OTL: Episode #230- Local Theater at “Shenanigans,” Chicago Mixtape, Sustainability With Chicago REgen

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “sustainable” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen goes to the theater to learn about the new local vaudeville variety show Shenanigans, revisits the “dibs” parking issue, and discusses the future of Chicago’s sustainability with the creator of ChicagoREgen.com. Todd Obuchowski and Nick Tristano— Director and Executive Producer, respectively, of Shenanigans We get a look into Chicago’s only “modern madcap variety vaudeville show for the whole family.”  You can catch the show Saturdays at 4 p.m. at Stage 773 in Lakeview. Revisiting “Dibs”— We take one more look at this time-honored Chicago tradition and address a listener’s e-mail about this issue. Chuck Templeton — Founder of Chicago REgen What would it take to make the City of Chicago sustainable by 2025 with a high standard of living?  Chuck and Co. attempt to answer that question through the exchange of ideas on his site.  He gives us the lowdown this week. OTL #230 local music provided by Secret Colours…

OTL: Episode #227- Chicago Police Re-Allocation, Mayor Daley in Song, Parking Ticket Geek Update

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “geeked-out” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses Chicago Police resource allocation, spins a local song about Mayor Daley, and checks in with the Parking Ticket Geek at a police station. Tracy Siska— Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project The CJP takes a look at the allocation of resources for the Chicago Police Department.  Tracy talks about this issue as well has his difficulty obtaining research data from the department.  You can find out more about his experience here. Daley: The “Good Old Boss”— The local band Baby Teeth recently completed a new EP called BOSS.  Mike spins a track off the record that’s all about Mayor Daley. The Parking Ticket Geek — Blogger at The Expired Meter and OTL Official Parking Correspondent We check in with Mr. Geek to talk about Chicago’s high gas prices, congested traffic, and see how the Geek’s Driver Survival Seminars are going. OTL #227 local music provided by Baby Teeth…

OTL: Episode #222- The Holiday Special!

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “local holiday tunes” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen relaxes in his velvet robe with a glass of eggnog, talks to one of Santa’s lieutenants, and spins some seasonal songs that were recorded by local musicians in the OTL Bunker! This Year’s Christmas Show Features… Ronald Q. McGee — Santa’s United States Midwestern Regional Manager at the North Pole Santa Claus is way too busy to give an interview, so Ronald talks to us exclusively from Santa’s North Pole Command Center about the final preparations for the evening of December 24th. CHICAGO CHRISTMAS MUSIC! Special thanks to the following bands for dropping by the OTL Bunker studios to record some great Holiday songs with Mike Stephen:   Go Time– “Baby, Please Come Home” and “Stockings Hung Low” Mick from Gidgets Ga Ga -“Christmas Wish” Joe Dickinson– “Someone Saw Santa” Magic Milk– “Mele Kalikimaka” PJ Anderson and John Pacini from Jackson Bailey– “The First Noel” Merry Christmas From Outside the Loop Radio! OTL Host Mike Stephen Enjoys A Charlie Brown Christmas.

OTL: Episode #196- Inside Rogers Park’s Mayne Stage, WindyCitizen.com’s NowSpots Project, the Peterson Garden

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “victory garden” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen would like a pic with the Stanley Cup, goes inside a new Rogers Park venue, learns about a new kind of web banner ad, and visits the Peterson Garden on the North Side. Chris Ritter — General Manager of the Mayne Stage and Act One Cafe in Rogers Park We go inside this new venue that doubles as a giant recording studio and radio broadcast facility. Mayne Stage in Rogers Park Brad Flora— Founder of WindyCitizen.com and NowSpots.com Brad was recently awarded $250,000 from the Knight Foundation for his NowSpots idea.  We find out all about it this week. LaManda Joy — Block Captain for the Peterson Garden We pay a visit to this organic community vegetable garden at Peterson and Campbell in the 40th Ward. Peterson Garden OTL #196 local music provided by Bird Talk…