OTL: Episode #39

(podcasting “from” the corner of Belmont and Halsted) (broadcasting on the 100-watt shower contest WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann honor Weinerfest ’07, they learn about ticket “convenience” fees, they lament the loss of an indie magazine and reflect upon their time with a star, and then they discuss the best Pride Parade marchers ever. Weinerfest ’07; Mike was there… but it’s not what you’re thinking Jim DeRogatis – Sun-Times pop music critic, Sound Opinions co-host; on “convenience” fees on tickets, and how it’s gotten out of control RIP Punk Planet; an indie culture institution folds George Takei’s transporter; Mike and Andy’s time spent with Captain Sulu Rhett Lindsay – director, Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps (ROTC); on bringing down the house during the Pride Parade (segue music this week from Cornmeal)

OTL: Episode #38

(podcasting “from” the Forest Park Blue Line station) (broadcasting on the 100-watt diesel engine WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk transportation and the current state of the CTA, and then they go on location and visit with a coffee champion. driving on Ashland Avenue; the nightmare of a major street in Chicago Kevin O’Neil – founder, CTA Tattler; on happenings at the Chicago Transit Authority Matt Riddle – designer, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea; on roasting and brewing, and the competitive barista circuit (segue music this week from Soft Targets)

OTL: Episode #36

WELCOME BACK INTERN BIFF !!! (podcasting “from” the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park) (broadcasting on the 100-watt fountain of knowledge and entertainment WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss Len and Andrea True, they learn about the postage hike and the state of indie publishing, they relay a news story about 4am bars, and then they get hungry over a tasty Chicago treat. Len vs. Andrea True; Andy teaches Mike about the great “Steal My Sunshine” Anne Elizabeth Moore – Punk Planet; on the postage hike and the state of indie publishing drinking until 4am in Wrigleyville; Andy comes up with a more reasonable alternative to Mike’s good times William Swislow – Interesting Ideas; on the absolutely fantastic Gyros Project (segue music this week from Folksongs of Illinois, Volumes 1-2)

OTL: Episode #35

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND !! (podcasting “from” just outside of Olive Park) (broadcasting on the giant 100-watt transmitter WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss the new Chicago recycling program, they share a story about a race car on Chicago Avenue, and then they get the scoop on why the biggest downtown record store is closing. Betsy Vandercook – President, Chicago Recycling Coalition; on Chicago’s new “blue cart” recycling program Formula Racing on Chicago Avenue; Mike’s claims to have seen a race car while waiting for the #66 bus Greg Kot – Chicago Tribune rock critic, Sound Opinions co-host; on the Virgin Megastore closing, and the state of the music industry (segue music this week by Plastic Crimewave Sound)