OTL: Episode #541- Possible CPD reforms, Navigating Lake Street, The Platoon of Power Squadron series concludes

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Justice Project executive director Tracy Siska about changes that need to be made within the Chicago Police Department;   Fulton Market Association executive director Roger Romanelli about fixing the treacherous stretch of Lake Street between Halsted and Ashland; and   The Platoon of Power Squadron creator/writer/director Jake Jarvi about about his long-running locally-produced web series that’s coming to an end.   Meanwhile, we discuss street musicians dodging a proposed ban on performing on Michigan Avenue, and we play a voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen, who feels like she’s been double-crossed by Mr. Fix-It himself… Lou Manfredini.   This week’s local music is provided by The Red Plastic Buddha.   OTL host Mike Stephen poses with his mom’s prized Lou Manfredini poster. [not pictured: Mrs. Stephen]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #516- Is Riot Fest a good thing?, More government transparency hurdles, The Secret History of Hamid Drake

Mike Stephen talks with:   Concerned Citizens of Riot Fest in Douglas Park co-founder Sharaya Tindal about her organization’s concerns about the annual music festival in their neighborhood;   Chicago Justice Project executive director Tracy Siska about filing suit against the Chicago Emergency Management and Communications office for more government transparency; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about world-renowned drummer Hamid Drake for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we discuss real estate prices around CTA stops.   This week’s local music is provided by Law of Keanu.   OTL host Mike Stephen wraps up his pre-show vocal exercises 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 #468- Chicago Police Board Info, Running every block in Chicago, The Secret History of a local 80s jazz trio

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Justice Project executive director Tracy Siska about the new Chicago Police Board Information Center website;   Run Chicago creator Darcy Phillips about running each and every block of the city and his 25-mile bike commute; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about a 1980s far-out jazz trio consisting of Rich Corpolongo, Doug Lofstrom, and Paul Wertico for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we celebrate OTL’s first anniversary on WGN Radio!   This week’s local music is provided by Royal Outsiders.   Delicious cupcakes mark OTL’s first anniversary on WGN Radio!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.   OTL producer Andy Hermann and host Mike Stephen celebrate one year of shows at WGN Radio!

OTL: Episode #432- Local teenage rockers, Examining Circuit Court of Cook County data, The Secret History of Chicago Music

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “court is now in session” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen learns about a project that examines Cook County Court data, discusses police staffing in Chicago, gets the lowdown on an old-school local Blues musician: Jazz Gillum, and talks to a high school student who happens to be part of the Chicago music scene.   Tracy Siska – Executive Director, Chicago Justice Project The CJP’s latest project, Convicted in Cook, examines data from the Cook County Circuit Court from 2005-2009 in order to shed light on how the local courts operate.  Tracy also discusses his recent op-ed about police staffing in Chicago.     The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 20th century Blues musician Jazz Gillum in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to Chicago.     Jacob Gold– Member of the band Purple Door and a high school junior at Jones College Prep We get the perspective of the Chicago music scene from one of its youngest members.     Purple Door rocking hard     OTL #432 local music provided by Purple Door…