Lumpen Radio (WLPN) is insurgent radio from Chicago! Live on the Web. Fresh to your head.

Lumpen Radio is a non-commercial radical radio station from Chicago (on 105.5 FM) that showcases innovative ideas, plays highly curated music, and broadcasts commentary on the issues of our day. WLPN spotlights the hidden parts of the city we love, amplifying its voices and sounds. We are a station for the people that live and work in the city, people everywhere that love Chicago's underground cultures, and people who love the idea of freeform radio wherever they are.

Get the free Lumpen Radio app on your iPhone or iPad, and you'll never miss the madness. Play live Lumpen Radio in your car, hook up to a speaker via Bluetooth and AirPlay, or just put your headphones on and tune in.


Developed for Public Media Institute by Josh Habdas
Source code:

Artwork by Jermiah Chiu
App interface and icon by Josh Habdas

Turntable loop video by Scott Schiller, BSD

Inspired by the open source work of Steffen Tröster

Many thanks to Public Media Institute, Lumpen Radio and all the wonderful beta testers for helping make this happen. You are beautiful.

- Ed Marszewski
- Logan Bay
- Eric Olson
- Wayne Wright
- Elizabeth Rossman
- Joseph Alfallah
- Harrison Jones
- Nick Hausman

What’s New

Version 1.4

Korean has been added to our growing list of app interface translations thanks to some helpful hands in the community. We've also improved support for iOS 9 and introduced a subtle spring effect to call your attention to the Radio Icon on app start.

In other news, the WLPN FM broadcast signal is getting close to operational and the WLPN studio is being moved into a luxurious soundproof ultralounge inside Co-Prosperity Sphere in beautiful Bridgeport. Swing by and check it out!

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
10 Ratings
10 Ratings
Straight Edge Miguel ,

Lumpennn Radiooo

Future’s so bright, it has to wear shades.

Some guu ,

Great app for listening to lumpen

Super easy to use. Would love to see Chromecast audio support in the future. Love WLPN!

Miggon ,

So Simple

One tap and viola, it's playing the stream.


Joshua Habdas
16.3 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Chinese, German, Korean, Spanish
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
© 2015 Public Media Institute


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