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)

OTL: Episode #42

(podcasting “from” the corner of Lake and Ashland, just outside of Union Park) (broadcasting on the 100-watt rock show WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann share transportation stories, they discuss public art in Berwyn, they get the scoop on a big Chicago music festival, and then they learn about more potential concerts at Wrigley Field. Mike and Andy’s transportation report; Mike takes some cyclists to task, and Andy enjoys cheesy Michiana radio Cari Brokamp – reporter, Berwyn Life; on public art in Berwyn, and breaking the Spindle story Miles Raymer – music columnist, Chicago Reader; on the Pitchfork Music Festival, and what it means for Chicago David Winner – president, Lake View Citizens Council; on more concerts at Wrigley Field (segue music this week from The Sea and Cake)

OTL: Episode #41

(podcasting “from” the Grosse Point Lighthouse) (broadcasting on the 100-watt ray of light WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Andy Hermann surprises Mike Stephen with a little gift, they discuss low power FM radio, they learn more about Google taking over the world, and then they talk about a hilarious local sports paper. Andy’s gift for Mike; classic cheese rock in print Hannah Sassaman – organizer, Prometheus Radio Project; on the Local Community Radio Act of 2007 Aliza Appelbaum – summer campus editor, The Daily Northwestern; on Google’s quest for world domination Brad Zibung – editor in chief, The Heckler; on sports in Chicago, and not taking them too seriously (segue music this week from Hawk)

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)