OTL: Episode #357- Chicago Ticket Ninja, Mom is your #1 fan, The All Write Already! podcast

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “call your mom” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a website that pays your parking tickets, gets an awesome voicemail from his mom, and talks to the co-host of a fun local literary podcast.   Nick Gartmann– Creator of the Ticket Ninja Getting a parking ticket in Chicago stinks and so do the late fees if you don’t pay those tickets promptly.  We learn about this site that pays the ticket for you.         Mom always loves ‘ya– Mike’s mom watched his performance in In For a Trim and left him a voicemail about it.  We hear the always-uplifting Mrs. Stephen’s message. Mike Stephen as Bruce Cardiff in the short In For a Trim.     Willy Nast– Co-founder and co-host of the All Write Already! podcast This podcast covers the local literary scene and isn’t “all huffy about it.”  We talk to Willy to get the lowdown on the show.       OTL #357 local music provided by New World Ancients…  

OTL: Episode #347- New parking meter deal, How wrong is Tom Skilling?, Escaping prostitution in Chicago

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “the parking meter lease deal stinks” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks with The Reader’s Mick Dumke about a new parking meter lease deal, chats with the founder of HowWrongIsSkilling.com, and learns about a student documentary about local prostitution.   Mick Dumke– Senior writer at the Chicago Reader Mayor Emanuel proposed a new parking meter lease deal.  Will this deal help or hurt Chicagoans?  Mick explores this question and more in a piece he wrote.  He discusses this issue on this week’s show.     Cesar Ruelase– Creator of HowWrongIsSkilling.com Everyone trusts WGN-TV weatherman Tom Skilling, right?  Wrong.  Cesar discusses why he created a site that documents the inaccuracy of Mr. Skilling.   Lorraine Ma– Co-director and co-producer of the film Until the Day Breaks Prostitution is a serious problem in Chicago.  Lorraine discusses why she and her colleagues tackled this issue and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her film.   OTL #347 local music provided by Rivals of the Peacemaker…  

OTL: Episode #341- Parking Ticket Geek update, Where is Mike’s tie?, John Wayne Gacy’s Other Victims

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “where is my tie?” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen gets an update on local transportation issues from the Parking Ticket Geek, wonders if he’ll ever get his tie back from John Berka, and learns about a blog covering the re-opened John Wayne Gacy investigation.   The Parking Ticket Geek– Official OTL parking correspondent and blogger at TheExpiredMeter.com We get the latest on local transportation issues from The Geek himself.   Will Mike ever get his tie back? – An update from last week Last week John Berka of Group Mind Films admitted to holding on to Mike’s necktie for two years.  He even got married while wearing it.  We get an update on the location of the infamous tie and hear about a sad taqueria closing in Edgewater.       Mike’s tie     Alison True– Creator of the John Wayne Gacy’s Other Victims blog We learn about this blog that chronicles on the ongoing investigation into other victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. John Wayne Gacy   OTL #341 local music provided by The Kickback…  

OTL: Episode #330- Chicago’s budget transparency, The Salsa Truck’s on-board cooking, Parking Ticket Geek’s red light cam update

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on “cooking on-board” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses Chicago’s budget transparency, talks to the first food truck owner to be able to cook on board a truck, and gets a red light camera update from The Parking Ticket Geek.   Hailey Witt– Field director, Illinois PIRG In a recent report, Illinois PIRG gave Chicago an “A” grade for budget transparency.  We find out why and what improvements the city can make.       Dan Salls – Owner of The Salsa Truck A few weeks ago on OTL #328, Dan told us about his efforts to get a mobile food preparers’ license.  He was successful and now owns the first truck in Chicago with a MFP license.  We get the story.     The Parking Ticket Geek– Blogger at TheExpiredMeter.com From updates on red light cameras in the city to the ongoing parking meter saga, The Geek has the latest.   OTL #330 local music provided by Cloudbirds…