I am a volunteer at the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP), which is working to bring a new independent radio station to Chicago. We are in the process of building a studio for a web-based station (FM version to come later), and whoah, nelly, but it’s turning out to be expensive.

So, in order to help CHIRP raise the funds we need, I’m offering special swag to any of my readers who donate to CHIRP — which is in addition to CHIRP swag you can get.

Anyone who donates $15 or more will get a mix CD made by me, with Finn & Charlie artwork on the insert. Donate $50 or more and you’ll get a signed original Finn & Charlie illustration.

[UPDATE: I'm adding one more option: $25 for a small drawing. So $50 will get you a large drawing, about 11"x14, and $25 will get you a smaller one, about 5"x7". In either case, I take requests... just about anything you want! ]

(CHIRP, meanwhile, will send you a tote bag for a $40 or more donation, a t-shirt for a $75 or more donation, or for $100 or more, a t-shirt plus an invitation for two to our exclusive launch event (details TBA, but of course it will be in Chicago.)

Here’s what to do: just visit the Chicago Independent Radio Project web site, and click on the the word “DONATE” in the left column. Then drop me a note at CHIRP at TONYBREED dot COM and let me know you did it so I can get you your swag. If you don’t want to use PayPal, you can also email to arrange a donation by mail. And if you have any special requests… email me and we’ll see what we can work out!

THANKS! And remember that you’ll be helping to bring a new independent radio station to life.

-Tony

P.S. CHIRP is in the midst of applying for 501(c)3 status. Unfortunately, that means your gift to CHIRP is not yet tax deductible, but it is very much appreciated!