OTL: Episode #81

(podcasting “from” in the parking lot of the abandoned Pizza Hut next to La Pasadita Mexican Restaurant on Division and Ashland) (broadcasting on the 100-watt civil union WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk infrastructure in Chicago, they learn about civil unions in Illinois, they discuss an upcoming record fair and award a cheesy FM DJ award, and then they visit an online newspaper covering the city. Chicago needs some help; Popular Mechanics names “The 10 Pieces of U.S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now” Chris Jessup – organizer, Civil Unions Illinois; on House Bill 1826, legislation to extend basic legal protections to committed couples in Illinois OTL News and DJ Awards; this weekend is the CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights, Mike awards (the legendary) Dick Biondi an “OTL Cheesy FM DJ Award” Geoff Dougherty – editor, Chi-Town Daily News; on citizen journalism in Chicago (segue music this week from the Blue Ribbon Glee Club)

OTL: Episode #80

(podcasting “from” in the really pretty garden, right next door to the Art Institute) (broadcasting on the 100-watt fightin’-the-man radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann get updated on the Children’s Museum and Grant Park, they learn about a proposed 49-story building for downtown Evanston, and then they hear all the latest info on the Chicago Independent Radio Project. OTL is Still Workin’ Hard; Andy’s flu returns, Mike’s still worn out from Opening Day Peggy Figiel – member, Save Grant Park; on the Children’s Museum trying to move into public land Bill Smith – publisher/editor, Evanston Now; on the proposed Fountain Square Tower in downtown Evanston Jenny Lizak – Vice President, Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP); on the status of building a low-power FM radio station in Chicago (segue music this week from Elephant Gun)

OTL: Episode #76

(podcasting “from” right outside of the McDonald’s underneath the Loyola Red Line “L” stop) (broadcasting on the 100-watt Quarter Pounder with Cheese WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss the best work places in Chicago, they learn about the latest Cook County Board budget, Mike leaves a threatening voicemale for Andy, and then it’s the first edition of their Zell’s Bells series. More from the OTL Newsroom; Chicago’s Best Places to Work, introducing a new OTL ongoing series Jack Smith – Loyola U. prof and former D.C. CBS News Bureau Chief; on the Cook County Board budget, and the highest sales tax in the country Mike’s voicemale to Andy; a look into FM radio jocks, and stirring up a battle between producers ZELL’S BELLS (part 1) Jim Peters – Director of Planning, Landmarks Illinois; on the possible changes to Wrigley Field under Sam Zell’s ownership (segue music this week from The Northside Southpaws)

OTL: Episode #75

HAPPY LEAP DAY !! (podcasting “from” on the corner of Madison and Wabash in Jewelers Row) (broadcasting on the 100-watt architecturally sound yet well-krausened radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and a cranky Andy Hermann read through some news updates, they talk about architecture and preservation in Chicago, they get the scoop on the Chiditarod, and then they learn about craft brewing delicious delicious beer. Updates from the OTL Newsroom; Andy is cranky and sick (of Mike), Mayor Daley on the Great Lakes, Illinois smoking ban violations Gregory Dreicer – Vice President of Exhibitions and Programs, Chicago Architecture Foundation; on architecture and preservation in Chicago Jake Reimer – organizer (one of many), Chiditarod; on racing shopping carts for charity Jeff Sparrow – board member, Chicago Beer Society; on craft brewing and Night of the Living Ales IV (segue music this week from Van Ghost)