Open Books is expanding. (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen learns about the new expansion of Chicago literacy nonprofit Open Books from executive director Eric Johnson, learns how is back in full swing and delivering new local music coverage from founder Mike Jeffers, and discovers new local tunes from musician Daniel Gunderson. And Mike pays tribute to the late great radio host Lin Brehmer of WXRT-FM. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #552- The Secret History of Boyce Brown, Migratory birds in Chicago, Local saxophonist Chris Greene

Mike Stephen talks with:   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about hot jazz saxophonist Boyce Brown for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music;   U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Chicago field supervisor Louise Clemency about celebrating International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at LaBagh Woods next Saturday; and   local musician Chris Greene to the studio to play a selection from the Chris Greene Quartet‘s new album Boundary Issues.   Meanwhile, we wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day by playing a classic voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen!   Local musician Chris Greene stopped by OTL #552 to play a live a capella saxophone selection from the Chris Greene Quartet‘s new record Boundary Issues.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #423- Chicago Jazz Magazine, Aldertrack, Allegory Handcrafted Goods

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “Jazz hands” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to the founder of Chicago Jazz Magazine, learns about a way to track the upcoming municipal election, and gets the lowdown on a locally-based company doing some incredible handcrafted artistry for our everyday lives.   Mike Jeffers– Founder of Chicago Jazz Magazine and We discuss the future of Jazz in Chicago and hear the story of how Mike became one of the most important figures in the local Jazz scene.  Mike Stephen and Mike Jeffers with a copy of Chicago Jazz Magazine.   Mike Fourcher and Jimm Dispensa– Creators of All 50 Chicago alderman and the mayor are up for election in February.  We find out about a great one-stop-shop for all Chicago political information during this election season.   Chad Schumacher–Founder of Allegory Handcrafted Goods After Chad and his wife lost their day jobs during the recession, they began to produce quality handcrafted goods for use in our everyday lives.  We learn about the company and their new Kickstarter campaign underway now.  Mike Stephen holds the Macana bag while talking to Chad Schumacher in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio.   OTL #423 local music provided by The Safes…