OTL: Episode #236- Rethinking the “L”, Goose Island Buyout Details, Chicago Journalism with Geoff Dougherty

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 “keep it local” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the Reader’s Ed Zotti about rethinking the L, gets the details on the Goose Island Beer buyout, and discusses Chicago journalism with journalist Geoff Dougherty. Ed Zotti— Author of “How to Fix the El” in the Chicago Reader The CTA is planning the Red and Purple Line Modernization Project.  Ed thinks that in the wake of this, it’s a good time to rethink how the El runs in Chicago. Photo By Michael Boyd Josh Noel— The Beer Writer for the Chicago Tribune Goose Island Beer Co. has been sold to Anheuser-Busch.  What will this mean for our beloved local brew?  Josh joins us to answer that question and many more.  Check out his Trib article HERE. Geoff Dougherty— Founder of the Chicago Current He’s bounced around different local media outlets over the past 10 years.  Geoff joins us to talk about his latest project and some of his views on Chicago journalism. OTL #236 local music provided by Soft Speaker…

OTL: Episode #230- Local Theater at “Shenanigans,” Chicago Mixtape, Sustainability With Chicago REgen

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 “sustainable” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen goes to the theater to learn about the new local vaudeville variety show Shenanigans, revisits the “dibs” parking issue, and discusses the future of Chicago’s sustainability with the creator of ChicagoREgen.com. Todd Obuchowski and Nick Tristano— Director and Executive Producer, respectively, of Shenanigans We get a look into Chicago’s only “modern madcap variety vaudeville show for the whole family.”  You can catch the show Saturdays at 4 p.m. at Stage 773 in Lakeview. Revisiting “Dibs”— We take one more look at this time-honored Chicago tradition and address a listener’s e-mail about this issue. Chuck Templeton — Founder of Chicago REgen What would it take to make the City of Chicago sustainable by 2025 with a high standard of living?  Chuck and Co. attempt to answer that question through the exchange of ideas on his site.  He gives us the lowdown this week. OTL #230 local music provided by Secret Colours…

OTL: Episode #229- Toxic Tour of NW Indiana, No “Dibs” with Chair-Free Chicago, iBrewmaster App

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 “chair-free” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen gets a push poll call on the air, discusses pollution in NW Indiana with journalist Kari Lyderson, learns why Chair-Free Chicago is against saving parking spots with furniture, and gets the lowdown on a new iPhone app that will help out local home brewers. Kari Lyderson— Freelance Journalist In last week’s Chicago Reader Kari wrote an article about how industry (and consequently, pollution) is intertwined in northwest Indiana’s economy.  She joins us this week to discuss her piece. Photo By Lloyd DeGrane Kevin Lynch— Founder of Chair-Free Chicago Saving the parking spot you dug out from the snow with a piece of furniture is a time-honored tradition in Chicago.  Not everyone agrees with this “dibs” approach, however.  We get the lowdown on this group. Joe Cannici — Creator of the iBrewmaster iPhone and iPad App Home brewing just got a whole lot easier with the iBrewmaster app.  We hear all about it from the app’s creator this week. OTL #229 local music provided by Radar Eyes…

OTL: Episode #225- Nonprofits Influence on the Mayoral Election, Parking Meter Increase and Biz Impact, A New Journo Initiative

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 “can you believe this whole parking meter deal?” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the role of nonprofits in the upcoming local elections, explores the effects of parking meter increase on local biz, and learns about a new push for journos in low-income Chicago. Tom Tresser— Instructor at DePaul University and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Former Candidate for Cook Co. Board President Tom raised a question in an article on Beachwood Reporter:  “Will Chicago’s nonprofit community play a role in electing the next mayor?”  He explores his views on this question. Padraic Swanton— Director of Marketing and Communications for the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce Lincoln Park, like the rest of Chicago, saw area parking meter rates increase.  Padraic explains the concerns of area business owners over the higher meter rates. Thom Clark — President of the Community Media Workshop We learn about a new initiative that encourages journalism on the south and west sides of Chicago. OTL #225 local music provided by Gaberdine…