April 24, 2015
The latest installation at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, a hip Bridgeport gallery and performance space, may look like another sculptural project at first glance. Neon bent into a glowing blue hand, a demure lightning bolt on its palm, hangs above a stack of reclaimed speakers that recalls a Tetris-like wall of castoff audio equipment.
The artwork is part of the temporary home of WLPN 105.5 FM, a new community-oriented freeform radio station with plans to start broadcasting this summer.
The brainchild of Ed Marszewski, owner of the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., and backed by the Public Media Institute, the local arts non-profit that publishes Lumpen magazine, WLPN intends to hit the airwaves with a signal stretching from the Near South Side to Logan Square, reaching more than 1 million potential listeners.
“It was a no-brainer to apply for a license,” says Marszewski. “With a radio station, we’re able to truly amplify ideas of many different authors, activists, storytellers and artists who work within Chicago.”