OTL: Episode #70

(podcasting “from” on the corner of Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue) (broadcasting on the 100-watt local Olympic bid WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann learn about the infamous CTA voice guy, they get the scoop on urban “scenes” around the world, and then they discuss restoring funding for a very important anti-violence organization. Who exactly is the disembodied voice of the CTA? OTL listener Peter lets us know it’s Lee Crooks, and DJ Goldie G and Andy have other ideas for transit voices Dan Silver – doctoral candidate, Cultural Policy Center at The University of Chicago; on what makes a “scene” in an urban area, and how cities are changing David Cassel – executive director, Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO); on restoring at least some of the funding back to CeaseFire Chicago (segue music this week from The Changes)

OTL: Episode #67

(podcasting “from” outside of the International House on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park) (broadcasting on the 100-watt New Year’s resolution WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss the OTL staff’s New Year’s celebrations, they learn about the University of Chicago and Hyde Park, they run through some stories of 2007, and then they get the scoop on the Chicago Sketchfest. OTL Staff’s New Year’s Activities; Little Announcer Guy sends in a sub Little Announcer Guy, Lawyer Danny leaves a voicemail on the OTL Hotline Jacob Lesniewski – contributor, Gapers Block; on the University of Chicago and his “Who Owns Hyde Park?” piece Stories and Polls of 2007; following up on a couple stories OTL covered in 2007, and the 2007 hipster polls at EveryoneIsFamous.com Brian Posen – executive producer & Jill Valentine – executive director, Chicago Sketchfest; on the seventh year of the sketch comedy festival in Chicago (segue music this week from Office)

OTL: Episode #56

(podcasting “from” in the parking lot off the alley behind Bruno’s Lounge) (broadcasting on the 100-watt grapevine WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann hear from Andy’s dad and a fan, they learn about a new law making wine prices rise, they introduce a new feature on other podcasts, and then they discuss a program fostering discourse in the community. Andy’s dad and an OTL fan; Jim Hermann enjoyed last week’s show, and Junior (aka Greg) hears the sexual tension between the hosts Tom Stone – executive director, Illinois Winemakers Alliance; on a new law that will cause higher wine prices in Illinois our as-yet-unnamed OTL podcast feature; Shawno & Jen from Hyper Nonsense fill us in on their show Kevin Coval – advisory board member, The Public Square; on discourse in society, and the Festival of Democracy (segue music this week from Ugochi)

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)