OTL: Episode #162- CTA Tattler on Apple and Possible Fare Hikes, Elia From Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Mourning the Loss of Johnny

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “RIP Johnnie” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the CTA Tattler about Apple Inc’s latest move in Chicago and about the threat of a fare hike, checks in on the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir after their horrific tour van accident, and mourns the loss of Johnnie, owner of Johnnie’s Lounge. Kevin O’Neil — The CTA Tattler Apple will cough up some cash to rehab the crappy North/Clybourn El stop.  With the bad economy can we expect CTA fare hikes in the future?  The CTA Tattler discusses these issues! Elia — Songwriter, Guitarist, and Vocalist for the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir This past September the local band Scotland Yard Gospel Choir was nearly killed when their tour van flipped over in I-65 in Indiana.  Elia recalls the story and gives us a recovery update. Elia Jason Mathews – Former Regular at Johnnie’s Lounge Ivan “Johnnie” Vrbetic passed away on October 23, 2009 at the age of 87.  He was the owner of Johnnie’s Lounge on Lincoln, one of the greatest bars in Chicago.  Jason and Mike fondly remember Johnnie and the bar. Johnnie’s Lounge Johnnie OTL #162 local music provided by Scotland Yard Gospel Choir…

OTL: Episode #157- OTL Turns 3, Practice With a Purpose, Local Art with Chicago ARTillery

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “3 is the new 10” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen toasts OTL’s three year anniversary, explores the gift of music with Practice With a Purpose, reads some listener e-mail, and gets artsy in Logan Square with Chicago ARTillery. OTL Turns 3 – Mike celebrates in a low-key fashion Outside the Loop Radio turns 3 years old this week!  Since Mike had a wedding to help plan this summer we’re planning on a massive OTL anniversary party a later in the year.  Stay tuned! Outside the Loop Host Mike Stephen in His Standard Weekday Evening Wear Tymme Windham – Vice President and Volunteer Coordinator for Practice With a Purpose Bill Paige – Volunteer for Practice with a Purpose A local volunteer organization brings the joy of music to nursing homes, churches, and hospitals.  We hear the sounds of some good people doing good things for others. The Practice With a Purpose Crew Rocks the Carleton on the Lake Nursing Home in Uptown Tracy Kostenbader and Victor Mantanez — Co-founders of Chicago ARTillery This group, based in Logan Square, is working to transform our relationship to art.  We find out how this week. A Piece of Art at Cole’s Bar in Logan Square OTL #157 local music provided by bluemoonrevue…

OTL: Episode #154- 90s Chicago Music Rocked, Beachwood’s 20 Tweets Roundup, Another Chicago Magazine

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “gee, the 90s were a rocking time in Chicago ” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to a former radio personality about the importance of the 90s local music scene, checks up on prominent Chicagoans’ ridiculous Tweets, and learns about Another Chicago Magazine. James Van Osdol– Former radio personality, local writer, author of Chicago Rocked The 1990s were an incredible time for the Chicago music scene.  James is working on telling the story of the local contribution to Rock & Roll over these 10 years in a book called Chicago Rocked.   He’s releasing the book himself and is looking for the people’s support! Photo Courtesy of Jeff Kroll (jeffkrollphotos.com) Steve Rhodes – Founder of BeachwoodReporter.com Some Chicagoans shouldn’t be allowed to Tweet.  Steve and I discuss why.  You can also check out the “20 Tweets” series on the Beachwood Reporter. Jacob Knabb – Editor of Another Chicago Magazine ACM is one of the many very cool facets of the Chicago literary scene.  Jacob explains what the magazine is all about and its role in the local writers’ community. OTL #154 local music provided by Moonshine Willy…