OTL: Episode #431- Previewing a celebration of the chicken wing, The Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke on local politics

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “ain’t no thing but a chicken wing” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen stops by Toons Bar and Grill in Lakeview to preview the 4th annual Wing Fling and chats about local politics with the Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke.   Danny Beck – Owner of Toons Bar & Grill at 3857 N. Southport in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood We get a preview of the Fourth Annual Wing Fling happening on Saturday, January 24th at 3pm!  OTL host Mike Stephen will be on hand as the event’s MC.  Come on out, say hi, and enjoy all-you-can-eat wings!    Mike Stephen emcee’s the hot wing eating contest at last year’s Toons Wing Fling   Mick Dumke–  Senior Writer at the Chicago Reader Mick stops by to chat about the latest in the Chicago mayoral race and what it means to actually be an independent vote in the city council.     Mick Dumke and Mike Stephen in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio   A piece of OTL history– Mike recently dug up a bar napkin that helped to serve as the launching pad for Outside the Loop Radio.  He surprises Andy Hermann and Steve Bertrand with this piece of OTL history.      The bar napkin that started it all in 2006     OTL #431 local music provided by Twin Peaks…

OTL: Episode #430- Inside BreakRoom Brewery, The Secret History of Chicago Music, Live music from Go Time!

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “locally-brewed” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen visits a new brewery on Chicago’s north side, learns about Chicago Blues musician Albert Ammons, and welcomes the local band Go Time! into the studio.   Aaron Heineman, Michael Pallen, and Dean Ordzowialy – Owner, Head Brewer, and General Manager (respectively) of BreakRoom Brewery We go inside Chicago’s newest craft brewery at 2925 W. Montrose Ave.  This place a has a unique story…and is literally attached to a bar-making company!  Dean, Mike, and Aaron at Breakroom Brewery   The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 20th century Blues musician Albert Ammons in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to Chicago.       Go Time!– Live in studio! We get a visit from Go Time!  They play a few songs, talk about their new record, and preview their record-release show at Silvie’s Lounge this Saturday, 1/17.    Mike Stephen joins Scott, Marko, Paul, and Steve of Go Time! in the WGN Radio Green Room   OTL #430 local music provided by Go Time!…

OTL: Episode #429- A look back at 2014 in Chicago

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “on a road diet” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen welcomes Jon Hansen of DNA Info, journalist Rashanah Baldwin, and Chicagoist.com editor-in-chief Chuck Sudo for a look back at 2014 in Chicago.   Jon Hansen– Chicago radio news director, DNA Info Rashanah Baldwin– Local journalist Chuck Sudo– Editor-In-Chief, Chicagoist.com    Jon Hansen, Mike Stephen, and Rashanah Baldwin in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio   OTL #429 local music provided by Grandkids…

OTL: Episode #427- Rep. Mike Quigley on his work in Washington, Live music from Frank Catalano and Mike Jeffers

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “people’s work” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to IL Rep. Mike Quigley (D-5th) about getting the people’s work done in Washington and welcomes local jazz musicians Frank Catalano and Mike Jeffers into the studio for a live performance.   Mike Quigley– Congressman of IL’s 5th Congressional District Rep. Quigley tells us how he works to get the important business of Chicago and Illinois done on Capitol Hill. Rep. Mike Quigley rides the CTA’s Brown Line   Frank Catalano and Mike Jeffers– Two fantastic Chicago jazz musicians Frank and Mike drop by the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio for a live performance and preview their New Year’s Eve show at Chicago’s High Hat Club (1920 W. Irving Park Rd.).   Mike Jeffers, Frank Catalano, and Mike Stephen in the WGN Radio Green Room. Happy Holidays from your friends at Outside the Loop Radio!       OTL #427 local music provided by Mike Jeffers and Frank Catalano…