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 #83

(podcasting “from” right outside of the Chicago Impound Lot #6) (broadcasting on the 100-watt got-your-car radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) It’s another transportation themed show as Mike Stephen tells Andy Hermann about his huge head, they discuss the latest CTA issues, Mike seeks justice after having his car towed, and then they chat with their new parking correspondent. the OTL Videos are a hit; even though Mike’s HUGE head takes up the whole frame! Kevin O’Neil – founder and publisher, CTA Tattler; on the latest happenings at the Chicago Transit Authority Mike seeks justice; Mike got his car towed, and he reads his letter to 43rd Ward Alderman Vi Daley The Parking Ticket Geek – proprietor, TheExpiredMeter; OTL’s new parking correspondent talks about beating parking tickets… and more (segue music this week from The Last Vegas)

OTL: Episode #82

(podcasting “from” in the middle of Graceland Cemetery) (broadcasting on the 100-watt lean, mean, and green radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss reactions to last week’s show, they learn about clean vehicle technologies, they discover that a past OTL guest has hit the big-time, and then they visit with the premier mask maker in Chicago. Reactions to OTL #81; listeners hate the abandoned Pizza Hut, and the Chicago condo boom John Walton – vice chair, Chicago Area Clean Cities; on clean fuels and clean vehicle technologies, and the 2008 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Exposition on this Earth Day OTL #58 Flashback; Unmarketable… by Anne Elizabeth Moore… as read by Pam Anderson Jeff Semmerling – Mad Master Mask Maker, Inside Out Art Studio; on the preservation of art and culture (bonus video featuring the mask man) (segue music this week from The Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band)

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)