OTL: Episode #84

(podcasting “from” in the Chess Pavilion near North Avenue Beach) (broadcasting on the 100-watt checkmate radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen updates Andy Hermann about his letter to Ald. Vi Daley, they discuss the latest in local politics, they learn about a chess team in Chicago, and then they get the scoop on a comedy troupe’s anniversary and television pilot. Mike still seeks justice; The Parking Ticket Geek (TheExpiredMeter) offers advice for Mike’s towed-car woes, still no word back yet from 43rd Ward Ald. Vi Daley’s office Mick Dumke – political writer, Chicago Reader; on his recent “Clout City” blog posts about city settlements and blue cart recycling Sevan Muradian – co-manager, Chicago Blaze; on joining the US Chess League, and the Illinois Chess Association Justin Kaufmann – member, Schadenfreude; on the comedy ensemble’s 10th anniversary and their IL-Informed pilot on WTTW (segue music this week from Even in Blackouts)

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 #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)