OTL: Episode #118

HO HO HO !! (podcasting from the holiday-decorated studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the 100-watt full-of-holiday-cheer-and-too-much-eggnog radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann play DJ with some local Christmas music, and they talk with a member of the Chicago Polar Bear Club about their dip in Lake Michigan on New Year’s Day. HAPPY HOLIDAYS !! OTL plays DJ; featuring local Christmas music! andthe return of Stephen in the Evenin’ !! Allan Doeksen – Chicago Polar Bear Club; on jumping into Lake Michigan on New Year’s Day Music credits… “Merry Christmas Will Do” by Material Issue “But That’s Just Me (Song for the Holidays)” by Oh My God “Ghost of Christmas Palsy” by Detholz “Silent Night” by Detagoh

OTL: Episode #117

(podcasting from the brand new studio in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the 100-watt don’t-expect-your-street-to-get-snow-plowed radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss this week’s snowstorm, they catch up on some Chicago political stories, they send out an APB for holiday music, and then they get an update a past OTL story subject. Chicago’s first big snow of this winter; and Mayor Daley is cutting back on the snow plowing Mick Dumke – writer/editor, Chicago Reader; on non-Blagojevich local news, including… Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan is named Education Secretary under President Obama, the city is buying Michael Reese Hospital to turn into the Olympic Village, and the never-ending Wrigley Field deal OTL Holiday Show next week; SEND US LOCAL HOLIDAY MUSIC, WOULD YA ?! Nell Taylor – co-founder, Chicago Underground Library; a follow-up on a segment from OTL #24, and the library’s new digs (segue music this week from Dave Specter)

OTL: Episode #116

WE’RE PLAYING DJ SOON — SEND US YOUR LOCAL HOLIDAY MUSIC !! (podcasting “from” out in back of the Museum of Science and Industry) (broadcasting on the 100-watt inter-stellar radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann geek out, they learn about a controversial parking meter deal in Chicago, Mike gets back at Andy for making fun of him last week, and then they talk with a local writer about Battlestar Galactica. OTL Geeks Out; Mike loves all-things sci-fi The Parking Ticket Geek – founder, TheExpiredMeter.com; on selling the city’s parking meters, and the latest boot issues Mike Strikes Back; regarding Andy’s sketchy math from OTL #115 Joe Steiff – Associate Chair, Film and Video Department @ Columbia College; co-editor, Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up? (segue music this week from Veterans)

OTL: Episode #115

(podcasting “from” on the site of Mike Stephen’s great-grandparents’ beauty salon / bootlegging operation on Division Street) (broadcasting on the 100-watt thank-God-for-the-21st-Amendment radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann yet again visit the OTL NewsDesk, they learn about the Cook County budget, Andy makes fun of Mike, and then they discuss local education and the upcoming Obama presidency. OTL NewsDesk; no response from Ald. Helen Shiller (46th Ward) regarding Fix Wilson Yard, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless tracking CTA crackdown on homeless riders Forrest Claypool – Cook County Commissioner, 12th District; on county budget issues and the local economic situation the show Segue featuring talk about Segways; WE’RE PLAYING DJ SOON — SEND US YOUR LOCAL HOLIDAY MUSIC, and Andy enjoys a comment Mike made in last week’s program Paul Bowker – education reporter, Chi-Town Daily News; on “Officials hope education on Obama’s priority list” article (segue music this week from Icy Demons)