OTL: Episode #196- Inside Rogers Park’s Mayne Stage, WindyCitizen.com’s NowSpots Project, the Peterson Garden

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “victory garden” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen would like a pic with the Stanley Cup, goes inside a new Rogers Park venue, learns about a new kind of web banner ad, and visits the Peterson Garden on the North Side. Chris Ritter — General Manager of the Mayne Stage and Act One Cafe in Rogers Park We go inside this new venue that doubles as a giant recording studio and radio broadcast facility. Mayne Stage in Rogers Park Brad Flora— Founder of WindyCitizen.com and NowSpots.com Brad was recently awarded $250,000 from the Knight Foundation for his NowSpots idea.  We find out all about it this week. LaManda Joy — Block Captain for the Peterson Garden We pay a visit to this organic community vegetable garden at Peterson and Campbell in the 40th Ward. Peterson Garden OTL #196 local music provided by Bird Talk…

OTL: Episode #195- Federal Nuclear Funding, UIC’s Neighborhoods Initiative, NewCity’s “Lit 50”

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “wind-powered” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a new report detailing the negative impacts of federal funds diverted to build new nuclear reactors, finds out about UIC’s Neighborhood Initiative, and discusses NewCity’s Lit 50 list. Max Muller — Program Director, Environment Illinois This organization recently released a report called The Nuclear Bailout: President Obama’s High Risk Gamble on Nuclear Reactors Undermines the Fight Against Global Warming. Max discusses the report on this week’s show. Thea Crum— Program Coordinator, UIC’s Neighborhoods Initiative We learn about how UIC is working with its neighboring communities to strengthen Chicago. Brian Heiggelke — Editor and Publisher of NewCity NewCity is out with its list of the top 50 movers and shakers in the Chi-literary scene.  Brian discusses this list on the Big Show this week. OTL #195 local music provided by ChiTownKids…

OTL: Episode #194- The Roundtable Show: DIY Art Scene in Chicago

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from Toons Bar and Grill in Lakeview) (broadcasting on the “roundtable” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen hosts the first in a series of occasional discussions, taking place in the community and covering different local topics/themes.  The topic of the first roundtable is the DIY Art Scene in Chicago. Mike welcomes: Jay Sukow and John Berka—  Chicago Improv Actors, Writers, and Producers of the film, American Legacy Michael Strening, Jr. — Local Musician, Member of The SDS Trio Strening, Sukow, and Berka at Toons The Roundtable is portable!  If you have an idea where we should record the next one or what we should talk about, let the OTL Staff know! Thanks to the Roundtable’s sponsor, Toons Bar and Grill— The place has excellent cajun food and a friendly atmosphere.  Tell ’em Outside the Loop Radio sent you! Go to Toons at 3857 N. Southport in Lakeview! OTL #194 local music provided by The SDS Trio…

OTL: Episode #193- Center Square Journal, Everything Is Terrible Blog, Parking Ticket Geek Update

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “everything is awesome” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a news site that covers some North Side neighborhoods, explores VHS tapes with the local Everything Is Terrible blog, and gets a local parking update from The Parking Ticket Geek. Mike Stephen or Lee DeWyze?—  You be the judge Mike Fourcher — Founder of the Center Square Journal This news site covers the news of Lincoln Square, Northcenter, and Ravenswood Manor.  We find out more with an on-location conversation with the site’s founder. Everything Is Terrible— A Local Blog All About Crazy VHS Tapes Yup, it’s a blog about VHS tapes.  We’ve got the braintrust to talk about it on this week’s show. The Parking Ticket Geek — Official OTL Parking Correspondent and Blogger at The Expired Meter Mr. Geek returns to the show to give us the latest on city sticker sales, red light cameras, and more! OTL #193 local music provided by Midstates and the Choir of Ghosts…