OTL: Episode #53

(podcasting “from” right out in front of the Newberry Library) (broadcasting on the 100-watt card catalog WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen tells Andy Hermann his FCC fantasy, they learn about Banned Books Week, they get the scoop on the film industry in Chicago, and then they revisit the Best of Chicago — for 2007. Mike’s FCC fantasy; a hypothetical scenario involving FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein Judith Krug – director of the American Library Association‘s Office for Intellectual Freedom; on the 26th anniversary of Banned Books Week (Sep 29 – Oct 6) Adam Fendelman (publisher) and Dustin Levell (senior staff writer) – HollywoodChicago.com; on covering the film industry in the city and beyond Brian Hieggelke – editor and publisher, Newcity Chicago; on the “Best of Chicago 2007” (segue music this week from The Polkaholics)

OTL: Episode #52

Outside the Loop RADIO turns 1 !! (podcasting “from” deep within the heart of OTL Headquarters) (broadcasting on the 100-watt anniversary party WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann celebrate OTL’s big year anniversary with special audio clips from show cast members; and then they discuss the ongoing budget cuts from Springfield, and the latest controversy involving Mayor Daley. OTL Radio Anniversary Party; Mike runs into a big fan who just loves The Little Announcer Guy Tio Hardiman – director gang mediation and community organizing, CeaseFire; on the $6.2 million budget cut from Springfield OTL Radio Anniversary Party (cont.); words from DJ Goldy G (aka Dave Goldman), and a behind-the-scenes show meeting with Lawyer Danny Cate Plys – “Open Letter” columnist, The Beachwood Reporter; on the latest Mayor Daley controversy involving the Children’s Museum and Grant Park (segue music this week from Detagoh)

OTL: Episode #51

(podcasting “from” outside of the Operation PUSH national headquarters) (broadcasting on the 100-watt public hearing WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk with FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein about the upcoming public hearings in Chicago on media ownership, they learn about Estrojam, and then they discuss the ongoing CTA woes. ( an OTL Radio and Chicago EXCLUSIVE ) Jonathan Adelstein – FCC Commissioner; on the media ownership hearings in Chicago Jamie Ludwig – music and arts programming co-director, Estrojam; on the venerable community-based female-centered arts festival Jacob Lesniewski – guest contributor, Gapers Block; on “Has the Mayor Lost His Mojo?” regarding the CTA (segue music this week from Lindsay Anderson)

OTL: Episode #50

(podcasting “from” outside Catcher’s Inn in Bridgeport) (broadcasting on the 100-watt neighborhood tavern WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen explains dance club protocol to Andy Hermann, they discuss property tax hikes in Chicago, they learn about passing the jazz torch to the next generation, and then they get the scoop on a neighborhood project. Mike hits the dance clubs; explaining the protocol to Andy Ben Joravsky – staff writer, Chicago Reader; on the impending property tax hike in the city Joel Spencer – jazz drummer; Mike Stephen and Mike Jeffers file a report Kit Hodge – CEO and president of the board, Neighbors Project; on building a social movement in Chicago (segue music this week from The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir)