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Chicago’s Overnight Radio: Who’s Listening?

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DJ Steven Chesney broadcasts on Internet radio station CHIRP. (Photo by Louis McGill)

By Louis McGill

At 3 a.m., the streets around CHIRP radio’s studio are quiet, and DJ Steven Chesney is signing off.

“It might sound strange, but I like the isolation,” he said. “It’s very relaxing and very cathartic. I’m the only one in the entire building. I feel like I’m the only man on Earth.”

Chesney is the Chicago Independent Radio Project’s only night DJ, and like everyone else who works there, he volunteered for the time slot. He is a night owl by nature. He works nights for his paying job, and when he worked for a Deerborn, Michigan, college station he played the night shift as well.

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