OTL: Episode #560- Bag tax update, Play By Play on go90, The Secret History of Morris Jennings

Mike Stephen talks with:   DNAinfo Chicago City Hall reporter Heather Cherone about the Chicago bag tax and how it could cost the city millions;   Batavia native Kevin Jakubowski about his new coming-of-age show Play by Play on the go90 platform; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about prolific session drummer Morris Jennings for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we discuss the fate of landline telephones in Illinois (as covered in OTL #555), tell the tale of Mike visiting his local park district pool, and peruse a WGN Radio producers’ manual circa 2001.   This week’s local music is provided by Panda Riot.   OTL host Mike Stephen studies up on his WGN Radio producers manual from 2001.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #522- Vacant buildings in Chicago, It’s Filmed There, The Secret History of Savage Beliefs

Mike Stephen talks with:   Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce president Brian Nadig about the Vacancy Fraud Investigative Unit Act and how some Chicago landlords are exploiting a tax reduction for vacant buildings;   It’s Filmed There website creator Chas Demster about researching and meticulously documenting television and movie filming locations around Chicago; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about early local hardcore band Savage Beliefs for this week’s “The Fall of Punk” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we share the feel-good story of Toons Bar & Grill recovering its beloved smoker Black Pearl!   This week’s local music is provided by i.e. kokoro.   OTL host Mike Stephen MCs New Year’s Eve from behind the bar at Toons Bar & Grill after chowing on some meat from the legendary Black Pearl smoker. [photo circa 2010-2011]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #510- Divvy bike equity, Legendary Dudas, The Secret History of Joe Daley

Mike Stephen talks with:   Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield about the Divvy bike sharing system investing in Chicago’s west and south sides via their Divvy for Everyone outreach effort;   Batavia-born multimedia writer Kevin Jakubowski about creating the live-action Legendary Dudas television show for Nickelodeon; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about free jazz pioneer saxman Joe Daley for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we update OTL #503 with the news that the Chicago City Council ruled to protect our urban coyotes.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by The Socialists.   OTL host Mike Stephen warms up for OTL #510 in a seventh floor radio studio in the Tribune Tower.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #433- Chic-a-Go-Go’s 1,000th episode, Illinois’ new eavesdropping law, Aldertrack’s latest local election preview

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “Chic-a-go-go” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to the host of Chic-a-Go-Go on Chicago’s CAN-TV, discusses the new state eavesdropping law, and gets the latest info on various aldermanic races across the city.   Mia Park – Host, Chic-a-Go-Go on Chicago’s CAN-TV This local public access TV show just taped its 1,000th episode.  We talk to Mia about the success of the show, why it’s gained a following, and how it has become a part of Chicago culture.     Nancy Bechtol– Local filmmaker Nancy’s documentary, Free Speech &the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist,  tells the story of one man’s successful journey to overturn IL’s eavesdropping law.  We learn about this film and discuss the brand new eavesdropping law that just went into effect in our state.     Mike Fourcher– Co-creator of Aldertrack.com All 50 of Chicago’s aldermen are up for re-election on February 24th.  We get an update on how some of these races are shaping up.         OTL #433 local music provided by Minor Characters…