OTL: Episode #3

(podcasting “from” the Billy Goat Tavern) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk with legendary Chicago newspaper man Rick Kogan at the Billy Goat Tavern. Rick Kogan – journalist, writer, radio host, Chicagoan We sat down at the Billy Goat Tavern to chat about Rick’s book A Chicago Tavern: A Goat, a Curse, and the American Dream — but most importantly… we drank with with a legend.

OTL: Episode #2

(podcasting “from” Lower Wacker Drive) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann take on the proposed ComEd rate hike, talk with the luckiest college student in the state, and discuss historic preservation in Chicago. David Kolata – Citizens Utility Board executive director; on stopping the ComEd rate hike Mac LeBuhn – the luckiest college freshman in the state; going to Northwestern on his family’s perpetual scholarship Victoria Granacki – Granacki Historic Consultants; on preservation in Chicago and its Polish history

OTL: Episode #1

(podcasting “from” the Uptown Theatre) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann officially launch Outside the Loop RADIO… with a look into the current state of the US mass media, an unscientific investigation to see who’s still using payphones, and a report on the 2006 “bests” of Chicago. Robert McChesney – U of Illinois professor and Free Press founder; on the state of big and alternative media in the United States “The Payphone Experiment“; which seemed like a good idea at the time Brian Hieggelke – Newcity publisher; on the 2006 “Best of” Chicago