OTL: Episode #69

(podcasting “from” right next door to the Blue Line Bar, underneath the Blue Line “L”) (broadcasting on the 100-watt alternative mode of transportation WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) It’s a transportation themed program as Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss state’s open road tolling program, they get the scoop on the pedestrian rules of the road, and then they learn about the history of Chicago’s elevated trains. Terry Pastika – director, Citizen Advocacy Center; on I-PASS and Open Road Tolling problems Jacky Grimshaw – vice president, Center for Neighborhood Technology; on the Illinois Pedestrian Rules of the Road (PDF file) Greg Borzo – author, The Chicago “L”; on the history of Chicago’s elevated train system (segue music this week from The Blue Line Riders)

OTL: Episode #62

(podcasting “from” in an alley in Andersonville) broadcasting on the 100-watt file-sharing program WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann kick around corporate sponsor ideas for Chicago, they talk about file sharing on college campuses, they hear about a statewide parking sting, and then they learn about retrofitting the city’s alleys. “Chicago Might Sell Naming Rights“; reading and soliciting feedback from our listeners Emily Glazer – Assistant Campus Editor and Administration Beat Reporter, The Daily Northwestern; on the “College Opportunity and Affordability Act“, and penalizing entire campuses for illegal file sharing Bill Bogdan – Disability Liaison, Illinois Secretary of State’s Office; on a statewide parking sting over the holidays and year-round Brian Steele – spokesperson, Chicago Department of Transportation; on the city’s ambitious Green Alley Initiative (segue music this week from Moist Guitars)

OTL: Episode #51

(podcasting “from” outside of the Operation PUSH national headquarters) (broadcasting on the 100-watt public hearing WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk with FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein about the upcoming public hearings in Chicago on media ownership, they learn about Estrojam, and then they discuss the ongoing CTA woes. ( an OTL Radio and Chicago EXCLUSIVE ) Jonathan Adelstein – FCC Commissioner; on the media ownership hearings in Chicago Jamie Ludwig – music and arts programming co-director, Estrojam; on the venerable community-based female-centered arts festival Jacob Lesniewski – guest contributor, Gapers Block; on “Has the Mayor Lost His Mojo?” regarding the CTA (segue music this week from Lindsay Anderson)

OTL: Episode #44

(podcasting “from” the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, IL) (broadcasting on the 100-watt literary powerhouse WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discover more about a recent police raid, they discuss the progressive thinking of a nearby suburb, they talk about an interesting sport sweeping the region, and then they learn about the cycling movement. Annie Anderson – OTL nightlife correspondent; shedding some light on the Printers’ Ball police raid last weekend Ray Johnson – Oak Park Trustee; on The Religious Freedom and Civil Unions Act (House Bill 1826) Aaron Del Mar – event director, Windy City Cornhole Classic; on the biggest cornhole event in the nation Howard Kaplan – participant, Chicago Critical Mass; on the cycling movement in Chicago and beyond (segue music this week from The Reptoids)