OTL: Episode #85

(podcasting “from” in a top-secret area just behind the City Council chambers in City Hall) (broadcasting on the 100-watt aldermanic prerogative radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann run through some news updates, they learn about an independent caucus in Chicago’s City Council, they attempt to stuff a “Best of Chicago” ballot box, and then they learn about the 60th anniversary of Israel. OTL Newsroom Updates; bidding farewell to Melissa from WLUW’s own Full on Friday, Mike’s towed-car saga continues and his letter is posted at TheExpiredMeter, another end of an era — the Spindle in Berwyn came down Adam Doster – In These Times senior editor, Progress Illinois reporter/blogger; on “Chicago’s Independent Caucus: A Year Later“ OTL: The Best of Chicago; vote early and vote often (by May 19!)… Outside the Loop RADIO for Chicago’s best podcast Debby Oshri-Pintel – executive director, Hadassah Chicago Chapter; on celebrating the 60th anniversary of Israel (segue music this week from Balkans)

OTL: Episode #81

(podcasting “from” in the parking lot of the abandoned Pizza Hut next to La Pasadita Mexican Restaurant on Division and Ashland) (broadcasting on the 100-watt civil union WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk infrastructure in Chicago, they learn about civil unions in Illinois, they discuss an upcoming record fair and award a cheesy FM DJ award, and then they visit an online newspaper covering the city. Chicago needs some help; Popular Mechanics names “The 10 Pieces of U.S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now” Chris Jessup – organizer, Civil Unions Illinois; on House Bill 1826, legislation to extend basic legal protections to committed couples in Illinois OTL News and DJ Awards; this weekend is the CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights, Mike awards (the legendary) Dick Biondi an “OTL Cheesy FM DJ Award” Geoff Dougherty – editor, Chi-Town Daily News; on citizen journalism in Chicago (segue music this week from the Blue Ribbon Glee Club)

OTL: Episode #59

(podcasting “from” right out in front of a Comcast building on North Avenue) (broadcasting on the 100-watt cable TV box WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk about their appearance on Vocalo.org, they discuss Net Neutrality, they learn about burritos in the city, and then they hear about the Illinois Students Against Required Silence. OTL updates; email from Inside Publications publisher Ron Roenigk on the Commercial Handbill Distribution Law, Outside the Loop RADIO‘s triumphant appearance on Vocalo.org, and Mrs. Stephen checks in… Amina Fazlullah – staff attorney, Illinois PIRG; on Comcast and Net Neutrality Nate Silver – creator, The Burrito Bracket; on the best Mexican food in Wicker Park Josh [last name withheld] – official media representative, Illinois Students Against Required Silence (at Facebook); on the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act in Illinois (segue music this week from Istvan & His Imaginary Band)