OTL: Episode #87

(podcasting “from” inside of host Mike Stephen’s apartment) (broadcasting on the 100-watt special underground wonder bar radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen updates Andy Hermann about his parking woes, they discuss modern-day feminism, and then they learn about a valuable club in the Chicago music scene. OTL News Updates; Andy is mesmerized by the rat behind Mike’s apartment Mike is still seeking for justice for his towed car and $160 fine Kristin Maun – blog editor, Windy Citizen; on the women behind Chicago feminism and her blog “The Skirt“ Lonie Walker – owner, Underground Wonder Bar; on the legacy and the future of her venerable music club [see the video version at ChicagoJazz.com] (segue music this week from Farewell Captain)

OTL: Episode #86

(podcasting “from” just outside of the Park West in Lincoln Park) (broadcasting on the 100-watt best ‘L’ station there is radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discover the coolest new street coming soon to Chicago, they chat about the best and worst CTA stations, they talk with a member of a fantastic cover band, and then they learn about open water swimming. OTL Newsroom Update; honoring the great Pat Sajak with an honorary street in Chicago Mary Wisniewski – transportation reporter, Chicago Sun-Times; on the “Best and worst of the ‘L’, subway stops“ Matt Spiegel – founding member, Tributosaurus; on the hardest working cover band in the land… now also in L.A. Steve Hernan – founder, OpenWaterChicago.com; on the benefits and fun of open water swimming in Lake Michigan Vote OTL Radio for best podcast at the Reader‘s “Best of Chicago” !! get your vote in NOW (by Mon, May 19)… and please finalize your ballot to submit it (segue music this week from Tributosaurus)

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: Best of Chicago

So in the tradition of newspapers and magazines across the country, the Chicago Reader is putting together its first-ever “Best of Chicago” issue. We were browsing through many cool categories such as Arts & Architecture, Bars & Clubs, Restaurants, Music, Movies, etc… and happened upon the Media link… Hey — there’s a space to type in a nomination for the best Chicago podcast. That got us thinking. The OTL Radio broadcasts you’ve come to love started out as a podcast, and we continue to podcast our show every week. We’re not saying… we’re just saying… ya know! + If you’re so inclined, head on over to the Reader‘s site and vote by May 19th! In fact, we’re going to head over there right now and put in a good word for ourselves. And we’ll probably do the same tomorrow and the day after. Vote early and often, and don’t forget to finalize your vote — click on the “final step” link when you’re finished!! Love, Andy & Mike Outside the Loop RADIO (the hardest working podcast in Chicago)