OTL: Episode #201- Update on Fighting the Eavesdropping Law, Printers’ Ball 2010 Preview, Inside Felony Franks Hotdogs

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 “free speech” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen chats with a local artist who is fighting local laws he feels are unconstitutional, previews the 2010 Printers’ Ball, and goes inside Felony Franks, a hot dog stand in West Town with some controversy. Chris Drew— Local artist and Executive Director of the Uptown Multicultural Art Center Chris continues to challenge Chicago’s peddlers license and Illinois’ eavesdropping law.  We get the latest on his legal fight. Fred Sasaki— Associate Editor for POETRY Magazine We get a preview of this year’s Printers’ Ball and discuss the relationship between print and digital media. Jim Andrews— Owner of Felony Franks This hot dog stand on the corner of Western and Jackson has caused some controversy in the community.  We go inside to find out what all the fuss is about. OTL #201 local music provided by Icy Demons…

OTL: Episode #200- Mick Dumke Leaves the Reader, A Look Back at Some Great OTL Moments

THE 200th EDITION OF THE PROGRAM! TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios at WLUW) (broadcasting on the “and they said it wouldn’t last” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to outgoing Chicago Reader reporter Mick Dumke, gets an update on Chicago’s “Fashion Man,” Vincent Falk, and takes a look back at some great moments on the show. Mick Dumke— Outgoing Writer & Editor at the Chicago Reader We find out where Mick will land next and what his final Reader story is all about. Mick Dumke Jennifer Burns— Director & Producer of the film, Vincent: A Life In Color Vincent Falk, aka: “Fashion Man,” and the subject of Jennifer’s film, went through some hard times recently.  We get an update on Vincent’s condition. Vincent Falk Looking Back on Some Great OTL Moments Over the Years —  Former Executive Producer Andy Hermann drops by to reminisce about some great times on the show.  We play back some classic clips! Mike Stephen & Andy Hermann OTL #200 local music provided by Mike Stephen’s Harmonica…

OTL: Episode #199- Andersonville’s Green Week, OTL News Desk Update, The Book Bike is Back in Business

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 “greened weekly” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses Andersonville’s green initiatives, anchors the OTL News Desk, and talks to the creator of the Book Bike about giving out free books in Chicago’s parks. Sara Dinges— Managing Director of the Andersonville Development Corp. ADC runs the eco-Andersonville environmental initiative that promotes local business sustainability.  We learn more and find out some of the cool events happening during “Green Week.” The OTL News Desk— Mike Stephen puts on his best 70s anchorman mustache and updates us on some Chicago stories of interest. The OTL News Desk Gabriel Levinson — Creator of the Book Bike Since 2008 the Book Bike has been providing Chicagoans with free books.  Recently, Gabriel ran into some problems with the city.  He tells us the story and lets us know if there’s a happy ending. The Book Bike OTL #199 local music provided by The Damn Choir…

OTL: Episode #198- Assessor Candidate Forrest Claypool, Cubs Fan Report, Larz of Chicagoland Radio & Media

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 “properly assessed” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen plays another awesome voicemail from his Mom, chats with Independent candidate for Cook County Assessor, Forrest Claypool, learns about the Cubs Fan Report, and talks to the founder of Chicagoland Radio and Media. Forrest Claypool— Independent Candidate for Cook County Assessor Cook County Commissioner Claypool recently joined the race for assessor as an Independent candidate.  He joins us to tell us why he’s running and how he plans to curb corruption in our government. Andrew Hilsberg— Founder of the Cubs Fan Report If you’re looking for the latest buzz on the Cubs that’s consolidated into one daily e-mail, you’ve found the right place.  We find out how the CFR works and how it got started. Larz — Founder of Chicagoland Radio and Media CRM recently celebrated 5 years of providing up-to-the-minute info about the Chicago media scene.  Larz tells us why he started the site, where it’s going, and chats about Chicago media in general. OTL #198 local music provided by the Katie Todd Band…