OTL: Episode #376- Happy Holidays!

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 “Ho!  Ho!  Ho!” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)   Happy Holidays from Outside the Loop Radio! OTL Host Mike Stephen catches up on his Christmas reading.  

OTL: Episode #375- Not buying anything in 2013 finale, Participate in Project Squirrel’s app, 8-Bit Christmas

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 “8-Bit Christmas” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen checks in one last time with a Portage Park store owner whose family hasn’t bought anything in 2013, gives a Chicago squirrel tracking update, and chats with the local author of the new book, 8-Bit Christmas.   Joe Basilone– Co-owner of Thrift & Thrive resale shop Could you go a whole year without buying anything?  That’s what Joe and his family are attempting in 2013.  We check in with him one last time to hear about the experience.         Be a citizen scientist – You can download the new Project Squirrel app from and help identify different species of squirrels in Chicago.  Listen to OTL #308 for all the details on the project.         Kevin Jakubowski– Author of 8-Bit Christmas This Chicagoland native’s new book has been called “A Christmas Story for the Nintendo generation.”  We learn about how this very funny book came about.     OTL #375 local music provided by Ghastly Menace…  

OTL: Episode #374- Competitive reading with “Write Club,” the L-Ert app wakes you up, Visiting The Beer Temple

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 “l-ert” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a competitive reading performance series, chats with the creator of the L-Ert app, and visits The Beer Temple on Elston.   Ian Belknap– Overlord of Write Club We get the lowdown about this fun local competitive reading series at The Hideout and at SPACE in Evanston.           Alex Zielonko – Creator of the L-Ert app If you’ve ever fallen asleep on the El and missed your stop, you should know about this app that wakes you up in the nick of time.         Chris Quinn– Owner, of The Beer Temple We go inside this craft beer boutique in the Avondale neighborhood (3185 N. Elston).  Be sure to check out Chris’ great video podcast too!     OTL #374 local music provided by Ace Reporter…  

OTL: Episode #373- The Three Oaks, Michigan Show!

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 “extended weekend in the Midwest” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen visits Three Oaks, Michigan.  It’s just 90 minutes from Chicago and is one of eight towns in SW Michigan that make up “Harbor Country.” Also, check out the Pilsen, Bucktown, and Logan Square shows! Mike Prelaske– General manager of the Journeyman Distillery We go inside this popular Three Oaks organic distillery that was once a corset and buggy whip factory.     A barrel of bourbon at the Journeyman Distillery.     David Fink and Sandra Thompson – Co-owner and general manager (respectively) of The Acorn Theater This theater is known throughout Harbor Country as a great venue for all kinds of performance art.  We pay a visit.     Mike and his Dad outside the Acorn Theater.     Dave Repetto– Board chair of Radio Harbor Country WRHC-FM (106.7) This station, based in Three Oaks, provides diverse radio programming for the entire Harbor Country community.  We stop by this volunteer-run station. Dave Repetto at the controls of Radio Harbor Country.     OTL #373 local music provided by Trio Globo…