OTL: Chicago Reader Staff Cuts (advance audio)

Yesterday (Tuesday 12/11/07), we spoke with Harold Henderson… who was fired from the Chicago Reader after putting in 22 years, 7 months, and 22 days at the alternative weekly institution. In a drastic cost-cutting move… he was let ago along with three other heavy-hitters — John Conroy, Tori Marlin, and Steve Bogira. Due to time constraints, an abbreviated version of this interview will be in the 64th edition of our Outside the Loop RADIO program on WLUW 88.7-FM this Friday 12/14 @ 6p (along with a bunch of other great segments)… but his insight into the state of journalism today is too important not to feature in its entirety. So take a listen, and be sure to keep up with Harold at his new “Harold, Daily” blog.

OTL: Episode #63

(podcasting “from” on the corner of Clark and Fullerton) broadcasting on the 100-watt bacteria-laden ice cube WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann collect more naming rights ideas for Chicago, they learn about eminent domain in the city, they follow up on the handbill distribution issue, and then they discover what’s in ice cubes at local restaurants. “Chicago Might Sell Naming Rights” (part 2); reading and soliciting more feedback from our listeners Imre Hidvegi – co-owner Chicago Soccer; on eminent domain in Chicago and Save Lincoln Square Ron Roenigk – publisher, Inside Publications; followup on free newspapers and the Commercial Handbill Distribution Law Mary Troken – director, food service sanitation program at Harold Washington College; on the Sun-Times study on bacteria found in ice cubes at area restaurants (segue music this week from The Moves)

OTL: Episode #61

GOBBLE GOBBLE !! (podcasting “from” in the middle of Welles Park in Lincoln Square) (broadcasting on the 100-watt pile of mashed potatoes WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk turkey (and booze), they learn about how the Writers Guild strike might affect Chicago, they compete in a thankfulness battle, and then they celebrate the 50th anniversary of a local music institution. OTL Thanksgiving re-caps; drinking and eating and sleeping, and eating and sleeping Rich Moskal – director, Chicago Film Office; on how the Writers Guild strike could affect the local television/film industry Mike & Andy Give Thanks; we test our knowledge of each other’s thankfulness Bau Graves – executive director, Old Town School of Folk Music; on the community arts school celebrating 50 years in Chicago (segue music this week from Bakelite 78)

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)