OTL: Episode #236- Rethinking the “L”, Goose Island Buyout Details, Chicago Journalism with Geoff Dougherty

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “keep it local” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the Reader’s Ed Zotti about rethinking the L, gets the details on the Goose Island Beer buyout, and discusses Chicago journalism with journalist Geoff Dougherty. Ed Zotti— Author of “How to Fix the El” in the Chicago Reader The CTA is planning the Red and Purple Line Modernization Project.  Ed thinks that in the wake of this, it’s a good time to rethink how the El runs in Chicago. Photo By Michael Boyd Josh Noel— The Beer Writer for the Chicago Tribune Goose Island Beer Co. has been sold to Anheuser-Busch.  What will this mean for our beloved local brew?  Josh joins us to answer that question and many more.  Check out his Trib article HERE. Geoff Dougherty— Founder of the Chicago Current He’s bounced around different local media outlets over the past 10 years.  Geoff joins us to talk about his latest project and some of his views on Chicago journalism. OTL #236 local music provided by Soft Speaker…

OTL #220- Chicago Poetry Tour Podcast, Rahm Almost Gets Snowballed, The Reader’s Real Deal Project

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “where’s the snowball?” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the Chicago Poetry Tour podcast, listens to a Chicagoan tell his story of meeting Rahmbo, and gets the scoop on the Chicago Reader’s Real Deal Project. Attention Local Musicians: OTL Wants to Record Your Holiday Songs!— Once again, OTL will feature local Holiday tunes on the December 23 show!  This year, however, host Mike Stephen will record YOUR music for airplay! E-mail Mike at mike@outsidetheloopradio.com to set up a time and day to record your songs!  NOTE: These must be ACOUSTIC tunes and must be able to be recorded with four microphones or less. Record with OTL! Don Share— Senior Editor of POETRY Magazine The Chicago Poetry Tour Podcast is a great way to explore the city through poetry.  Don gives us his insight into the Chicago poetry scene and how the podcasts are a great resource for all of us. Jay Sukow — Local Improv Dude and Co-Writer and Director of the upcoming movie, Trubadeaux Jay recalls his on-the-street meeting with Rahmfest and how Mr. E. almost got pegged with a snowball. Jay and Rahm in Andersonville Andy Hermann— Program Specialist at The Real Deal Project The former OTL executive producer returns to the Bunker to tell us about a new coupon project from the Chicago Reader. OTL #220 […]

OTL: Episode #219- Reflections From a Green Party Candidate, AREA Chicago’s Wants and Needs, the Roscoe Village Economy

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “looking to record your Holiday song” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen wants to record your Holiday music, talks to the Green Party candidate for State Rep in the 39th district about his recent campaign, learns about the upcoming AREA Chicago auction, and discusses the Roscoe Village econmy with a local business owner. Attention Local Musicians: OTL Wants to Record Your Holiday Songs!— Once again, OTL will feature local Holiday tunes on the December 23 show!  This year, however, host Mike Stephen will record YOUR music for airplay! E-mail Mike at mike@outsidetheloopradio.com to set up a time and day to record your songs!  NOTE: These must be ACOUSTIC tunes and must be able to be recorded with four microphones or less. Record with OTL! Jeremy Karpen— Former Green Party Candidate for IL State Rep (39th District) Jeremy ended up losing the election, but he reflects on the future of the Green Party in IL and what kind of representation his community of Logan Square needs in the future. Rachel Wallis — Finance Coordinator for AREA Chicago AREA Chicago is a bi-annual magazine and a series of local community events.  They are holding a very unique benefit auction this Saturday, December 4th, called “Wants and Needs.”  We find out more about AREA Chicago and the auction this week. Jenna Zaffino— Owner/Director of […]

OTL: Episode #209- The Future of the Polish Triangle, Revisiting the Felony Franks Controversy, U of C’s Chicago Weekly

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “Chicago weekly” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen visits the Polish Triangle to discuss its future, hears from Ald. Bob Fioretti on the Felony Franks hot dog issue, and chats with U of C students about their school’s paper, The Chicago Weekly. Eleanor Mayer— Assistant Program Manager for Wicker Park Bucktown We visit the Polish Triangle at the intersection of Division, Ashland, and Milwaukee to discuss this historic area’s future.  You can read a report on the history and future of the Polish Triangle here. The Polish Triangle Revisiting the Felony Franks Controversy— On OTL #201 we went inside Felony Franks, a hot dog stand on Jackson and Western.  This week week we hear a clip from an interview between Mike Stephen and Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) where the Alderman says why he’s opposed to the theme of the joint.  The clip comes from an episode of Issue Forum on CAN-TV. Brian Hieggelke— Editor and Publisher of New City Harry Backlund, Clare Fentress, Kelsey Gee– Students at the University of Chicago and part of the Chicago Weekly editorial team We learn about this college newspaper that aims to tell the stories of the South Side community. OTL #209 local music provided by The Maybenauts…