OTL: Episode #164- Sustainable Local Blogging, Going to Oprah, New City’s Best of Chicago 2009

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “everybody in the audience gets  a prize” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses making a living off of local blogging, what it’s like to be in the audience at Oprah, and New City’s Best of Chicago 2009 list. Reminder About the OTL Third Anniversary Party/Show Taping — At Toons Bar and Grill! Come by Toons on Friday, November 20 to catch a live taping of OTL!  It’s FREE to get in and we’ll have lots of WLUW and OTL merch to give away! Mick Dumke, writer and editor at the Chicago Reader, and the Parking Ticket Geek are two featured guests on the show.  More info to follow! Toons Bar and Grill at 3857 N. Southport Steve Rhodes — Founder of the Beachwood Reporter Making a living off of local blogging is difficult.  Steve discusses this and tells us about receiving some some grant money to improve his site. The “O” Experience – The lovely and talented Jenny Stephen drops by the OTL Bunker to give us a behind the scenes account of attending the Oprah show. Jenny and Beth Outside Harpo Studios Brian Hieggelke – Editor and Publisher of New City New City is out with its annual “Best of Chicago” list.  Brian gives us the highlights. OTL #164 local music provided by Roxy Swain…

OTL: Episode #163- Reeling Fest 2009 Preview, OTL News Desk Update, Bird Collision Monitors

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “for the birds” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen gets a preview of the 28th Annual Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival, jumps behind the OTL News Desk for a local news update, and learns about the problem of birds colliding with local buildings. Reminder About the OTL Third Anniversary Party/Show Taping — At Toons Bar and Grill! Come by Toons on Friday, November 20 to catch a live taping of OTL!  The guest lineup is coming soon!  Stay tuned! Toons Bar and Grill at 3857 N. Southport Brenda Webb — Director of Reeling 2009: The 28th Annual Chicago Lesbian and Gay Film Festival This week marks the beginning of Reeling 2009- it’s 28th year!  We get a preview on this year’s festival and Brenda discusses why it’s important to our community. OTL News Desk Update – From the future of Kiddieland to the disappearance of Blue Cart recycling in Chicago, Mike Stephen has the latest.  We’re also treated to a blast from the past when a former OTL employee checks in. The OTL News Room Former Producer Andy Hermann as He Grows a Robust Beard Annette Prince – Director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors During this migratory season, birds can easily collide into tall buildings in Chicago.  We learn more about this and how it can be avoided. OTL #163 local music provided by An Aesthetic Anaesthetic…

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 #161- Ald. Waguespack on Privatization, Local Author Event, Profiling Chef Tramanto

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “top chef” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack about new oversight measures for future lease deals, learns about a local literary event at the Heartland Cafe, and gets the skinny on Chef Rick Tramanto from Time Out Chicago’s food editor David Tamarkin. Scott Waguespack — Alderman of the 32nd Ward Ald Waguespack is the chief sponsor of a new ordinance that would increase the public transparent and government oversight of future local lease deals (such as the parking meter deal that went down earlier in the year).  He talks to us about this ordinance and the dire financial situation of the city. Cristina Henriquez — Local Author Tonight at the Heartland Cafe Cristina and three other authors take part in the An October Sort of City: Chicago Authors Talk Chicago.  She previews the event and discusses Chicago’s influence on her work. David Tamarkin – Food Editor for Time Out Chicago The latest edition of TOC features David’s profile of local chef Rick Tramonto.  David joins us this week to give us some highlights of getting to know the Chef. Chef Rick Tramonto OTL #161 local music provided by Tijuana Hercules…