5 Questions: Shawn Campbell

Shawn_launch_day_cropped Shawn Campbell at the Mic, CHIRP Radio Broadcast Launch Day

Shawn Campbell is the founder and General Manager of CHIRP Radio 107.1FM in Chicago. She has more than two decades of broadcast experience, including eight years as program director at Chicago’s WLUW, and a stint as a producer and reporter at WBEZ. She’s also been a news writer and anchor, a DJ, a music director, and a news director. She has a B.A. in Speech Communication/Theatre from North Central College and an M.A. in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University.

In addition to her General Manager duties, she currently hosts a CHIRP show on Saturdays from 12-2pm.

1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
The decline of our democracy (although I am optimistic enough to believe it’s temporary) and questions about why daylight savings time messed up the transmitter remote control for the broadcast.

2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
I love the new EP, Crybaby, from Beach Bunny – warm, fuzzy pop music that is right up my alley, making me feel the sunshine even in November.

3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
Well, CHIRP just launched its broadcast at 107.1FM after ten years of work, so I’m pretty excited about that. I’m trying to take a little bit of a breather right now, so I can’t say there’s already something new in the works. I’m actually enjoying just having finally gotten this done.


4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?
Well, since Barack and Michelle Obama have some time off now, they’re welcome to come do a show at CHIRP.

5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
True Believer: A Radio Story