OTL: Episode #101

(podcasting “from” underneath the Michigan Avenue bridge) (broadcasting on the 100-watt invasive-species radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk Chicago politics outside of the city, they chat with the editor-in-chief of a local blog, Mike makes an announcement and plays some vintage clips, and then they learn about our regional waterways. Chicago clout stops here; Ald. Dick Mell vows to never again use Heinz ketchup Margaret Lyons – outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Chicagoist; on her experiences running the popular all-things-Chicago blog OTL Announcement and Memories; Mike makes an announcement about his personal life, and we play back some vintage OTL audio John Quail – Director of Watershed Planning, Friends of the Chicago River; on aquatic invasive species in Chicago’s waterways (Chicago River by Juju Web Design) (segue music this week from Josh Moshier)

OTL: Episode #100

(podcasting “from” out in back of Nuevo Leon Mexican Restaurant in Pilsen) (broadcasting on the 100-watt struggling-through-the-mass-media-tough-times radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann exchange gifts for their 100th episode together, they discuss gentrification in Pilsen, and then they learn about recent Tribune Company layoffs. OTL #100; our anti-climactic 100th episode celebration Winifred Curran – Assistant Professor of Geography at DePaul University; on her new book Contested Chicago: Pilsen and Gentrification (Pilsen) Richard Prince – Journal-isms columnist at The Maynard Institute online; on recent local developments detailed in “Journalists of Color Hit in Tribune Layoffs” (Tribune Tower) (segue music this week from Kill Hannah)

OTL: Episode #99

(podcasting “from” in the middle of Smith Park near Grand Avenue) (broadcasting on the 100-watt vigilante radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss the upcoming OTL celebration and canoeing with dudes, they learn about the stretch of road called Grand Avenue, they chat about Mike’s fame, and then they get revenge — on the Chicago Reader. OTL Announcements; planning our anniversary program, canoeing and drinking with dudes John Greenfield – freelance writer; on “Walking Grand Avenue” and other thoroughfares in Chicago (Grand Avenue) Mike is famous; The Golden Voice is recognized in dive bars across the city Derek Erdman – aka “Rap Master Maurice“; commissioning a vigilante rap against the Chicago Reader (Rap Master Maurice) (segue music this week from Ether Frolics)

OTL: Take THAT, Chicago Reader !!

It’s been a few weeks now — it’s time to finally address the major mistake in the Chicago Reader‘s “Best of 2008” issue. You can only imagine our disappointment in not being named Best Podcast. We held back our rage on the show… until now. Listen to this urgent message from our new friend Rap Master Maurice, and tune in to OTL: Episode #99 this Friday! (Rap Master Maurice)