OTL: Episode #157- OTL Turns 3, Practice With a Purpose, Local Art with Chicago ARTillery

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “3 is the new 10” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen toasts OTL’s three year anniversary, explores the gift of music with Practice With a Purpose, reads some listener e-mail, and gets artsy in Logan Square with Chicago ARTillery. OTL Turns 3 – Mike celebrates in a low-key fashion Outside the Loop Radio turns 3 years old this week!  Since Mike had a wedding to help plan this summer we’re planning on a massive OTL anniversary party a later in the year.  Stay tuned! Outside the Loop Host Mike Stephen in His Standard Weekday Evening Wear Tymme Windham – Vice President and Volunteer Coordinator for Practice With a Purpose Bill Paige – Volunteer for Practice with a Purpose A local volunteer organization brings the joy of music to nursing homes, churches, and hospitals.  We hear the sounds of some good people doing good things for others. The Practice With a Purpose Crew Rocks the Carleton on the Lake Nursing Home in Uptown Tracy Kostenbader and Victor Mantanez — Co-founders of Chicago ARTillery This group, based in Logan Square, is working to transform our relationship to art.  We find out how this week. A Piece of Art at Cole’s Bar in Logan Square OTL #157 local music provided by bluemoonrevue…

OTL: Episode #156- Problems With Parking Pay Boxes, Windy City Rock, Citizen Journalism with Chicago Talks

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “Chicago talking” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen gets an update on yet ANOTHER parking fiasco in the city, profiles a website dedicated to local rock, and discusses citizen journalism with the publisher of a local news blog. The Parking Ticket Geek – Blogger at theexpiredmeter.com and official OTL parking correspondent More good news about the parking situation in Chicago: apparently the meter pay boxes have clocks that are running slow.  Great.  The PTG gives us the latest on this story.  You can also read him on the Chicago Now blog. Frank Krolicki – Founder of WindyCityRock.net Chicago has a thriving music scene.  Windy City Rock aims to chronicle the scene and serves as a local music hub for Chicagoans.  We get all the details from Frank. Suzanne McBride — Co-publisher of ChicagoTalks.org and Co-chair of the Journalism Department at Columbia College We feature a discussion about citizen journalism and its future here in Chicago as well as a profile of Chicago Talks. OTL #156 local music provided by Oh My God…

OTL: Episode #155- Privatizing Chicago, Bacon Fest Update, Share Your Soles Charity

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “O-gasm” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen introduces the new OTL correspondent, talks about privatization in Chicago and beyond, gets an important Baconfest Chicago update, and learns about the Share Your Soles local charity. Jessica Herman – “The Get” Writer at Time Out Chicago and new OTL Correspondent Everyone meet Jessica.  Jessica meet Everyone.  Our new correspondent drops by the OTL Bunker to say hi.  Look for her stories on the show in the coming weeks! In case you were wondering Jessica isn’t related to Andrew “The Count” Hermann, former OTL Executive Producer.  However, their glasses might be related. Mick Dumke – Writer and Editor at the Chicago Reader Privatization of local public assets is all the rage these days.  Mick joins us to explain why this is.  He also discusses how other cities are looking into privatization and how they’re doing it a bit differently than Chicago.  You can read his blog post on this topic here. Seth Zurer — Co-organizer and co-founder of Baconfest Chicago There is an important update about the launch of Baconfest.  Seth gives us the fatty details. Mona Purdy – Founder of Share Your Soles This locally-based charity provides shoes around the globe for those who don’t have any.  We get the story of the organization from its founder. OTL #155 local music provided by Soft Targets…

OTL: Episode #154- 90s Chicago Music Rocked, Beachwood’s 20 Tweets Roundup, Another Chicago Magazine

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “gee, the 90s were a rocking time in Chicago ” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to a former radio personality about the importance of the 90s local music scene, checks up on prominent Chicagoans’ ridiculous Tweets, and learns about Another Chicago Magazine. James Van Osdol– Former radio personality, local writer, author of Chicago Rocked The 1990s were an incredible time for the Chicago music scene.  James is working on telling the story of the local contribution to Rock & Roll over these 10 years in a book called Chicago Rocked.   He’s releasing the book himself and is looking for the people’s support! Photo Courtesy of Jeff Kroll (jeffkrollphotos.com) Steve Rhodes – Founder of BeachwoodReporter.com Some Chicagoans shouldn’t be allowed to Tweet.  Steve and I discuss why.  You can also check out the “20 Tweets” series on the Beachwood Reporter. Jacob Knabb – Editor of Another Chicago Magazine ACM is one of the many very cool facets of the Chicago literary scene.  Jacob explains what the magazine is all about and its role in the local writers’ community. OTL #154 local music provided by Moonshine Willy…