout the city. Everything presented at VERSION will be aired online, and then rebroadcast when our station is built and the transmitter and tower are installed.

We seek programs in these categories:
MUSIC: live or prerecorded DJ sets or musical performance, of all kinds
RADIO ART: programs made by musicians, artists, and critics, of all kinds
NEWS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS: locally-produced news and public affairs programming (including documentaries)
TALK: talks, discussions, or educational broadcasting for special audiences, the general public, or your neighbors

GUIDELINES: If you want to be one of our regular DJs, consider VERSION your audition. We are accepting applications for regular shows on a monthly or weekly basis, short series, or one-offs in 30-, 60-, or 90-minute increments. (Shorter pieces may also be considered.) If you have a special idea requiring physical space, consider using our gallery or else please indicate the facility, time, and date you desire.

Please include the following in your proposal (incomplete applications will not be considered as earnestly):
Title of your program:
Length of your program:
Your name:
Your email:
Your telephone:
An associated URL:
A link to your program materials (this can be as simple as a Spotify playlist, an iTunes podcast, or an MP3):
A paragraph description of your program (100-250 words, in MSWord):


Produced by the Public Media Institute, a non profit 501(c)(3) arts organization, Version is an annual springtime arts festival that brings together hundreds of artists, musicians, and educators from around the world to present some of the most challenging ideas and progressive art initiatives of our day. The festival showcases emerging trends in art, technology and music.

For the past 14 years Version Festival has introduced innovative projects that tackle local social and urban issues. The festival highlights projects and people that engage public interest and promote the cultural use of public space.

THANK YOU for your time!!
See you at VERSION 2015!


Level Eater 5.0 - Jan 31, 2015 by Edward Marszewski

You have been summoned...

Co-Prosperity Sphere is hosting the fifth edition of the fantasy art and music show, Level Eater, on
January 31, 2015 from 5pm -10pm. We are creating a fantasy roll playing happening inspired by Dungeons and Dragons.

Join us at the opening ceremony for live music, visual art and installation pieces, and enjoy pours of the Level Eater series of ales brewed especially for this event by 3 Floyds and Marz Community Brewery. Featuring art and installations by: Logan Bay, Rob Steinberg, Jennifer Jupiter Stratford, EC Brown, Stephanie Burke Jeriah Hildwine, Mat Hilker, Tim McMillan, and Catie Olson Albert Urgarte.

Dönermen Food Truck will be vending Teutonic street eats, and a mystery band will perform in our dungeon. Extremely limited edition Level Eater 5 hoodies and merch will be available, too.

Version 5 of Level Eater inaugurates our first ever AD&D Gauntlet Style game tournament which commences after 10pm.

Works are curated by Ed Marszewski and Nick Floyd.

Admission is $15. Entrance includes a complementary Level Eater brew made by each brewery.

Purchase tickets in advance at EventBrite

Proceeds of the Level Eater 5 show go to the non profit arts organization, Public Media Institute.

Welcome to (Provisional) Park: Let Us Borrow Your Plants and Build a Temporary Park in Bridgeport by Edward Marszewski

Provisional) Park is a temporary indoor park that will be made entirely from houseplants on temporary loan from Chicagoans. Located inside Co-Prosperity Sphere, it will be free and open to the public from 6am-11pm March 6- April 3, 2015.

The existence of (Provisional) Park depends on the participation of community members. If you have a plant to lend for the duration of the project, please email to schedule a pick-up, or bring your plant(s) to Co-Prosperity Sphere during drop-off hours from 10AM-5PM on Sunday, March 1. Plants in the park are on temporary loan only. All plants will be returned to their respective owners in April following the closing of (Provisional) Park.

If you have an idea for an event you would like to organize at (Provisional) Park (possibly including, but certainly not limited to, workshops, cook-outs, games, or musical performances) or would like information on participating in the construction or operation of the park, please email with your availability. 

(Provisional) Park is a creative project conceived by artist Allyson Packer and made possible through the participation of many individuals and organizations in Chicago. For more information, please visit