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

3.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Otter_pup ,

Lumpen Radio! 😄

Pretty cool app, just wish it would work in Texas. Not sure if it’s a phone issue or just location issue on my part, but I really like listening to the radio from their website and an app that could work outside of Chicago would be awesome!!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for downloading and letting us know! Sorry for the technical glitch. The stream recently moved and we're still shuffling our bits around. Hope to be back up soon, worldwide, for all to enjoy. Cheers.

Bob6328 ,

Can’t hear Vomito. Help!

Lumpen rules, but the app hasn’t been working for a few weeks. I can’t live without El Cardenal de Aztlan and Release The Hounds and I cant pick up WLPN on the radio dial out here in Bedford Park. Huzzah?

Mark Glow ,

Lumpen Radio App

This app is great! It's simple and makes listening to Lumpen Radio available anywhere! Great music, discussion on random shi$&y beer and more. I even think my IQ has jumped a few points by listening.


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
Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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