OTL: Episode #58

(podcasting “from” right outside of the Leo Burnett Building) (broadcasting on the 100-watt DIY radio facility WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss Daylight Saving Time, they learn about a movement to recall Governor Blagojevich, they get the scoop on the ever-gentrifying Wicker Park, and then they talk about marketing and the DIY movement. Daylight Saving Time; confusion over which way we turn the clocks, and drinking Jack Smith – Loyola U. prof and former D.C. CBS News Bureau Chief; on the possibility of recalling Governor Blagojevich Tim Inklebarger – editor, Chicago Journal; following up on gentrification in the Wicker Park neighborhood Anne Elizabeth Moore – author, Unmarketable; on marketing and the co-opting of DIY punk culture (segue music this week from Twilight Revival)

OTL: Episode #54

(podcasting “from” the finish line of this year’s Chicago Marathon) (broadcasting on the 100-watt hammer toe WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann get the scoop on a local newspaper’s new format and ownership, they chat about one of their favorite magazines and websites, and then they talk with the guy behind an online journalism startup. racing bandits; Mike “knows a guy” who runs races as a bandit Alison True – editor, Chicago Reader; on the venerable newspaper’s new format and owners Davy Rothbart – point guard, FOUND Magazine; on valuable trash, and a whirlwind yearly tour Steve Rhodes – founder, The Beachwood Reporter; on providing ground-level journalism in Chicago (segue music this week from The New Pornographers)

OTL: Episode #39

(podcasting “from” the corner of Belmont and Halsted) (broadcasting on the 100-watt shower contest WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann honor Weinerfest ’07, they learn about ticket “convenience” fees, they lament the loss of an indie magazine and reflect upon their time with a star, and then they discuss the best Pride Parade marchers ever. Weinerfest ’07; Mike was there… but it’s not what you’re thinking Jim DeRogatis – Sun-Times pop music critic, Sound Opinions co-host; on “convenience” fees on tickets, and how it’s gotten out of control RIP Punk Planet; an indie culture institution folds George Takei’s transporter; Mike and Andy’s time spent with Captain Sulu Rhett Lindsay – director, Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps (ROTC); on bringing down the house during the Pride Parade (segue music this week from Cornmeal)

OTL: Episode #36

WELCOME BACK INTERN BIFF !!! (podcasting “from” the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park) (broadcasting on the 100-watt fountain of knowledge and entertainment WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss Len and Andrea True, they learn about the postage hike and the state of indie publishing, they relay a news story about 4am bars, and then they get hungry over a tasty Chicago treat. Len vs. Andrea True; Andy teaches Mike about the great “Steal My Sunshine” Anne Elizabeth Moore – Punk Planet; on the postage hike and the state of indie publishing drinking until 4am in Wrigleyville; Andy comes up with a more reasonable alternative to Mike’s good times William Swislow – Interesting Ideas; on the absolutely fantastic Gyros Project (segue music this week from Folksongs of Illinois, Volumes 1-2)