OTL: Episode #568- Radio Harbor Country, African Arts Fest, The Secret History of The Front Lines

Mike Stephen talks with:   Dave Reppetto of the low power FM station WRHC in Harbor County Michigan, in our debut of a new segment entitled “Low Power to the People;”   Julian Roberts, a member of the Africa International House Board of Directors, about the 28th annual African Festival of the Arts; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about ’80s pop punk rockers The Front Lines for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Don’t forget our Outside the Loop Listener Survey. We really appreciate your time and consideration!   This week’s local music is provided by Monobody. TASTY!   OTL host Mike Stephen admires Radio Harbor Country in Three Oaks, Michigan in 2013.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #567- Chicago Fringe Fest, Bars of Chicago, Goodbye to Andy Hermann

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Fringe Festival executive director Anne Cauley about seeking out the weird and unique in the performing arts;   Bars of Chicago creator Katherine Hodges about Instagramming as many taverns as she can in the city and beyond; and   Outside the Loop co-founder Andy Hermann about leaving the city he’s called home for almost two decades.   Meanwhile, we play a voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen… who wishes Andy the best in New York City. (And don’t forget to take our listener survey!!)   This week’s local music is provided by Varsity.   OTL host Mike Stephen and producer Andy Hermann say goodbye after a 16-year professional and personal relationship.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #562- Analyzing CPD data, International Sketchers Symposium, The Secret History of Philip Cohran

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Justice Project executive director Tracy Siska about his recent Freedom of Information Act filings with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the Chicago Police Department, and Mayor Emanuel’s office;   Urban Sketchers Chicago co-administrator Wes Douglas to get a preview of the 8th International Urban Sketchers Symposium being held here in town; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about visionary musician, inventor, composer, and educator Phil Cohran for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we play a voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen… who’s concerned about the news that producer Andy Hermann is moving.   This week’s local music is provided by The Rubs.   OTL host Mike Stephen and producer Andy Hermann celebrate five years of friendship in 2006.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #519 (10th Anniversary Edition)- Inner-City Education, Preventing violence with ALSO, Potts and Pans Steelband

It’s the Outside the Loop 10th Anniversary Show… live from the United Center in Chicago! [photos] In this very special episode, Mike Stephen talks with:   Inner-City Education (ICE) Program founder and executive director Brad Erickson about about providing educational and hockey opportunities for low-income kids in Chicago;   ALSO (Alliance of Local Service Organizations) executive director Lori Crowder about working to end violence in the city and beyond; and   Potts & Pans Steelband members and executives Matt Potts and Anthony Jay Houston about the magic of the steel drums and vibraphone.   Meanwhile, we reflect on Outside the Loop RADIO‘s 10th year of pod/broadcasting and how we got to where we are today!   This week’s local music is provided by the aforementioned Potts & Pans Steelband.   Outside the Loop host Mike Stephen can’t wait to dig into his OTL-themed 10th anniversary cake provided by Mr. Fix-It producer Lindsey Smithwick and host Lou Manfredini.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.