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 #66

(podcasting “from” right outside of the Beachwood Inn) (broadcasting on the 100-watt champagne flute WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann conduct a special Outside the Loop RADIO roundtable discussion about some of the biggest stories and issues in Chicago during 2007. Outside the Loop RADIO welcomes three representatives of the best of online writing and blogging in Chicago. We discuss 2007 in politics, in sports, and in food… but most importantly it’s all about Chicago. Our acclaimed and esteemed panel includes… Steve Rhodes, Founder, Margaret Lyons, Editor-in-Chief, David Schalliol, Merge and Rearview Editor, HAPPY NEW YEAR !! Love, Andy & Mike

OTL: Episode #65

(podcasting “from” near the outdoor skating rink in Warren Park) (broadcasting on the 100-watt sack of holiday cheer WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann spread holiday cheer, they learn about chickens in the city, they conduct a social experiment, and then they get the scoop on classic Chicago television. OTL HOLIDAY CHEER; revisiting the antics of OTL: Episode #14 Linda Nellett – activist and chicken owner; on the proposal to ban chicken raising in the city (find more info at the Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council) “The Payphone Experiment“; a much more successful version of what we tried in OTL: Episode #1 Rick Klein – curator and founder, FuzzyMemories.TV; about the online museum of classic Chicago television (segue music this week from The Injured Parties)

OTL: Episode #64

(podcasting “from” a parking lot next to the Chicago Reader building) (broadcasting on the 100-watt chopping block WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann read an OTL website comment, they learn about the recent staff cuts at the Chicago Reader, they leave a message for Dan Savage, and then they get the scoop on the spike in foreclosures in the region. OTL website comments; Shawno of Hyper Nonsense suggests an OTL naming rights opportunity Harold Henderson* – former Chicago Reader staff writer; on staff cuts at the alternative weekly, and his new blog “Harold, Daily” calling the Savage Love Podcast; tracking down Dan Savage for our as-yet-unnamed OTL podcast feature Steve Daniels – writer, Crain’s Chicago Business; on the increase in mortgage foreclosures in the city and region (segue music this week from Happy Chichester) * OTL web exclusive: the full conversation with Harold Henderson