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Behind the Scenes

This week, your hosts offer a look behind the scenes of our first event, Chick Habit Live! Recorded before a live audience at Quenchers Saloon here in Chicago, and organized by our own Ashly Dalene, Chick Habit Live was designed to showcase some of the brightest women-driven bands in our city. Now, the following week after the event, we chat about what went right, wrong, and more. It’s also worth noting, here in the afterglow, that events like this are a serious responsibility....

Blizzard Babies

After months of coordination, we’re finally proud to present the band behind our theme, Blizzard Babies! Formed in the winter months of two thousand eleven (and named for the snowstorm that blanketed our city), this band has been rocking the Windy City since. We discuss their career so far, and some of the very epic creations they’ve manufactured… including this especially wild music video for “The Bus.” On another topic, here at Chick Habit HQ, there has been a changing of the guard....

Chief Executive Geek

This week, Joshua and Nicholas are hanging in the studio with Redeye Columnist and Chicago’s Chief Geek, Elliott Serrano. Elliott is the driving force behind the Geek To Me blog, a writer for the Grumpy Cat and Army of Darkness comic series. He’s been dubbed “Chicago’s King of Geeks” and “Rebel Scum” by several prominent figures in the world of geek media, and today, his voice finally debuts on Dispatch....

Life Behind the Microphone

Growing up, adults would consistently regale me with stories from their past. A recurring theme was how time passed faster, increasing in speed with each year. Looking back as I near thirty, and several years into the largest venture I’ve undertaken thus far, I understand. Just over two years ago, I pressed record. I spoke into a microphone, kicking off my return to broadcasting. “Welcome to Dispatch,” I said. Looking back, those words framed my future, where thousands of listeners would hear my voice on a weekly basis, and even the experience of getting coffee would never be the same....

First vs. Different

It’s the age old battle waged by every artist and business on the planet: is it better to be first to market, or can you succeed by simply improving on what came before? Does innovation for it’s own sake benefit our customers, the planet, and our bottom line? Regardless of whether you’re a solo artist, green entrepreneur, or representing a well-funded venture-backed company, you have the responsibility to create responsibly. This means maximizing your output and accelerating forward progress, but you could also be chasing the notoriety of being first to bring an innovative product into the market....

Hawley / Ganser

Nadia and Alicia from Ganser and Hawley Shoffner sit down with Ashly to talk about the upcoming first Chick Habit Live show (October 2nd, 9pm at Quenchers!) featuring their bands and Jap Herron! We also talk about the need for perfection women often feel in the music industry in order to be taken seriously, their personal histories in music, and more! This episode is deep, loud, and at times, absolutely hilarious....

Pedaling Across America

Have you dreamt of taking a cross-country bicycle trip? If so, listen up. In this episode of Dispatch, our new friend Kellie Wyatt recaps her journey; one that began in Chicago, Illinois and ended in Astoria, Oregon. Obviously, a trip like this can be riddled with problems. Imagine that you’re back in the 90’s playing Oregon Trail: a broken wheel waylaid Kellie and her companion for a few days, but other than a few flat tires, it seems that the adventure went smoothly....

Mr. Ma'am

Maybe you already know, but Chicago has a diverse musical past. Even though this show chronicles a vast array of experiences from musicians in the current scene, there is always space for new perspectives and conversations. This is what Chick Habit is about, and perhaps, the show has taught you something new. Hopefully, this program’s reach isn’t limited to the local scene. As you’ll hear later, it’s needed elsewhere. Today, Ashly is joined by two talented artists — Mars and Andy, — collectively known as Mr....

Six Tracks / Six Stories

It’s Labor Day. In our home country of the United States, most everyone is relaxing, and telling stories around the bar-b-que grill. Meanwhile, Joshua and Nicholas convened in the studio to share six of our favorite tracks, accompanied by stories of how they found the artists. If you’ve been listening to the show for any length of time, you know there’s no shortage of discussion regarding how artists should proceed when offering their work to a (hopefully) adoring public....

Never Stop Learning

Meet our new friend Subi Shah. A mechanical engineer by day, she’s into 3D printing, and building items with her hands. Recently, she took on the challenge of teaching herself how to code, a respectable pursuit, and one that caught our attention. Sure, it’s one thing to master your craft, like the artisans of yesteryear, but it requires extraordinary drive to take on a new discipline. Today, we chat about her decision to learn by experimenting, how debugging can be the most rewarding task in all of software development, and why it’s important to never stop learning....