OTL: Episode #84

(podcasting “from” in the Chess Pavilion near North Avenue Beach) (broadcasting on the 100-watt checkmate radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen updates Andy Hermann about his letter to Ald. Vi Daley, they discuss the latest in local politics, they learn about a chess team in Chicago, and then they get the scoop on a comedy troupe’s anniversary and television pilot. Mike still seeks justice; The Parking Ticket Geek (TheExpiredMeter) offers advice for Mike’s towed-car woes, still no word back yet from 43rd Ward Ald. Vi Daley’s office Mick Dumke – political writer, Chicago Reader; on his recent “Clout City” blog posts about city settlements and blue cart recycling Sevan Muradian – co-manager, Chicago Blaze; on joining the US Chess League, and the Illinois Chess Association Justin Kaufmann – member, Schadenfreude; on the comedy ensemble’s 10th anniversary and their IL-Informed pilot on WTTW (segue music this week from Even in Blackouts)

OTL: Episode #82

(podcasting “from” in the middle of Graceland Cemetery) (broadcasting on the 100-watt lean, mean, and green radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss reactions to last week’s show, they learn about clean vehicle technologies, they discover that a past OTL guest has hit the big-time, and then they visit with the premier mask maker in Chicago. Reactions to OTL #81; listeners hate the abandoned Pizza Hut, and the Chicago condo boom John Walton – vice chair, Chicago Area Clean Cities; on clean fuels and clean vehicle technologies, and the 2008 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Exposition on this Earth Day OTL #58 Flashback; Unmarketable… by Anne Elizabeth Moore… as read by Pam Anderson Jeff Semmerling – Mad Master Mask Maker, Inside Out Art Studio; on the preservation of art and culture (bonus video featuring the mask man) (segue music this week from The Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band)

OTL: Episode #61

GOBBLE GOBBLE !! (podcasting “from” in the middle of Welles Park in Lincoln Square) (broadcasting on the 100-watt pile of mashed potatoes WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk turkey (and booze), they learn about how the Writers Guild strike might affect Chicago, they compete in a thankfulness battle, and then they celebrate the 50th anniversary of a local music institution. OTL Thanksgiving re-caps; drinking and eating and sleeping, and eating and sleeping Rich Moskal – director, Chicago Film Office; on how the Writers Guild strike could affect the local television/film industry Mike & Andy Give Thanks; we test our knowledge of each other’s thankfulness Bau Graves – executive director, Old Town School of Folk Music; on the community arts school celebrating 50 years in Chicago (segue music this week from Bakelite 78)

OTL: Episode #57

BOO !! (podcasting “from” the Andersonville Playlot Park) (broadcasting on the 100-watt spooktacular WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann play back some George Takei audio clips, they learn about a proposed casino for Chicago, they revisit the handbill law and hear another viewpoint, and then they talk with the owner of a music institution. George Takei audio; Mr. Sulu was in town and didn’t call us, but we still love him Doug Dobmeyer – spokesperson, Task Force to Oppose Gambling in Chicago; on “Daley’s Casino Royale” in The Beachwood Reporter Ron Roenigk – publisher, Inside Publications; on free newspapers and the Commercial Handbill Distribution Law Joe Shanahan – owner, Metro; on the 25th anniversary of his Chicago music institution (segue music this week from The Pumps)