OTL: Episode #35

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND !! (podcasting “from” just outside of Olive Park) (broadcasting on the giant 100-watt transmitter WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss the new Chicago recycling program, they share a story about a race car on Chicago Avenue, and then they get the scoop on why the biggest downtown record store is closing. Betsy Vandercook – President, Chicago Recycling Coalition; on Chicago’s new “blue cart” recycling program Formula Racing on Chicago Avenue; Mike’s claims to have seen a race car while waiting for the #66 bus Greg Kot – Chicago Tribune rock critic, Sound Opinions co-host; on the Virgin Megastore closing, and the state of the music industry (segue music this week by Plastic Crimewave Sound)

OTL: Episode #28

(podcasting “from” Michigan Avenue, next to an R2-D2 mailbox) (broadcasting on the 100-watt flamethrower WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann take a virtual trip through Uptown, they review some recent news, and then they discuss small claims court lawsuits. Martha Bayne – senior editor, Chicago Reader; about their “Uptown” issue, and Chicago neighborhoods OTL News Roundup; American Gladiators and REO Speedwagon Derek Monroe – the King of Small Claims; on consumer activism through lawsuits (segue music this week by The Emerald Lizards)

OTL: Episode #24

(podcasting “from” outside Washington Park) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann officially make the big OTL radio announcement, they discuss the possibility of the Olympics in Chicago, they get an update from George’s Tavern, and then they talk about preserving local literature. OTL Radio announcement; Mike & Andy officially announce the big OTL radio news!! Andrew Herrmann – Chicago Sun-Times reporter; on the Chicago 2016 Olympics bid, and his very special name George’s Tavern update; finally news on the proposed liquor ordinance in Berwyn Emerson Dameron – co-founder, Chicago Underground Library; on archiving self- and small press-published local literature

OTL: Episode #22

(podcasting “from” Daley Plaza in Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann humbly offer a special Chicago election podcast. Alan Gitelson – Loyola University political science professor; about Chicago politics and the future of the city political theme songs; as covered by Mike & Andy Mick Dumke – political writer for the Chicago Reader; on politics as reported in the “Aldermania” column and the “Clout City” blog