OTL: Episode #444- Local high school journalism, Chicago Area Tiki Tour, Bridgeport’s 1855 Lager Beer Riot reenactment

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “it’s tiki time” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen discusses the importance of local high school journalism, previews the Chicago Area Tiki Tour, and visits Bridgeport to learn about the 1855 Lager Beer Riot reenactment.   Jason Block–  Program chair, Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association We discuss the importance of high school journalism programs and preview the annual NISPA conference that takes place Friday, April 24.       Caroline Roe– Organizer of The Chicago Area Tiki Tour We preview this tour of some of the best area tiki bars!   Ed Marszewski and Paul Durica– Co-Organizers of Version Fest Bridgeport’s Version Fest is a wonderful celebration of local art and media.  We learn about this event, including the exciting 1855 Lager Beer Riot reenactment on April 25.       OTL #444 local music provided by The Cocktail Preachers…

OTL: Episode #422- Sounds of Faith, How Do We Sing? web series, The Secret History of Chicago Music

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “music to my ears” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen previews the Sounds of Faith performance at U of C’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, learns about a new locally-produced web series for kids, and gets the details on a south-suburban band that never quite made it to the big time.   Elizabeth Davenport– Dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago We get a preview of the Sounds of Faith taking place at the chapel and learn about the wonderful music performances that take place there.  Rockefeller Memorial Chapel   Jarod Facknitz and Erin Flynn– Creators of How Do We Sing? These employees of The Old Town School of Folk Music have created a new web series for kids that features original music.  We get the details on this unique series. Mike Stephen talks to Erin and Jarod in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio.   The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles the now-defunct band Midnight in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on the band’s musical contribution to Chicago.   OTL #422 local music provided by My My My…

OTL: Episode #417- The Daily Chicago Chocolate Smell Map, Intersecting religion and science, Future Hits’ music educates Chicago youth

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “do you smell chocolate?” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to the creator of the Daily Chicago Chocolate Smell Map, learns about a local group that explores the intersection of religion and science, and talks to the creator of Future Hits– a band that plays educational music for kids.   Ian Petchenik– Creator of The Daily Chicago Chocolate Smell Map Have you ever smelled the scent of chocolate as you walk downtown or on the near north and west sides?  It’s the Blommer Chocolate Factory hard at work!  We learn how you can track that sweet smell on a map. A visual representation of the Blommer Chocolate factory smell.   Dr. Rachel Hart Winter– Director of The St. Catherine of Siena Center at Dominican University We learn about the Albertus Magnus Society, a group that explores the intersection of religion and science, and get the lowdown on this year’s speaker series: Sin and Pathology: Theology, Pathology, and the Roots of Violence.   Matt Baron and Ben Sutherland– Members of Future Hits This local band performs educational songs for children.  Their 3rd annual Halloween show is happening on Saturday, October 18th at 1pm at Schubas.  We hear the story of the band and some live music in studio! Matt and Ben of Future Hits perform live in the Allstate Showcase Studio.       OTL #417 local music provided by Future Hits…

OTL: Episode #416- South Side teaching reflections, Local politics with Mick Dumke, Beardsgaard Barbers, Chicago Kickboxing Club

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “never-late-to-the-news” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to a South Side teacher about why he does what he does, chats local politics with reporter Mick Dumke, drops by Beardsgaard Barbers in Batavia, and visits the Chicago Kickboxing Club in Lincoln Park.   Dave Stieber– History teacher at Chicago Vocational Career Academy Dave reflects on his years of teaching on the South Side of Chicago.  You can also read his recent post on this topic here. Dave Stieber and his son.   Mick Dumke– Senior writer at the Chicago Reader Mick discusses how the Mayor’s low poll numbers might affect the aldermanic races and the lack of enthusiasm for the IL gubernatorial candidates. Mick Dumke and Mike Stephen talk Chicago politics.   Tyler and Natalie Anderson– Co-owners of Beardsgaard Barbers We drop by this new barber shop at 117 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia, IL to learn about this young couple’s dream shop come true. Natalie Anderson gets ready to cut some hair at Beardsgaard.   Jim Glasgow– Owner of the Chicago Kickboxing Club This Lincoln Park gym specializes in Muay Thai Kickboxing.  We find out what that is and get the story behind this increasingly-popular workout spot. Jim Glasgow trains students at the Chicago Kickboxing Club   OTL #416 local music provided by Mooner…