Free Radio SAIC is the student-run Internet radio station of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Members develop shows according to their interests. Examples include: curated mixes, traditional and experimental sound art, narratives, informative or news-oriented talk shows, interviews and live performances. Station membership is open to any SAIC student, faculty, staff or alumni. It is our goal to encourage the SAIC community to play and expand upon traditional broadcast and to produce original radio experiences.

We host virtual and IRL events such as the annual OpenAir(Waves) mix of submitted student, faculty, and staff audio work, and the legendary Silent Disco party in the spring semester. We offer training on audio and DJ equipment and software as well as a community of friendly faces.

So come join us! Be part of the Free Radio experiment.

the Booth

Located on the 13th floor of MacLean Center, Free Radio’s booth is open for use! As an Internet radio station, we air live shows to a global audience, as well as keeping a streaming archive of shows available online. We offer training on audio, DJ equipment, and broadcasting software.

The Staff

Harrison Wyrick

Station Manager
– and rug making Senior, say hi to me if you see me at school :)


James Warren Hunt

Production Manager.
Animator and musician or something like that.


Emris Brandt


Promotions Manager.
I do things. I go places. Talk to me about whatever, whenever.


Carrie Ruckel


Staff Advisor
Carrie is the Staff Advisor for ExTV and Free Radio, as well as the Manager of Student Media and Training. Her background is in art and video making with a BFA from SAIC and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Art. Carrie has experience working in small film and video productions, television, and broadcast media. Prior to working for SAIC, she worked for Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV), making original content for their channels, working in several different genres including live-broadcasts, interviews, talk shows and performances, etc. She often focused on covering arts and culture events in the City. At SAIC, Carrie guides the student-led organizations ExTV and Free Radio in both traditional and alternative ways of showcasing and working with media, as well as, oversees training on certified equipment from the Media Center.


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Free Radio Admin Office
112 S. Michigan Ave, rm 1401

Broadcast Control Room
112 S. Michigan Ave, rm 1302C
312-345-3805 (On-Air Phone)

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