OTL: Episode #77

(podcasting “from” in the middle of Dearborn Park in the South Loop) (broadcasting on the 100-watt lucky charm WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann revisit a show from last year, they learn about the South Loop neighborhood in Chicago, they discuss bars and technology, and then it’s the second edition of their Zell’s Bells series. Looking Way Back to OTL #25; we celebrate a year on the WLUW airwaves, and play a clip from Mike Butler of the Green Chicago River crew Dennis McClendon – long-term South Loop resident; about the changing face of this now-booming neighborhood (as featured in the March 13 Chicago Reader “South Loop Issue“) Mike Gets Emails from Bars; local drinking establishments take up activism ZELL’S BELLS (part 2) David Winner – President, The Lake View Citizens’ Council; on Sam Zell’s vague plans with Wrigley Field and the Cubs, and potential changes to the Lake View neighborhood (segue music this week from The Cocktail Preachers)

OTL: Episode #76

(podcasting “from” right outside of the McDonald’s underneath the Loyola Red Line “L” stop) (broadcasting on the 100-watt Quarter Pounder with Cheese WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss the best work places in Chicago, they learn about the latest Cook County Board budget, Mike leaves a threatening voicemale for Andy, and then it’s the first edition of their Zell’s Bells series. More from the OTL Newsroom; Chicago’s Best Places to Work, introducing a new OTL ongoing series Jack Smith – Loyola U. prof and former D.C. CBS News Bureau Chief; on the Cook County Board budget, and the highest sales tax in the country Mike’s voicemale to Andy; a look into FM radio jocks, and stirring up a battle between producers ZELL’S BELLS (part 1) Jim Peters – Director of Planning, Landmarks Illinois; on the possible changes to Wrigley Field under Sam Zell’s ownership (segue music this week from The Northside Southpaws)

OTL: Episode #75

HAPPY LEAP DAY !! (podcasting “from” on the corner of Madison and Wabash in Jewelers Row) (broadcasting on the 100-watt architecturally sound yet well-krausened radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and a cranky Andy Hermann read through some news updates, they talk about architecture and preservation in Chicago, they get the scoop on the Chiditarod, and then they learn about craft brewing delicious delicious beer. Updates from the OTL Newsroom; Andy is cranky and sick (of Mike), Mayor Daley on the Great Lakes, Illinois smoking ban violations Gregory Dreicer – Vice President of Exhibitions and Programs, Chicago Architecture Foundation; on architecture and preservation in Chicago Jake Reimer – organizer (one of many), Chiditarod; on racing shopping carts for charity Jeff Sparrow – board member, Chicago Beer Society; on craft brewing and Night of the Living Ales IV (segue music this week from Van Ghost)

OTL: Episode #74

(podcasting “from” Fishhook Pier near Montrose Beach) (broadcasting on the 100-watt clear water radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss last week’s Wilco shows at the Riviera and Wincentennial at the Old Town School, they learn about the Great Lakes Compact, and then it’s an OTL first — a segment on the state of shopping in Chicago. OTL’s Week in Music; Andy and every music geek in Chicago saw Wilco this week, Mike celebrated the Wincentennial at the Old Town School of Folk Music Joel Brammeier – Vice President for Policy, Alliance for the Great Lakes; on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact Heather Kenny – freelance fashion/shopping writer and stylist; on the state of shopping and independent boutiques in Chicago (segue music this week from Wilco)