OTL: Episode #288- Radio across the pond, Mike v. Adam Richman, Save the Portage Theater

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 “tea and crumpets” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to Jon Moonie, a fan of WLUW, about his podcast in England, gets compared once again to Adam Richman, and looks at the future of the Portage Theater in Portage Park.   Jon Moonie– Co-founder of the From the Rookery End podcast and elementary school teacher in Watford, England We hear about this British podcast from its founder.  He’s a fan of WLUW ever since he visited the station 11 years ago. From the Rookery End Podcast   Mike v. Adam Richman – One of Jon Moonie’s students thinks Mike looks like Adam Richman of the TV show Man v. Food.   Mike Stephen or Adam Richman?   Mike Edwards– Founder of the Save the Portage Theater Facebook page The future of the Portage Theater in Portage Park is uncertain.  We hear from a concerned resident of the neighborhood who is trying to save the theater. The Portage Theater   OTL #288 local music provided by Jennifer Hall…  

OTL: Episode #287- Mick Dumke on local politics, Keeping tabs on Rahm

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 “get out the vote” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen recaps the local primary election with the Reader’s Mick Dumke, gets a wrong number phone call, and keeps tabs on Mayor Emanuel through a special website.   Mick Dumke– Senor Writer at the Chicago Reader We get an insightful recap an analysis of this week’s local primary elections from one of the best reporters in the biz. Mick Dumke Oops, wrong number – Sometimes Mike gets a wrong-number phone call on the OTL Hotline.  We hear one of those calls this week.     Chirag Patel– Co-Founder of TabsonRahm.org This site displays Mayor Emanuel’s campaign promises and allows you to vote on how good of a job you think he’s doing in keeping those promises.     OTL #287 local music provided by Jonas Friddle and the Majority…  

OTL: Episode #286- Irish American Heritage Center, Dying the Chicago River green, Helping out a favorite bartender

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 “kiss me I’m Irish” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Mike Stephen checks in with the Irish American Heritage Center, interviews the guy responsible for dying the Chicago River green, and talks to a Chicagoan who’s helping out his favorite bartender.   Kathy O’Neill– Public Relations Manager at the Irish American Heritage Center We learn about all the great programs the center offers year-round as well as its rich history in Chicago. The Irish American Heritage Center at 4626 N. Knox OTL Rewind– Mike Butler, Head of the Green Chicago River Crew With this being St. Patrick’s Day week, we thought it’d be cool to dig into the OTL audio archives to hear a clip from OTL #25 that includes learning about the history of turning the Chicago River green.     Chris Cieslak– Patron of Gold Star Bar on Division St. Gold Star bartender, co-owner, and local favorite Susan Stursberg was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Chris and his fellow bar patrons are raising money to help Susan pay her medical bills.  Check out this website for all the details. Susan Stursberg of Gold Star (pictured on the left)   OTL #286 local music provided by James Conway…  

OTL: Episode #285- Story Week Fest preview, Parking Ticket Geek returns, LTHForum’s Great Neighborhood Restaurant Nominations

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 “story fest” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen previews the 16th annual Story Week Festival of Writers, talks to the Parking Ticket Geek about local transportation issues, and discusses LTHForum.com’s Great Neighborhood Restaurant nominations.   Megan Stielstra– Local author and faculty member of the fiction writing department at Columbia College The 16th annual Story Week Festival of Writers is coming up March 18-23.  We get a preview of this popular local literary event.  Megan is also the literary director of 2nd Story, a local storytelling series. The Parking Ticket Geek— Official OTL parking correspondent and blogger at TheExpiredMeter.com The Geek discusses local red light and speed camera topics and answers a common ticket question.     Steve Zaransky– Co-Owner of LTHForum.com The 2012 Great Neighborhood Restaurant and Resources nominations are now open.  We talk about this award program that has gained popularity over the years.   OTL #285 local music provided by Color Card..