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 #60

(podcasting “from” in front of Eckhart Park, across the street from Ruben’s Unisex) (broadcasting on the 100-watt ingrown hair WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk barbershops, they learn about the ongoing saga of the FCC and big media, they get the scoop a unique charity, and then they discuss toxins in Illinois residents’ bodies. Mike and Andy love barbershops; props to The Mercury (RIP) and Ruben’s Unisex Craig Aaron – communications director, FreePress; on the ongoing saga of the FCC and Big Media “Stache Gordon” – grower, Mustaches for Kids; on a unique charity drive for Chicago’s Off the Street Club Max Muller – environmental advocate, Environment Illinois; on the Is It In Us? study on toxins in our bodies (segue music this week from Soft Targets)

OTL: Episode #59

(podcasting “from” right out in front of a Comcast building on North Avenue) (broadcasting on the 100-watt cable TV box WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk about their appearance on Vocalo.org, they discuss Net Neutrality, they learn about burritos in the city, and then they hear about the Illinois Students Against Required Silence. OTL updates; email from Inside Publications publisher Ron Roenigk on the Commercial Handbill Distribution Law, Outside the Loop RADIO‘s triumphant appearance on Vocalo.org, and Mrs. Stephen checks in… Amina Fazlullah – staff attorney, Illinois PIRG; on Comcast and Net Neutrality Nate Silver – creator, The Burrito Bracket; on the best Mexican food in Wicker Park Josh [last name withheld] – official media representative, Illinois Students Against Required Silence (at Facebook); on the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act in Illinois (segue music this week from Istvan & His Imaginary Band)

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)