OTL: Episode #82

(podcasting “from” in the middle of Graceland Cemetery) (broadcasting on the 100-watt lean, mean, and green radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss reactions to last week’s show, they learn about clean vehicle technologies, they discover that a past OTL guest has hit the big-time, and then they visit with the premier mask maker in Chicago. Reactions to OTL #81; listeners hate the abandoned Pizza Hut, and the Chicago condo boom John Walton – vice chair, Chicago Area Clean Cities; on clean fuels and clean vehicle technologies, and the 2008 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Exposition on this Earth Day OTL #58 Flashback; Unmarketable… by Anne Elizabeth Moore… as read by Pam Anderson Jeff Semmerling – Mad Master Mask Maker, Inside Out Art Studio; on the preservation of art and culture (bonus video featuring the mask man) (segue music this week from The Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band)

OTL: Episode #81

(podcasting “from” in the parking lot of the abandoned Pizza Hut next to La Pasadita Mexican Restaurant on Division and Ashland) (broadcasting on the 100-watt civil union WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk infrastructure in Chicago, they learn about civil unions in Illinois, they discuss an upcoming record fair and award a cheesy FM DJ award, and then they visit an online newspaper covering the city. Chicago needs some help; Popular Mechanics names “The 10 Pieces of U.S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now” Chris Jessup – organizer, Civil Unions Illinois; on House Bill 1826, legislation to extend basic legal protections to committed couples in Illinois OTL News and DJ Awards; this weekend is the CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights, Mike awards (the legendary) Dick Biondi an “OTL Cheesy FM DJ Award” Geoff Dougherty – editor, Chi-Town Daily News; on citizen journalism in Chicago (segue music this week from the Blue Ribbon Glee Club)

OTL: Episode #80

(podcasting “from” in the really pretty garden, right next door to the Art Institute) (broadcasting on the 100-watt fightin’-the-man radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann get updated on the Children’s Museum and Grant Park, they learn about a proposed 49-story building for downtown Evanston, and then they hear all the latest info on the Chicago Independent Radio Project. OTL is Still Workin’ Hard; Andy’s flu returns, Mike’s still worn out from Opening Day Peggy Figiel – member, Save Grant Park; on the Children’s Museum trying to move into public land Bill Smith – publisher/editor, Evanston Now; on the proposed Fountain Square Tower in downtown Evanston Jenny Lizak – Vice President, Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP); on the status of building a low-power FM radio station in Chicago (segue music this week from Elephant Gun)

OTL: Episode #76

(podcasting “from” right outside of the McDonald’s underneath the Loyola Red Line “L” stop) (broadcasting on the 100-watt Quarter Pounder with Cheese WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss the best work places in Chicago, they learn about the latest Cook County Board budget, Mike leaves a threatening voicemale for Andy, and then it’s the first edition of their Zell’s Bells series. More from the OTL Newsroom; Chicago’s Best Places to Work, introducing a new OTL ongoing series Jack Smith – Loyola U. prof and former D.C. CBS News Bureau Chief; on the Cook County Board budget, and the highest sales tax in the country Mike’s voicemale to Andy; a look into FM radio jocks, and stirring up a battle between producers ZELL’S BELLS (part 1) Jim Peters – Director of Planning, Landmarks Illinois; on the possible changes to Wrigley Field under Sam Zell’s ownership (segue music this week from The Northside Southpaws)